This pack offers a great way to introduce your family to herbs and all the benefits they provide. You get a quarter pound of the top five herbs highlighted in Mary's Herbal First Aid Kit (Red Raspberry Leaf, Lobelia, Mullein, Plantain, and Turmeric Powder), along with the bonus of Cayenne Powder 35K. Complete your kit by adding one amber bottle for each tincture you plan to make.
In addition to the supplies included in this kit, you will need clean mason jars and a liquid medium to make the tincture (vodka, rum, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin).
How to make a simple tincture
Vodka or Brandy (you may also use vinegar or vegetable glycerin)
Dried or Fresh Herbs A clean jar
Select the herb and liquid combination. If using fresh herbs, your ratio of herb to liquid should be 1:2 (i.e. 1/4 cup fresh herbs to 1/2 cup liquid); with dried herbs, the ratio is 1:4 (i.e. 1/8th cup dried herbs to 1/2 cup liquid).
Add your herb to the jar, and then cover with the appropriate amount of liquid. Put the lid on and give a thorough mixing by shaking gently. The provided measurements make enough for 4 ounces of finished tincture. You can make larger recipes if desired.
Let the jar sit on a windowsill or countertop for 2-4 weeks, occasionally giving it a gentle shake. When it has steeped sufficiently, strain out the herbs and pour the infused liquid into a dark glass container. I use bottles with dropper tops to easily dispense my tinctures.
Based on these steeping ratios, the dosage for an adult is usually considered two droppers full, and for a child 1/2 to 1 dropper. I always start with a smaller dose and work up as needed.