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Herbal Tinctures: How to Make a Tincture

Whip up an herbal tincture to stay naturally healthy.
By Richo Cech
September/October 2010
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Homemade Herbal Tincture 


2 ounces dried herbs or 4 ounces fresh herbs
1 cup vodka


1. Chop fresh herb or grind dried herb.

2. Place herb in a glass jar labeled with the current date and herb’s name.

3. Add sufficient vodka to cover the herbs.

4. Screw on the lid, put the jar in a dark place at room temperature and shake at least once daily (shaking ensures a strong extraction).

5. After two to three weeks, pour the contents of the jar through several layers of cheesecloth or unbleached muslin.

6. Allow liquid to settle in a clean jar overnight.

7. Strain clear liquid through a filter paper.

8. Store in correctly labeled, dark glass bottles in a cool, dark place.

To use: Place a few drops of tincture under your tongue, or add a few drops to a glass of water or juice.

Excerpted with permission from Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech 

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