Fevers, can’t live with them, can’t live with out them. No really, you can’t, fevers actually do a lot of good for the body as it builds immune system and helps detoxify the body. I have a whole blog on what fevers do, and how to manage them – Tylenol free- here.
Last week I had posted on instagram stories that my littlest, Calvin, had a fever, it was fairly low grade, 101* and I had given him a homemade herbal remedy that I called fever tamer. I quickly realized I have never talked about this herbal blend.
What we used was called a glycerine tincture, this is an alternative to an alcohol based tincture. It’s fantastic for children, pregnant mamas, or those who don’t want alcohol.
Making these glycerine tinctures aren’t quite as simple as putting in your herbs and pouring liquid over the top- there is a little bit of ratio/measuring that takes place. So let’s dive in!
I usually make all my glycerine based remedies in a 4-8 oz jar, I find that this is the perfect size for my family. Glycerine tinctures only last up to 1 year so its best to not make too much at one time.
Start by choosing your herbs, and putting them in a motar and pestle (a grinder works too) and grind them down.
Because I already have a jar of fever tamer I’m going to use nettles instead. This herb is fantastic, packed full of vitamins, many herbalist call it natures nature vitamin. They have a saying “when in doubt, use nettles” because it literally can solve many problems.
Fill your jar about half full of the herbs. I’m using an 8 oz jar for these nettles.
You’re going to take some vegetable glycerine, I’m using azure market vegetable glycerine. Measure out 3/4 cup and then add 1/4 cup purified water. Stir and mix it well.
Then you’re going to pour your mixture over the top of your herbs. Filling to the top. Put the lid on, and shake the whole jar well. After shaking open the jar back up, and you’ll notice the liquid has gone down, fill your jar back to the brim and shake again.
Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and check on it one last time to ensure there is enough liquid, sometimes the herbs will really suck up the glycerine and you’ll need to pour just a tiny bit more into the jar.
If its full and good to go put the lid on and don’t for get to label what is in the jar and the date that you made it.
You can do this with pretty much any herb, but barks and roots don’t become quite as potent as if you were to put them in an 80 proof alcohol based tincture.
Now for my recipe with Fever Tamer, I chose the following herbs, and we can break down what each one is good for, while we are at it. You can find the following herbs at mountain rose herbs, I have ordered from other sites as well but this site is some of the best quality herbs I’ve ever found.
Astragalus is a fantastic herb that protects and supports the immune system. Its ability to prevent colds and upper respiratory ailments are fantastic. It also helps with lowering blood pressure, treating diabetes, and protecting the liver. You should not take astragalus root if you are on immune suppressing medications as it can contradict its natural ability to help the immune system
I often take linden at the first sign of a cold or fever, it provides relief from common infections and boosts the immune system. Its fantastic for fevers, cold, coughs, bronchitis and asthma. Its expectorant power to get rid of them in the chest or throat is fantastic.
Elderflower and elderberries are both fantastic, this specific recipe I used the flower, its a beautiful white flower that has many healing aspects to it. Its anti-inflammatory properties are wonderful, making it perfect to use when you’re not feeling great. These flowers are powerful and quite unique. When you put these flowers in a warm tea they help you sweat, but in a cold infusion, they help you cool down.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this herb is a must-have in your home. It’s your herbal antibiotic and its one to not be over looked or over used. We use it to boost our immune syses and help fight infections. It’s perfect to shorten the time of a cold or flue, and reduce the symptoms of a fever. We have used it nearly every time our kiddos sick, and it helps a ton.
Alright those are the herbs, now here is the recipe!
You can find tincture bottles and amber jars in my amazon store front here.
- ½ tbs astragalus root
- 1 tbs echinacea root
- ½ tbs linden flower
- 1 tbs elderflower
- 3/4 cup glycerin
- 1/4 cup water
- Grind the herbs to a fine powder
- Fill 8 oz jar half full of herbs
- In a measuring cup pour 3/4 cup of vegetable glycerine
- Add 1/4 cup of water to glycerine and stir together
- Pour mixture over top of herbs, and seal with lid
- Check back in a few hours and if mixture has been absorbed by plant matter add more glycerine.
- Allow herbs to soak for 2 weeks, shaking often. Strain off herbs, label, store in a dark cool place.