Learn how to make herbal tincture for immunity with echinacea and other medicinal plants for the cold season ahead.
When a cold and flu creeps in from the shadows, this herbal tincture is a great first aid as it helps strengthen the immune system. For those of you who have these fresh plants at hand, this herbal tincture for immunity should not be missing from your pantry of natural remedies. Without further ado, here is how to make herbal tincture for immunity.
Herbal Tincture for Immunity
- fresh echinacea flowers, stems, and leaves (Echinacea spp.)
- fresh three-lobe beggarticks flowers, stems, and leaves (Bidens tripartita)
- vodka or double-refined rakija (or any grain or fruit alcohol)
How to Make
Chop the fresh plants finely and put them in a glass jar with a screw-on lid (do not stuff them down). Pour the vodka or rakija over them just enough so the plants are fully covered. Seal the jar and keep it for 2-3 weeks in a sunny place or in direct sun, shaking the jar daily, if possible. Strain through cheesecloth and pour the tincture into amber glass bottles with a dropper. Keep the tincture in a cool and dark place so it lasts at least one year.
How to Use
During the cold and flu season, you can take 20 drops 3 times daily, as a prevention means. The dosage is a tablespoon at first and then a teaspoon 3-5 times a day, at the first signs of illness. If your symptoms improve, reduce the dose to 20 drops 3 times a day, until complete healing. The tincture should not be administered for more than 6 weeks at a time.
Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) has the same immunostimulating effects as echinacea. Three-lobe beggarticks strengthens the immune system, but also acts against flu viruses, having both antibacterial and antiviral effects. If you don’t have three-lobe beggarticks available, you can use nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) instead. All of these four medicinal plants, echinacea, three-lobe beggarticks, hemp agrimony, and nasturtium can be grown in the garden from seeds.
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