Making an Herbal Tincture
Herbal Tincture

Making an Herbal Tincture


Herbal tinctures and extracts are much stronger than infusions and decoctions. They can be made from almost any herb. Making your own tinctures can save you a lot of money. Tinctures are made with alcohol. Extracts are made with apple cider vinegar, glycerin or water. This recipe is for making a tincture and therefore uses alcohol. Use at least 80 proof brandy or vodka
 

  1. Place finely chopped or ground herbs in a glass jar, avoid metal and plastic containers

  2. Fill jar two thirds to three quarters with fresh herb, one half to three quarters with dried herb or one quarter to one third with roots

  3. Add brandy or vodka until the level of alcohol is about one inch above the top of the herbs

  4. Cover tightly

  5. Let sit for six weeks in a dark, dry and cool place

  6. Shake several times a week

  7. If a little alcohol evaporates or the herbs expand to a point where they are no longer fully covered add more alcohol

  8. Strain and squeeze all of the liquid out of the herbs

  9. Store in dark amber or blue bottles to protect the tincture from light

 
If you store your tinctures in a dark, dry and cool place they will for years. Tinctures can be diluted in tea or can be taken straight using a dropper.

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