This recipe was formulated for winter sinus congestion. I volunteer in a free clinic and have worked with many clients that spend the majority of the winter outdoors. They are susceptible to all kinds of infections but rhinitis is a diagnosis that our doctors are familiar with. This formula is for adults who have had experience with herbal medicine and won’t be put off by the taste. It preforms well for sinus congestion accompanied by productive coughs. It combines well with horseradish tincture if the client is willing to put up with the taste. As a warning, the nickname for this tincture blend is “Head Banger” as it is quite strong. We suggest pairing it with one drop of eucalyptus essential oil under the nose to help keep sinuses clear. Housed clients can add a yarrow steam for extra decongestant power.
These are common herbal tinctures available at most health food stores or on the internet. Each of these tinctures are also easy to make individually.
- 1 part Oregon Grape bark tincture
- 1 part Osha root tincture
- 15 drops of Chili pepper tincture per 1 ounce (30 ml) bottle
- measuring cups
- a spatula
- a funnel
- a label
- a large dark bottle with lid
I suggest making a minimum batch size of 4 ounces. It is easier to fill a small 1 ounce bottle with a dropper, also labelled, as a usage bottle then refill it with the larger bottle to reserve for bulk storage. Add the chili pepper tincture to the bulk bottle after determining how much tincture you will make total. ie. 4 ounces tincture x 15 drops Chili pepper tincture = 60 drops of Chili pepper tincture total in a 4 ounce bottle of Sinus Drain Tincture.
- Gather the ingredients along with the equipment in a clean, well lit, work space.
- Pour the first two ingredients, one at a time, into a clear measuring cup.
- Mix the ingredients carefully. The Osha tincture will make the mixture cloudy.
- Using the formula of 15 drops of Chili pepper tincture per 1 ounce of mixed tincture, determine how much total drops will be needed for the formula.
- Add required Chili pepper tincture to finished product.
- Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a dark-colored glass bottle and cap it securely.
- Label the bottle with the name of the tincture blend and add the date.
Storage and Use
Store your tincture bottle in a cool dark place. Tinctures have a shelf life of 5 to 7 years depending on the quality of your storage conditions.
Recommended dosage for adults: 20 drops, 3 or 4 times daily with food.