Cottonwood Bud Tincture
A tincture to relieve pain and fever and loosen persistent phlegm. Frequent small doses are recommended for the best therapeutic benefits.
- 3 parts high proof grain alcohol
- 2 parts cottonwood buds
The resin is best extract in high proof grain alcohol. Locate a spirit with the highest grain alcohol available to you.
Place alcohol and cottonwood buds in a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Allow the tincture to steep until the liquid become reddish and the cottonwood buds no longer feel sappy to the touch. Depending on the quality of your buds and the percentage of alcohol in your menstruum, the infusion time will be 6-8 weeks or longer.
Once your tincture is finished, strain with a fine mesh sieve line with 3 layers of muslin, wringing to extract all moisture. This will stain the cloth, take note. Place in a dropper bottle(s) and store in a cool, dark place.
For administration, use 1/2 to 1 dropperful (15-30 individual droplets) in a small "shot" of water every 2-3 hours while symptoms persist.