Herbal Preparations

When using herbal preparations, always be sure to check with your medical professional, if needed. Never stop taking a prescribed medication until you discuss it with your doctor.

Be sure you carefully read the ingredients in any herbal preparation. You do not need any artificial or chemical ingredients. You have turned to herbs to avoid the use of artificial and chemical ingredients. Do not assume that what is says on the front label is all that is in it. Always read the ingredients on the back label. Be wary of preparations that are foreign-made or mass-produced in factories. In either case, it could be a very good herbal preparation, but investigate the company to be certain of that.

My herbal preparations are made only with the ingredients listed on the labels. There are no contaminants, fillers, or artificial ingredients used – ever. I do grow and harvest a few of my own herbs, while most are purchased from very reputable places – always as close to home as possible. I make the preparations, with my own hands, in my own kitchen. They are not mass-produced in a factory. In fact, I am willing to share my recipes if you would like to make your own.

The vast majority of my tinctures use alcohol (vodka or brandy) as the macerating agent. Alcohol is not the only option but it is the best option. Alcohol is best at extracting the herbal properties; alcohol takes the herbal tincture into your blood stream more quickly; alcohol makes the shelf life of the tincture quite long, if not indefinite. The amount of alcohol consumed is minimal. With the usual dose of most tinctures at 1/2 dropper or 20 drops, the amount is 1/8 of a teaspoon. However, I do make tinctures using glycerin – for children and those with an alcohol problem.


Products For Sale:

I am not running a health food store; it is not my goal to sell you every supplement under the sun, but to consider only what you want – to address your needs. I do not have a store to browse. You are, however, welcome to come by for a conversation. Fill out the contact form here at the web site with your phone number or email and we can make a date. Your personal information will not go anywhere – ever – and will only be used by me to contact you to make an appointment.

Currently, my herbal preparations are only available locally, limited to the Springfield, MO area. You can pick up or I can deliver. Soon, they will be available via the website utilizing PayPal for payment.

As the web site grows, so will the list of products below. At any time, you can request a specific product even if it is not listed here. I provide individual and combination herb tinctures, as well as topical preparations to address particular issues.

All extracts should be shaken before use. Depending on the herbs used for the particular tincture, the liquid may be clear or opaque. Recommended dosage, listed with tincture information below, is given in droppers or teaspoons. In a 1 ounce bottle, a half dropper equals 20 drops or 1/8 of a teaspoon; a full dropper equals 40 drops or 1/4 teaspoon. For all extracts, larger bottles of 2 or 3 ounces are also available. All bottles are available with or without a glass dropper, as needed.

A few tinctures taste pleasant but most do not. You can take the tincture dose directly from the dropper into your mouth. However, it is recommended that you put the appropriate dose in an ounce of water or juice. Water will dilute it enough to make the taste tolerable. Juice will mask it almost completely. (Milk and coffee are not recommended.)

None of these tinctures should be taken by children, pregnant women, or people with alcohol problems. For children and those with alcohol issues, tinctures can be made with glycerin or vinegar. (There are herbal preparations safe for pregnant women, but that is too much information for this discussion here.)


HERBAL BLEND TINCTURE



Memory Herbal Tincture

$10.00 – 1 oz bottle with dropper, 48 doses (dosage = half dropper 1-2 times daily)

This tincture addresses the minor memory slips and foggy brain feeling associated with natural aging. This works best when used daily but can also be used as an occasional tonic for a brain boost. For that purpose, take 2 teaspoons in water or juice. With daily use, after starting, it may take a week or so before you begin to feel the effects of better memory/less forgetfulness. Contains: gingko, gotu kola, rosemary, ginseng, peppermint leaf, with brandy as the macerating agent

Menopause Herbal Tincture

$10.00 – 1 oz bottle with dropper, 48 doses (dosage = half dropper 1-2 times daily)

This tincture addresses the hormone imbalance, mood swings, depression, fatigue and perspiration – all associated with menopause. It works best when taken regularly. Upon starting, it may take a week or so before you begin to feel better. Contains: red clover blossom, black cohosh, St. John’s wort, sage leaf, ashwagandha root, with vodka as the macerating agent

Arthritis Herbal Tincture

$10.00 – 1 oz bottle with dropper, 48 doses (dosage = half dropper 2 times daily)

This tincture addresses the pain of arthritis. It works best when taken daily, not just when you have pain. Upon starting, it may take a week or so before you begin to feel better. Contains: devil’s claw, kava root, white willow bark, arnica, passion flower, with vodka as the macerating agent

Sleep Herbal Tincture

$10.00 – 1 oz bottle, 3 doses (dosage = 2 teaspoons)

This tincture is for occasional use to help with sleeping. Mix 2 teaspoons of tincture with 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of warm water to create a sleep tonic to be taken before bed. Mixing the tincture and honey in a cup of chamomile tea provides an additional benefit. Contains: passion flower, chamomile, California poppy, skullcap, with brandy as the macerating agent

Lung Health Herbal Tincture

$10.00 – 1 oz bottle with dropper, 24 doses (dosage = 1 full dropper as needed)

This tincture addresses lung health and can be taken daily or occasionally as needed. Contains: anise seed, sage leaf, black cohosh, elecampane, licorice root, saw palmetto berries, boswellia, thyme, with vodka as the macerating agent



SINGLE HERB EXTRACTS


$8.00 – 1 oz bottle (glass dropper or cap)

Any herb can be made into an individual tincture. If there is one you want that is not on the list, just ask. If it is not already on hand, it will take 6 weeks to macerate. For children and those with alcohol issues, a tincture can be made with glycerin or vinegar. On the list below, the macerating agent is vodka unless otherwise noted as brandy.

  • ashwagandha root –overall health, energy boost
  • astragalus root – exhaustion, immune health
  • black cohosh – hormone balance
  • burdock root – liver
  • calendula – skin issues, healing
  • California poppy – sleep
  • chamomile – calm
  • chickweed – skin itch, rashes
  • clary sage – perspiration
  • echinacea – colds, respiratory issues
  • elder berries & flowers – colds, coughs, immune system
  • ginkgo biloba – memory
  • hawthorn berries/flowers/leaf (brandy) – heart health
  • kava root – pain, stress
  • lavender – calm, depression
  • lemon balm – calm
  • 3 mushroom: maitaki, shiitake, reishi (brandy) – minerals, cell health
  • nettle leaf – minerals
  • passion flower – sleep, mild pain
  • peppermint leaf – energy, memory
  • red clover blossom – overall balance + minerals
  • saw palmetto (brandy) – prostate health
  • self-heal (aka all heal) – astringent, healing
  • St. John’s wort – depression
  • thyme – respiratory ailments
  • valerian root – depression
  • white willow bark (brandy) – analgesic/pain

SALVES, OINTMENTS, BALMS, ETC.

$6.00 1 oz tin & $15.00 3 oz tin

These are all produced by simmering the herbs in oil for several hours, then straining and adding beeswax to the oil to partially solidify, with essential oils being added at the end of the process.

Herbal Healing Salve- For minor cuts, burns, abrasions, scratches – Contains: calendula, comfrey, plantain, St. John’s wort, olive oil, beeswax, lavender essential oil 

Cold Sore Ointment- For cold sores, fever blisters – Contains: marshmallow root, licorice root, olive oil, avocado oil, beeswax, essential oils of tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus

Analgesic Balm- For arthritis, joint, bone pain (some may find it particularly good for hands and knees) – Contains: arnica, white willow bark, olive oil, avocado oil, beeswax, frankincense & eucalyptus essential oil

Neuralgia Balm- For nerve pain (Those with diabetes may find it decreases nerve pain in feet, with the added benefit of being a great moisturizer for those feet to help prevent drying/cracking.) – Contains: black cohosh, St. John’s wort, lavender, peppermint leaf, olive oil, avocado oil, beeswax, cinnamon essential oil

 


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