Last month a dear friend and I co-hosted on a local radio show which usually dialogues about women in business and community events. The topics included in that particular session focused mainly on an upcoming traditional medicine forum called the “Amot Conference”. This lead us to talk more about natural healing, traditional medicines and us describing what ways we incorporated herbs as a form of medicine in our home dynamic.
With the onset of rainy season and a new baby on the way it was easy for me to share the recent developments of traditional healing in my home. I briefly described how I had just made an herbal tincture/extract and my dream of expanding on my herbal apothecary (pictured below)… The following is an explanation of how I make my herbal tinctures.
Firstly, let me explain more on what an herbal tincture actually is…
HERBAL TINCTURES are also known as herbal extracts as they use pure grain alcohol to draw out, preserve, and concentrate the essential properties of an herb. They are primarily used and or applied sublingually (under the tongue), diluted in a hot tea (to expel alcohol), or added to salves, lotions, and oils. *Herbal Tinctures can also be made and found in Non-Alcohol form.
Here’s how I like to make my herbal tinctures:
I loosely fill a jar with my preferred herb that has been either cut or crumbled to fit finely in a jar and then pour 80-100 proof vodka over the herb so that it coats the herb completely. I then seal the jar with it’s original lid, label it with the date prepared as well as the herbal parts used, and then leave it in a warm place (70-80 degrees F) for at least two weeks (4+wks is better)… Shaken periodically to activate the herbal essences. After the tincture has matured I strain and separate the liquid from the herb matter using a fine mesh fabric like cheese cloth and squeezing the last bit of liquid from the herbs. Lastly I pour the newly made tincture into an amber colored glass jar with a dropper type lid for ease of use and preservation.