Herbal Tinctures/Extracts (Alcohol)
Ashwagandha: Nervine and adrenal tonic. Adaptogenic. Used for anxiety, depression, exhaustion and poor muscle tone. Supportive herb for recovery. Anti-inflammatory and may help relieve symptoms of arthritis.
Black Walnut: Hulls are antifungal and antimicrobial. Good for stomach infections & candida overgrowth. Traditional remedy for hypothyroidism. Used topically on athlete’s foot, boils, ringworm and infected wounds.
Burdock Root: Used for skin conditions and liver problems. (Stimulates bile production & strengthens the liver.) Helps with indigestion and to reduce allergic reactions, clear up acne and other skin conditions.
Calendula: Used as a remedy to gastrointestinal inflammation, Crohn’s disease, colitis and gastritis. Topically for minor wounds, eczema and hemorrhoids.
Chaga: A stimulant for the immune system. Said to help protect against stress and a variety of cancers.
Cleavers: Used to stimulate the lymphatic system. Helpful for skin inflammation and swollen lymph nodes.
Echinacea Purpurea: Aids antibody formations and stimulates production of white blood cells. Strengthens and clears lymph nodes. Inhibits the spread of infection and helps fight viral infections.
Elecampane: Excellent for clearing phlegm and mucus from the lungs, urinary system & digestive system. Specific for chronic issues of the respiratory system. Expectorant.
Goldenseal: Mild immune stimulant. Helpful for lingering stagnation after an acute infection in the respiratory, digestive or urinary mucous membranes. Lowers blood sugar and stimulates digestion. Topical application for canker sores.
Hawthorn Berry: Said to improve the tone of the heart muscle, oxygen uptake and circulation of the heart, dilate blood vessels in extremities & reduce strain on the heart. Improves cardiac function in heart disorders. Best results when taken on a regular basis. Also helps reduce stress and improve digestion.
Mullein Leaf & Flower: The leaf is known to help relieve upper respiratory issues and congestion by loosening phlegm and promoting productive cough. (Expectorant) Flowers may help with stagnant lymphatics.
Myrrh: Contains antiseptic and disinfectant qualities. Used as a gargle, mouthwash or liniment. Helps heal wounds and can be blended with aloe vera gel for application. Excellent added to water as a rinse for sore gums. Caution taking internally.
Rosemary: May help improve circulation to the brain and considered a tonic for elderly. Used to treat indigestion, joint ailments & stomach problems. Contains antioxidant properties that protect the brain and blood vessels.
St. John’s Wort: A nervine herb that is helpful with mild depression and anxiety. Helpful in regulating digestive nerves, for insomnia, feelings of fear, nerve pain and damage. It is said to stimulate nerve regeneration and repair and help heal wounds. Antiviral for infections such as shingles, herpes, mononucleosis & flu.
Self Heal (Heal All): Gentle astringent and effective antiviral, notable against herpes. Used as a general tonic for convalescence. Helpful for diarrhea, hemorrhoids or mild hemorrhages. Mix with warm water to use as a gargle for sore throats or mouth and throat ulcers.
Sheep Sorrel: Detoxifying herb, rich in iron. An ingredient in the famous anti-cancer Essiac formula. Mild laxative with intestinal tonic effect. Both roots and aerial parts used in my tincture. WARNING: Contains oxalic acid. Don’t use if you have a history of kidney stones.
Skullcap: A relaxing nervine. Helps to calm brain function. Helpful for insomnia, chronic stress, tension headaches & migraines.
Teasel Root: Used for muscle & joint pain and as a tonic to repair damaged tissues. Found helpful in pain management and relief for the symptoms of Lyme Disease.
Violet: Good remedy for relieving congestion in the lymphatic system & respiratory systems. Cooling.
Yarrow: Said to help stop bleeding, internal bleeding where a tincture is considered. Used to cool fevers and help the body fight infection.
This is just a brief overview of the many uses for the above herbs. Tinctures are best absorbed by placing drops under the tongue, as that is a direct route into your blood stream. (Start with 2 or three drops and see how you are affected by the supplement.) If you find you cannot tolerate the under-tongue method, tinctures may be diluted into teas, juice or water. You may find you need to use more of the tincture to achieve the same results.
Ref: The Modern Herbal Dispensatory (Easley/Horne), Complete Illustrated Herbal (Hoffmann), Herbcraft.org (MacDonald) & Herbmentor.com