I love walking into my local natural health food store. These types of stores give off a sort of ambience that even simply being within them makes you healthier. (I know this isn’t true, but it’s a good feeling.) Specifically, I love walking up the herbal supplement aisles. I always stop and look at the herbal tinctures in their darkened amber or blue glass bottles and read what they can do with such natural and simple ingredients.
For example, Lavender (to the left) is one of the most useful herbs you can utilize within your home on an (almost) daily basis as it has multiple uses (besides just being pretty and smelling lovely!)
Lavender can be used for:
Mental & Emotional Wellbeing:
- Abdominal Swelling
- Loss of Appetite
- Upset Stomach
Conditions Involving Pain
- Joint Pain
- Migraine Headaches
- Nerve Pain
Lavender is also a natural antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It can be used topically, internally, or simply smelled.
It does a lot but depending on the company it could be anywhere from 7-15$ for an ounce of this herbal tincture. I realized that this was something that I could easily do at home. I could make a lot of my own natural remedies for my family from my home, using plants from my own garden.
As I’ve started my gardening adventure, I have chosen only plants that I can use within my home. This is primarily because my girls are too young to understand the difference between “safe” and “unsafe” so I choose to use caution and choose plants that are safe. There are some plants, though, that I do not plan on using strictly for cooking. These herbs, flowers, and select yard weeds (like dandelion), make excellent all natural tinctures for family health and wellness.
Unfortunately my personal lavender plant bit the dust early. Boo. It was of the English variety and I am told they don’t always last long. I will have to try the Mexican variety next. I was really hoping to grow and take from the plant as needed. But, anyway, I won’t give up on lavender because it’s seriously such an amazing plant to have around.
I started thinking about how I would store these tinctures (for the and I would like them to look as professional as possible (with the eye dropper and everything). Darker bottles like amber, blue, or green give the tinctures a longer shelf life so I was wondering, where could I find the right glass jars and bottles for making my own home remedies?
I found a company called Sunburst Bottle and it was like the light was shining down on me. These were the bottles that I was looking for. Not only did they have what I needed to store the tinctures, but they had bottles that I could use to make the tincture as well. For example, the amber bottle to the left is about 8oz.
Making a tincture would be really easy. (Recipe to come at a later date.) But this 8oz bottle would be perfect to store my marinating tincture for a few weeks until it is ready for use. (The strained liquid is the portion that would be put into the smaller bottles for use.)
The following herbs are popular in tincture use:
- Blessed Thistle
- Lemon Balm
- …. and a lot more