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Tinctures can be stored for a long time, making them the perfect way to harness the restorative if power of flowers and herbs. Tinctures are made by steeping fresh or dried herbs in pure alcohol. The plants active constituents are dissolved in the alcohol which acts as an excellent preservative. Herbal tinctures are stronger than infusions and get decoctions. They are a convenient way to administer herbal remedies over extended periods of time, especially when traveling. It’s standard to make a tincture from a single herb and to glance tinctures from your herbal medicine as required. They have a shelf life of up to two years, so it is well worth preparing your own homemade tinctures.
Natural Bach Flower Remedies
Flower remedies are a form of homeopathic tincture. They are a subtle treatment that captures the essential qualities of flowers or herbs by infusing them in water. Flower remedies are effective for treating the emotional imbalances that underline many illnesses, and they are also a good way to raise your energy level.
Making Bach flower remedies and tinctures
Preparing your own homemade herbal infusions and decoctions is not difficult. All you need to do is follow these simple step-by-step instructions. Simple steps to make a tincture
1. Chop 3 cups of fresh herbs (or, if you prefer, 2 cups of dried herbs). Place them in a large glass jar.
2. Pour one quart of pure alcohol (vodka or rum) over the herbs. Screw the lid on the jar shake well to ensure that the herbs are fully submerged.
3. Keep in a cool dark place for 10- 14 days. Shake the jar for 1 min. each day.
4. Strain the mixture through a muslin or linen cloth. Discard the herbs and pour the liquid into sterilized screw top glass bottles.
5. Label the bottles with date and the name herbs.
Simple steps to make a flower remedy
1. Place 1/2 cup of freshly picked whole flower heads in a shallow glass or earthenware bowl.
2. Add approximately 1 cup of pure spring water. Make sure that all the flowers are fully submerged and cover with a muslin cloth.
3. Place the bowl in a sunny spot for one day this can be a sheltered spot in the garden or on a sunny windowsill.
4. in the evening, remove the flower heads and major the remaining liquid.