Making Tinctures


Yesterday presented a time to go through my library of herbs and tinctures—and begin to replenish. I filled ball jars with rose petals, wormwood, oatstraw and more. When I tincture, I use grain alcohol cut 50% with spring water in most cases. I cover the plant material—and shake to be sure I've got enough surface area covered in the alcohol/water blend. I label and date, shake daily for a week and keep in the dark for at least a month. After that, I strain (SQUEEZE in cheesecloth) and transfer to labelled amber bottles in the apothecary. This time of year, I'm sure to have the makings of my immunity "Boost," "Super Boost" and uplifting blends at hand.