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Fresh Plant Tincture Recipe

With minimal preparation time, you can make fresh plant tinctures.

| July/August 2019


If you have fresh plant material available, go with that for a tincture rather than using dried herbs. It’s almost always better, and in some cases, it’s really the only way to go.

I love making fresh plant tinctures. With minimal preparation time, you’re rewarded with a fantastic extract, and you really experience your plant. High-proof alcohol sucks the water out of the plant and makes a better extract, but if you don’t have access to it, see the note for alternatives. Here are the materials to get started:


  • 1 part by weight fresh herb
  • Scissors or clippers
  • Scale
  • Jar with tight lid
  • 2 parts by volume 190-proof alcohol*


1. Coarsely chop your plant material with clippers or scissors, weighing it out as you chop.

2. Shove the material into the jar — for leaves and flowers, squeeze in as much as is humanly possible. For best results, use a jar that exactly fits what you need without extra space.

3. Cover to the top of the jar with alcohol (it’s more important to keep it covered). You may need to hold the plant material down as you fill the jar, and use a knife or chopsticks to remove air bubbles. Secure the lid, but no need to shake. Store the jar in a cool, dark place. Open the jar a few days later to top off the contents with a little more alcohol.

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