Make Tinctures, Poultices, Infusions And Baths With Herbs
Learn to make herbal baths to relax in as well as poultices, tinctures and infusions to aid the natural healing of your body.
How to make an herbal infusion:
Steep 1/3 cup of herbs in a quart of boiling water for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool. Once it is cool to the touch, strain and use.
How to make an herbal poultice:
Pour boiling water over 4 ounces of herbs and steep for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool and once it is cool to the touch, place the herbal mixture into a sterile gauze cloth. Place cloth on to the sore or inflamed areas to relieve pain. Do not use on open sores or wounds.
How to make an herbal bath:
Take one to four herbs and place them in the middle of a sterile gauze square. Wrap the cloth up over the herbs and tie securely with a string. Place into the bathtub.
How to make an herbal tincture:
Dried or fresh herbs.
80 or 100 proof vodka (do NOT use rubbing, isopropyl alcohol).
Glass jars with lids.
Unbleached muslin or gauze.
Jar labels and marking pens
Place the amount of herb you desire into the glass jar. Slowly pour the vodka into the jar until the herbs are completely covered.
Seal the jar tightly so that the liquid cannot leak or evaporate. Put the jar in a dark closet or basement for two weeks. Shake the jar vigorously around the same time every day during this two week period.
After two weeks, the tincture is ready to bottle. Pour the tincture through the muslin or gauze into another jar. Squeeze the saturated herbs until no more fluid can be extracted.
Seal the jar with the lid and label with name of herbs and date. If stored properly your tincture can last up to one year.
The standard dosage over a tincture is one teaspoon no more than three times a day. You can dilute the tincture in water or tea.