Today, I’m going to show you how to do your own ginger tincture. Either you know what tinctures are or the two questions that will follow are:
What is a tincture? And
What’s a tincture used for?
So before we get to the recipe and then let you know what the ginger tincture is going to be used for, I’ll answer these two questions!
So, if you already know, you can go straight to the recipe and skip the next paragraph!
Let’s start at the beginning! A tincture is a fresh plant extract, or several fresh plants extract, obtained by maceration of minced plants in alcohol, mainly rum or vodka. It is better to use alcohol that does not taste or smell too strongly so it doesn’t take over the taste and smell of the plant. Tinctures are particularly effective in extracting essential components from plants (particularly fibrous or woody ones), roots and resins.
In general, herbalists like to use tinctures because they have many advantages: they are easy to transport and useful for long-term treatments, the body absorbs them quickly and they allow an immediate dosage change if it is deemed necessary.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make your ginger tincture:
1 cup grated ginger
Vodka or rum (40% alcohol)
And here’s how to proceed:
In a glass jar, pour in the ginger and add the vodka or rum until the ginger is completely covered. Close the jar with a tight lid and check twice a day for 6 weeks.
Sift the mixture with a cheese cloth in an opaque glass jar. Seal the jar and affix a label with the name and date of the tincture. Keep the jar in a cool, dark place until you need it.
And so, when and why is this ginger tincture going to be used?
Well, it is used to treat the following health conditions:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Note: A full dropper, three times a day represents the dosage an adult needs.
Precautions: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any health problems, you should consult your doctor or midwife before using a herbal remedy or supplement.
There you go! So, as always, if you have tried, let me know what you think, if you intend to try and you still have some questions, do not hesitate to contact me!