This time of year strengthing our immunity is top of mind for everyone. In case you missed it last October, here is a wonderful DIY recipe from our archives that offers the perfect potion for cold and flu season.

Tinctures are extracts, but not all extracts are tinctures! Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts that have alcohol as the solvent. They are usually taken by the dropper-ful directly under the tongue.

Pine needles have high amounts of Vitamin C! They help to relieve chest congestion, act as an expectorant, and soothe a sore throat.

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Fresh pine needles. Pull off the most vibrant-looking needles from the tree. This will usually be the newest growth, at the ends of the branches. The more resinous the branch, the better. Air dry them for a couple of days, then put them in an air-tight container. Pine needles will be good for up to a year.
  • Grain Alcohol or 100 proof vodka
  • Jars with lids
  • Dropper bottles, optional

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