Monday, May 13, 2013

How To Make An Herbal Tincture

An herbal tincture contains herbs that have been dried and steeped in vodka. Make by simply:
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  • Placing an ounce or more of dried herbs in a glass jar with enough vodka to cover the herbs by two inches.
  • Place the mixture in a cool, dry place and let it steep for up to 3 weeks being sure to shake the jar daily to avoid allowing the herbs to settle.
  • When the mixture is ready, strain the herbs through cheese cloth.
  • Compost the herbs and put the tincture in a dark glass bottle being sure to keep it away from light.

Tinctures can also be made using glycerine.

Known as glycerites, most people prefer vegetable glycerine, but there is also a petroleum option.
  • Make a solution of water and glycerine in a container separate from the dried herbs (60%-75% water to 25%-40% glycerin).
  • Add this solution to the herbs for steeping. Leave a 1/4" of herbs from the bottom of the jar if pouring the liquid on top, or 1/4"of the herbs from the top of the liquid, if pouring the liquid in first.
  • If the herbs soak up the solution, add more until it stops. Steep for at least two weeks, shaking daily.
  • The finishing process is the same as when steeping in alcohol.

When the time comes to use the tincture, the amount to be consumed will be determined by the ailment and could be as few as a couple of drops or as much as several tablespoons.

Be sure to do your research, have a talk with someone at your local health food store, or, if you're lucky enough to have an open minded physician who has also studied herbalogy, see what he or she thinks is best.

If you would like to eliminate the alcohol from the dosage, add the desired amount to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of boiling water, letting it stand for at least five minutes before consuming or applying to the skin.

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