WHAT IS TINCTURE
Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts that use alcohol as a solvent. Each herb is extracted according to its distinct characteristics and medicinal properties. This process produces the most potent herbal extracts making them more effective and longer lasting. To make non-alcoholic herbal extracts you can use water, vinegar or vegetable glycerine.
Also known as glyderites, glycerin herbal extracts are a great solvent for preserving plant constituents without the use of alcohol. They make an excellent choice for children, or people with alcohol sensitivities. Glycerites have a shelf life of up to two years.
While not as potent as alcohol based tinctures, an herbal vinegar extract is another effective alternative for children or anyone abstaining from alcohol. In fact, years ago, most herbal extracts were made with solvents like water, wine, and vinegar.
Vinegar offers health benefits in addition to its extraction abilities. It is helpful for maintaining normal blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as aiding in digestion and managing fatigue. The shelf life of apple cider vinegar tinctures is about a year and it is recommended to keep it a cool, dark place.
BENEFITS OF TINCTURES
HOW TO MAKE
Making your own tinctures is a cost-effective, creative and empowering way to take control of your health care. Tinctures can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, roots, barks, or berries. All you need is consumable alcohol like vodka that is at least 80 proof and your choice of herbs. Alcohol is an excellent solvent that extracts a wide range of plant properties and allows for easy absorption of the healing compounds straight into the bloodstream.
To make glycerite herbal extract, simply substitute the alcohol for glycerin; for vinegar herbal extract use apple cider vinegar.
HOW TO TAKE
This healing plant-based remedy can be taken oral - straight by the dropper or diluted in tea. Because it is very concentrated and easily absorbed, one teaspoon has the same effect as a cup of herbal tea.
For children or pregnant women it can be poured into a hot tea to evaporate the alcohol before consuming.
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