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Clove Tincture Recipe

Clove Tincture

Clove Tincture

Clove tincture has multiple therapeutic purposes.  I take it along with black walnut hull tincture and wormwood tincture as an antiparasitic.  In this article, I share how to make your own clove tincture by hand.

Basic Recipe

Mix ground cloves with 80-100 proof alcohol.  Let the mix sit for 6 weeks, strain and reserve the alcohol.

In Depth Tutorial

Getting Fresh Organic Cloves

The quality of dried cloves can vary.  After sampling 3 different organic clove brands, I choose Organic World Spice Market.  The aroma of these cloves hit my face when I smelled them.  They really stood out compared to other brands I tried.

Grinding the Cloves

To ensure freshness, I purchased whole cloves and then ground them the day I made the tincture.  If you do the same, make sure you clean your coffee grinder well before you use it again.

Grinding Whole Cloves

Grinding Whole Cloves

Basic Recipe Plus

I used 2.5 tbl of ground cloves for every 2 oz of alcohol.  For this particular batch, 8 oz of whole cloves ground down to 32 tbl, which calls for 26 oz of alcohol.  The whole concoction fit perfectly into a 1 quart glass jar.  If using a metal lid be sure to put a piece of plastic wrap down first.  Store the tincture in a cool, dry place for 6 weeks.

Ground Cloves in Alcohol

Ground Cloves in Alcohol

Finished Product

Next strain the mix through a coffee filter and bottle it.  Take 20 drops three times a day for 2 weeks, along with the black walnut hull tincture and clove tincture.  On the mornings you take the 3 tinctures, take the clove tincture first, about 20 minutes before the other two.  The amount of tincture for a 2 week treatment fits perfectly into a 2 ounce remedy bottle.  Store in a cool, dry place.

Black Walnut Hull Tincture Recipe

Black Walnut Hull Tincture

Black Walnut Hull Tincture

Black walnut hull tincture is a natural antiparasitic remedy.  It is normally used in combination with wormwood and cloves, as advocated by Dr. Hulda Clark.  Although the tincture can be purchased at a store, you may want to make it yourself.  It is fun to do, can save you money and if you follow the steps below will result in a higher than average quality tincture.  You can also make your own wormwood tincture and clove tincture too!

Basic Recipe

Soak whole black walnuts, with ripe green hulls intact in 80-100 proof alcohol in an airtight container for 3 days.  Adding vitamin C powder to the mix, helps maintain freshness.  Strain and reserve the alcohol, while discarding the walnuts.  Add some more vitamin C powder and store in a glass jar of your choice.  Viola, your done.

In Depth Tutorial

Collecting and Storing Black Walnuts

Black walnuts are perfect for tincture making when they are ripe enough to fall off the tree, but still mostly green in color.  Once they are blackened, they are too old.  This window for harvesting can go quick, so be observant.  In 2015, here in Michigan they were perfect around October 1st.  Be sure you have the correct tree.  Although the green hulled walnut is distinctive, there is an English walnut and some other nut producing trees which look similar.  This article describes the differences in leaf appearance between a Black and an English Walnut tree.

Once you’ve collected your walnuts plan on making your tincture within days or the nuts may over ripen.  If you cannot do this, the nuts can be frozen in an airtight container and used later.

Planning Stage

If you use a 5 quart glass jar to soak your tincture, plan on 2 gallon-sized freezer bags of walnuts and 64 oz of alcohol.  If your jar has a metal lid, be sure to place a layer of plastic wrap on top of the jar before sealing with the lid.  This protects your tincture from the metal.

Basic Recipe Plus

Rinse the walnuts and place them whole in the glass jar.  To make the tincture maximum potency, chop extra pieces of green hulls and use them to fill the gaps between the whole walnuts.

Chopped Green Hulls

Chopped Green Hulls

Add 1 tsp of vitamin C powder to preserve freshness.  Choose an organic or non-gmo product, as many vitamin C products are made from ascorbic acid obtained from gmo corn.  Pour a 100 proof organic alcohol over the walnuts until they are completely covered.  High concentration organic alcohol can be hard to come by.  Here is how I found: organic alcohol for tincture making.

Black Walnut Hull Tincture Soaking

Black Walnut Hull Tincture Soaking

Carefully place your jar in a cool, dark place and let sit for 3 days.  Avoid shaking the jar, as oxygen causes the tincture to lose its freshness.

Finished Product

After 3 days the alcohol should be black with a slight green tinge.  Pour the alcohol into a new container taking care to separate and discard the walnuts.  You may consider using gloves at this point as the tincture and the walnuts leave a dark stain.  Add another teaspoon of vitamin C powder to the finished product and store in a glass jar, protected from light.  When using the tincture as an anti-parasitic, take 1 tsp the first day, then 2 tsp daily for 6 more days.  A 2 ounce remedy bottle will hold exactly the right amount of tincture for this 1 week treatment.  Remember to take it along with wormwood and cloves.  The remedy is best taken on an empty stomach, especially during a fast or juice cleanse.

Black Walnut Hull Tincture

Black Walnut Hull Tincture