Astragalus is a Chinese legume, often used in culinary medicine in healing soups or other nourishing foods.
It is an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body return to normal function, especially during times of stress. It is safe for most situations, even with long term use as there are no known contradications. It also has a tradition of being an immune support and reducing the severity and longevity of infections.
In this video, I am going to show you how to make an astragalus tincture.
I am using a 1:5 ratio of herbs to alcohol.
This means, that for every gram of herb, you use 5 mL of alcohol to extract the medicinal properties of the herb.
You want to weigh and measure, not just eyeball this. This way, you will get a much more concise dosage each time. I like to leave the herbs in the alcohol for 30 days or so before draining them.
Once you have gotten the tinctured alcohol, you can store it in a eyedropper bottle. Since it has 80 proof alcohol, the shelf life is quite long, almost indefinitely, when stored in a cool, dark place.
The dosage for astragalus tincture at this ratio is 10-30 drops daily.
This is based on a 150 lb. adult, taking it 2 times daily. My children do not need as much, so their dose is only 10-20 drops once a day. Since I place the tincture into the capsules, I put 10 drops in each time and take a total of 30 drops per day. (My kids get 10 drops in a pill 2 times a day.)
This amount works well for me, helping me with the stress of gardening, homesteading, homeschooling, running my teens to and from part time jobs and so on.
The main reason I put it into capsules is that it tastes nasty.
My children liken the aftertaste to something you would scrape off the bottom of your boot after being in the chicken coop. It’s probably pretty close, anyway. 🙂 As Mr. Myagi from The Karate Kid said, “smell bad, heal good”. Let me know how you like it!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.