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How to Make Herbal Tinctures

Have you ever considered making your own herbal tinctures? After using a couple of herbal tinctures myself, I realized how powerful herbs are and decided I wanted to learn how to make my own. I started searching the internet and books to get as much information as I could.

I continued researching herbs and eventually found a website that offered a kit that included almost everything I needed to make my own tinctures and salve. Learning Herbs sells a kit that has everything you need – except for the vodka to extract the herb – to make a tincture and a salve. The kit is easy to understand and they have awesome customer service, if you have questions. There is no gain for mentioning this company in this article; it is my opinion from my personal experience ordering and using the kit.

Echinacea was one herb that was included in the kit. I gave some to a friend and kept some for myself. Since then, neither of us has been without it. It is great to help fight off infection and can ease a sore throat on contact! People often compare Echinacea as being on the level of penicillin. My three-year-old grandson likes the salve because he can put it on his boo boo’s all by himself.

If children or pets will be using the herbal tincture, you should consider using vegetable glycerin, instead of vodka. You can also put the alcohol tincture into a hot liquid that will help evaporate the alcohol from the tincture.

How to make an herbal tincture

You will need

80-100 proof vodka or vegetable glycerin

Glass jar (with lid)

Herb of your choice

Cheese cloth

Glass bottle to store the tincture

Put your herb into the jar and pour vodka (or vegetable glycerin) over the herb. Be sure the alcohol covers the herb completely. Close the lid tightly; write the name of the herb, the date you started and the end date on the jar. Put the jar in a dark area but make it a place where you will not forget about it because you need to shake the jar every day for six weeks. Be sure the liquid still covers the herb completely. If it does not, add more vodka or vegetable glycerin.

After six weeks has passed, using your cheesecloth, strain the tincture into a bowl or other glass container. Be sure to squeeze as much as you can from the herb. Dispose of the herb & cheesecloth. Bottle your tincture, label it and you have just made your first tincture.

Although herbs are natural, they can still be deadly. To be safe, consult with your herbalist or physician before using any herb.