Herbal Tincture Making
Category : Herbals
Published by admin on 15-Jun-2018 17:10

A tincture is a concentrated liquid form of an herb that is easy to make and easy to take. Tinctures preserve and concentrate the properties of the herb, making them more effective and longer lasting.

Alcohol based tinctures have a shelf life of several years and are easy to use when needed! I keep several tinctures on hand for my kids, as they can be used externally even on small children for relief from common problems.

Tincture Making Supplies
I make most tinctures in an alcohol base as this makes them the most long lasting, but tinctures can also be made with glycerine, vinegar or even with honey to make a syrup!
To make a tincture, you will need the following supplies:
A clean glass jar (at least pint size) with lid
Consumable alcohol like vodka or rum- at least 80 proof (or Apple Cider Vinegar or food grade vegetable glycerine)
Herbs of choice (do your own research)

How to Make a Tincture

Fill the jar 1/3 to 1/2 full with dried herbs. Filling half full will make a stronger tincture. Do not pack down.
Pour boiling water to just dampen all of the herbs. (This step is optional but helps to draw out the beneficial properties of the herbs)
Fill the rest of the jar (or the entire jar if not using hot water too) with alcohol and stir with a clean spoon.
Put the lid on the jar. Store the jar in a cool/dry place, shaking daily, for at least three weeks and up to six months. (I usually leave herbs for six weeks)
Strain through cheesecloth and compost the herbs. Store the tincture in coloured dropper bottles or clean glass jars.

NOTE: The alcohol can be evaporated before use by placing a few drops in boiled water and allowed to cool to drinking temperature or a tincture can be made in the same way using apple cider vinegar, though it will need to be stored in the fridge and will only last 3-6 months.

Tummy Tamer Digestive Tincture

Use this when feeling unwell in the tummy

1/2 cup dried dried peppermint leaves
1/4 cup-1/2 cup very finely diced fresh ginger root
1/4 cup dried fennel seeds
Approximately 1 1/2 cups boiling water
Approximately 1 1/2 cups vodka or rum
A quart size glass jar with airtight lid

Put peppermint, ginger and fennel in glass jar and pour boiling water until they are just covered.
Fill the rest of the jar with vodka or rum (food grade only! no rubbing alcohol) and put on air tight lid.

Keep in a cool dark place for at least two weeks, but up to six, shaking daily.
After 2-6 weeks, strain through mesh strainer or cheesecloth and store in vials or small jars.

Dosage: for adults up to 1 teaspoon can be taken straight or in water as needed. For heartburn indigestion or nausea, one dose is usually sufficient, though sometimes a second dose is needed. In pregnancy, 1/2 teaspoon in the morning often helps with morning sickness, with additional doses if needed throughout the day. For children, 10-20 drops is usually enough, or it can be used externally. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition, you should check with your doctor or midwife before using any herbal remedy or supplement.