DIY Herbal Tinctures

Updated: May 24, 2019


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.


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.


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:

The other basic supplies needed are the following:

✧Mortar and pestle (for large root herbs)

✧Pint sized jars