Want to learn how to make lingonberry leaf tincture and use it at home? Keep on reading and find out.
Lingonberry leaves (Vaccinum vitis idaea) are very rich in tannins, organic substances with strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, and flavonoids with antioxidant effects, which give the lingonberry leaf its anti-infective action. Before we show you how to make lingonberry leaf tincture here is how to harvest lingonberry leaves and process them for later use.
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Health Benefits of Lingonberry Leaves
Lingonberry leaves (Vaccinum vitis idaea) are harvested all year round, as they are evergreen, but the strongest effects seem to be before and after bearing fruit (that is, at the end of spring and at the beginning of autumn). After harvesting, which is done by simply tearing them off the stems, layer the lingonberry leaves in a medium-thickness layer (3-4 cm) until complete drying, and then store them in paper bags.
How to Make Lingonberry Leaf Tincture
Put 20 tablespoons of lingonberry leaf powder in a glass jar and pour two cups (500 ml) of 50% food alcohol on top. Seal the jar and leave it to macerate for two weeks in a warm place. Strain the tincture and pour it into small, amber bottles. Lingonberry leaf tincture is a natural remedy for the urinary tract, as you will see.
How to Use Lingonberry Leaf Tincture
1. Diabetes – 2 teaspoons of lingonberry leaf tincture, four times a day. This remedy has slightly hypoglycemic effects, helping to stabilize blood sugar, and it prevents the cardiovascular complications caused by diabetes.
2. Nephritis and Pyelitis – one teaspoon of lingonberry leaf tincture diluted in a cup of water (200 ml), 4-6 times a day, in 30-day courses, followed by a 10-day break. Alongside, take lingonberry leaf sitz baths (recipe and procedure here). A Chinese study, published in 2001, shows that this natural treatment is also useful as an adjuvant to drug treatments for antibiotic-resistant urethritis.
3. Kidney Stones – two categories of active principles in lingonberry leaves and berries (flavonoids and saponins) have a strong diuretic action, “washing” the kidneys from tiny stones, making it a great aid for eliminating previously crushed kidney stones. Lingonberry leaf tincture can be used as an adjuvant in kidney stones – 6 teaspoons per day, diluted in water, for at least 3 weeks.
4. Gout – combine equal amounts of lingonberry leaf tincture and juniper berries tincture – 6 teaspoons per day over the course of 12 weeks. These two plants have the ability to mobilize urea from the tissues and to eliminate it through urine, and the results of this treatment can be remarkable. This is a powerful diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and depurative remedy for gout, that reduces joint inflammation gradually and increases joint mobility to a good extent.
Lingonberry Leaf Side Effects
Internally, lingonberry leaf remedies should be used with caution and only on the recommendation and under the supervision of a doctor during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Using lingonberry leaves internally is not recommended in cases of acute constipation.
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