DIY Herbal Tinctures

Updated: May 24, 2019



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So what exactly is a tincture? The simplest definition is a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol.

Example: “the remedies can be administered in the form of tinctures”

In this definition, the “drug” is an herb.


When making a tincture, you are using alcohol to extract the medicinal properties of the herb.


For some, using alcohol to make tinctures isn’t possible, so the best substitute is Apple Cider Vinegar.


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You do not use water in a tincture. Water will make it rancid.



The purpose of a tincture, is to preserve the medicine so that it has a much longer shelf life. Tinctures are also much more potent than using the herb alone. A tincture made using alcohol can last for at least 3 years. Most of the time, they will last even longer.


This is a great solution to keeping herbs that you don’t often. Dried herbs generally only have a shelf life of about 2 years, so making an alcohol tincture will keep you from having to waste them. Using apple cider vinegar, a tincture will usually only last a maximum of 6 months.


You are never supposed to use fresh herbs because of the water content, and always make sure your jars are clean, and completely dry, before adding your herbs.



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There are some items that you will need for making tinctures. Herbs, of course, are the most important.


We have a selection of organic herbs in our store's Herbs section:

https://www.witchspirations.com/herbs


The other basic supplies needed are the following:

✧Mortar and pestle (for large root herbs)

✧Pint sized jars