Unlike pills, which only contain one or a few chemicals which are often synthesized, tinctures remain “whole”; they extract all of the goodness from the herbs.
They are strong so it is important to treat them as powerful healing sources but they rarely have contraindications with each other nor side effects. They are also amazing because you can easily make them at home and you can customize them to meet you and your households needs.
Normally, you make a tincture with 80-proof alcohol, however, it can also be made for those who want to avoid alcohol with glycerin or apple cider vinegar. Glycerin makes a great tincture for children because it is sweet but doesn’t create as potent of a final product.
Tinctures have been around since alcohol has been distilled and frankly that’s the beginning of time as most people know it. Of course, as western medicine was on the rise tinctures were pushed away as a folk remedy. However, tinctures are medicine. The alcohol used to extract the chemical constituents from the herb or food creates a highly concentrated liquid that can be kept on the shelf, in most cases, indefinitely.
A tonic is something that is meant to be taking over a long time and gradually, and effectively strengthens and builds the system. Apple Cider Vinegar makes the perfect menstruum when you want to make a tonic tincture. Not only is it 100% non-toxic, it also has many health benefits in and of itself:
•Helps regulate the acid/alkaline balance
•Aids the digestive tract- if the apple cider is organic and unfiltered it will contain a ‘mother’ or a scoby (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) which is an amazing probiotic.
•Malic acid which is an antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and also supports energy production which increases mental and muscle functioning
•Strengthen immune system
Now, how do we make an amazing antibiotic, antiviral, vermifuge, antifungal with a plethora of other health benefits? Dr. Richard Schulze calls it the SuperTonic and it has been passed around the internet under the nameMaster Tonic — even though it’s hard to give him credit when herbalists have been doing this for centuries. Either way, the recipe is fantastic. Remember, use organic ingredients or preferably grow them yourself – you will be soaking them for their medicinal qualities and this means you need the highest, healthiest quality.
“The fresh juices of organic Horseradish Root drive this formula to your head, sinuses, throat and lungs, where you need it. The organic Garlic Juice and its next of kin, organic Onion Juice, are the two best herbs to flush micro-organisms from your body. The organic Yellow Ginger Root Juice and Habanero Pepper Juice stimulate your blood and lymphatic flow like no other herbs, to get your immune cells to the bad guys as fast as possible. The organic, raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar preserves all of these plant juices and cleanses your body, too.”