to Make Herbal Tinctures
tinctures are liquid herbs. They are made by aging an herb in alcohol
or apple cider vinegar, resulting in a more potent herb that is easily
absorbed and used by the body.
tinctures are sometimes called extracts rather than tinctures.
tinctures can often be purchased at a local or online health food
or herbal supply store. Some combination tinctures can be purchased,
but usually you'll find single herbs available in this form instead.
An example that's become popular in recent years is Tea Tree Oil.
When you buy this herb, it comes as a liquid in a small brown bottle
and usually has a dropper attached to the lid for easy use.
herbs are aged in alcohol, the drinking kind of alcohol is used, not
rubbing alcohol. Something such as 190 proof Everclear is said to
be an excellent alcohol to use for creating herbal tinctures. Some
people don't like the idea of making herbal tinctures with alcohol
though, particularly if they plan to use the remedies for children
and babies, so Apple Cider Vinegar can be used instead.
tinctures made with alcohol are considered stronger though, because
the alcohol extracts more of the herbs properties than the vinegar
need either dried or powdered herbs to create your own tinctures.
You can use single herbs, or create a custom mixture based on your
using dried herbs, you'll need about eight ounces per pint of vinegar
or alcohol, and roughly four ounces of powdered herb per pint of liquid.
If you mix two or more herbs together of course, you'll want to measure
the combined herbs, not add 4-8 ounces of each.
powdered or dried herbs with your liquid in a bottle - you can simply
buy your vinegar or alcohol in pint bottles to keep things simple,
then put them herb into that bottle. Shake the bottle at least twice
a day for about two weeks. If you used powdered herbs, your tinctures
will be ready in about one week instead.
use a similar technique to create herbal oils instead. To make oil
versions though, you'll use virgin olive oil and about two ounces
of dried or powdered herbs.
add your herbs to a pint of olive oil, then sit it in a warm place
for at least four days. You can speed the process up by using the
stove if you'd like though. Combine the herb and olive oil in a pan
or double boiler, and heat it gently for two to three hours. Then
press the oil from your herbs, and add a little bit of Vitamin E to
the mixture as a preservative, then store the herbal oil in a glass
bottle in your refrigerator.
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