Gooseberry tincture is a great way to warm up the body on an autumn or winter evening. Not only that, the recipes for such a tincture will also have a great effect on … digestion! Gooseberry is rich in a large amount of valuable calcium and magnesium – so why not make it by yourself at home?
To make gooseberry tincture you will need 8 glasses of gooseberries, 2 glasses sugar, 4 glasses of spirit and 2 glasses of water. Place fruits in an airtight jar, pour spirit over the fruit. Close and set aside in a dark place for a month. Drain the resulting tincture after a while and cover the fruit with sugar. Set aside for at least a week. Filter the juice, combine with the tincture, pour into clean bottles and set aside again for a month. Filter the whole thing and pour it into bottles, and then store in a cool place for about 2 months.
Do you want to know more about gooseberry tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a gooseberry tincture by yourself.
Where to buy gooseberry for tincture?
If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried gooseberry on Amazon here – Dried Whole Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Herb 100 grams.
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Gooseberry tincture usage
The properties of gooseberries and tincture made from them should be appreciated especially by people who complain of tired eyes. Gooseberry is a treasury of lutein, which supports the work of the organ of vision. In addition, gooseberries contain numerous vitamins and minerals, thanks to which they also have other health effects.
Gooseberry tincture benefits
Gooseberry contains organic acids, pectins, vitamins C, B1, PP, A, iron, copper and phosphorus salts. The tincture is especially useful in the fall and in spring, when it is easy to get sick, it helps in strengthening resistance and promotes renewal of strength. It has antipyretic properties, diuretic, stimulates the appetite and digestion.
What type of alcohol is used for gooseberry 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 fruits, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the fruits out of them.
How long does gooseberry tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, gooseberry tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they will last longer because the light will not damage them. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing them in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so it will last longer.
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 gooseberry
If you would like to check more info about the gooseberry here you can find webmd.com article about it.
It is also known under such names: Aamalaki, Amalaki, Amblabaum, Amla, Amla Berry, Aonla, Aovla, Arbre de Malacca, Arbre Myrobolan, Dhatriphala, Emblic, Emblica, Emblica officinalis, Emblic Myrobalan, Groseille à Maquereau Indienne, Groseille Indienne, Groseillier de Ceylan, Grosella de la India, Indian-Gooseberry, Mirobalano, Myrobalan Emblic, Mirobalanus embilica, Neli, Phyllanthus emblica, Yu Gan Zi.