Organic tinctures are concentrated herbal remedies made from organic ingredients. There are hundreds of different types to suit nearly any malady.
How Organic Tinctures Are Made
Vodka is usually preferred because it does not change the flavor of the herbs involved. Each type of alcohol works equally well, so which is chosen is a matter of personal preference.
Some organic remedies will require only one type of herb. Other remedies will call for several. This will depend on what condition is being treated and the preferences of the individual or company making the organic tincture. You can be sure, however, if a remedy is labeled 100 percent organic each component is organic as well.
The herbs are chopped and placed in a container. Alcohol is poured into the container to cover the herbs and the container is stored in a cool, dark place. The container is shaken each day. In about three months, the mixture is ready to be strained and bottled. It is now an organic tincture.
While most organic tinctures are made with alcohol, some people prefer to use a non-alcoholic tincture. These are made in a similar way but use one of the following liquids as a base:
- Distilled water
If vinegar is used, the tincture will need to be kept refrigerated in order to protect against bacteria.
Although there are many types of organic tinctures, some are more common than others. These are good to keep on hand in case of everyday illnesses and injuries. Some of the tinctures and their uses are:
- Boswellia - joint pain, including arthritis and bursitis, generally used internally while using a salve for external application
- Buchu - kidney and bladder infections and other urinary tract problems
- Chamomile - soothing and relaxing, chamomile is good for soothing tummy and teething pain in babies
- Dong quoi - used for hot flashes and hormonal imbalances
- Echinacea - supports and strengthens the immune system and is especially good for colds and sore throats
- Garlic - this immune system booster also treats Candida and atherosclerosis
- Goldenseal - has excellent antibiotic properties; should not be taken for more than two weeks at a time without a break
- Motherwort - calms heart palpitations and irregular heart beat
- St John's Wort - used as an antidepressant
- Tansy - helps to expel worms and parasites
- Valerian - muscle relaxant and sleep aid
In addition to the above, there are ailment tinctures that treat very specific conditions. An organic tincture for ear infections, for example, may contain any of the following in combination:
The Difference Between Wildcrafted and Organic
As you read about tinctures you may come across the term, wildcrafted. What is the difference between organic and wildcrafted?
- Organic herbs are grown on organic farms. They are produced in carefully controlled conditions and certified by the Food and Drug Administration to be organic.
- Wildcrafted herbs are those that grow in the wild. They are often considered superior to domesticated herbs when used for medicines. Wildcrafted herbs cannot be certified organic because the conditions in which the plants are grown are unknown and uncontrolled. Another concern to many about wildcrafted plants is that they can be gathered to the point of extinction in an area by irresponsible herbalists.
Where to Buy Tinctures
Organic tinctures can be found at many local health food stores. Some stores located nationally that carry tinctures are:
- Vitamin Shoppe
- Whole Foods
If none of these are available to you locally, you can also find these tinctures online. Read the descriptions carefully and be sure that they say organic in the description. Choose dark bottles over clear bottles when possible as sunlight can make an organic tincture less effective.
Some places to find organic tinctures online are:
Using tinctures can help you to stay healthy and boost your immune system. When the tinctures are organic, it allows these medications to work in tandem with your healthy lifestyle.