Want to learn how to make sea buckthorn tincture for natural immunity? Continue reading and find out how to make this healing tincture.
Sea buckthorn tincture is an amazing natural remedy for boosting natural immunity against various viral or chronic conditions by boosting the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Before we show you how to make sea buckthorn tincture and use it at home, first, let’s see how to harvest the sea buckthorns.
How to Harvest Sea Buckthorn Berries
The harvesting time for sea buckthorns (Hippophae rhamnoides) is in September-October, when the berries are well-ripe, meaning that the active principles are at their peak. Sea buckthorn is harvested when the berries are yellow-orange in color, soft/elastic to the touch, and taste sour. Cut the 10-15 cm sea buckthorn branches filled with berries, and then put them in the freezer. Frozen sea buckthorn berries come off the branches very easily, with a simple shake.
Dry the berries 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 berries is completely dehydrated and slightly brittle, breaking easily when cutting the berries with a knife. Do not dry the sea buckthorn berries in the oven, as heat drying contributes to the inactivation of an enzyme – ascorbinase – which, after harvesting, destroys vitamin C in the berries. After drying, keep the sea buckthorns in gauze bags, or paper bags, and store them in the dark, in dry places.
How to Make Sea Buckthorn Tincture
Prepare the sea buckthorn tincture by soaking 2 teaspoons of coarsely chopped dried berries (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 sea buckthorn tincture is 2 years from the date of preparation.
How to Use Sea Buckthorn Tincture at Home
The daily dose is 30 drops of sea buckthorn 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:
- boost natural immunity against viral or chronic conditions
- eye disorders (due to beta-carotene content)
- toxic poisoning of various causes
- iron deficiency anemia
- hemorrhagic syndrome caused by vascular fragility (due to the content of nicotinic acid/vitamin PP)
- intense physical and mental effort
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