YES, I DID SAY TINCTURE...
THE FOUR JARS READY TO BREW IN THE CROCK POT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS
I am not sure where my love for all things natural really started. I think it was when we were close to having to get tubes for Louis. He had quite a few ear infections and our pediatrician said if he gets one or 2 more, we had to look at tubes. My mom sent me some homeopathic drops to use when he got another cold or when we were suspicious of another ear infection... and let me tell you, he never had another one. I think that is what started my interest in more healthy living in general. From there it went onto using more homeopathic remedies, eating better, teaching natural childbirth classes, becoming a doula, and yes, making herbal tinctures:)
So let me preface it all by saying, I know these things don't appeal to everyone. I know not everyone loves natural childbirth like me, and many aren't even remotely interested in it :) and that is totally ok with me. I certainly am not religious about how we eat, we just try to make good choices for the most part and then when we splurge or have treats I don't feel bad. I am very thankful to have doctors that can help us when we need them. We don't avoid going to them at all, it just seems that since we have started to be more concious of what we eat, and using the homeopathic things when little things come up, we rarely NEED to go see them. I like that:)
It is funny, Greg calls all that natural remedies and such, "my witch doctor stuff". The funny part is, if he ever feels a sickness brewing, he is the first to ask for some of it.
And that is where the immune builder tincture comes in...
Basically it is a whole mess of herbs like Echinecea roots and tops, elderberries, nettle, peppermint, rosehips, and ginsing root. You put the herbal mix in pint size jars, cover with hot water, and then fill the jars almost to the top with vegetable glycerin. I am not going to lie, it doesn't taste the best. It is incredibly sweet. You can put it in tea, but we just tend to take a spoonful and wash it down with water. Last year, we literally had only one child with one cold all winter. So since we already had one child we know diagnosed with the swine flu, I thought I should get the concoction going. I am thankful to be able to use some of the wonderful things God put on this earth to help stregthen our immune systems. If you are at all interested in herbs a great place to get them online is www.bulkherbstore.com
Do you think I am kind of wacky now? Hopefully you'll still come back wacky or not:)