Astragulus has been used as a natural medicine for thousands of years. It has natural immune boosting capabilities and it enhances overall energy and combats fatigue. The part of the herb used for healing is the root which can be dried and used in teas, tinctures, or capsules. It can also be mixed into foods like soup and it has a mildly sweet, earthy flavor. Tinctures are used for fast absorption by the body.
You can buy prepared tinctures and capsules in most herbal shops or health food stores, but if you prefer to make your own tinctures to ensure freshness you can do so following these simple steps.
You will need a sterile jar with airtight lid (like a small mason jar) , astragulus root, and vodka. Finely chop the astragulus root and add it to the jar. Your jar should be approx half full. Pour vodka into the jar until all of the root is covered and seal tightly with a lid. Your tincture should be kept in a cool, dark place. Shake your jar twice a day for 6-8 weeks. When your tincture is finished use a coffee filter or cheesecloth to strain the liquid into a fresh sterile container and remove the root pieces. You can use a teaspoon of tincture twice a day. Hold it under your tongue for a few minutes or mix it with tea or fluid and drink it. Your tincture should be stored someplace cool and dark. Do not expose it to light.