How To Make Herbal Tinctures March 19 2019
Herbal tinctures are often some of the key ingredients to our formulations, and we love to produce our tinctures in house.
Consider herbal tinctures your gateway to natural healing and the best of home remedies. They can combat everything from a cold, high blood pressure, anxiety, lethargy, as well as topical ailments, like skin rashes, anti aging, or hair loss.
With that being said, tinctures can be taken orally or applied topically.
Tinctures are primarily batched in three ways: with alcohol, or with water, or with glycerin.
There are many common herbs you can use to make tinctures, and certain blends can increase the effectiveness of their medicinal benefits. You can grow your own herbs or purchase them online from a variety of well reputed companies.
Here are some common herbs to consider when making tinctures:
Valerian. You can get a little creative with Valerian, as it's notorious for having a bad smell. Valerian is well known for it's calming relaxing effects. Highly recommended for those with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Make a batch by including brandy, and the smell / taste will be much more acceptable.
Chamomile. Chamomile is also well known for it's relaxing effects. Can also be used to relieve anxiety and stress.
Echinacea. The echinacea plant is commonly used to boost your immune system and fight a cold or infection. You can pair it with rhodiola for added immune boosting capabilities.
Nettle. Nettle has a variety of benefits, topically and orally. Topically it can help encourage hair growth, and orally it can help combat allergies and sinus issues.
Hibiscus. One of my favorites, hibiscus is great for lowering blood pressure, as well as many other benefits.
While the tinctures in the photo above are in clear glass, we recommend storing your tinctures in dark glass containers.
WATER BASED or GLYCERIN BASED TINCTURE RECIPE
Glass jar or bottle with tip cap/lid, distilled or purified water or glycerin, crock pot or warm location in house.
- Put herbs in jar or bottle about 1/2 way. Fill to the top with warm water or glycerin.
- Cover and put in slow cooker (or Instant Pot with slow cooker feature) that's lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days.
- Remove and strain.
ALCOHOL BASED TINCTURE RECIPE
- Put herbs in jar or bottle about 1/2 way.
- Fill to the top with vodka, rum, or brandy.
- Cover and put in a dark dry location for 4-6 weeks.