Ancient Herbal Preparation
Available in a Variety of Forms
World reknown for the great restorative medicinal properties derived from it over centuries of use in Ayurvedic medicine, the Ashwagandha root has been grown and cultivated over many years in North America, Africa, and India. When facing such physical ailments as inflammatory conditions, to sleep disorders like insomnia and even cancer, various preparations of the Ashwagandha herb have been sought out to help alleviate the associated signs and symptoms of these disorders. If you are interested in taking this herb, it is available in many different forms, such as capsules, dried tea powder, and a tincture. You can find all of these preparations of Ashwagandha root either on an online store, or offline at you nearest health food store.
If you are interested in making your own Ashwaghanda tincture, it is a very simple process, however, it may take up to two weeks for you to create. Whether you are a male who is using this herb as an aphrodesiac, for male impotency, or you are using this herb to help alleviate your insomnia, it does bear continual mentioning that the guidance of a trained medical professional should be sought prior to integrating this herb into your daily intake schedule. Even though many have derived great benefit from using it, there is still a large gap in scientific research when it comes to analyzing the side effects of herbs in conjunction with other herbs, foods, and drugs. Prior to use, pregnant women, especially, should let their physician know about their desire to take the Ashwagandha root. Unfortunately, taking it has been linked to abortion in pregnant females.
Assemble What You Need
Ingredients and Supplies Required
Making an Ashwagandha root tincture isn't quite the same as taking it in a capsule or dried tea powder form. For those who suffer from a condition that makes it difficult for them to swallow, or if they generally have difficulty swallowing pills anyway, creating a tincture is preferrable. Prior to making your tincture, you will want to assemble a variety of ingredients and supplies that will be required.
- Dried Ashwagandha Root (200 grams)
- A Hard Liquor, like Vodka or Rum (1 Liter)
- Canning Jars (3, 1 Liter Jars)
- Paper Bags (2)
- Labels (As Many As Needed)
Root Preparation in Canning Jars
With two of your canning jars on hand, you will add 100 grams of your Ashwagandha root into each. Rum or vodka will then be added to the containers, while ensuring not to use woods or rubbing alcohol because of the harm one can derive from them. Seepage and evaporation of the alcohol can occur if your lids are not placed onto the containers tightly. Be sure to check the lids in order to ensure that they are tight.
Store in Paper Bag in the Dark
Once you have combined your alcohol and Ashwagandha root in tightly sealed containers, you will now want to place both containers into separate paper bags for storage. The best storage to place your tinctures will be in a cool, dark place such as in a pantry or cupboard. Placing your tincture in a cool, dark environment will help it to infuse better while ensuring the strongest, most pure, brew. With each day, it is important that you keep an eye on your tincture preparation and shake it while it is infusing. You will shake it each day.
Pour into Third Canning Jar
While your tincture preparation sits in the cool, dark place where you placed it, it will gradually infuse the medicinal properties from the Ashwagandha root. After approximately two weeks of this occurring, you will want to bring out your third canning jar listed in your supplied needed. This third canning jar will be used to accept the strained tincture from the two initial jars. In order to strain the herb from the tincture, you will need to place a cheesecloth over the canning jar. Doing this will allow for the tincture to be strained, however, it is important that you pour slowly so as to not succumb to unwanted spillage of your product. In the end, your final tincture preparation should be completely free of strained herbs. Prior to disposing of them, be sure to squeeze out any remaining tincture from the Ashwagandha herb.
Seal and Label
Once you have strained the herb from your tincture, into a separate jar, it is important that you also seal this jar tightly with a fresh lid. This will be your final product, and should be marked and labeled accordingly with its contents and date of preparation. Also called a variety of names throughout the world, you can label your tincture anything from "Ashwagandha Tincture" to "Indian Ginseng Tincture" or "Winter Cherry Tincture". Because of what it contains, it is important that you keep this tincture preparation away from where curious children may become tempted to try to open and consume it.
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