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Making Tinctures and a Recipe for Soothing Bug Bites

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

It all starts with a little bug...with an appetite- then ZAP- He got you! The itching, the redness, it's maddening!!!

What if I told that one drop could ease your pain? It's true, and I'm going to show you exactly how to make it!

BUT FIRST...let me take you back a few months...

There are three tinctures in this recipe, so let's go over how to make a tincture.

How To Make A Tincture

Making a tincture is so easy, and requires only two ingredients- herb and alcohol (I use 100 proof vodka).

Fill a mason jar about 3/4 way of herb (1/3 for roots) and cover completely (I usually fill the jar) with your alcohol. As I said before, I always use 100 proof vodka.

Label your jar with the herb name, the Latin name (ok, I'm being a geek, but I always do), and the creation dat.

Store in a cool, dark cupboard for 8 weeks, shaking every other day. make sure to check your alcohol level- if it's evaporating to show the herbs, add more.

Once the 8 weeks has past, strain the liquid from the herb and keep in a dark bottle, in the cupboard or cool, dark spot. This will last for years.

A great post to go further in depth with tinctures is one of my favorite blogs: The Mountain Rose Blog.

Now, on to the Bug Bite Relief!!!

Bug Bite Relief


4 tsp. witch hazel
1 tsp. aloe vera juice
30 drops plantain tincture
30 drops calendula tincture
30 drops yarrow tincture
24 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil

Combine all the ingredients and shake well. Keep in a dark glass bottle. You an either use a dropper (what I did) or a mister top. Use within 6 months.

This makes a little over an ounce, but as I said earlier- one drop/spritz does the trick!

Want relief without the hassle of making it yourself? You can purchase the finished product here!

Categories: Herbs/Herbal Remedies, Products, You Can Do It!

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