Ksuyeya Tincture (2oz dropper bottle)
Ingredients: White willow bark, mullein root, plant glycerin, and water (alcohol-free)
Ksuyeya (ksoo-yay-yuh) means pain in the Lakota language. Use this tincture as a natural and anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
Dosage: To reduce pain, take ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon (2.5 ml to 5 ml) as needed throughout the day for up to 12 weeks, best if mixed with warm water. For back muscle spasms and joint pain, take 6 to 10 drops mixed with warm water 3-4 times a day until spasms and pain subsides.
Storage: Tinctures have a shelf life of 1 year IF properly stored. Proper storage is to keep the tincture in a cool, dry place away from sunlight (medicine cabinet, pantry, etc) and make sure the bottle is tightly sealed after opening. After opening, the tincture should be refrigerated within 1 month, or unopened within 1-2 months to prevent molding.
Medicinal benefits of white willow bark: The salicin inside willow bark works the same way as aspirin, by reducing inflammation and pain as it enters your bloodstream. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of willow bark, it may be especially effective in combating joint pain as well.
Willow bark in a tincture may be used for the treatment of pain, particularly low back pain, and osteoarthritis. It may also be used to treat headaches and inflammatory conditions, such as bursitis and tendinitis.
Willow bark brings pain relief more slowly than aspirin, but its effects may last longer. Among many studies, one well-designed study of nearly 200 people with low back pain showed that those who received willow bark experienced a significant improvement in pain compared to those who received a placebo.
Medicinal benefits of mullein root: Mullein root is most well-known for it's respiratory health benefits. More specifically, it helps with lymphatic congestion by promoting lung cilia function and loosens up phlegm, which helps with productive coughing.
The diuretic and mild astringent properties of mullein root can help with urinary incontinence and frequent urination. It can also help with swollen prostates in men or mesonephric duct regression in women by reducing inflammation in the mucosa of the bladder, and strengthens and tones the trigone sphincter muscle. It does not irritate or over stimulate bladder or kidney function. The root tincture can be used as a long term tonic for individuals with urinary incontinence, recurring bladder infections, interstitial cystitis, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
For pain relief, mullein root in tinctures has been used in treating Bell’s Palsy, a frequently occurring complication of Lyme Disease, as well as other cases of facial nerve pain by promoting restoration of synovial fluid. Mullein root is also used for joint pain relief because of it's lubricating effects on the fluids cushioning the joints. Mullein root’s anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions have been highly noted in many herbalist journals and documents for hundreds of years.
No drug interactions have been reported for mullein root, and it is considered safe for long term use. Note that mullein root is also used as an expectorant and beneficial for reducing inflammation while stimulating fluid production, so you may experience an urge to cough and expel phlegm from any congestion you may have.