Here I will explain the very basic method for creating your own herbal tinctures.
What you will need:
Your Choice of Herb/s
80 proof Vodka
Jar with Lid to make things easier have an extra on hand
Cheese Cloth or Coffee Filters
What youll want to do is this, take your jar and fill the jar half way with your choice of herb/s then take the 80 proof vodka and fill the jar up to the rim. Tighten the lid and give it a good shake for a minute or two.
Then you will want to let the mixture sit for a period of time, here is a general guideline for wait times:
Dry Roots or Thick Herbs Let sit for (6-8 weeks) Periodically shaking the mixture several times daily.
Dried Leaves Let sit for (4-6 weeks) Periodically shaking the mixture several times daily.
Fresh Roots or Thick Herbs Let sit for (3-4 weeks) Periodically shaking the mixture several times daily.
Powdered Herb Dry or Fresh Let sit for (2-3 weeks) Periodically shaking the mixture several times daily..
*Note that certain herbs will have shorter or longer sit times, as the above stated sit times are general in nature. Make sure to check or research the specific herb/s for specific times and or instructions.
Once your tincture mixture has sat for recommended or instructed time, it is time to prepare your final tincture liquid. What you will want to do is before removing the lid from the jar give it one last good shake. Then remove the lid and take either your cheese cloth or coffee filters (1-3 sheets) and wrap it around the mouth of the jar; secure cloth or filters with the rubber band. Slowly drain and filter your finished tincture liquid into a clean empty jar. Your tincture is now ready to use.
*Note that some pulp is normal. When using and taking tinctures follow the prescribed dosages exactly, and make sure the herb/s you are using are safe and effective for the conditions or symptoms you are trying to alleviate. It is recommended if you are inexperienced that you do plenty of research on the herbs you are using, further research specific tincture instructions for the exact herb/s you are using, and furthermore consult an experienced and or if possible a certified herbalists for advice and information.
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Further information and notes:
The amount of final product that you will have will depend on the size of jar you use and the herb/s to vodka mixture ratio.
For powdered herb/s it is allowable for the ratio to be 1/3 herb to 2/3 vodka.
For storing final products, you can keep the majority of the tincture liquid in the jar, and fill smaller easier to carry dosages with different sized amber vials, preferably with dropper tops.
Comparing tincturing with other herbal remedies: Tincture are more effective and more potent than infusions (teas), decoctions, and even tablets. Both the water soluble and fat soluble medicinal qualities of the plant/herb is extracted with this method. The shelf life of average tinctures vary between 3-6 years if not longer for some. And finally tinctures may be combined, mixed, or altered as desired more easily than any other herbal remedy, with this benefit it makes it the ultimate herbal internal (consumed) remedy. And contrary to popular belief tinctures may be derived from an alcoholic base, but when taking normal dosages they under normal circumstances have no ill side effects such as hangovers etc. Although tinctures depending on the herb/s used, some may cause slight headaches or digestive (nausea) problems, but is rare.