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How To Make A Herbal Tincture

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Herbal tinctures are liquid preparations where the active ingredient of the herb has been extracted using alcohol. Because alcohol is present, tinctures have a long shelf life.

Vodka is ideal to use for herbal tinctures because it is has virtually no fragrance. Use 25% alcohol to 75% spring water.

Dried or fresh herbs can be used in tinctures; weigh dried herbs at 33% of the total liquid content; weigh fresh herbs at 100% of the total liquid content. Pour the liquid into a glass jar and add the herbs, making sure the herbs are completely covered by the liquid.

Store the jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks, shaking it once a day. After two weeks, strain the mixture through muslin or cheesecloth into another jar. Make sure to squeeze as much fluid as possible from the plant material.

Keep the tincture in glass containers in a cool, dark place. If prepared and stored correctly, your tincture should keep for up to two years
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