Chokeberry tincture, in polish called aronia, is a treasury of vitamin P. Under this name there is a group of compounds called bioflavonoids, which show antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is also rich in tannins, which have antibacterial and anti-cancer properties. , but can be toxic in large amounts. Chokeberry is also a source of vitamins C, B2, E and folic acid., it is also rich with iron, calcium, copper, boron, iodine, and manganese.
How to make chokeberry tincture? You will need 2 cups (around 1 lb / 500 g) of chokeberry fruit, 2 cups (around 16 fl oz / 500 ml) of 95% rectified spirit, 4 cups (around 2 lb / 1l) of water, 2 cups (around 1 lb / 500 g) of sugar and juice from 1 large lemon.
We wash the fruit of chokeberry, dry it, put it into a container and freeze it. Thanks to this, chokeberry becomes less tart and has a more distinct flavor. Put frozen fruit in a pot, cover with water and boil for half an hour. We wait for the liquid to cool down completely, pour in the spirit and lemon juice, move it to an airtight jar. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months. After this time, the tincture is ready for consumption.
Do you want to know more about chokeberry tincture? Keep reading – I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making a chokeberry tincture by yourself. I’m making tinctures from 2001 and have gathered and read dozens of books about them, so information that you will find in this article should be helpful 🙂
Where to buy chokeberry for tincture?
If you are not using fresh fruits you can find dried chokeberry on Amazon here – Dried Aronia/ Chokeberry Berries 100% Natural
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Chokeberry tincture uses, what is it good for
Chokeberry tincture is good for:
- facilitates digestion,
- it cleanses the body of toxins,
- lowers cholesterol,
- lowers sugar levels,
- supports the work of the eyes,
- it prevents the formation of varicose veins,
- it improves the condition of the skin.
Chokeberry tincture benefits
Long list of chokeberry tincture beneficial effects on our health include:
- facilitates digestion – people who struggle with digestive system diseases will benefit from the healing properties of chokeberry tincture. They are recommended when you have chronic abdominal pain, flatulence, nausea or constipation. Chokeberry tincture will also work well in the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – it will relieve unpleasant ailments and facilitate metabolism. Antioxidant ingredients help to remove toxins and support the functioning of the intestines. In addition, chokeberry supports the work of the pancreas and liver,
- cleanses the body of toxins – chokeberry tincture is very often used in detox diets. It facilitates the removal of toxins from the body. In addition, it prevents the build-up of heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides that can be harmful to your health,
- lowers cholesterol – chokeberry tincture contributes to lowering cholesterol levels. The anthocyanins and rutin contained in the chokeberry fruit prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the vessel walls and inhibit the development of atherosclerosis, Chokeberry preserves should also be used by people struggling with excessively high blood pressure,
- lowers sugar levels – chokeberry tincture also lowers blood sugar levels, it supports the production of insulin so it is recommended for diabetics,
- supports the work of the eyes – chokeberry tincture also supports the work of the eyes, and also reduces the risk of cataracts or macular degeneration. Chokeberry should be consumed by people who work long in front of the computer. Its fruits eliminate the effects of prolonged contact with the blue light of monitors,
- prevents the formation of varicose veins – chokeberry tincture also supports the work of the circulatory system. Regulates vascular permeability, preventing the formation of blood clots and varicose veins. In addition, chokeberry juice reduces blood cholesterol and supports the work of the heart. Thanks to this, it prevents diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, thrombosis,
- improves the condition of the skin – chokeberry tincture is also rich in powerful antioxidants. They fight free radicals that are responsible, among others, skin aging. The ingredients contained in chokeberry also contribute to the improvement of the condition of hair and nails. Therefore, drinking chokeberry juice regularly and eating these delicious fruits supports the fight for a beautiful appearance,
- in addition, chokeberries support immunity, that is why chokeberry is recommended, among others in the treatment of colds and flu.
Chokeberry tincture dosage
Most sources suggest using chokeberry tincture as precaution during cold months, you can take 1 tablespoon of chokeberry tincture before meals, 2-3 times a day.
Chokeberry tincture recipe
Another recipe for chokeberry tincture requires:
- 16 oz / 0.5 kg of ripe aronia berries, washed and cleaned of stalks and petioles,
- 2 cups (16 fl oz / 0.5 l) of vodka,
- 8 oz / 240 g of sugar,
- optional – ginger root, lemon, cardamom and vanilla.
Place the fruits in a large, airtight jar and cover it with sugar, then pour vodka over it. To neutralize the excessive tartness of the fruit, it is recommended to add one vanilla pod and a piece of ginger root. Sometimes cardamom and lemon juice are also added.
Everything should be thoroughly mixed, closed and moved to a sunny or well-heated place for 2-3 weeks. During this time, the jar must be shaken thoroughly every 2-3 days. After that time, chokeberry tincture should be strained through a fine strainer and filtered through gauze or filter paper. The finished chokeberry tincture should be poured into dark bottles and carefully closed. It is also worth labeling it properly and then storing it in a dark and cool place. Aronia tincture acquires its optimal taste after 4-5 months.
Chokeberry tincture recipe without alcohol
Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs for our use.
But if you can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol, or you should not give it to kids, as a substitute you can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract, also called an herbal glycerite. Such extract is not as strong or long-lasting as alcohol tinctures, but it takes only up to 3 days to make it.
Recipe to prepare chokeberry glycerite without alcohol: put herbs in a jar about 1/2 way, fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in a slow cooker (or Instant Pot with a slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. After that remove and strain, keep in a dry and cool place in dark glass bottles.
Chokeberry tincture contraindications and side effects
Side effects from chokeberry tincture are rare but may include constipation or diarrhea when overdosed.
Chokeberry might lower blood sugar so watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use chokeberry tincture.
What type of alcohol is used for chokeberry tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried chokeberry, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the fruit out of it.
How long does chokeberry tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, chokeberry tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of chokeberry
It is also known under such names: Aronia, Aronia arbutifolia, Aronia Berry, Aronia melanocarpa, Aronia nigra, Aronia prunifolia, Black Apple Berry, Black Chokeberry, Purple Chokeberry, Red Chokeberry, Wild Chokeberry.
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