For the tincture: Blend the vodka and conkers in a liquidizer until smooth. Place in a sterilized bottle and keep in a cool dark place for 10 days to 1 month, shaking every day or so. Strain before using.
For the gel: Add the vegetable gelatine to 2/3 cup cold water in a pan and whisk until dissolved. Heat for about 2 minutes, whisking constantly. As the mix starts to thicken, slowly pour in 2/3 cup of the tincture, a little at a time. Add the lavender oil.
Pour into a 250-milliliter sterilized bottle.
Try a 24-hour patch test before using as the horse chestnut can irritate. Apply to affected areas twice daily, or as often as required.
The tincture will keep for up to 1 year and must not be taken internally. The gel keeps for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
NotesThe content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.