Nasturtium tincture has healing properties as it contains many mineral salts, vitamins and essential oils. In nasturtium you can find, among others, benzyl isothiocyanate, which has bactericidal and fungicidal properties, so it will work well in preparations treating bacterial and fungal infections. Thanks to the content of myrosinase – an enzyme with fungicidal, bactericidal and virucidal properties, nasturtium juice can also cure herpes, lichen and other dermatoses.
The ingredients needed to prepare the nasturtium tincture are: 2 cups of vodka and 1/3 glass of green seeds (or half a cup of nasturtium flowers). Put the flowers or seeds into an airtight jar and pour vodka over them. Put the jar in a sunny place for about 2 weeks. After this time, the nasturtium tincture will be ready for consumption.
Do you want to know more about nasturtium 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 when you will be making a mugwort tincture by yourself.
Where to buy nasturtium for tincture?
If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried nasturtium on Amazon here – Organic Bio Herbs-Organic Dried Water-cress Leaves (Nasturtium Officinale) 2 Oz.
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Both the leaves and flowers of the plant can be used to prepare healing baths, soothing headaches and body aches. Baths are especially recommended for people suffering from skin infections, such as psoriasis or acne on the back. Nasturtium has anti-inflammatory properties, so it speeds up the healing of fresh wounds and wounds covered with scabs. It also dries pus from wounds and prevents the spread of infection.
There is also mustard oil in nasturtium. Thanks to him, nasturtium juice has an antiseptic effect. This makes it no less effective in cleaning wounds than, for example, hydrogen peroxide. Perfect for washing small cuts. Mustard oil also supports microcirculation and is recommended for skin care.
In addition to its positive effects on acne, nasturtium can also improve the condition of the hair. Just take a handful of leaves and pour boiling water over it. When the whole thing is brewed up and cooled down, strain it and pour it into spray bottles. Such a rinse can be treated as a natural hair spray. It should be used for the final rinse of hair after washing. Thanks to this, we will remove dandruff and give hair shine.
Nasturtium contains a large amount of vitamin C. Thanks to it, it has a beneficial effect on blood vessels, which it strengthens and thus contributes to the increase in the immunity of the entire body. People suffering from respiratory infections are recommended to drink nasturtium juice, which also strengthens the urinary system. Nevertheless, it is also given to people with scurvy and immunocompromised people.
Nasturtium tincture dosage
Nasturtium tincture is a drink that many people like mainly because of its taste. Nevertheless, it also has health-promoting properties.
It is recommended for women with symptoms related to premenstrual tension. Nasturtium tincture helps regulate the menstrual cycle. Women are advised to take it 7 days before menstruation. Dose – 30 drops, 3 times a day.
Nasturtium tincture contraindications and side effects
- stomach or intestinal ulcers -don’t take nasturtium if you have stomach or intestinal ulcers, it might make ulcers worse.
- kidney disease – don’t take nasturtium if you have kidney disease.
What type of alcohol is used for nasturtium 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 nasturtium, 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 herb out of it.
How long does nasturtium tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, nasturtium 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 nasturtium
It is also known under such names: Capuchina, Capucine, Cresson d’Inde, Goldglanz, Grande Capucine, Indian Cress, Tropaeolum, Tropaeolum majus.
Source – if you would like to check more info about the nasturtium here you can find a webmd.com article about it.