There are a few different methods that circle around when looking for how to make a tincture.
Today, I posted a video from my favorite place, Mountain Rose on how to make a tincture. Keep in mind that a tincture is different than an essential oil. A tincture is made with 40-50% alcohol and an essential oil, is made with …well, oil. Tinctures are a great herbal remedy to have on hand.
The method that they use in this video is the basic “folk” method
You will want to have the following supplies handy:
- A pint size mason Jar and lid
- 1 bottle of 80-100 proof vodka (or alcohol)
- Herbs of your choice
- Cheese Cloth
- glass dish
In the video they use Valerian root, but you can use any herb that you need or want to use.
Here are the steps on how to make a basic tincture:
- Fill the pint mason jar up 1/2 way with herbs.
- Add vodka to fill the jar
- Stir in herbs well and top off jar
- Put lid on jar (It can be the metal ones they come with or even plastic like you see in the video) and label
- Let the tincture sit for a week with stirring or shaking it.
- Put in a dark place and let sit for 5 more weeks.
After 6 weeks total;
- Put strainer over clean dish and cheesecloth over strainer
- Pour tincture into strainer
- Wrap cheese cloth so you can pick up the bundle without losing any herbs
- Squeeze cheese cloth to get all the liquid out
- Compost the herbs
- Rinse cheese cloth and let dry for re- use
- Rinse out the pint jar that the tincture originally sat in
- pour strained tincture in mason jar
- Seal and add new label if needed
This will end up being a ton cheaper for you to do than if you were to buy it at a store. I recommend getting your herbs from Mountainroseherbs.com. You can use just about anything for the labels, masking tape and a sharpie, paper and scotch tape, address labels or anything else you can think of.
If you come across some great tips or tricks, feel free to share!