On my quest to make over EVERYTHING, keeping costs low is a priority, because our household budget is a big part of that EVERYTHING that needs a makeover.
I've been using Arnicare arnica gel for my muscle aches and pains, but the little 6-ounce tube is nearly $7. And since I've been learning how to make extracts for cooking, tinctures are next on my list. They're basically the same thing--I think it's just called a tincture if you're not going to eat it. :)
So what the heck is arnica? Glad you asked...
The arnica plant occurs naturally in the mountains of Siberia and Europe and is grown in North America. The plant matures to a height of 1 to 2 feet and produces yellow-orange flowers which resemble daisies. These flowers, which can measure 2 to 3 inches across, are dried or used fresh in arnica preparations. Arnica also forms part of homeopathic remedies in diluted form.
I just happened to notice some dried arnica flowers in the spice section last time I was at the grocery store, so I know I can get enough to try making my own tincture for less than $1. I already have the grain alcohol at home that I use to make vanilla and my other extracts, so I'm pretty excited to try out making my own tinctures.
SIDE NOTE: Always label your extracts and tinctures with the date they were started so you'll know when they're ready. It's also a good idea to jot down how long they should sit before they're ready.
Since eHow has these great articles, I won't belabor you with my own how-to, but I'll be back with a review after I've tried them out!
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