In the next few years I will be working toward becoming a certified herbalist, and though I haven’t started official schooling for it, I’ve been studying it for 6 years. I brewed several jars of tinctures this year from the herbs I grew in my garden.
Tinctures are concentrated, time brewed extracts of herbs. I use alcohol for my tinctures, but they can also be made with vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar. These work as well, and may be preferable for children or those who are sensitive to alcohol. I make my tinctures for myself so I choose to use alcohol. When using alcohol, use 80 to 100 proof alcohol; vodka, gin, or brandy works.
- Herbs of your choice, fresh or dry works, but fresh is best
- 80-100 proof alcohol, I use vodka
- A glass jar with a tight fitting lid
- Clean your herbs and chop finely. Place the herbs in a clean, dry jar.
- Pour enough vodka into the jar to cover the herbs, and continue pouring until the liquid is above the herbs by 2-3 inches. Cover with the tight fitting lid.
- Place the jar in a warm location and let the herbs brew for 4-6 weeks, shaking daily.
- After 4-6 weeks have passed, strain the herbs, reserving the liquid. Compost the herbs and store the liquid tincture in a jar out of sunlight.
For adult dosages for tinctures, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoons diluted in water or juice three times daily.
Be sure to do your research on any herbs you may choose, in order to study the herbs effects and possible contraindications. Consult your doctor or a Certified Herbalist before administering herbal medicines.
You can get amber glass bottles and droppers that work great for tinctures here.