Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DIY Peppermint "Pick Me Up" Tincture Blend


"When you are stressed, depressed, and worn out, the last thing you need is to have your system roused with caffeine-rich foods, sugar, or drugs -- all common "remedies" for the blues. Instead, mild herbs that gently and surely nourish and spark the system are appropriate; they activate the nerve endings by increasing circulation, providing nutrients, and increasing vitality and zest. They neither provoke the system nor agitate it."
~ Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

I love to experiment with herbs in the kitchen and concoct! Once you learn their specialized properties, you can create your own medicinal mixtures based on your individual needs.  I am particularly drawn to the everyday necessities of the busy homemaker, for as I age, I notice my energy levels aren't what they used to be (and I am highly enticed by another cup of coffee!). Most of the time, I drink our Homemaker's Helper Tea and this blend keeps me feeling strong and capable. However, when my schedule gets thrown off due to unforeseen situations, family emergencies and so forth, there isn't time for that cup of tea. This is why our "pick me up" tincture was born.


This simple recipe uses the "nerve" nourishing properties of peppermint, lemon balm and nettle.  The peppermint acts as a natural stimulant, increases circulation, provide nutrients and increases vitality. Lemon balm is a strengthening nerve tonic which is high in calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and protein. And lastly, nettle is another excellent tonic herb for women. It is a rich source of iron, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin A. With this trio, your body will receive many of the vitamin and minerals that have been zapped from stress and will revitalize and refresh you! Another bonus is that peppermint is a digestive aid and will help with any sluggishness you suffer because of poor digestion (thus providing you with more energy!).


1. To prepare our "pick me up" blend, simply place 1/2 cup each of the following dried herbs inside of a clean, quart sized, glass jar (if using fresh herbs, use a heaping 1/2 cup):



2. Next, add either 80-100 proof vodka or apple cider vinegar to the jar until it is 3/4 of the way full.
  • Though alcohol will make the strongest tincture (please read this post if you have any concerns about the use of it in your medicine cabinet), you will find the pros and cons of both vodka and vinegar in our how to make a tincture post.
  • You could also use food-grade glycerine (in lieu of vodka and vinegar), but will need to follow different instructions for the tincture making process which will be found in our how to make a tincture post. Just use the herb amounts from this post but omit the honey. Glycerine is sweet enough!


3. Fill the remaining of the jar with raw honey (leaving about 1-inch head space from the top of jar).  I included the honey for the happy flavor and because it is a natural energy booster. Feel free to omit it from the recipe if you like.

4. Cap the jar tightly and shake well to blend the mixture. If using a metal lidded jar, cover jar with a piece of plastic or wax paper prior to screwing on the lid. You don't want the metal to be in contact with the tincture to corrode it.

5. Label your jar with the name of herb, date and the medium used (i.e., alcohol or cider vinegar).

6. Store in a cool, dark area like your pantry. Let the mixture sit for 4 - 6 weeks for a nice, strong blend. Shake every few days to infuse the herbs into the liquid.



Final Notes:
  • When the time is completed, place a fine strainer over a glass bowl. Line the strainer with a piece of clean, lightweight cotton or muslin. Pour the contents through and strain. Your tincture is ready to use!
  • If you have a clean dropper bottle, then pour some of your tincture inside and add it into your medicine cabinet. The remaining jar of tincture can safely be stored in your pantry for up to 5 years if using vodka, 2 years if using the glycerin, while the apple cider vinegar tincture will last up to 1 year.
  • Make sure to label your final product with the name of tincture, date made and medium used (such as vodka, vinegar or glycerin).


Now remember, I am not an herbalist... but here is how I would take the tincture -- You can start off with one dropperful (aka 1/4 tsp.) for 3 times a day (if necessary, you may increase to a 2 dropperful dose which is 1/2 tsp. for 3 times a day) when the need arises. This can be added to water, tea, raw honey or even coffee (shh!!! well... if you are going to have it, a minty one would be more helpful).

Unlike caffeine which gives you a false burst of energy, these herbs give you a gentle boost because they are nourishing your depleted body. Keep in mind that the longer you use these herbs, the better the results will be as they begin to build and restore your energy. It is wonderful to have a variety of these long lasting and all natural medicines in your pantry!  Happy herbal-crafting!



"For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God..."
~ Hebrews 6:7

Disclaimers: I am not a certified herbalist but a homemaker interested in the arts of natural healing. The information I have learned has been gleaned through study of some of the following favorite books; Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's GuideHerbal Recipes for Vibrant HealthGrow Your Own Drugs by James WongThe Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs by Reader's Digest and websites of herbalists (such as the Bulk Herb Store Blog). As with all medicine, if problems still persist, discontinue the use of this remedy.

I am not a doctor. While I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use, remember that using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is approved by the FDA or intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. All things on this blog are my opinion or the opinion of others. Also, if you have a medical condition, are taking pharmaceutical drugs, or are pregnant, please consult your physician prior to taking herbs.


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17 comments:

  1. Oh, sweet JES, I have to try this tincture you suggest us today, Spring is often a difficult moment to me, it's easy for me to feel tired and, as you say, coffee is not the right remedy, it makes you feel better as soon as you drink it, but you're growing nervous more and more without any benefits for your nerves, indeed !

    Wishing you a lovely remainder of your week,
    with sincere thankfulness I'm sending blessings to you

    XOXO Dany

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    1. Thank you Dany! I do hope you give it a try and enjoy the benefits! :)

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  2. Oh dear me, this sounds delightful! I have a daughter and husband that love their peppermint (anything, lol). I'm going to give this a go so thank you so much for sharing.
    Have a great rest o' the week!

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    1. Perfect! I have lots more peppermint recipes on the way -- not that a creamy frozen peppermint/chocolate treat sounds good... ;)

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  3. I have successfully used these in tea and infusions and in tincture blends, but I like the sound of your special tincture for nerves and pick me up.

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    1. Sometimes it is all about the name, huh? :) Thanks for visiting!

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  4. This sounds wonderful... actually quite yummy! I wouldn't mind adding it to a cup of tea any day, whether I need it or not ;) Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Exactly, it won't hurt either way, but only strengthen and nourish your system more! Thanks for the visit! :)

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  5. Hello hello Jes, I too love my peppermint and have both peppermint and lemon balm growing in my garden. I have not seen any nettles around here so will have to try and source these. Can I make this tincture without adding the nettles if I cannot find them?. Thank you for your truely helpful and lovely blog. I use so much of the information you so willingly supply.
    Be blessed my friend.
    Gail.

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    1. Hi Gail! You can use more lemon balm in its place or replace the nettles with either oatstraw or even dandelion! :) Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Hi JES- I too love herbs! They are wonderful and come right from God's Pharmacy! I too make tinctures and teas and really reap benefits from them. One of my favorite is peppermint- tincture, tea and essential oil. I also like chamomile and lavender. You have some really good information about herbs here on your blog. Keep up the wonderful work :)) Blessings to you, T

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    1. Chamomile and lavender are also my favorites! Lately I have been in love with lemon balm and in my next herb order, I will be trying hibiscus flowers. Thank you for taking the time to share T! Have a wonderful week :)

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  7. Do you happen to know how long herbs last once dried? I have mint from at least 2+ years ago. Still smells good :). But wondering if it's still good to use?
    Thanks as always
    Amy

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    1. Hi Amy, from what I understand they are at best quality between 1 - 2 years. After that, they are not "bad" but will not be as strong and will continue to lose quality. By tincturing them, you increase the shelf life of the beneficial herbal properties. Hope this helps! :)

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  8. This sounds like something I can use! Is the label available to print?
    Thanks

    Davette B.

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    1. Hi Davette! Thank you for your interest in our labels! I always wonder if they get used! :) This time, I was not able to prepare one... Sorry! But if I get a moment, I may try and add one. We do have basic "tincture" labels in the HOW TO MAKE A TINCTURE post which is linked above. Have a wonderful week! :)

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  9. This tincture looks just perfect as a way to get a little lift on a busy day - thanks so much for sharing with Awesome Life Friday!

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