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How would you like an army on your side this winter?

Well, you already have an army- your immune system. But an Echinacea Tincture can really mobilize your immune army when you need it.

Echinacea tincture; Ten years ago I would need clarification for both of those words…

**A tincture is concentrated liquid herbal infusion. Tinctures preserve and concentrate the properties of the herb that is being infused. Tinctures most often are made using alcohol as the solvent. So a tincture is an infused alcohol. Though you can use glycerin or vinegar as a solvent as well.

**Echinacea is an herbaceous flowering plant in the daisy family, commonly known as coneflower. “Echinacea raises the body’s natural resistance to infection by stimulating and aiding immune function… increasing macrophage and T-cell activity, the body’s first line of defense against foreign antigens.” (Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs) Mobilizing your inner army, or what?!

Echinacea tincture is very effective when taken at the first sign of cold or flu. Small frequent doses work the best when I come to herbal remedies.

How to make echinacea tincture?

Ingredients: • Dried echinacea root • Vodka

Instructions: • Place chopped echinacea root in a glass jar up to half of the jar. • Fill the rest of the jar with the vodka. Shake well. • Place in a cupboard and shake once a week. • After six weeks strain the herbs from the liquid and pour the liquid into a clean jar. • Label the jar and store in a cool dark spot.

Dosage: • At first sign of illness take ¼ tsp 4 time a day for two days. • For the rest of the week reduce to twice a day. • Do not take for longer than a week.

Contractions: • Since echinacea enhances the immune system it is not recommended for people who have an autoimmune condition.

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