are many ways to use herbs for medicinal purposes and one of the is in
a tincture. Other uses include consuming in food, salves, herbal
vinegar and herbal oils, teas and even syrup. I thought I would start
with Tinctures because it is quite simple and easy to use.
There are 2 important components to your herbal tincture: Herbal material and menstruum
Definition: a substance that dissolves a solid or holds it in suspension : solvent
Types of Menstruum is general vodka, when making a true herbal
tincture. Vinegar can be used, it can be safer than alcohol, but is less
effective at leaching out the medicinal components of the plant. When
tincturing dried herbs, water is sometimes mixed with the vodka or
alcohol. When tincturing fresh herbs, I always use high-proof alcohol.
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract. Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments
without "modern medicine" and pharmacueticals. Tinctures are easy to
make, home remedies. If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will
How long will an Herbal Tincture last?
First, if you choose to use Vinegar, Apple Cider vinegar or
Vegetable glycerin, your tincture will have a shelf life of
approximately 6-8 months.
All tinctures should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place. A kitchen cabinet away from the oven or stove works perfect.
According to my research, properly made tinctures with high-proof alcohol do not go bad. Again, if prepared and stored properly.