Homemade Tinctures Beginners Guide!

Making homemade tinctures when you’ve never done it before can seem understandably overwhelming.

“You mean I do what and then what!? With like, alcohol? And what KIND of herbs EXACTLY? But…but…what if I screw up the measurements? What if it doesn’t turn out that great? What if by mixing the wrong kind of ingredients I accidentally open up a magical portal over New York City/ kick-start the apocalypse/ start WW3/ save Mariah Carey’s career?” (Too soon on that last one?)

Let me reassure you that in NO WAY can mixing alcohol with dried herbs create a portal over New York City (or do any of those other things)…trust me, I’ve tried and it TOTALLY doesn’t work. #bummer #maybenexttimemariah?

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Making tinctures doesn’t have to be an exact science, and the wrong measurements won’t spark WW3.

In all seriousness though, making your own homemade tinctures can FEEL like a job that is fit for a scientist or a highly educated botanist, but in reality it’s as easy as pie (okay maybe not pie because that flaky crust really is magic). So let’s just say that since it involves hard liquor, it’s as easy as mixing any kind of drink, which I’m sure all of you have done at least once…right?

Don’t answer that right away. I probably don’t need to know.

Related: DIY Fire Cider Herbal Remedy

Moving on, I just want to throw out that in no way shape or form am I a tincture WIZARD– in fact I’ve only made a handful of my own tinctures, but am 100% confident in telling you how to make them because once you do one you realize how seriously stupid easy it all is.

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Impress your friends and your dog by making your own tinctures at home! Oh and don’t forget the health benefits:)

The best part about making your own tinctures is of course the major BENEFITS that your body will get from them (and a close second is the praise you’ll get from your friends for being so “amazing”…just being honest here).

Related: How to Create Your own Herbal Apothecary

And so, below you will find my step-by-step guide on how to make these babies yourself- sit back and enjoy friends!

Making Homemade Tinctures: A Beginners Guide

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diy chocolate vegan cough syrup

When the sickness overtakes your household and your kids are coughing like mad, it’s hard to find your happy place.

I’ve come to the conclusion that a house full of ill children has a direct affect on time and it’s ability to slow down to an abnormal measure. Schoolwork takes longer and chores feel like they will never end, as the top of the garbage can transforms into tissue mountain (and eventually an erupting volcano). I shouldn’t even have to mention that EVERYTHING feels infected with germs so the washer is in a constant state of cycles and I’m still folding laundry at 9 pm while I fight back my own urge to cough. *sighhhcough!*

Related: Homemade Vegan Cough Syrup

Because yes, at the end of the day, after dealing with sick kids, my energy level is comparable to that of Dorothy amidst a field of poppy flowers (only I just hope you leave me here).

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As a side note- am I the only person that thinks their children’s “sick voices” are adorable? Sometimes I think this was done on purpose by God, no lie.

Anyway, the past two weeks we have been down with the sickness (different things at different times- sheesh!) and I’ve been completely absorbed in the world of nurse mommy. A requirement of this occupation is that you must have an internal roller-deck of what to do for said child when the wave of cough/sneezing/runny noses occurs, especially when you have a toddler on your hands.

This may or may not include a change of fresh clothes after a hot shower, orange juice, a special movie, a cool washcloth on the forehead, a diffuser, and/or natural remedies just waiting to be made.

Related: Quick & Easy Natural Remedies for Sore Throats

A little over a year ago, I posted my recipe for Homemade Vegan Cough Syrup, and to this day it’s one of the most popular posts on Bohemian. However, this time around, I decided to branch off and try something different, which included my favorite ingredient ON THE PLANET: chocolate!

OH chocolate, what can you NOT do?

Chocolate, the sweet sweet nectar of the Gods.
Chocolate, the sweet sweet nectar of the Gods.

With the addition of chocolate, you are more likely to convince your child to take a good dose of tincture without the whining or protesting, which is what I love the most about this recipe. Who don’t like no chocolate sauce?

And by giving them a good dose of herbal tincture, you are helping their bodies fight the cold naturally before calling on the box of poison (don’t get me wrong, it has its place, but not at the starting line yo!). If you or your child is experiencing rough coughs, this is the perfect remedy to help soothe and suppress excess barking.

I also figured that this would be a quicker remedy that mamas (or anyone for that matter) could do on the fly, with the assumption that you have these tinctures on hand (if not, make sure you buy yourself a couple RIGHT NOW for this very situation, no joke!).

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Lastly, I’ve spent a good portion of my time recently making this recipe a variety of ways and alternating ingredients. What you have below is my favorite way, and even though I hesitated posting it with honey (it’s an antiseptic), I made sure to include a substitute for veg-heads that do not want to consume honey (no haters here, I went without honey for years and presently I only consume it on occasion in my natural remedies). If you want to leave the h-word out of it, simply double up on your maple syrup and you should be good to go!

P.S. Herbs used in the Lung Support Tincture include fresh osha root, mullein leaf, wild cherry bark, fresh yerba santa leaf, licorice root, pleurisy root, lomatium root, myrrh gum, lobelia herb, and fresh ginger root. If you cannot find a tincture with these exact herbs, do a little research and find something similar or try a single herb tincture such as mullein. Below I list a few backup recommendations available for purchase on Amazon.

P.P.S. After posting this on Instagram, a friend commented that I was like Mary Poppins, and I can’t believe I missed the blog opportunity to joke about a spoonful of chocolate making the tincture go down. Oh well. The REAL magic would be if I could get this to change colors after each dose, but I don’t have that kind of time:)

DIY Chocolate Vegan Cough Syrup

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5 Healthy Vegan Snacks for Kids

Any house that contains a toddler is guaranteed to be packed with snacks, as well as set times during the day for grazing. As a mama, I know that if we DIDN’T have snacks, that I’d have to hear “I’m hungry” approximately 30 times more during the day than I already do (bringing the count up to just a touch over a million within a 24 hour period).

So to make sure that my little munchkin is nourished (and to cut down on harassment from said toddler), I always keep plenty of healthy vegan snacks on hand at all times.

And no, I’m not talking about little bags of pretend “gummies” or animal crackers. Besides the fact that these single-serving packs cost a fortune and will fill your child up for .5 seconds (bring on the encore of “I’m hungry”s), having that kind of ammo on hand is setting yourself up for constant battle/negotiation with your kids- why have something healthy when you can devour tiny teddy bears or bite the heads off sugar-laced lions?

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Skip the sugar biscuits and give them something REAL to eat! For these roll-ups, check out snack numero uno below!

Did I mention the wicked high your child will get off that much sugar too? Weren’t you wanting a quiet afternoon in the first place?

If you’re like me, you DON’T want to get your children any more wound up than they already are, PLUS you probably want to give them the best fuel money can buy (on a modest budget that is).

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The way I look at it, snack time is your golden opportunity to present something to your child that they wouldn’t necessarily get during other meals. It’s a chance to let your inner creativity shine and experiment with raw veggies to see what you can get your kid to ACTUALLY ENJOY.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks for Kids (And Adults Too!)

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choco cherry vegan smoothie

Despite all the haters that scoff at February 14th, I’m not afraid to say that I’m a V-Day fan. I mean HELLO, any day that is basically using chocolate as a mascot has my undivided attention- you mean I get flowers AND a reason to shovel unquestionable amounts of chocolate into my mouth hole with zero guilt!? Sign me up!

Of course, I should be clear that we don’t necessarily DO Valentine’s Day the same way other folks do. Being vegan, we can pretty much forget all the dairy-filled candy in the holiday isle at the grocery store. And date night? Why bother when you’re guaranteed to wait because everyone and their mother are doing the EXACT same thing???

Related: Top 10 Vegan Chocolate Gifts for Valentine’s Day

The most logical plan of action then, is to do the 14th OUR way, which means an assortment of Valentine’s from the kids, candlelit Italian dinners for a party of five, and plenty, PLENTY of homemade chocolate goodies throughout the day, starting with a delicious chocolate cherry smoothie for breakfast!!!

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Start Valentine’s Day with some bomb-ass smoothie energy!

Did I mention it’s healthy too!?

That’s *quite literally* the cherry on top of this energizing morning shake! <—- You like what I did there? 🙂

By adding a couple scoops of raw chocolate, you are consuming a high dose of magnesium, plus vitamins to help strengthen your bones, neutralize toxins, and enhance your mood. I also like to sprinkle the powers of maca and flaxseed into this morning smoothie, bringing a sucker-punch of extra energy and omega-3’s. Combined with delicious cherries and touch of strawberries, the whole thing comes together after I top it off with coconut water (with pulp), which is rich in electrolytes and can help lower blood pressure. Score!

Related: 8 Supplements to Add to Your Vegan Smoothies

And fellas, I’m tellin’ ya, you surprise your lady with one of these babies and a nice bouquet of flowers… let’s just say you won’t be hearing any complaints *wink wink*! “♥ ♥ ♥ ♥”

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Enjoy the day of *LOVE* with a good morning smoothie party!

If that’s not good for your heart-space on Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter), I don’t know what is!

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Vegan Smoothie

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