When it comes to herbal remedies, tinctures are an easy, effective, and affordable way to get the most out of your herbs. The benefits of an herbal tincture are numerous. Tinctures are easy to take and are readily absorbed by the body; the alcohol component extracts and preserves the herb’s active constituents and makes for a powerful medicine.
A great tincture to have on hand is sage. Sage is known as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, powerhouse herb with a wide variety of healing properties. Sage has been used to treat a number of concerns, such as:
- Digestive problems, including loss of appetite, stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, bloating, and Heartburn
- Excessive perspiration or saliva
- Painful menstrual symptoms
- Excessive milk flow during nursing
- Menopausal symptoms
- Cold sores, sore mouth, throat, or tongue, gum disease, swollen nasal passages
- Memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease
- High cholesterol
Sage has antiviral properties that make it extremely useful at the first sign of a cold or as an oral rinse. It is a perfect candidate for an herbal tincture – and you can easily make your own at home with just two ingredients!
What You Need:
Sage leaves (a few handfuls)
190-proof alcohol (most commonly used are vodka, whisky, rum, or gin)
Colored glass container (blue or amber glass is best to keep out sunlight)
Tip: a container with a dropper attached to the lid is ideal for administering your tincture.
- Wash and completely dry your sage leaves, preferably overnight.
- Chop the sage and place in a 1-pint glass jar.
- Cover completely with alcohol, place lid on, and let sit in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks (shaking thoroughly every day).
- After 2 weeks, remove the lid and cover the top of the jar with cheesecloth. Strain out herbs by pouring contents into a colored glass container.
- Store in a cool, dark place for up to two years.
Herbal tinctures like the sage tincture can be taken directly under the tongue, or mixed with juice, warm water, or tea. A commonly recommended dose is ¼ teaspoon three times daily, but always be sure to consult with your health care professional or herbal apothecary to ensure safety and correct usage.