This birch leaf and nettle root tincture is used for treating urinary dysfunctions, fluid retention, water congestion, and uric acid accumulation. It helps to remove metabolic waste from the body, improves urine flow, stimulates the urinary bladder, and strengthens the urinary tract. In case of stones in the urinary tract, don’t use this tincture without medical supervision.
- scant 1oz (25g) nettle root,
- 1⁄2oz (15g) birch leaves,
- scant 1oz (25g) pellitory-of-the-wall (Parietaria officinalis),
- 1⁄2oz (15g) blackcurrant leaves,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) white poplar, or poplar bark (Populus tremuloides),
- 14fl oz (400ml) good-quality vodka.
Makes 10–12fl oz (300–350ml)
- Finely chop all the dried ingredients, but be careful not to powder them.
- Put all the ingredients except the vodka into a large glass jar with a secure-fitting lid. Pour over the vodka, close the lid tightly, and shake several times.
- Label the jar with the names of all the ingredients and the date. Put the jar in a dark cupboard and shake it at least once every day for the next three weeks.
- Strain the contents of the jar through a muslin (cheesecloth) bag into a measuring jug and transfer the tincture into an appropriately sized (12–14fl oz/350–400ml) sterilized amber glass bottle. Seal the bottle.
- Label the bottle with the names of all the ingredients and the original starting date.
- Begin by taking a few drops each day and build up to one teaspoon 2–3 times daily. Use within six months.
NOTE: Don’t use this tincture if pregnant. If the symptoms are serious or get worse, seek medical advice.