Musculo-Skeletal Tincture


120 mL (4.06 oz)


horsetail**, white willow bark**, cramp bark**, ginger root*, and chaparral leaf** extracted in 40% potato vodka (*organic/**wildcrafted)

organic ingredients


Pure organic ingredients that are completely earth-friendly.

wildcrafted herbs


Ethically wild harvested plants from their natural habitats.

Non-GMO ingredients


All ingredients are non-GMO (not genetically modified).

Kosher ingredients


Herbs are Kosher and everything is made with plant-based ingredients.



Ingredients do not contain gluten.



Everything is handmade. We use minimal product packaging and large quantities for less waste.



We do not test on animals, nor contribute to the testing of animals.



Our herbs are lab-tested by a third-party laboratory to maintain quality and purity.

Good Manufacturing Practices

Good Manufacturing Practices

We follow the current good manufacturing practices according to law.

A blend of horsetail, white willow, cramp bark, ginger, and chaparral helps aid and support the musculoskeletal system by helping heal, relieve, and improve bone injuries, muscle strain and injuries, stiffness and inflammation of joints, muscle spasms and cramps, tendonitis, bursitis, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves, and symptoms from conditions, such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Some common causes of musculoskeletal pain can include bone fractures, joint dislocation, injury, poor posture, sprains, and underlying conditions, such as rheumatism. Herbal therapy can help facilitate healing of muscle, tissue, and bone injuries and help manage chronic and degenerative diseases, such as rheumatism or arthritis.

Most musculo-skeletal conditions and injuries produce inflammation, pain, and tenderness, which may restrict the movement of the particular areas affected. Pain can be acute and temporary or chronic and long-lasting and manifest as aching, stiffness, burning, and spasms. Often times, pain feels worse with movement and disturbs sleep and daily vitality, so it is important in managing the pain in combination with anti-inflammatory herbs and antispasmodic herbs easing spasms, relaxing the body, and supporting the body's ability to heal and eliminate waste. The Musculo-Skeletal herbal blend consists of herbs that are anti-rheumatics, alternatives, anti-inflammatories, diuretics, antispasmodics, and analgesics. In herbal therapy, pain relief is best achieved not only with analgesic herbs, but in combination with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic herbs to address the underlying causes of the pain. Augmented by this herbal blend, the body can heal and improve function aiming to bring health and vitality, cleanse the body of the accumulation of toxins or waste products in affected tissue that can contribute to rheumatism and arthritis, and restore painless movement to the affected area. Musculo-Skeletal herbal blend can be taken daily to support the musculoskeletal system, augmenting and in combination with the treatment of bone injuries, muscle strains and injuries, stiffness and inflammation of joints, muscle spasms and cramps, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves, tendinitis, bursitis, and symptoms from conditions of rheumatism, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout. Musculo-skeletal conditions and injuries respond well to herbal therapy, but, as always, herbs work best when used holistically and in harmony with other lifestyle aspects. Herbal treatment can include rest, hydrotherapy, flotation therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, splints, therapeutic massage, proper nutrition with non-inflammatory foods and water intake, stretching and conditioning exercises, hot and cold therapy, stress management, and avoiding smoking, which increases inflammation.

Suggested Use

Gently swirl tincture, then fill dropper. A full dropper will seemingly fill halfway, however this signifies a full dropper, measuring 1 mL, which is about 20 to 25 drops. Administer directly under the tongue, dilute in a small amount of water or fruit juice, mix with maple or blackstrap molasses to create a medicinal syrup, or add to a cup of herbal tea for a more powerful herbal remedy. To preserve the quality of your tincture, avoid touching the dropper to your mouth when administering. Empty dropper and securely close bottle after each use. Store in a cool, dry, dark location. Tinctures have a stable shelf life and will last for years.

Take orally:

Take for muscle pain & injury, stiffness, joint inflammation & pain, and to support the muscles, bones, joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue. Take therapeutically daily to augment treatment of bone injury, rheumatism, inflammation, & pain. Take 1-4 mL per day, as need. For children under 12 years but older than 2 years, take 1⁄2-2 mL per day, as needed.

Supplement Facts

Dosage: 1 mL (120 doses per bottle)
Daily Limit: 2-4 mL

Amount per dosage
Horsetail 75 mg
White Willow bark 67.5 mg
Cramp bark 50 mg
Ginger root 67.5 mg
Chaparral leaf 25 mg

The recommended dose varies based on condition, sensitivity, body chemistry, and body weight. Each person will need to experiment to discover what dose works best with a specific tincture. Tinctures are used as needed. This recognizes that each person finds their constitution and condition in varying degrees, and possibly varying times of day. If you have never used the tincture before, it is best to initially take only about 1/4 to 1/2 the recommended dosage, slowly increasing the dosage as needed with each use determining what dosage is best and when.

Safety Considerations

  • ♡ This is NOT recommended for anyone who is pregnant, unless otherwise directed by your health care practitioner, because of the stimulant action on the uterus. During pregnancy, drink Mama Bear Tea.
  • ♡ Chaparral should NOT be taken in those who have or have had liver or kidney disease or those with poor liver or kidney function, or current or previous alcohol abuse. Headache, Chamomile, and White Willow bark may be useful.
  • ♡ This is NOT recommended for anyone under the age of 2 years. Careful consideration should be given when administering herbs to children under the age of 12 years. Chamomile is useful for children who are little night owls.
  • ♡ White willow bark is NOT recommended to anyone under the age of 2 years and should NOT be taken if infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). White willow contains salicylates, including salicin, like aspirin. Aspirin, specifically, not white willow bark, being used by children with influenza and chickenpox has been associated with Reye's syndrome (a rare but serious illness associated with the use of aspirin in children). Do not exceed the daily limit. Children under the age of 16 should take caution when using high amounts of willow bark if they have viral infections, due to the possibility of Reye's syndrome. Chamomile is useful for children and gentle in high amounts.
  • ♡ White Willow should be avoided by people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates, like aspirin. If you have never used the tincture before, it is recommended to only take a small amount to ensure no allergic reaction occurs. Each product description includes a complete list of ingredients. People with sensitivities to any listed ingredient should not use the product.
  • ♡ Cramp bark should be used with caution when taking medications to lower blood pressure because of the herb's hypotensive and sedative properties may enhance and interfere with these medications.
  • ♡ Herbs are powerful. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications, it is recommended to consult with a health care practitioner before using herbs internally.
  • ♡ Careful consideration should be given when administering herbs to children under 12 years of age. Chamomile, as well as Peppermint, is useful for children.
  • ♡ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Equisetum arvense

aerial parts
Painting of Horsetail by the Swedish botanist Carl A. M. Lindman (1901)
Painting of Horsetail by the Swedish botanist Carl A. M. Lindman, Bilder ur Nordens Flora (1901)

Botany. Horsetail, also known as shave grass, is a perennial non-flowering plant common in moist loamy or sandy soil all over North America. The string-like roots produce numerous hollow stems. There are 2 types of stem, with 2 kinds of stems both barren and fertile rich in silica. The fertile tan-colored 4 to 7 inch stem grows first bearing a conelike spike containing spores, which dies quickly, and another green sterile stem growing 18 inches with whorls of small branches.

History. The plant grows on wet sand and is exceedingly high in silicon, from which sand is made, and is used as a "silica tonic" for problems believed to be due to a shortage of it.

Constituents. Horsetail contains alkaloids (including nicotine, palustrine, and palustrinine), flavonoids (including isoquercitrin and equicetrin), phytosterols (including cholesterol, isofucosterol, campesterol), minerals (silicic acid, silicates, potassium, and calcium), and miscellaneous compounds, including a saponin (equisitonin), triterpenoids, dimethylsulphone, thiaminase, and aconitic acid.

Qualities. It is earthy and cool.

Actions. The medicinal properties are supported by a number of studies, which have found to be , , , , , , and properties.

Our horsetail, Equisetum arvense, is , naturally organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. Horsetail, or shavegrass, grows on wet sand and is exceedingly high in silicon and used as a silica tonic. Where silicon is used, from nervousness to connective tissue weakness, horsetail can be used. The herb contains high amounts of minerals, in particular silicic acid and silicates, potassium, and calcium. Silica strengthens structural material in cartilage, bone, skin, and lessen hemorrhaging. Farmers will include granite dust, high in silicon, in chicken feed to strengthen the shell of eggs. Calcium is the primary mineral for bone health. Horsetail can be used for weak hair, loss of hair, split ends, weak nails, ridged nails, cracking nails, sore or irritated nail beds, nervousness, and insecurity. The herb can be used for weak joints, weakened muscles, and atrophy, and improved healing from surgery.

Both hepatoprotective and diuretic herbs help in the elimination of bodily wastes and debris, which can be helpful during inflammation, injury, and sickness. This can help the whole digestive system and the body's metabolic processes, and in turn enliven the whole being. As a hepatoprotective herb, horsetail works to prevent damage to the liver. They aid the work of the liver, toning, strengthening, and increasing the flow of bile, which is a natural internally-produced laxative. They often having a cholagogue action that stimulates the release and secretion of bile from the gallbladder. As a diuretic herb, horsetail rids the body of excess fluids by increasing the kidneys’ rate of urine production to help the body eliminate waste and support the whole process of inner cleansing, which can be useful in inflammation, injury, sickness, and menstruation. A diuretic with toning and astringent properties, horsetail helps in elimination, being useful for kidneys, bladder, and genitourinary system, and it is valuable for hemorrhage, internal injury, inflammation of the prostate gland, and ulcers in the urinary passages. It can help cases of inflammation or benign enlargement of the prostate gland.

The herb contains , , , , and properties that contribute to the body's healing process. Astringent herbs are tannin-containing herbs that tighten and contract tissue and blood vessels by precipitating proteins, and thus reducing secretions, discharges, and bleeding. It has been discovered that horsetail has actions that are helpful being incorporated in the treatment of wounds or inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatism. Rich in the flavonoid equicetrin, horsetail is effective against inflammation. A study concluded that horsetail extract (alcohol-based tincture) can help inflammation by interfering with T-cell polyfunctionality, resulting in a decrease of proliferation (cell growth and division) of immunocompetent cells that initiate the inflammatory response. Horsetail has been found to ease the pain in rheumatism. It is rich in calcium and other compounds the body uses to heal bones and rebuild injured tissue. Horsetail possesses antihemorrhagicAntihemorrhagic herbs stop bleeding, creating hemostasis and maintaining normal blood flow; also known as hemostatic. and antibiotic properties that also contribute to the healing process by stopping any bleeding and maintaining normal blood flow.

White Willow

Salix alba

Painting of White Willow by Jacob Sturm (1796)
Painting of White Willow by Jacob Sturm (1796)

Botany. White Willow is a deciduous tree found in moist places in North Africa, Central Asia, and in Europe, from where it was introduced into the northeastern U.S. The large tree grows up to 75 feet high, but sometimes grows as a shrub. It has a rough, grayish brown bark that develops deep fissures with age and leaves alternate, lanceolate, finely serrate that are ashy-gray in color covered in fine silky white hairs. Being dioecious, the male and female flowers grow on separate trees, appearing in catkins on leafy stalks in early spring. Male catkins are 4 to 5 cm long and female catkins 3 to 4 cm long. After pollination by insects, the female catkins lengthen and develop small capsules, each containing minute seeds encased in white down which are dispersed by the wind.

History. The historical account of willow goes back to early civilizations, particularly in Mesopotamia (8000-2000 BC). Both Assyrian (1365-609 BC) and Babylonian (605-562 BC) civilizations in Iraq have contributed to the development of medicine. In ancient civilizations of that period, medicine was based on surgeons and physicians using herbal draughts to cure ailments, and extracts of the willow tree being used to cure pain and inflammation. White willow bark is mentioned in ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek manuscripts. Archaeologists found clay tablets left by the Assyrians from the Sumerian period (3500-2000 BC) describing the use of willow for pain and inflammation. Early Egyptians (1300 BC) used willow leaves to treat inflammatory conditions, and medicines made from willow and other salicylate-rich plants appear in Egyptian pharaonic pharmacology papyri. The willow is listed in the herbal remedies in the Ebers Papyrus of ancient Egypt, which describes the analgesic effects of willow to "draw the heat out" of inflamed wounds. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, willow was used for centuries to treat rheumatic fever, colds, inflammation, hemorrhages and goiter, and as a general antiseptic for wounds and abscesses. The Greek physician, Hippocrates of Kos (b. 460 BC), recommended chewing willow bark to patients suffering from high temperature and pain. He also prescribed a brew of willow leaves to ease the pains of childbirth. Around 500 years later, another Greek physician, Pedanius Dioscorides of Anazarbus (AD 40-90), prescribed willow bark also to reduce the symptoms of inflammation, and the use of willow bark has continued through human history because of its efficacy.

Constituents. The bark contains salicyates (salicin, salicylic acid), polyphenols, and flavonoids, each play a role in the therapeutic actions.

Qualities. White Willow bark is bitter and astringent, helpful in during inflammation, pain, and fever.

Actions. The herb has many powerful actions that contribute to the entire effect: , , , and pain-relieving (), and anti-inflammatory properties.

Our white willow bark, Salix alba, is , naturally organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. White willow bark, containing significant quantities of salicin, has powerful anti-inflammatory and (pain-relieving) properties. The bark had been used for thousands of years as a powerful febrifuge, pain-reliever, and anti-inflammatory with a number of applications. Traditionally and presently, white willow bark has been used as a remedy to help with symptoms of headache, back pain, muscles aches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, gout, flu, fever, pre-menstrual and menstrual cramping, and pains of all kind.

The beauty of this herb is the long history. It was used and promoted by Hippocrates, Dioscorides, and Galen, who are considered some of the most influential people in the history of medicine. By the 1700s, it was used to treat malaria and fever. In 1763, the Reverend Edward Stone described the beneficial effects of willow bark, in a letter addressed to the Royal Society, indicating treatment for fever associated with malaria. Advanced scientific information accumulated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, promoted by advancements in organic chemistry and identifying compounds in plants. Chemical investigation into the therapeutically active substances in white willow started in the early 1800s. Extracts of the bark were first tested between 1821 and 1829, during which time the compound salicin was identified. In early 1828, the German pharmacologist, Johann Andreas Buchner, at the University of Munich removed other compounds and obtained a yellowish substance, which he called salicin, the Latin name for the willow. The pure crystalline form of salicin was obtained by the French pharmacist, Henri Leroux, in 1829. It was in 1874 that salicin was conclusively shown to reduce pain, aches, fever, and soreness of rheumatism by a Scottish physician, Thomas MacLagen. He stated his findings in The British Medical Journal on May 20, 1876. He treated himself first and then successfully treated a patient with acute rheumatism, reducing rheumatic fever and joint inflammation. He reported that after his findings he has used salicin in every case of acute rheumatism that had come into his care since his discovery in November 1874, with invariably the same positive results after 24 to 48 hours of the willow therapy, having given it successfully to at least a hundred people without any disagreeable side effects. It wasn't until 1971 that the pharmacology of white willow bark was scientifically discovered to work in part by interfering with synthesis of the inflammatory mediators, prostaglandins (PGs).

White willow bark is considered the natural form of aspirin, as it was originally used to develop aspirin in the late nineteenth century. Unlike aspirin, the blend of the natural compounds and salicylates found in willow does not irritate the stomach and cause ulcers. The herb contains anti-inflammatory activity showing a down regulation of the inflammatory mediators that trigger inflammation and pain. White willow bark is easy on the stomach and targets the entire body's systems giving the body tannins and flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, fever-reducing, and immune-boosting properties. Clinical studies support the use of white willow bark for chronic lower back pain, joint pain, rheumatism, and osteoarthritis. The tincture can be used for headaches, muscles aches, painful joints, arthritis, menstrual cramping, and any inflammation or pain. Being a , it can help reduce fever. As an astringent, it facilitates healing internal injury, and as a diuretic, beneficial for gout and rheumatic problems. A mouthwash can be made with 1 mL Tincture with 2-4 oz (1⁄4-1⁄2 c) water, and be used as a gargle for gum inflammation, sore throat, and tonsil inflammation. For a toothache, the tincture can be applied to the painful tooth then swallowed. It can be used externally added to a bath or a small container for soaking, or used as a cold compress, for wounds, sores, and burns.

Safety Considerations. White Willow should be avoided by people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates, like aspirin. Aspirin, specifically, not white willow bark, being used by children with influenza and chickenpox has been associated with Reye's syndrome (a rare but serious illness associated with the use of aspirin in children). Do not exceed the daily limit. Children under the age of 16 should take caution when using high amounts of willow bark if they have viral infections, due to the possibility of Reye's syndrome. Chamomile is useful for children and gentle in high amounts.

Cramp Bark

Viburnum opulus

Illustration of Cramp Bark by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé
Illustration of Cramp Bark by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé from Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz Vol. 1 (1903), Vol. 2 (1904), Vol. 3 (1905), and Vol. 4 (1905)

Botany. Cramp bark is also called guelder rose and has distinguishing white flowers resembling snowballs and red berries but the bark hosts a wide range of traditional uses. The bark is typically stripped before the leaves change color in the fall, or before the buds open in the spring.

History. In American Indian healing traditions, cramp bark was utilized for women’s issues and its astringency. The guelder rose is an important plant in Ukrainian and Slavic folklore and art.

Constituents. Cramp bark contains many herbal constituents, including hydroquinones (arbutin, methylarbutin, traces of free hydroquinone), coumains (such as scopoletin and scopoline), and tannins (mainly catechins).

Qualities. The bark is earthy, woody, bitter, and cold, and is useful for irritated and constricted states.

Actions. Cramp bark has many actions including , , , , and

Our cramp bark, Viburnum opulus, is , naturally organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. As the name implies, cramp bark is significantly renowned for relaxing actions on muscular tension and supporting the musculoskeletal system. Cramp bark has , , and properties that can help muscular tension, spasm, and cramping. The bark is and can relax the body and help regulate and normalize blood pressure during times of pain. It benefits in nervous debility, hysteria, and asthma and helping in cramps, spasms, convulsions, lock-jaw, tension, hard-working muscles and bones, and rheumatism. The active constituent in cramp bark is the bitter glucoside viburnine and the flavonol glucoside quercetin, giving antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for swelling, inflammation, and healing. Containing tannins, it is in helping blood loss, especially excessive menstruation and irregular bleeding during menopause, and the and action helps reduce irritation and inflammation in the tendons and joints.

Safety Considerations. Cramp bark should be used with caution when taking medications to lower blood pressure because of the herb's hypotensive and sedative properties may enhance and interfere with these medications.


Zingiber officinale

Chromolithograph of Ginger by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther
Chromolithograph of Ginger by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen Vol. 1 (1887), Vol. 2 (1890), and Vol. 3 (1898)

Botany. Ginger is native to southeastern Asia and cultivated in tropical areas throughout the world. It is a perennial root that creeps and increases underground in tuberous joints where a green stalk grows 2 feet with narrow lanceolate leaves that die down annually and a flower stalk rising directly from the root to an oblong scallop flower spike.

History. The plant was naturalized in America after the discovery by the Spaniards, and the root (rhizome) is used in cooking and folk medicine. It is used as a spice to add a pungent flavor to food, but the root has a long tradition and has been historically used for a number of medicinal purposes.

Constituents. Ginger root has more than 100 compounds that have been identified, including: amino acid derivatives (zingibain), phenolic compounds (gingerols, paradols, zingerone, shogoals, dehyro-gingerdione, gingerdione, vallinoids, galanals), polyphenol (gingerenone), terpenes (sesquiterpenes: zingiberene, β-bisabolene; diterpenes: galanal, galanolactone), vitamins (C, B6/folate), and minerals (potassium, magnesium).

Qualities. It is pungent, sweet, warm, moist, and stimulating, and it is helpful for depressed, constricted states.

Actions. The root carries many actions, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, hypotensive, hypertensive, cholagogic, and stomachic properties.

Our ginger root, Zingiber officinale, is organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. The value of the herb has been shown in many clinical studies. Reportedly, ginger has been effective in treating nausea and vomiting, gastrointestinal function, pain, inflammation, and metabolic syndromes.

Ginger is an amazing herb helpful as a digestive therapy and during digestive distress and sickness. Ginger is a pungent appetite stimulant and is not only popular for its flavor, but for the antioxidant, hypotensive, hypertensive, cholagogic, and stomachic properties. Research shows the herb’s ability to stimulate gastric motility (the movement and contraction of the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract during digestion), and promote digestion. Ginger contains several digestive enzymes, including zingibain. The herb can be taken before eating to initiate the digestive system. It stimulates the flow of saliva and increases the concentration of the digestive enzyme (amylase) in saliva. Saliva is important for breaking down food. The herb activates peristalsis, the movement of food through the system, and increases intestinal muscle tone. As a herb, ginger eases discomfort caused by flatulence and relieves indigestion. The volatile oils are anti-inflammatory and soothe the mucous lining and the muscle layers of the gastrointestinal tract (alimentary canal). Ginger clears up gas, flatulence, indigestion, stomachache, and other digestive problems. It is effective during stomach flu, with an effective regimen beginning at the first sign of digestive illness. It is helpful for nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, and digestive distress. Although the herb does not directly affect blood sugar levels, ginger can be advantageous for hyperglycemic conditions. It works indirectly to increase the availability of dietary nutrients for digestion and metabolism. When improper digestion and absorption of foods occur, ginger can facilitate the utilization of the body’s energy stores, further inducing optimal digestion.

Ginger is quite valuable for nausea and vomiting. As an antiemetic, it can be used for digestive distress, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting. Ginger is effective for motion sickness. Motion sickness symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and sweating. Ginger can be relied upon as a remedy. Research published in the British medical journal The Lancet showed the herb to be more effective than a popularly-known product in preventing symptoms of motion sickness. It was shown to be equally effective for car, boat, train, and plane rides when taken before travel and during, slowly decreasing dosages as travel prolongs since motion sickness decreases the longer the travel time. For prevention and treatment of motion sickness, ginger can be used prior to travel, and then periodically taken throughout the duration of travel and on any onset of upset stomach. The herb alleviates dizziness and can help as part of a broad treatment for vertigo. There have been several randomized clinical trials to show the treatment on nausea and vomiting during pregnancy with ginger, concluding that ginger is as effective as other medications to alleviate nausea and vomiting (antiemetic), such as pyridoxine, metoclopramide, or dimenhydrinate. A Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study reported that ginger did not affect the risk of teratogenicity and abnormalities in birth. Further, another study found that there were no severe side effects with ginger consumption in controlled, uncontrolled, and pre-clinical studies, along with the alleviation of nausea and vomiting. These results support the idea that ginger can be used as an antiemetic therapy in women during pregnancy. During pregnancy, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using herbs internally. The herb is generally recognized as safe even in high doses and with the approval of a doctor can be used therapeutically to ease morning sickness, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting during pregnancy. It can be taken during predicted or most vulnerable times, such as morning or before eating.

Ginger has been found to help coughs, allay airway inflammation, and give therapy for airway diseases, such as asthma, through the ability to relax smooth muscles in the airway. Research shows the compounds shogaol and gingerol are the active components of this relaxing and dilating of the airway smooth muscle (bronchorelaxation). A dose-dependent relaxation was observed, with the most substantial relaxation occurring within 30 minutes of 50 and 100 mg dosages of ginger, congruent with 1 mL of Tincture.

Ginger energizes the blood, producing a feeling of warmness throughout the body. The terpenes of ginger are stimulating to peripheral circulation. This can be beneficial for bad circulation, chilblains, and cramps. In fever, ginger is helpful as a diaphoretic to induce perspiration and balance body temperature. Ginger is beneficial in stimulating circulation in the gastrointestinal tract and other parts of the body. A study found the herb to have a powerful positive stimulating effect on muscular contractions of the atria, increasing overall circulation. Ginger demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects in rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown the herb to reduce platelet aggregation, which is an inflammatory response when blood cells tend to stick together or clot. This allows proper blood flow and circulation during inflammation. Several studies show to improve inflammation and pain in arthritis-related diseases, particularly osteoarthritis (OA) therapeutic treatment of 500 mg of ginger with results showing after 3 months.

With anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulating properties as contributing factors, the root can be helpful in times of pain. A few studies show that a therapeutic daily dose of 750 and 1500 mg of ginger was effective treatment for painful period pain (primary dysmenorrhea). The results reported that ginger improved pain relief and had similar effectiveness with medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Other types of pain were also improved with treatment of ginger. In randomized clinical trials, ginger has been shown to attenuate pain in headaches, migraines, and back pain. Ginger promoted a reduction in pain with a treatment of 400 mg for migraine in a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. Dosages of ginger for pain in the studies vary from 400 to 2000 mg of ginger dependent on severity.

The herb is shown to have cholinergic action, which down-regulates the activity of the heart helpful during digestion or stress. Ginger antagonizes the effects of adrenergic stimulation, which is part of the nervous system that comes into play during stress in the body and stimulates the faster activity of the heart. When stress occurs, the cholinergic nervous system attempts to restore equilibrium to the body, including nerves, glands, and muscles. The herb is useful in times of stress to offset the nerve-wracking effects of the stress and calming the bodily systems, including the nervous and digestive systems.

Safety Considerations. Ginger should not be used in combination with morphine, as ginger may interact with morphine and increase the blood levels of it.


Larrea tridentata


Botany. Chaparral is an evergreen, low-growing, woody shrub found throughout southwestern North America, with specimens thousands of years old still thriving in California’s Mojave Desert. The plant thrives in dry hot climates and is prominent in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts of western North America. Its range includes portions of south-eastern California, Arizona, Nevada, southern Utah, New Mexico, and Texas in the United States, and northern Chihuahua and Sonora in Mexico. The plant’s survival success is attributed to an ability to deter the growth of neighboring plants, thereby securing all of the available water from the soil. The botanical name is said to be for Juan Antonio Hernandez de Larrea, a Spanish clergyman. Chaparral is called gobernadora in Mexico, which is Spanish for "governess," due to its ability to secure more water by inhibiting the growth of nearby plants. Another Spanish name is hediondilla, meaning "little smelly one", due to the pungent aroma of the plant.

History. Chaparral, also called creosote bush, is a shrub native to southwestern North America, Mexico, and Argentina, and is used extensively by the American Indian people. It is a very well-known plant in many American Indian cultures and in Mexico. Chaparral tea has been used to mitigate colds, bronchitis, and other breathing problems, for menstrual cramps, and for numerous intestinal problems. It has also been applied topically for painful joints, skin infections, snakebites, burns, and allergies.

Constituents. The plant contains phenolic acids (ellagic acid, gallic acid, cinnamic acid); benzenediol (resorcinol); lignans (nordihydroguaiaretic acid [NDGA], dihydroguaiaretic acid; 4-epi-larreatricin and 3′-demethoxy-6-O-demethylisoguaiacin); flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin, catechins, methyl gallate, 5,4′-dihydroxy-3,7,8,3-tetramethoxyflavone, 5,4′-dihydroxy-3,7,8-trimethoxyflavone, 5,4′-dihydroxy-7-methoxyflavone and 5,8,4′-trihydroxy-3,7-dimethoxyflavone); terpenes (thymol and carvacrol). The herbal constituent, nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), is a very potent antioxidant. Although the herb is also called creosote bush, it contains not creosote compounds.

Qualities. The herb is pungent, warm, and antiseptic useful for depressed or injured tissue states and for healing.

Actions. Chaparral is an , , , and pain-reliever (), and has shown , , anti-parasitic (anthelmintic and antiprotozoal), , , and anticancer activities.

Our chaparral, Larrea tridentata is , naturally organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. The plant is also called creosote bush, which refers to the characteristic tar-like odor the entire plant exudes after it rains. It has bitter terpenes that stimulate secretion and cleansing making it a valuable alternative. The herb possesses many biological , including , , , and . Chaparral contains pain-relieving () and anti-rheumatic properties and can be used in combination with the broad treatment for chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases, like various types of arthritis and autoimmune problems. Research indicates that chaparral helps relieve inflammation by increasing ascorbic acid (vitamin C) levels in the adrenals and reducing the painful symptoms of rheumatism.

Chaparral contains strong activity. An antioxidant is a type of compound that helps the body fight stress and prevents oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction in the body that can produce free radicals and chain reactions. Free radicals are formed in the body when exposed to waste products, bacteria, viruses, UV light, pollution, and environmental toxins, and they can damage cells in the body. Because of many environmental, lifestyle, and pathological situations, excess free radicals can accumulate, resulting in oxidative stress that damages cells. Oxidative stress has been related to sickness, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Research suggests that antioxidants reduce damage to oxidative stress to the body by preventing or delaying cell damage. Antioxidants are able to neutralize free radicals and end the destructive chain reactions that they cause, maintaining homeostasis in the body at the cellular level. The compounds NDGA, quercetin, and kaempferol have contributed to the antioxidant activities. As an antioxidant, chaparral can scavenge free radicals, increase antioxidant enzymes, and inhibit lipid peroxidation. The potent antioxidant activity exhibited "sequestration of reactive oxygen species (ROS), inhibition of lipoxygenases (LOX), and activation of the endogenous antioxidant response mediated by nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NRF2)". The strong antioxidant action permeates and contributes to the other actions and effects of this herb, including , , and .

The musculoskeletal system consists of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and tissues and the health of these structures and tissues depends not only on addressing the source of the pain, but largely on whole health including metabolism, diet, stress level, and lifestyle. The body would be under much strain and stress to remove waste and toxins if the biological and metabolic processes would not be in harmony. Chaparral, as an effective , alters metabolic processes to improve tissues’ ability with a range of bodily functions, such as nutrition and elimination, immune stimulation, and stress management. As a hepaticherbs that aid the work of the liver, toning, strengthening, and increasing the flow of bile, often having cholagogue action, chaparral, supports metabolic activity and the liver to help waste elimination and immune functions to support in the body's healing process. The herb demonstrated antidiabetic and hypoglycemic activity since the compound NGDA inhibited α-amylase, α-glucosidase and dipeptidyl peptidase 4, enzymes associated with postprandial glucose management.

There have been 15 cases published of liver injury that were associated with chaparral. It was first reported in 1990 and this led the FDA to put chaparral on a list of suspicious plants in 1992. Liver toxicity is not mentioned in any readily available historical account, and the herb, on the contrary, is considered a liver remedy and used extensively by the American Indians. It is important to examine and understand these cases. Of the 15 cases, there are 9 cases of definite hepatotoxicity temporally related to single chaparral use, and 6 cases of possible hepatotoxicity. The toxicity of chaparral has been associated with "individual idiosyncratic reactions" and can be attributed to undetermined or wrong dosages, underlying liver dysfunction, allergic injury, possible contaminants, or improperly prepared extracts. These reports of toxicity involved individuals who took relatively large doses in the form of capsules. Capsules and pills have been associated with potentially dangerous overdosing. Capsules are not a traditional dose route, and they allow individuals to avoid important protection against overdose ‐ unpleasant taste. The potency in taste reflects the notion of "a little goes a long way," like a spicy pepper. Of the 15 case reports of chaparral-associated injury, 11 cases were associated with capsules or tablets containing chaparral. One particular woman was taking "15 tablets of chaparral per day." Another case includes an individual that required a liver transplant, but had major compounding pre-existing variables, such as hepatitis C and prior drug and alcohol abuse. The reports of chaparral toxicity are inconsistent. The amount of chaparral ranged from .3 to 6 g per day over periods of ranging from 20 days to "many years." There was no correlation relating to the dosage amount and the adverse responses that occurred, and evidence of toxicity is reflected in abnormal liver function. Pre-existing liver disease, including excessive alcohol use, hepatitis, or chronic acetaminophen use, could possibly have predisposed some of the individuals to hepatotoxicity of chaparral. In most of the reported cases, the herbal products that were being used were vague and did not reveal whether the contents of the capsule or tablet were dried, ground plant material, or dried extract. One individual was using "4 bags of tea" daily for a year and a half, unknowingly, and their tea was examined under a microscope to correctly identify that it was in fact chaparral. This case was the only one where the individual was using tea, as it weaker in its extraction as compared to a tincture and then a capsule. For unclear reasons, no cases of toxicity or organ damage implicating chaparral have been published since 2005, and, interestingly, the majority of the hepatotoxicity cases are from 1992 to 1993. This could provide some suggestion as to the obvious lack of toxicity of chaparral to the general population with the few outlying cases, or it could display the herbal market of the time with the majority of the individuals using vague capsules or tablets with some upwards of 2000-6000 mg per day. A clinical study over a 22-month period examined the toxicity of the herb and showed the safety of low-dose long-term internal use of chaparral. The participants used varying low-dosage amounts of an herbal blend tincture containing chaparral, similarly crafted as our Tinctures, while showing no signs of liver damage in any of the participants in the study. All the participants had no previous liver dysfunctions. The study concluded a low dose of chaparral tincture is safe for daily use. This study also pointed to "a lack of general toxicity" of the herb and suggested previously reported cases may be based on rare susceptibility of certain individuals. The herbal blend of Musculo-Skeletal Tincture contains of 25 mg of chaparral per dose, and the daily dosage of 100 mg follows a low-dosage amount.

Safety Considerations. There have been reports of liver injury with overuse and individuals with underlying liver or kidney diseases and dysfunctions. Chaparral should not be taken in those who have or have had liver or kidney disease or those with poor liver or kidney function, or current or previous alcohol abuse. It is not recommended for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 2 years, or taking with other medicines that utilize CP450 pathways for metabolism and through the liver, including but not limited to, acetaminophen, leflunomide, levoketoconazole, lomitapide, mipomersen, pexidartinib, teriflunomide, and cannabidiol (CBD). Avoid or limit the use of alcohol when taking chaparral. Do not exceed the daily amount, since liver toxicity has been associated with overuse.

Potato Vodka

40% alcohol by volume

Idaho Russet Burbank potato

Our vodka is 100% potato-distilled, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and carbohydrate-free. It contains no additives, citric acids, or glyceride. Our vodka is American-handcrafted in Idaho using non-GMO Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes and water from natural well sources near the Grand Teton Mountains. Vodka is created through fermentation when alcohol is formed, then distillation, dilution, and filtration to purify vodka, remove any unwanted elements and excess water, and increase the alcohol by volume content. It is distilled in a four-column apparatus to control the removal of impurities and filtered 5 times for extreme clarification. Our vodka is a clean pure neutral spirit that highlights the aromas, flavors, and bitters of herbs.

Our tinctures are made using traditional practice methods of tincture-concocting with regard to maximum herbal potency and bioavailability of the herb's nutrients being absorbed within the body. Tinctures are crafted at room temperature through the timely method known as maceration. It is the soaking and softening of herbs at which time the equilibrium of the herbal potency is reached inside and outside the herb within the alcohol. The medium, called solvent or menstruum, for extraction of herbs depend upon the herb's solubility in that solvent. Alcohol, as the solvent, can extract herbs well and produce a potent herbal extract. It can extract both fat/oil soluble (non-polar) and water soluble (polar) herbal constituents. It can soften harder materials like roots and extract a broad range of , including those that aren’t water-soluble, like volatile oils, terpenes, alkaloids, and resins, while water (tea) is narrowed toward only water-soluble compounds. Alcohol is a wonderful carrier of herbs, being absorbed quickly through the bloodstream into the body. The body does not need to break down a liquid extract (tincture or tea), all the herbal compounds are already extracted, allowing them to be readily and quickly absorbed into the system. The alcohol in tinctures preserves herbs preventing the breakdown and loss of beneficial herbal properties. Because the tincture is a potent concentrated herbal, the amount of alcohol in a dose is extremely small (0.38 g alcohol), making tinctures completely safe – the equivalency to eating a ripe banana (up to 0.50 g of alcohol) or fermented foods (rolls 1.2 g of alcohol per 100 g) or drinking orange or grape juice. It can always be added to a hot cup of water or herbal tea to evaporate most of the alcohol, if desired.

Florida does not recognize herbal tinctures as alcoholic beverages. The state's law defines alcoholic beverages to exclude products that are "unfit for beverage purposes," and tinctures generally are not suitable for beverage use and are recognized as exempt from the jurisdiction of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT).


ALL packaging and shipping materials can be repurposed and reused.


ALL packaging and shipping materials can be recycled after use.


Tea bags and brewed-out herbs can be composted. Bags compost in 12 months.


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