Tinctures are alcohol based herbal remedies that last for several years if stored properly. Depending on the remedy the herb used for a tincture will vary. Tinctures can be taken on an empty stomach before meals. Adults should take about 20 drops in a glass of water two times a day and children less than 10. Babies should not take tinctures, consult your physician.
To make make a tincture add, approximately 3-4 tablespoons and slightly crush in a pestle/mortar. Place the herbs in a large dark glass jar that holds least 1 cup. Pour about 1 cup of vodka/brandy and cover all of the herbs. Close the jar and leave in a cool dark place. Shake the bottle daily for about 3 weeks. After the 3 weeks strain the liquid and slowly pour the contents into a glass bottle.It is best to get a bottle that has a droplet cover. Store the tincture in a dark place.
Remedies can also be made from flowers by placing flowers and leaves in water under sunlight then transferring into alcohol.
Like I mentioned in my water based herbal preparations post, I mostly make make remedies from horsetail, nettle, and marshmallow root because I am trying to finish my stock before purchasing new herbs. The herbs you use should be for areas you need to improve.
Part III of the herbal preparations series I will be posting on ointments and macerated oils. These are two methods I have yet to try, so I will get the instructions from the book Herbs by Jennie Harding
What are your favorite alcohol based herbal preparations?
Stay Tuned for Part III of Herbal Preparations- Oil Based
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