Make Your Own Tinctures
Tinctures are liquid extracts made for healing purposes
Most often tinctures are of herbs or other plant materials. They can be made in alcoholic or non-alcoholic bases, and if made with alcohol, can last for up to two years with proper storage. It's easy to make your own tinctures and it's a great project for the DIY herbal enthusiast!
Tincture History and Background Information
I live in a house with an organic garden in the backyard. We have a lot of medicinal and herbal plants along with our veggies. We don't use commercial pesticides or fertilizers on anything. Our lawn is a bit shabby and we probably have more weeds than some folks, but you can eat anything after just rinsing off the dirt.
My housemates and I are learning about all sorts of ways to save and use the plants we grow. We've got lavender, rosemary, a few kinds of sages, lemon balm, mugwort, a bay tree and more that we're still puzzling out.
Books on Making Tinctures
- Elixirs, Tinctures, & Cures
Alchemical Compounds for Personal Use
- Preparing Herbal Remedies
Information on just what makes an infusion, a decoction, a tincture, a syrup, and more forms of herbal remedies.
- Tincture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In medicine, a tincture is an alcoholic extract (e.g. of an herb) or solution of a nonvolatile substance (e.g. of iodine, mercurochrome.) Solutions of volatile substances were called spirits.
- Dr Edward Bach Centre, Flower Remedies
The Bach Centre home page: definitive information about Dr Edward Bach and Bach flower remedies, including educational opportunities and publications
- Roger Bacon - Tract on the Tincture and Oil of Antimony
On the true and right Preparation of Stibium / to heal human weaknesses and illnesses therewith, and to improve the imperfect metals. Translated by Kjell Hellesoe 1985.
Bottling Your Tinctures - bulk glass bottles
For storage of tinctures, it's best if the liquids are protected from light and kept in a cool place. You don't want the liquids to get warm, but you also don't want them to be in danger of freezing.
Amber and blue glass bottles are the traditional tints you find which block exposure to daylight and help keep the preparations potent longer. Green works too, as does any coloring which is very dark. Gently tinted bottles might look nice, but essentially to protect the tinctures you need to not be able to see them through the glass.
Online Guides To Making Tinctures
- Step-by-step Directions To Making Excellent Quality Tinctures
The most popular form of herbal medication available today, tinctures are highly concentrated liquid extracts of herbs. Easy to make, simple to administer, and a prolonged shelf life have given tinctures great appeal to the busy lifestyle of modern h
- How to make your own herbal tincture
Herbal Information Center - How to make your own tincture with any loose herb
- Timeless tinctures
How to extract the essence of cannabis and keep it in a little glass bottle.
- Making Herbal Tinctures
Making Herbal Tinctures. Specific instructions for making your own herbal tinctures at home.
- How to make one's own herbal tincture
Dried herbs can get mouldy or can be eaten be insects. Tinctures can't and last longer. There is a huge price difference. You can make about a quart of your own tincture for the price of a few ounces of tincture at retail stores.
- Tinctures & Decoctions (Make Your Own Absinthe!) from Shamanshop.net
The substance used to extract the herbs is known as the menstrum. The herbs you are tincturing are known as the mark. Tincturing will extract and preserve both the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble properties of an herb.
- Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures
While paying for the convenience of a manufactured herbal extract can be nice, we have found that the best medicines are those we make ourselves. Not only that, but for those of us that incorporate tinctures into our daily diet the costs really begin
- How to make an herbal tincture
A tincture is an herbal preparation made with alcohol or distilled water and dried or fresh herbs. It is taken into the body by mixing with tea, water or juice. One teaspoon taken up to three times daily should be the proper dosage for any herbal tin
- Make an herbal tincture
Many herbs contain active ingredients which are not easily extracted by water, or are destroyed by heat, and a tincture solves these problems.
Water-based vs Alcohol-based Tinctures
Tinctures can be made with pure water or with an alcohol base. If you use water, it will not have the preservative characteristics that come with alcohol so your tinctures will not last as long at potency and there is a chance that they could grow mold over time. Some people say that if you just use water, you are making an "essence" and not a tincture.
Most often, brandy or vodka are used as the base fluids for tinctures. There is debate over whether using a cheaper or more expensive liquor is better, so I say go with your budget and preference.
I primarily use 100 proof vodka when making my own tinctures as it is considered a balance of water and alcohol content (50-50) and should allow a full complement of extractables to be absorbed from the plant material.
Plants I'm Working With From My Yard
I'm trying to use plants grown in my own backyard for tinctures, especially since everything in the yard is cared for organically. A lot of herbs and plants re-seed and regrow every year, so I don't have to buy any plant material.
- Lemon Balm
- Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Sources for Tinctures
- TINCTURES FROM THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
preparations of plants (or parts of plants) in a water / alcohol mixture of various ratios.
- Herbal Tinctures: Common and rare herbal tinctures.
The largest selection of herbal tinctures available. All Tinctures supplied singly or mix any tincture to your own requirements
- A Herbal Healer Academy - single herb extracts tictures
These are highly concentrated single herb extracts prepared from fresh and dried herbs. These liquid herbal medicines are potent and very convenient to use. Normal dosages are only a few drops. These are in an alcohol base. If you do not want to tast
- About Herbal Tinctures
Tinctures are herbs concentrated in alcohol. We make Columbines and Wizardry tinctures by slowly extracting the finest herbs available over a four to six week period. We use 40% alcohol in our tinctures, which is a lower percentage than generally fou
- Pindari Herb Farm - Australia
We prepare and sell fresh plant herbal tinctures as listed below and can supply the homoeopathics and flower essences as listed, from our dispensary. From these we prepare a range of medicinal herb mixtures for common ailments and a skin care range o
- Al-Qemi Homepage
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