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spruce tincture

After opening the jar, strain the brown spruce tips from the alcohol.

Make sure to label the jars with some basic information such as name, date and % of alcohol you used for the tincture.

This homemade Spruce tips tincture provides a burst of energy in a small portable bottle that helps remove toxins from the body and strengthens your immune system. External application helps ease the pain in joints and muscles as well as naturally heal wounds.

Materials

Evergreen conifer tree spruce is easy to identify. Its branches are sharp and pointy and each twig carries the needles singly. To further distinguish the difference between spruce and its cousin fir, you need to observe the needle, roll it between your fingers and if it rolls easily (meaning the needle has 4 sides) you have a spruce needle. If it’s flat and it doesn’t roll (meaning the needle has 2 sides only) it’s a fir.

This homemade Spruce tips tincture provides a burst of energy in a small portable bottle that helps remove toxins from the body and strengthens your immune system. External application helps ease the pain in joints and muscles as well as naturally heal wounds.

Pour over with alcohol. I used 100- proof alcohol which contains 50% of alcohol and 50% water. Proof tells you how much of the liquid is water and how much is pure ethyl alcohol (ethanol). If you want to use vodka or other liquor for your tincture simply divide the proof by two. Make sure you use at least 80 – proof alcohol to properly extract the plant constituents as well as to preserve the tincture.

Seal the jar for 6 or more weeks with an occasional shake. That is the time alcohol needs to absorb the active components of spruce tips.

When you put a little bit ot turpentine in a bath you can strengthen the blood supply and therefore provoke the healing of bad healing wounds. A turpentine bath can also allay rheumatic pains and gout.

Another use of the spruce are problems with the blood supply.

Spruce Tea

In May the spruce blossoms. Male and female flowers grow on the same tree. Long hanging cones develop from the female flowers.

The main uses of the spruce are problems with the respiratory system, because the essential oils of the spruce desinfect and clean the lung.

The needles of the spruce are dark green and grow around the branches. In springtime new sprouts grow at the tip of the branches. In the beginning these sprouts are light green and soft.

But many people would like to avoid alcohol, either because the tincture may be consumed by children, or for other personal reasons. Perhaps the taste of alcohol is unpleasant to you, or perhaps consumption of alcohol is against your principles. Or perhaps alcoholic spirits are not available legally in your community.

Amy Jeanroy is an herbalist and professional gardener with several years of experience.

Pros and Cons of Vinegar Tinctures

A vinegar tincture can also work well as a base for a hot drink for children or grownups battling ordinary colds. Combine one tablespoon of your favorite vinegar tincture (such as goldenrod and vinegar) and a tablespoon of raw honey into a mug. Fill it with steaming hot (but not boiling) water. Stir and consume by slowly sipping. This is a wonderfully tasty way to help your loved one feel better.

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There are even a few advantages to vinegar tinctures. For example, a vinegar tincture can be safely given to children who should not consume alcohol. Nor is there any conflict for individuals who choose not to consume alcohol because of chemical dependency or moral issues. Herbal tinctures with a vinegar base also have a broader range of use than alcohol-based tinctures—you can use them as a dressing over cooked greens or salads, for example. A vinegar tincture mixed with honey or maple syrup, then heated in a pan until slightly thickened, can be poured over roasted vegetables to add immunity-boosting micronutrients to this delightful winter dish.