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About Organic Chamomile Posted on 2 Jan 07:28 , 1 comment

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I love tea!  My sisters and I grew up drinking English tea with our Gran so every time I brew a cup I think of Granny.  With the start of a new business I have found that it's important to take a few minutes to relax and clear my mind so my "tea time" has become very important.

We offer DIY Tincture Kits with organic herbs @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds and Organic Chamomile @ Mary's Herbal Organix

DIY Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top,  2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available) 
and Detailed Instructions


I Grow Chamomile for DIY recipes and Brew Chamomile tea!  There are many ways to use Chamomile.
Chamomile tea is an excellent way to unwind after a particularly hectic day.  Today I'll share the Health Benefits of Chamomile. Tomorrow I have a great project/gift idea for Chamomile Tea.
What is Chamomile?
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Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
What are the Benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:
Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Muscle twitches
Wounds, burns, and scrapes
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers
Uses of Chamomile
Stomach Cramps
Chamomile has been found to contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents. Therefore, it has been found to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Simply prepare a cup of Chamomile tea following the directions on the package and drink it twice a day until while symptoms are present (one cup first thing in the morning, and one in the evening).
Insomnia
Chamomile is wonderful remedy for sleep disorders such as insomnia. Simply make a chamomile tea 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed to treat sleeplessness.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chamomile reduces cramping and pain in the bowels and also helps to relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestines. Therefore, a simple remedy is to drink a cup of chamomile tea to help relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, and gastroenteritis or stomach flu.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Menstrual Cramps
Drinking chamomile tea has been found to be beneficial in treating PMS and Menstrual Cramps.
Treat Burns and Scrapes
Chamomile oil is very useful in treating bad burns. Simple rub a small amount of oil gently across the burned area once a day. For scrapes and burns you can also brew a strong concoction by adding 3 tea bags to one cup of boiling water. When the water cools, dip a cloth into it and use it as a compress on the wounded area.
Lightening Skin Using Chamomile
Chamomile has been found to be advantageous for lightening your skin tone. Simply bring two quarts of water to a boil with 2 chamomile tea bags in it. Then place your face above the steaming pot of chamomile tea. A bath in water mixed with chamomile tea works too.
Reducing Dark Circles Around Eyes
Chamomile tea has been found to help relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. A simple remedy is to dip 2 chamomile tea bags in warm water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags from the water and let them cool to room temperature. Then place them on your eyes at night as a compress.
What are the Side Effects of Chamomile?
As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. Some of the potential side effects of chamomile include drowsiness, so use it with caution if you are driving or operating machinery. High doses of chamomile can also cause vomiting and/or skin reactions in some individuals. If you are allergic to ragweed pollen or have hayfever, you may have difficulty using chamomile.

Using chamomile during pregnancy is not recommended, since it is considered to be an abortifacient (a substance that induces abortion). Chamomile is also not recommended if you are currently taking blood thinners, since chamomile contains a substance called coumarin (which is also a blood thinner).
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I choose to bag my own tea (or use a diffuser) for several reasons.
1. It's cheaper
2. It's fresher
3. A big machine probably bags commercial teas so there might be some sort of contaminants like machine oil.
4.  When I'm done, the bag and leaf go into the compost bin.
Enjoy a cup of organic Chamomile tea with me!

For loose tea:
Infuse by taking 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup of boiled water, over tightly; steep for 5-15 minutes.  Strain and enjoy!

Growing Organic Mugwort from Seed to Harvest Posted on 28 Nov 06:36 , 1 comment

Have you ever considered the "medicine" available to you, grown in your own backyard (or farm). From Basil to Coneflower and even Thyme, there are so many reported health benefits of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.

Growing Mugwort
Mugwort seeds germinate best with a cold treatment. Some herb gardeners will sow the herb seeds directly out in the garden in the late fall for germination the next spring. Others with mix the herb seeds with dampened peat moss and place the Mugwort seeds/coconut coir mixture in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 weeks before planting.  
Mugwort
If you want this one in your garden and you don't want it to take over, it's important to have deep sound borders around it. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and the leaves can be up to 2 to 4 inches long. Once they start they will grow rapidly, and can be difficult to control.
Germination: up to 21 days
Days to Maturity: 80 days or more
 
 Benefits and Uses of Mugwort

Mugwort has many medicinal properties such as stimulant, antibacterial, purgative, anthelmintic, nervine, antiinflammatory, hemostatic, antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, carminative, digestive, diaphoretic, and cholagogue properties. Because of these properties, it is also used to thin blood. Mugwort is used in the treatment called moxibustion where it is attached to acupuncture needles. It works on the affected area by releasing heat. This technique is very effective in treating breech babies to change their cephalic position during delivery.

Even though it has so many medicinal properties, it should not be used by lactating women as this herb can pass through milk to the infant. Since the leaves are bitter in taste, they are used as a bitter flavoring agent in foods to season meat, fish, and fat. It is also used on roasted goose which is done for Christmas. It is used by the Chinese and Japanese in many foods such as juices and rice cakes. It has many essential oils such as thujone, wormwood, and cineole. Mugwort also contains derivates of coumarin, triterpenes, and flavonoids. This herb has found its use as an insect repellent too to eliminate moths from fields and gardens. It is also used as a smudging herb for divination.
Do not continue to take any Artemesias for more than 1 week. Break for several weeks before taking mugwort again as regular use of mugwort can cause nervous issues.

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Harvest mugwort shortly before it flowers and hang the leafy steps upside down in a dry place away from sunlight to dry.

Collect the root in autumn. Wash and dry mugwort root thoroughly and lay it on a screen to dry. Do not let the roots touch one another or they may mold.


We have DIY Mugwort Tincture Kits at Mary's Tincture Shop!

Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top,
 2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available)

and Detailed Instructions

Infusion - 1 ounce dried herb to 1 pint boiling water. 5-10 minutes. Do not make steep for too long or it will become intolerably bitter.

TINCTURE: 1 ounce dried herb & 3-5 cups menstruum (liquid: vodka, everclear, ACV or vegetable glycerin)

**Complete instructions coming soon**

Disclaimer: Should not be taken if pregnant or nursing. Not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.


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More Info on Herbs, Growing & Recipes Posted on 9 Oct 07:36 , 0 comments

Our latest e-newsletter is PACKED with info on Herbs,
Herbal Remedies and Special Offers.  Check it out!

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October 8, 2015
It's been another busy week with questions ranging from Organic Plant food to growing and using herbs.
We've added several new seed combo packs including the Back to Basic Homestead pack, FALL Garden Pack and the Fall SUPER Garden pack.
Today we're adding another!  We also have a great deal on Mary's Organic Sprouting Kits.  
Complete details below.  Enjoy!
ABOUT HERBS   
I've shared quite a few articles about the benefits of specific herbs on my personal blog and I'm (slowly) adding them to our new blog at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Check out these helpful links for more information on Herbs, Herbal remedies and DIY Tinctures
Herbal Kits    
We offer several unique options for 
There are many ways to use herbs for medicinal purposes and one of the is in a tincture.
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals.  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture can last indefinitely.  Continue Reading

Special Offers this week are perfectly timed!
It's best to make these immune boosting herbal remedies before everyone around you starts to get sick!!!



DIY TINCTURE KITS INCLUDE:
1-32 OUNCE GLASS JAR WITH LID, 1- 2 OUNCE AMBER BOTTLE WITH DROPPER TOP, 2 CUSTOMIZED LABELS, 1 OUNCE OF ORGANIC HERB OF YOUR CHOICE (ADDITIONAL HERBS AVAILABLE) AND DETAILS INSTRUCTIONS
NEW Herb Variety   
Added today at Mary's Heirloom Seeds
You can grow Horehound seeds and use the perennial herb plant in your own soothing teas, or if you are adventurous, in your own homemade candy.
Homesteader's Herb Packs    
Since we added the Back to Basics Homestead pack, we decided to offer 2 Homestead Herbal Packs.
Comfrey, Echinacea, Calendula, German Chamomile, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Peppermint and Yarrow
Arnica, Thai Basil, Calendula, Comfrey, Echinacea, Fennel, German Chamomile, Lavender, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Toothache Plant and Yarrow.
We offer smaller Herb Combo packs including
SALE on Mary's Organic Sprouting Kits thru 10/15/15    
NEW OPTIONS!  
Choose from 2, 8 or 16 ounces of Organic Seeds with your Sprouting kit AND SAVE!
Special available thru 10/15/15

Also ON SALE thru Friday 10/10/15
Save on 1, 2 & 3 pound options!





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Get and EXTRA pack of free seeds when you purchase Coconut Coir Pellets!
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DIY Thai Basil Tincture Recipe Posted on 19 Aug 08:06 , 2 comments

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy.  Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can a much stronger alternative.  The cost to purchase 2 ounces in the store is almost 4 times what it would cost to make your own.  Some are even 7 times more expensive!  Source

You might enjoy reading Boost Your Health with Organic Herbs

From Getting Started with Herbal Remedies

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals.  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.


What are the benefits of Thai Holy Basil?
Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, age-related problems and even some types of cancer. The herb also contains the flavonoids, orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that shield your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage.

Both fresh basil and basil oil have strong antibacterial capabilities. In fact, basil has been shown to stop the growth of many bacteria, even some that had grown resistant to other antibiotics. Basil can be applied to wounds to help prevent bacterial infections.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels.  Source

 
To get started you'll need:  A clean jar with a lid, vodka or everclear, herb(s), measuring cups and/or scale and labels.  
If you purchase a DIY Tincture Kit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds, the herbs, jar with a lid. labels and dropper bottle are all included.  All you need to do is measure out your menstruum and combine!

Let's get started making our Tincture!

DIY Organic Thai Holy Basil Tincture
Ingredients and tools:
1 clean jar with a lid (quart size)
5-6 cups of vodka or everclear
1 ounce of organic Thai Holy Basil

Directions:
1.  Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Thai Holy Basil in your jar.
2.  Measure out 3-4 cups of vodka or other menstruum and place inside your jar.
*If you choose to use ACV or Vegetable Glycerin, be aware that your Tincture will have a limited shelf life of approx 6 months*
3. Place the lid back on your jar and mix thoroughly.
4. Label your homemade Tincture with the Date and Ingredients.
5. Store in a cool dry place such as a kitchen cabinet
*Shake your brewing tincture regularly.  I prefer to shake my tinctures 2-3 times per week.*

**Always label your jars and dropper bottles with ingredients and dates**

Start straining and consuming Basil Tincture after 4-6 weeks.
I take approx 1/2 teaspoon up to 3 times daily for approx 3 weeks.

Disclaimer: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before consuming any product(s).  

Just a few of my Homemade Tinctures!
We've added NEW Organic dried herbs for purchase @ 
Mary's Heirloom Seeds. Our DIY Tincture Kits are a great place to start!
 

 

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About Indian Strawberry Posted on 19 Aug 07:23 , 1 comment

There's been quite a buzzzzz over our latest additions here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds. 

Last week we added Dill Bouquet, Wild Strawberry and Indian Strawberry.

 

Indian Strawberry is considered a "mock strawberry" because it isn't actually a strawberry.

From Eat The Weeds,  "On first glance the P. indica looks like you have found yourself a brilliantly red, juicy strawberry. And that is probably the public relations problem P. indica has. It’s not what people expect so a lot of commentators dismiss it as worthless, but that’s a bit unfair. The fruit is 3.4% sugar, 1.5% protein and 1.6% ash. It has 6.3 mg of Vitamin C per 100 ml of juice.  An eight-foot patch will produce about 5.5 ounces fruit annually, about the same as wild strawberries, and you can cook the leaves as a green. Some folks think the fruit has a hint of watermelon flavor. Others say it is sour so there may be some genetic diversity there, either in the plant or our taste buds. There is certainly no harm adding some of the plant to your wilderness stew."

 

From Bellarmine University, "The entire plant is medicinal as an anticoagulant, antiseptic, depurative (purifier) and febrifuge (fever reducer). The herb can be used for stomatitis (an inflammation of the mucus lining), laryngitis, and acute tonsillitis. The fresh leaves can be crushed and applied externally as a medicinal poultice, a soft and moist mass. It is used in the treatment of boils and absesses, burns, weeping eczema, ringworm, snake and insect bites and traumatic injuries. A decoction of the leaves is medicinal and used in the treatment of swellings. An infusion, or liquid extract, of the flowers is used to activate the blood circulation. The Indian Strawberry can also cure skin diseases. In folklore it is said that in India it is to be used as an offering to the gods. The Wild Indian Strawberry is used extensively in China as a medicinal herb, and is being studied for its ability to stop the HIV virus and some forms of cancer from spreading through the body. "

So how do we grow Indian Strawberry?

Start Strawberry seeds for this rare ground cover plant that will get lots of attention! It is an Indian Strawberry plant with lovely yellow blooms, and it produces small red Strawberries all summer long on a creeping evergreen carpet. Indian Strawberry is well-suited for hanging over a wall or as a ground cover plant. Indian Strawberry ground cover is naturalized throughout the United States, and it is found growing in shady places in woods and grassy slopes. Indian Strawberry prefers a moist, but well-drained soil in a partially sunny position. Once Indian Strawberry plants are established, the matted root sends out runners to set new plants. Indian Strawberry leaves are light green and finely haired. Indian Strawberry flowers are small, yellow, and are 5 petaled. They first appear in April and will bloom throughout the summer until fall. The fruit is small, about 1/2 inch round. It is edible, but many say the taste is not noteworthy. Birds, however, love the red fruit. Another common name for this variety is Mock Strawberry ground cover.

For most of the US:  Sow the Strawberry seeds from January to April indoors. Use quality seed starter mix, and small pots or starter trays. Sow the Wild Strawberry ground cover seeds on the surface and press the seed into the mix. Keep the soil damp but not wet, and seal the starter tray or pots inside a plastic bag until after germination. When the Strawberry seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into 3 inch pots, and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. After all danger of frost has passed, harden the young Wild Strawberry plants over a period of 7 - 10 days before planting outdoors in their permanent location.

For Florida growers: Plant strawberries  during the fall months--late September through October. Flower and berry growth begins in November; the harvest generally takes place in the months of April and May. 

 


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DIY Feverfew Tincture Tutorial Posted on 10 Aug 16:48 , 0 comments

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy.  Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can be a much stronger alternative.  The cost to purchase 2 ounces in the store is almost 4 times what it would cost to make your own.  Some are even 7 times more expensive!  Source

You might enjoy reading Fight Viruses with Organic Herbs & Food 

From Getting Started with Herbal Remedies

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract. Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals. Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies. If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.



What are the benefits of Feverfew?
The word "feverfew" derives from the Latin word febrifugia, meaning "fever reducer."
Feverfew is used most often today to treat migraine headaches.
Feverfew has also be used for Asthma, Arthritis, Psoriasis, digestion and Menstrual cramps.

Feverfew is believed to aid digestion and lower blood pressure.  Long history of using leaves for fevers, menstrual cramps, and migraine headaches. Source
 


From Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
Compact, spreading growth up to 3-feet tall with small yellow centered white daisylike flowers.

To get started you'll need:  A clean jar with a lid, vodka or everclear, herb(s), measuring cups and/or scale and labels.  
If you purchase a DIY Tincture Kit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds, the herbs, jar with a lid, labels and dropper bottle are all included.  All you need to do is measure out your menstruum and combine! 

Let's get started making our Tincture!

DIY Organic Feverfew Tincture
Ingredients and tools:
1 clean jar with a lid (quart size)
3-5 cups of organic vodka or everclear
1 ounce of organic, dried Feverfew

Directions:
1.  Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Feverfew in your jar.
2.  Measure out 3-4 cups of vodka or other menstruum and place inside your jar.
*If you choose to use ACV or Vegetable Glycerin, be aware that your Tincture will have a limited shelf life of approx 6 months*
3. Place the lid back on your jar and mix thoroughly.
4. Label your homemade Tincture with the Date and Ingredients.
4. Store in a cool dry place such as a kitchen cabinet
*Shake your brewing tincture regularly.  I prefer to shake my tinctures 2-3 times per week.*

Start straining and consuming Feverfew Tincture after 4-6 weeks.
I take 1/2-1 teaspoon of tincture in water as needed.  


Disclaimer: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before consuming any product(s).  
Just a few of my Homemade Tinctures!
We've added NEW Organic dried herbs for purchase @ 

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DIY "Allergy" Tincture Recipe Posted on 10 Aug 16:15 , 0 comments

Another recipe for alternative "medicine."

For my allergy tincture I use a special blend from Mary's Heirloom Seeds DIY Tincture Kit.   It is an herbal combination which can be used as a tea, infusion or tincture.  Our DIY Allergy Kit include: organic Nettle leaf, organic Fennel seed, organic Lemongrass, organic Spearmint leaf, organic Eyebright, organic Calendula flowers, organic Peppermint leaf, organic Red Clover herb and blossoms, organic Lavender flowers, organic Blue Vervain, and organic Stevia leaf.

"Allergy" Mixed herbs

I won't get into the specific properties of each herb but I can tell you that, used as tea, it is wonderfully minty and works well for seasonal allergy relief.  

 

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy. Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can a much stronger alternative. The cost to purchase 2 ounces in the store is almost 4 times what it would cost to make your own. Some are even 7 times more expensive! Source

You might enjoy reading Boost Your Health with Organic Herbs

From Getting Started with Herbal Remedies

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract. Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals. Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies. If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.



Homemade Allergy Tincture
Tincture at 2 weeks
Ingredients:
1 ounce Allergy herbal mix (dry herbs)
3 cups organic vodka (or vegetable glycerin)
For a stronger tincture use less alcohol
*DO NOT use rubbing alcohol*

Directions:
1. Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Ginger in your jar.
2. Measure out 3 cups of vodka or other menstruum and place inside your jar.
*If you choose to use ACV or Vegetable Glycerin, be aware that your Tincture will have a limited shelf life of approx 6 months*
3. Place the lid back on your jar and mix thoroughly.
4. Label your homemade Tincture with the Date and Ingredients.

5. Store in a cool, dry place such as a kitchen cabinet. Keep Tinctures our of direct light
*Shake your brewing tincture regularly. I prefer to shake my tinctures 2-3 times per week, sometimes daily.*

Tincture is ready in 4-6 weeks, strain out herbs and place in a darker jar or leave in a dark place (cabinet). 
Dosage for Adults: 1 - 2 ml, two times daily
Disclaimer: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before consuming any product(s).

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DIY Organic Ginger Tincture Posted on 10 Aug 06:35 , 0 comments

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy. Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can a much stronger alternative. The cost to purchase 2 ounces in the store is almost 4 times what it would cost to make your own. Some are even 7 times more expensive! Source

You might enjoy reading Boost Your Health with Organic Herbs

From Getting Started with Herbal Remedies

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract. Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals. Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies. If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.


What are the benefits of GINGER?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has scientific backing as an anti-nausea agent. It may offer other benefits to those stricken with infections diarrhea. Alcohol extracts of ginger are active against bacteria that infect the intestinal tract (Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Helicobacter pylori), skin and other soft tissues (Staphylococcus aureus), and respiratory tract (Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae). Ginger has antifungal activity against the yeast Candida albicans. It also discourages intestinal worms. Because studies have shown that heat deactivates the antibacterial effect, it may be best to consume ginger raw, or in tincture or capsule form. Source


To get started you'll need: A clean jar with a lid, Menstruum: ACV, vegetable glycerin, vodka or everclear, herb(s), measuring cups and/or scale and labels.
If you purchase a DIY Tincture Kit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds, the herbs, jar with a lid. labels and dropper bottle are all included. All you need to do is measure out your menstruum and combine!

Let's get started making our Tincture!

DIY Organic Ginger Tincture
Ingredients and tools:
1 clean jar with a lid (quart size)
 3 cups of liquid (ACV, Vegetable glycerin, vodka or everclear)
1 ounce of organic Ginger Root (dried)

**Always label your jars and dropper bottles with ingredients and dates**

Directions:
1. Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Ginger in your jar.
2. Measure out 3 cups of vodka or other menstruum and place inside your jar.
*If you choose to use ACV or Vegetable Glycerin, be aware that your Tincture will have a limited shelf life of approx 6 months*
3. Place the lid back on your jar and mix thoroughly.
4. Label your homemade Tincture with the Date and Ingredients.

5. Store in a cool, dry place such as a kitchen cabinet. Keep Tinctures our of direct light
*Shake your brewing tincture regularly. I prefer to shake my tinctures 2-3 times per week, sometimes daily.*

Start straining and consuming Ginger Tincture after 4-6 weeks. I prefer to store strained tinctures in amber dropper bottles.
I take approx 1/2 teaspoon up to 3 times daily as needed.

Disclaimer: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before consuming any product(s).
Just a few of my Homemade Tinctures!
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Make Your Own Herbal Remedies and Save Posted on 5 Aug 10:00 , 0 comments

It's another beautiful day here.  The air is cool and crisp.  The sun is shining and life is good! 
Today I'm talking Tinctures!  

In our house, we use tinctures first for every-day ailments.  We have had such great success using herbal home remedies instead of OTC "stuff" so let's chat!

What is a Tincture?
From our recent article Getting Started with Herbal Remedies
There are many ways to use herbs for medicinal purposes and one is in a tincture. Other uses include consuming in food, salves, herbal vinegar and herbal oils, teas and even syrup. I thought I would start with Tinctures because it is quite simple and easy to use.
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract. Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmacueticals. Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies. If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.


Why DIY Tinctures?

Now for the bottom line...saving money!  If you look at your local "health food store" you will find tinctures.  Most are $10-$40 per ounce.  Online it is the same story plus shipping.  Pictured is a special "kit" I put together to get started on your tincture.

Our DIY Tincture Kits include 

1-32 ounce glass jar with lid, 1- 2 ounce Amber bottle with dropper top, 2 customizeable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herb of your choice (additional herbs available) and Details Instructions

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Earlier this month I purchased a large bottle of 100 proof vodka for $17.  That's approx 59 ounces. 

1-2 ounces of herbs and16-32 ounces of vodka and I still have more vodka left.


Let's do the math
Tincture Kit (1 oz of herb) from Mary's Shop $15.75
Priority mail shipping $7.99

24 ounces (3 cups) of 100 proof vodka (approx)  $6.91


Total spent for 24 ounces of Tincture  $30.65
Homemade: Total spent for 2 ounces $2.55


Online store selling 1 ounce of Chamomile Tincture  $11.00
Shipping $4
Store-Bought: Total for 2 ounces: $26

HUGE savings!!!  Plus, with the Tincture Kit you have the Jar, Strainer top and detailed Instructions to make more! Kits ship within 48 hours (except weekends and holidays) via Priority Mail.

Not sure about the alcohol contentThe alcohol in a tincture can be evaporated out by adding the drops to almost boiling water and swirling until cool. Although a vegetable glycerin or Apple Cider Vinegar based tincture has a short shelf life, it can be used instead of alcohol for those who prefer an alternative.

Make your own Tincture using Mary's Organic DIY Tincture Kits.

So far, we have shared tutorials for Echinacea Tincture and Getting Started.  Every Tincture Kit purchased thru Mary's Heirloom Seeds includes detailed instructions.  Tinctures are simple to make and as we've shown above, much less expensive compared to store-bought.

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DIY Echinacea Tincture Tutorial Posted on 5 Aug 07:42 , 0 comments

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy.  Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can a much stronger alternative.  The cost to purchase 2 ounces in the store is almost 4 times what it would cost to make your own.  Some are even 7 times more expensive!  Source

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From Getting Started with Herbal Remedies 

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals.  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.


What are the benefits of Echinacea?
Echinacea is a classic member of the antiviral herbs. Not only does it fight viral and bacterial infection, it also stimulates the white blood cells and is good for the immune system. Use both the leaves and the roots of this plant.  Source

 
To get started you'll need:  A clean jar with a lid, vodka or everclear, herb(s), measuring cups and/or scale and labels.  
If you purchase a DIY Tincture Kit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds, the herbs, jar with a lid. labels and dropper bottle are all included.  All you need to do is measure out your menstruum and combine!

Let's get started making our Tincture!

DIY Organic Echinacea Tincture
Ingredients and tools:
1 clean jar with a lid (quart size)
5-6 cups of liquid  (ACV, Vegetable glycerin, vodka or everclear)
1 ounce of organic Echinacea Root (dried)

**Always label your jars and dropper bottles with ingredients and dates**

Directions:
1.  Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Echinacea in your jar.
2.  Measure out 3-4 cups of vodka or other menstruum and place inside your jar.
*If you choose to use ACV or Vegetable Glycerin, be aware that your Tincture will have a limited shelf life of approx 6 months*
3. Place the lid back on your jar and mix thoroughly.
4. Label your homemade Tincture with the Date and Ingredients.

5. Store in a cool, dry place such as a kitchen cabinet.  Keep Tinctures our of direct light
*Shake your brewing tincture regularly.  I prefer to shake my tinctures 2-3 times per week, sometimes daily.*

Start straining and consuming Echinacea Tincture after 4-6 weeks.  I prefer to store strained tinctures in amber dropper bottles.
I take approx 1/2 teaspoon up to 3 times daily as needed.

Disclaimer: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before consuming any product(s).  
Just a few of my Homemade Tinctures!
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