Dr. Lani Nykilchuk

Naturopathic Family Doctor

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    Bone-Building Vinegar

    Here's a great way to get a multi-mineral without taking a supplement.

    By combining certain herbs (or pesky weeds as they are often referred to) with organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) you can make a great tonic. Use the vinegar as you would regularly (on salads) or take 1/2-1 tsp daily with a bit of water.

    Herbs you can consider (alone or in combination): 

    • dandelion greens 
    • stinging nettle (harvest and handle with gloves, high in iron)
    • horsetail (very high in silica)
    • red clover
    • chickweed
    • mint
    • lemon balm
    • parsley
    • raspberry leaves 
    • sage
    • plantain
    • lamb's quarters
    • kale 
    • arugula
    • cabbage

    Make sure you are harvesting them from a location that is free of contamination and that you correctly identify your plant.

    Depicted here is chickweed vinegar. You can identify chickweed by the white flowers and fuzzy stems. 

    Herbal vinegar making requires very little skill but a little bit of patience.

    Method: harvest your herb - fill up a mason jar with your herb, then cover in organic apple cider vinegar. Cover with a plastic lid or cheese cloth (so it does not corrode) Give it a shake daily and let it sit for 6 weeks, at which point you can strain out the herb and keep your vinegar for future use.

    Enjoy. Your body will thank you!

     

     

     

     

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