When I set out to research this one, I was originally focused on nutrients that are known to combat illness, like zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, etc. I quickly learned that most of these are really going to be found in liver — and I already have liver pills that I make. It seemed foolish to find an inferior source of these nutrients when I already had a great one.
Instead I turned my focus towards plants that are known for specific functions. I looked at mullein first, as it’s become my go-to cold remedy. That was excellent so I kept looking up herbs that I have on hand to see what fit.
I chose herbs that:
- Promote deep, restorative sleep
- Help clear the body of mucus
- Soothe the digestive tract
- Are known to help sinuses
- Reduces inflammation
- Aids sore throats and coughs
My goal was a collection of herbs that address all major symptoms of illness, help the body to heal itself faster, and help the person to rest. I would combine this with plenty of rest, liver pills, cod liver oil, and perhaps some hot ginger tea (depending on illness). I will take about a teaspoon 2 – 3 times a day while symptoms persist.
Most herbal tinctures are made with fresh leaves, and they’re typically measured in weight, but I made it a bit easier for you and did it with dried and measured in volume.
- 1 c. mullein leaf and flower
- 1/2 c. spearmint leaf
- 1/2 c. yarrow leaf
- 1/4 c. lemon balm
- 3/4 c. vegetable glycerin
- 3/4 c. filtered water
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Gather up your ingredients.
Add your herbs to the jar. I am using a pint jar for this.
Pour your glycerin in. You will need a spoon or something to stir gently and help it seep down into the herbs.
Pour the water in too, and keep stirring gently until the herbs are saturated and everything’s mixed up.
At this point, put a lid on it and let it sit for 6 weeks. You want to make this ASAP so that it’s ready if and when you need it this winter! You can use these herbs as a tea if you need to while your tincture sits too. When it’s done, simply use a piece of non-fuzzy cloth (I use birdseye cotton) to strain it out. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but should be kept in glass in a cool, dark place.
That’s it! Super easy.