Lavender is a herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. Today it blooms in southern Europe, Australia and the United States. It is highly valued for the skin, commonly used in perfumes and shampoos. Additionally, it shows benefits in treating anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and wound healing.
How to make lavender tincture
To make lavender tincture you will need a airtight jar – use about 8 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers, 4 cups of vodka or other grain alcohol (vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best – 80-proof).
Add one cup of honey, preferably from lime, one lemon and one orange. Clean the fruits with hot water and cut them into slices, squeeze the juice lightly and pour it, along with the lemon and orange slices, into the jar. Then add lavender and pour alcohol over it. Put the prepared mixture in a dark place and after 2 weeks, add honey, then keep it for another week.
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Where to buy lavender for tincture?
If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried lavender on Amazon here – Dried Lavender Flower Buds for DIY
What is lavender tincture, infusion and oil good for
- Lavender supports the digestive system
The substances contained in lavender flowers and leaves are helpful in various problems with the digestive system – they stimulate the secretion of gastric juices and bile, improve appetite, accelerate digestion, soothe colic and flatulence, and accelerate peristaltic movements of the intestines. Thus, they help in the treatment of constipation and ailments caused by indigestion.
The infusion of lavender flowers has a beneficial effect on the digestive system, but adding lavender leaves with a bitter and slightly tingly taste is also perfect.
- Lavender relieves pain
By drinking infusions of lavender flowers, which relax the muscles, you can alleviate, for example, menstrual cramps and abdominal pain caused by gas accumulation. In contrast, the scent of this plant is an effective remedy for physical stress-induced symptoms such as tension headaches and migraines. So you can massage your temples with a drop of lavender oil or light an aromatherapy fireplace.
Massages with lavender oil will perfectly relieve tension muscle pains, as well as rheumatic pains in joints and muscles. A similar effect is also given by compresses or baths with the use of oil or infusion – they irritate the skin a bit and dilate the blood vessels, and have an analgesic effect.
- Lavender helps treat infections
Lavender oil’s antiseptic and bactericidal properties make it very helpful in fighting various infections. In the case of pharyngitis, sinusitis, bronchitis or tonsillitis, inhalations with the use of oil are perfect. It is also worth using it for gargling.
Lavender tincture benefits
In the period of increased risk of colds and flu, you can use prophylactic lavender tincture, which not only fights microbes, but also stimulates the immune system.
Lavender tincture for sleep and anxiety
Aromatic compounds contained in lavender oil have a toning effect on the nervous system. This means that the fragrance of this oil calms you down, soothes the effects of emotional and nervous tension, and helps you fall asleep.
Dried lavender flowers and leaves can be put in a linen bag and held against a pillow – they will help you sleep through the night. However, in case of fatigue and weariness, the scent of lavender stimulates mental activity.
In crisis situations, you can save yourself by sprinkling your skin with lavender-based toilet water, lighting an aromatherapy fireplace or taking a bath with a few drops of essential oil.
Lavender tincture dosage and other usage of fresh and dried lavender
Therapeutically, in case of stomach problems, use 1-2 tablespoons of tincture diluted with a small amount of warm water (not cold!).
Mix 3-4 tablespoons of the tincture with about 1 cup of boiled, lukewarm water and the lavender water prepared in this way can be used for washing furniture or as a spray to refresh the air.
In case of various types of pain, neuralgia, it is worth trying to rub the sore places with such a tincture.
Lavender strengthens the nerves and brings a good night’s sleep, so it’s worth having a bag of lavender next to your bed or on your pillow at night.
Lavender should be used in the kitchen as a seasoning. In combination with coarse salt, black pepper, dried rosemary or other favorite herbs, it can be used for rubbing meat, which gains an amazing floral and forest aroma during baking. It can also be added to fruit preserves, homemade cooked juices and baked goods.
It is worth also to mention that lavender protects food against bacteria, thanks to which it perfectly preserves stored supplies.
I also recommend lavender tea, which improves digestion and has a calming effect, and its taste is unique. It is worth drinking this tea in the evening, especially if we have sleep problems and wake up tired, which has a very bad effect on our health and brain function.
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 lavender
If you would like to check more info about the lavender here you can find webmd.com article about it.
It is also known under such names: Alhucema, Common Lavender, English Lavender, French Lavender, Garden Lavender, Huile Essentielle de Lavande, Lavanda, Lavande, Lavande à Feuilles Étroites, Lavande Anglaise, Lavande Commune, Lavande des Alpes, Lavande du Jardin, Lavande Espagnole, Lavande Fine, Lavande Française, Lavande Officinale, Lavande Vraie, Lavandula, Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula dentate, Lavandula latifolia, Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula pubescens, Lavandula spica, Lavandula stoechas, Lavandula vera, Lavender Essential Oil, Ostokhoddous, Spanish Lavender, Spike Lavender, True Lavender.