Herbal Tinctures

A tincture is a liquid extract of a herb. It is made by soaking herbs in a drinkable alcohol. We use a mixture of organic grain alcohol and distilled water to get the require strength of approximately 55% alcohol.

I got this recipe and info from the Herbal Companion newsletter.

Ancient Health at Home: Making Tinctures

11/30/2011 5:05:07 PM
by Justine Patton

 

Making tinctures  at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a  simple recipe from a cookbook.

 

First, though, let’s answer an important question: What is a tincture?

 

Tinctures, by definition, are plant extracts preserved with diluted alcohol  or glycerin. They are generally made from the root, plant and/or flowers of  herbs. Tinctures assimilate effectively into your bloodstream and provide more  potent treatment for a longer amount of time than when compared with simply  using dried herbs.

Perhaps one of humanity’s oldest pairings, the mortar  and pestle are a versatile duo. Make a tincture by crushing dried herbs in your  mortar.

 

The type of herbs you use in your tincture all depend on what health benefits  you are hoping to reap. A passionflower tincture can be added to milk to help aid in  sleep. An echinacea  tincture is believed to stimulate the immune system and protect you  from the cold and flu, and a black  cohosh root tincture is sometimes used to relieve those pesky symptoms of  menopause.

 

Vodka is one of the more popular spirits when it comes to concocting  tinctures at home, but the type you use really just depends on your taste. If  you are using dried herbs, make sure your liquor of choice is at least  80-proof.

 

Now that you’ve decided which spirit and herb you are using, make  a tincture at home:

 

1. Crush dried herbs with a porcelain mortar and pestle. You may  add a small portion of your menstruum (another word for the spirit you are  using) to the roots to help, if necessary.

 

2. Pack the crushed herbs into a clean, glass jar fairly tightly  and cover the herbs with your menstruum.

 

3. Store the jar in a dark place to macerate, shaking it twice daily.  Tinctures take anywhere from two days to six weeks to macerate. This amount of  time simply depends on the texture of the herb. Hard, dense plant material, like  roots and bark, usually take more time to macerate than dried leaves.

 

4. Once the tincture has macerated, strain it through a mesh or paper  coffee filter. Store it in a dark, labeled bottle.

 

Tinctures may be taken straight, and they make a great addition to a cup of  hot water as well. You can even pour in a little honey or fruit juice. Simply  listen to your taste buds—they will tell you what to do. The typical dosage is 1  teaspoon of the tincture three times a day. Of course, if you are unsure, check  with your healthcare provider with any questions you may have.

Keep it Simple, easy, & just try it.
Fresh is always the Best!!!!!

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