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How to Make Herbal Tinctures

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

There are many amazing medicinal herbs out there, as we’ve discussed before, and knowing how to harness their healing properties is a crucial survival and self-reliance skill to have. Making a tincture involves steeping the herbs in a natural liquid that extracts and concentrates its healing properties. Tinctures are more potent, longer lasting, and effective than teas or other remedies.   To make a tincture, you will need: A glass container with a lid (pint jars work well) Extraction liquid: consumable alcohol like vodka or rum, 80 proof or more. For a gentler tincture, you can use apple cider vinegar, […]

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Wild Mallow   

Wild Mallow  

  Mallow, or Malva, is the wild edible green that is the source for the original marshmallow.  Originally native to Europe this plant can now be found all over the world.  Cultivated in some areas commercially as a vegetable crop and even growing as an invasive weed in other regions.  Malva has adapted to a variety of soil conditions and climates, making it available in most areas and even during cold seasons.  Here are a few of the characteristics of this plant that make it beneficial for wilderness survival.   Malva or Mallow has a unique and easily identifiable even […]

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Heal All

Heal All

While it might come just short of fulfilling the expectations one might have given it’s common name, Prunella Vulgaris, or “heal all”, is a great source of both wilderness survival food, and medicine.  It is widely distributed throughout the world, being found in North American, Europe, and Asia.  It can be found in grasslands, or on the edge of forested areas, especially in moist areas.   Food The leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked.  Younger leaves are tastier but the plant remains edible throughout its life.  The leaves can be used to brew tea, or soaked in water and […]

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