The most simple explanation of a tincture is an herbal extract. I love the Fresh Basil Tincture we made! Ever made Vanilla Extract using vanilla beans and vodka? It's that simple. Or is it...
The good news is that many of the most common herbs (especially those you cook with) have wonderful health benefits and are safe to use both in your food as well as tinctures. Still not sure about herbal remedies? Do you drink "sleepy time tea" or some other commercial form of tea? That's an herbal remedy!
Oregano and Rosemary both contain anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.
Basil is great for inflammation.
Thyme has disease fighting nutrients.
This is just the beginning of what these herbs have to offer our bodies and Tinctures are a way to extract the goodies!
It includes a jar, herb (you choose), a filter to strain out the herbs, labels for your jars AND a 2 ounce dropper bottle with label.
Add your "base" of alcohol or glycerin and you've got 5-24 ounces of homemade tincture (depending on the recipe!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this month I purchased a large bottle of 100 proof vodka for $17. I then made 6 tinctures using 2 ounces of herbs and 12-16 ounces of vodka and I still have more vodka left (maybe for 2 more).
Let's do the math
Tincture Kit (2 ounces of herb) from Mary's Basics $19.75
16 ounces of 100 proof vodka (approx) $2.14
Total spent for 16 ounces of Tincture $27.89
Homemade: Total spent for 2 ounces $3.49
Online store selling 2 ounces of Rosemary Tincture $15.39
Store-Bought: Total for 2 ounces: $21.39
|Chamomile Tincture Kit|
Not sure about the alcohol content? The alcohol in a tincture can be evaporated out by adding the drops to almost boiling water and swirling until cool. Although a glycerin base tincture has a short shelf life, it can be used instead of alcohol for those who prefer an alternative.
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. I am not a professional herbalist, just a health-conscience, DIY girl sharing the knowledge I learn. Thanks for stopping by!
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