How To Make An Arthritis Tincture
Arthritis afflicts many people, especially the elderly. Caused by a variety of different means, arthritis is a painful swelling of joints, which at the least makes it difficult to accomplish everyday activities and at worst can be debilitating.
The normal medical treatment for arthritis is nothing more than pain relievers. But this is one place where herbal medicine has an advantage over modern medicine. There are a number of plants which are useful in the treatment of arthritis. Extracting the essential oils from these plants, into a tincture, provides an easy way of treating this common condition.
You Will Need:
- Fresh ginger root
- Fresh turmeric root
- Fresh cayenne peppers
- Peppermint leaves
- 80% proof vodka (40% alcohol)
- Peel the ginger root and turmeric root
- Chop an equal amount of all ingredients fine, except the alcohol
- Place the ingredients in a jar, filling it most of the way
- Pour enough of the alcohol into the jar to fully cover the ingredients, plus some
- Close the jar and place in the refrigerator for four to six weeks, so that the alcohol can draw the essential oils out of the ingredients. Mix occasionally
- Remove the jar and strain out the chopped ingredients, saving the liquid. This liquid is your tincture
The completed tincture can be stored in any sealed bottle or jar. Because it is alcohol based, it will keep virtually indefinitely, without refrigeration, as the alcohol will kill any bacteria that get into the jar.
Tinctures are concentrated, so you don’t need much. Typically a few drops or ¼ teaspoon is enough. You will have to experiment a little, as everyone’s body is different. So start out slowly and increase until you find your ideal dosage. No more than one teaspoon of the tincture should be taken daily. While some people apply it topically, it is really intended for internal consumption, allowing the essential oils from the ingredients to heal from within.