To Make The Cold Sore Healing Tincture:
At this point it is worth mentioning that a genuine tincture contains alcohol. If you use anything else then you have made an extract.
You can use fresh or dried herbs for your tincture. Fresh should be torn or chopped and 3/4 fill the jar, whereas dried should only be 1/2 full as they are more concentrated. Roots, bark and berries will double in size when rehydrated so 1/3 to 1/2 full will suffice.
If you are using roots or bark, you will need the alcohol to be 100% proof to draw out the medicine as they are more hardy.
Add the herbs to a clean and sterile jar, and top with alcohol. Vodka is good. Make sure the liquid reaches the top of the jar and that the herbs can move freely.
Screw the lid on super tightly and shake gently. You then need to label the jar with the date and contents, before storing it in a dark place for 6 weeks.
During this time, make sure the alcohol remains to the top of the jar, and add more if necessary. At the end, strain the herbs from the liquid and you have your cold sore healing tincture (or whichever recipe you are making). It should be kept in dark bottles, ideally with a glass dropper for administration. Don’t forget to label it!
A good cold sore healing tincture would contain licorice root and lemon balm. Soak a cotton wool ball in the tincture and apply it directly to the sore. You could also dilute a few drops in boiled water to make tea, but please always check with your doctor or herbalist if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Licorice root is not advised for those with a high blood pressure for example.
For more about herbal healing, please see my Kitchen Remedies For Common Complaints.