Okay, sort of consider this a stand in for "Totally Natural Tuesday" this week, kay? My son has been sleeping really crappy (even by his standards) the last three weeks because his eczema keeps flaring worse and worse and last night he went to bed at 8:00 pm and was up at 10:00 pm and proceeded to itch and howl ALL NIGHT LONG (poor kiddo). Honestly, this tincture has been somewhat saving my sanity of late. I've been SLOWLY increasing the son's dose on this (I started out with 5 drops twice a day on this) just to see if it'll help to calm his itching down and hopefully (eventually) help him sleep better. I do have a more "traditional" tincture stewing right now too to see if it'll help him out and out SLEEP, but in the meantime this is as good as I've got and it DOES help to tone down the irritation on his skin and seems to stop his itching (not to mention improve his mood) when I can get it down him. I was going to use Valerian Root in this instead of Chamomile, but it was back ordered, so I did what I could with what I had, but I'll give you an update later on how the Valerian root works in a stop itching tincture as well. So, here you go folks my recipe for a Stop Itching and Relax Tincture.
Here's a list of ingredients and why I used them (in case you want to drop some when you make yours or are just curious):
Burdock Root: Noted as probably the BEST herb available for skin issues, Burdock Root helps to cleanse the system of poisons and other nasties that help to cause conditions like eczema. So, I figured this was a natural one to help combat eczema internally. The leaves, if you can find them, are also a great thing to add to oils to make into skin creams as well.
Dandelion Leaf: Dandelion, it turns out, is one of the best herbs to combat anemia and has naturally high levels of iron. So, I figured this was a good one to add since the boy doesn't get enough iron in his diet as is.
Licorice Root: An herb that is wonderful for a child's lymphatic system and just a good one generally for the immune system, licorice root also has a wonderful bi-product when added to a tincture in that it gives it a sweet taste (and helps to mask some of the other bitter herbs).
Chamomile: Here's one I was nervous about as I'M allergic to rag weed and guess what Chamomile is? But, my son doesn't seem to have a problem with it and chamomile is a calming herb that can help to calm nervous tensions, itching and the like and can help people to relax and fall asleep.
Marshmallow Root: A herb that is good for the digestive tract and soothing to the entire digestive system, I added this one in in the hopes of helping my son's gut issues (and hopefully improving his appetite).
So, now onto the recipe!
Stop Itching and Relax Tincture Recipe
- 1/4 cup Burdock Root
- 1/4 Cup Dandelion Leaf
- 1/4 Cup Licorice Root
- 1/4 Cup Chamomile Flowers (I used whole ones)
- 1/4 Cup Marshmallow Root
- 80 proof or greater grain alcohol (brandy and vodka are the ones usually used for tinctures)
Combine all herbs in a mason jar (I used a quart mason jar usually for this) and cover with vodka so that they are covered by 2 to 3 inches of vodka (the herbs will sink and the vodka should be 2 to 3 inches above the herbs). Screw lid onto jar and shake to make sure all herbs are combined into the alcohol. Let steep in a warm place for 4 to 6 weeks, shaking the jar once a day (be sure to label it and label what is in it...trust me this is a good thing to get in the habit of doing).
When 4 to 6 weeks have passed strain mixture in a cheese cloth lined wire mesh strainer over a bowl (I use a Pyrex 4 cup measuring cup for this). Once liquid has been strained bottle in a colored glass tincture bottle (prevents degradation of your tincture when you put it in colored glass) and label with date and contents. Store in a cool dark place pretty much indefinitely.
Just a note, don't panic if you see a white "milk" settle to the bottom of your bottle. This is a natural bi-product of tincturing burdock root as it does some voodoo with the alcohol and separates. Nothing to be worried about there.
For Tincture Dosing Directions see the following resources:
For adult doses:
My Healing Path (Page down to "Suggested Use for Herbal Tinctures" to see the dosing chart)
And for child doses:
Stony Mountain Botanicals (Page Down to "Dosages" to see the formulas for figuring child dosing).
Where do I buy my herbs? I buy mine through The Bulk Herb Store but you can also get them through Mountain Rose Herbs.
NOTE: This recipe has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to cure or treat any disease. I am just a woman who likes to mess around with herbs and hold no degree in anything resembling herbology or anything that would make me an "expert" in herbs, natural healing or anything like that. The information I share here just comes from my myriad of research via the internet, herb books and the like. Thank you much!