• 8 ounces horse chestnuts, chopped
  • 24 ounces (80-proof or higher) alcohol, such as brandy, vodka or gin


  1. Add chestnuts and alcohol to a glass jar, let sit 14 days.
  2. Strain and squeeze through cheesecloth. Store in dark-glass bottle

Dosage: 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml.), in a glass of water, daily for 3 to 12 months. After that, take 6 days per week or as needed.

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Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.