Basics of How to make Herbal Tinctures


Tinctures are also called liquid extracts and are the most potent herb preparation due to the concentration of the herbal medicine.Tinctures can be used externally as an antiseptic, disinfectant or local antibiotic. This concentrated form of herbs is very useful for people who are taking large doses of a bad tasting herb. Since the strength of tinctures is very high they should be taken in a diluted form mixed with juices.

Tinctures are made with alcohol to extract the properties and compound in the herbs to make them more powerful and faster acting. Even though we are talking about a very potent herb preparation the dosage can be estimated. These are herbs that are very safe even for a child. There is no danger of poisoning unlike synthetic drugs that can be fatal. To prepare a tincture you mix:

1 ounce of dried or powdered herbs.

5 ounces of vodka or grain alcohol (vodka is 50 % alcohol).

Chop herbs in a blender and put them in a dark glass jar. Cover the herbs with vodka making sure they are completely submerged. Close jar tightly and store in a dark, dry and cool place for 2 weeks at room temperature. 

Shake the jar every day enough to move the herbs and liquid around. After 2 weeks filter the herb pulp and store in a cool place. A tincture can last for more then 5 years.

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