The rise of western medication pushed away what was the most coveted medicine in ancient times. You may be wondering what’s might was so coveted than the antibiotics we are using today.
Well, this natural yet powerful antibiotic is known as tinctures. Tinctures are the real deal when it comes to medicinal content compared to the antibiotics we use today.
Tinctures are usually extracted wholly meaning that they possess very good healing elements with little or even no side effects. The other positive thing about them is that they can be made at home from readily available sources-80 proof alcohol, glycerin or apple cider vinegar.
It is important to pick an ingredient depending on what you deem appropriate for you. If, for example, you want to make a tincture for your child, then glycerin would be best suited – it will be sweeter. They are, however, not as effective as tonic tinctures that are known to be the best. In making such tinctures, apple cider vinegar is the number one choice mainly for its health benefits. Some of the health benefits include:
- Balancing of body PH
- Improving the immune system
- Improving digestion by controlling the working mechanism of the digestive tract.
- Increasing muscle and mental efficiency – it has malic acid that is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- Increasing acetic acid that is proficient in reducing cholesterol and insulin functions.
Now that you know some of its amazing benefits, let’s take a peek at how you can make yourself a tonic tincture.
- 2 Garlic Bulb
- 1 White Onion
- Horse Radish Root
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hot Pepper e.g Fresh Habanero Pepper
- Ginger Root
How Do You Prepare?
Before you do anything, make sure you have a large glass jar, preferably a gallon sized jar. If you have this, then you can fill the glass with herbs then add about three inches of vinegar. You will then have to let the concoction stay somewhere cool and dark for a month – the more it stays the better the results.
The next step is to add the veggies – the likes of pepper and onions. You will need to chop them, but keep in mind that you might shed tears in the process, so be prepared! The next step is to add the chopped ingredients into the jar and cover them up with the apple cider vinegar.
As a precaution, it is advisable to wash off your hands using hot soapy water to ensure that you do not touch your eyes after chopping the peppers.
Make sure you seal the jar with an air-tight lid and let the mixture sit for weeks. For good results, you can shake the mixture daily to ensure uniform reaction and chemical distribution.
Now that you have waited long, it’s time to extract your medicine. What you will need is something to strain out the tincture. Things like a muslin, cheesecloth or a piece of cloth would work depending on what is available for you. You can just use a piece of cloth to restrain the residue while filtering out the tincture from the solid stuff. This would be wasteful as you are bound to lose lots of fluid to the residue. To ensure this does not happen, squeeze the remaining content using a strainer. Try using a flat object to press the residue-filled strainer.
For storage, divide the tincture into small containers – make sure they are dark to minimize light reaction damage. Like other medicines, a cool and dry place would be a perfect fit for storage of the containers.
Once ready, you can now make it a daily routine to drink it – this will work effectively to boost your immunity and digestion. Take a single shot 1-2 times a day but 5-6 shots when you are fighting an ailment. If it stings on your tongue, then try mixing it with a little amount of honey when drinking.
It is of the essence to understand the type of nutrients you will be getting from the concoction now that you know how to prepare tinctures.
- From garlic you will get alliin, sulfur, germanium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, Vitamin A, B and C.
- Ginger will give you essential oils, oleoresin, gingerol
- White onion has sulfur, quercetin, alliins, fiber, potassium, Vitamins C and B6 and phytochemicals
- From habanero you will get antioxidants, ascorbic acid, carotenoids, mustard oil, vitamin C
It is easy to see that tinctures are rich in nutrients hence harbors ability to treat and mitigate lots of diseases. Better even, they are good in helping your body fight invasions –after all prevention is better than cure!
By Egline J.