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Sweet, spicy, and downright delicious, this Pear Elixir from Hello Glow is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. Your immune system will thank you later.

Vanessa Marigold

Ingredients

Ginseng tincture:

  • 1 part dried Ginseng Root
  • 5 parts Everclear Grain Alcohol

Pear elixir:

  • 2 pears peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 cups apple juice concentrate, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 20 drops ginseng tincture

Instructions

Make the tincture: Place the cut ginseng in a clean, dry glass jar. Pour the Everclear over the ginseng, covering it completely.

Steep in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks (or up to 6 months, if you have the patience). Shake the jar gently every few days to ensure proper extraction.

Strain the tincture through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer into a clean glass container, squeezing out as much liquid as possible from the ginseng.

Pour the strained tincture into dark glass dropper bottles and label with the date of preparation and the type of tincture.

Make the elixir: Combine pears, apple juice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a glass.

Add a squeeze of Lemon juice and 20 drops of ginseng tincture and stir again.

Garnish with pear and sage. Drink 1-3 times daily.

Substitutions

There are numerous herbs that are well-suited for tinctures and can promote fall wellness and provide comfort during the colder months. Here are some popular herbs to consider for fall tinctures:
1. Echinacea: Echinacea is renowned for its immune-boosting properties, making it an excellent addition to fall tinctures.
2. Astragalus: This herb is known for its adaptogenic properties, which help increase your body’s resilience to stress.
3. Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. It can help reduce inflammation and support overall health.
4. Cinnamon: Cinnamon has a delightful, warming flavor and may help regulate blood sugar levels, making it a great addition to fall wellness tinctures.
5. Licorice: Licorice root can soothe the throat and promote respiratory health. It also adds a sweet flavor to your tinctures.
6. Ginkgo Biloba: Ginkgo is known for its potential cognitive benefits, including improved memory and concentration.
7. Rose Hips: Rose hips are a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants, making them a valuable addition to immune-boosting tinctures.
8. Lemon Balm: Lemon balm has a calming effect and can help reduce stress and anxiety. It adds a pleasant citrusy flavor to tinctures.
9. Peppermint: Peppermint can aid digestion, soothe an upset stomach, and provide a refreshing taste to your tinctures.
10. Chamomile: Chamomile is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which can be especially helpful during the fall months when stress levels tend to rise.
11. Thyme: Thyme has antimicrobial properties and can be beneficial for respiratory health, making it suitable for fall tinctures when colds are more common.

Hint: When creating tinctures with these herbs, it’s important to research each one’s specific properties, potential interactions, and recommended dosages. Start with small amounts, and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.

Variations

You can use your tincture in a variety of different ways! Take it straight, add it to recipes, or mix it into your morning coffee. Or you can add ginseng tincture to a tea or mocktail recipe:

Warm it up – Boil a cup of water and then allow it to cool slightly. It should be hot but not boiling. In a large mug, add 2 tsp honey, 2 tsp lemon juice, 20 drops ginseng tincture, a slice of fresh ginger, and a cinnamon stick. Stir until the honey is dissolved.
Make it a mocktail: In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, combine 1 cup apple cider, 1/2 cup ginger beer, 1 tsp honey or maple syrup, 20 drops ginseng tincture, and juice of 1/2 lemon. Stir well and pour over ice. Drop in the cinnamon stick, and add a pinch of ground cloves and ground nutmeg for a warm, autumn spice flavor.

Equipment

You’ll need a few key pieces of equipment for making homemade tinctures:

Glass Jar with a Tight-Sealing Lid: Glass is preferred during the extraction process because it does not react with the alcohol used in the tincture. The tight-sealing lid helps prevent evaporation and contamination while the tincture is steeping.

Cheesecloth or Fine Mesh Strainer: Strain the tincture after the extraction process helps clarify the tincture, ensuring that it is free from any plant debris or sediment. A clear tincture is easier to measure and dose accurately.

Dark Glass Dropper Bottles for Storage: Dark glass (usually amber or cobalt blue) helps protect the tincture from exposure to light, which can degrade the active compounds in the tincture. Additionally, the use of dropper bottles makes it easy to dispense the tincture in precise amounts, making it convenient for usage and dosing.

Storage

Always use dark glass dropper bottles for storage, and make sure to label each bottle with the date of preparation and the type of tincture.
Your homemade tincture can last for years if capped tightly and stored in a cool, dry place.