Want to learn how to make cornelian cherry tincture for natural immunity? Continue reading and find out how to make this healing tincture.
Cornelian cherry tincture is an amazing natural remedy for various digestive conditions, mainly. They can be used as such, fresh, to make jam, or to make healing recipes, namely decoctions, tincture, or medicinal wine. Before we show you how to make cornelian cherry tincture and use it at home, first, let’s see how to harvest cornelian cherries.
How to Harvest Cornelian Cherries
The harvesting time for cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) is in September-October, when the berries are well-ripe, meaning that the active principles are at their peak. Ripe cornelian cherries have a bright red color and a pleasant, sweet-sour taste. Dry the cherries in shaded places, away from moisture, in a very thin layer (ideally they should not touch each other). The drying process is quite long, taking about 1-3 weeks, and it is done when the pulp of the cherries is completely dehydrated and slightly brittle, breaking easily when cutting the berries with a knife. After drying, keep the cornelian cherries in gauze bags, or paper bags, and store them in the dark, in dry places.
How to Make Cornelian Cherry Tincture
Prepare the cornelian cherry tincture by soaking 2 teaspoons of coarsely chopped dried cherries (20 g) in 100 ml of food alcohol (70 degrees) for 10 days. Shake daily. Strain through cheesecloth, after which keep in the refrigerator for 6 days for complete clarification. Gently transfer the clear part into an amber glass bottle with a dropper, preventing any residue that has settled on the bottom of the jar from coming out. Shake the bottle before use. The shelf life of the cornelian cherry tincture is 2 years from the date of preparation.
How to Use Cornelian Cherry Tincture at Home
The daily dose is 30 drops of cornelian cherry tincture, 3 times a day, mixed in a little bit of water or herbal tea. This is a natural remedy for the following health problems:
- gastric ulcer
- acid reflux
- bloating and gas
- digestive bleeding
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