Prostate Health Tincture Guidelines

Follow these tincture guidelines for a successful tincture benefitting men’s prostate health.

| March 2018

  • Chop your herbs finely.
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  • Add solvent and macerate.
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  • Strain the herbs from by pouring the mixture through a large stainless steel strainer lined with cheesecloth.
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  • Combine these herbs for a tea or tincture.
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  • Combine these herbs to reduce prostate inflammation.
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  • “Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Men” by Rosemary Gladstar features an easy-to-use A-to-Z compendium of men’s health issues.
    Cover courtesy Storey

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Making Tinctures

Tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of herbs. Once prepared, they are taken simply by diluting the desired amount (usually a few drops) of the tincture in warm water, tea, or juice. Most tinctures are made with alcohol as the primary solvent or extractant. Though the amount of alcohol is very small, some people choose not to use alcohol-based tinctures for a variety of sound reasons. As an alternative, you can make effective tinctures using either vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar as the solvent, but they are not as strong as alcohol-based tinctures.

If they are stored in a cool, dark location, tinctures have a very long shelf life, lasting almost indefinitely. Because they are concentrated, follow the dosage chart on page 10 carefully.

While there are several methods for making tinctures, the traditional or simpler’s method is the one I prefer, especially for beginners, since it is easy and reliable. All that is required is the herbs, the solvent, and a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Step 1. Chop your herbs finely, or mix the herbs with some of your chosen solvent (see step 2) and blend in a blender. I recommend using fresh herbs whenever possible because one of the advantages of tincturing is the ability to preserve the fresh attributes of the plant. But either fresh or dried herbs will work, and you can even use both in a single tincture.



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