Guelder rose decocted tincture


bushcraft | herbal remedies | Kent | south east | London

Nicola has recently made a Guelder rose decocted tincture.  The bark from Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus) is often refered to as ‘cramp bark’, so it’s no great surprise that it has been used in the past for muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, restless leg and many other ailments.

guelder rose decocted tincture | herbal remedies | Kent | London | south east

How to make guelder rose decocted tincture

  • Peel the bark in short strips from a freshly cut branch.  Remember to prune responsibly.

guelder rose decocted tincture | herbal remedies | Kent | London | south east

  • Place the strips of bark into a saucepan of water; use enough water so that the bark can float freely.

guelder rose decocted tincture | herbal remedies | Kent | London | south east

  • Bring the water to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat and leave to cool.
  • Strain off the liquid and measure how much you have.

guelder rose decocted tincture | herbal remedies | Kent | London | south east

  • Add the same volume of vodka.
  • Pour the mixture into a jar and add the strips of bark.

guelder rose decocted tincture | herbal remedies | Kent | London | south east

  • Leave in a dark cupboard for a month, shaking the jar every day.
  • After a month, strain, bottle and label.

guelder rose decocted tincture | herbal remedies | Kent | London | south east

Add 2 – 5ml to water and take upto 3 times a day.

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