Tincture

In medicine, a tincture is an alcoholic extract (e.g. of a herb) or solution of a non-volatile substance (e.g. of iodine, mercurochrome). Solutions of volatile substances were called spirits, although that name was also given to several other materials obtained by distillation, even when they did not include alcohol. Tinctures can be effectively used for natural remedies, but one should be careful of the products since the original herb should be of a high standard before it goes through the extraction process. For instance, when creating a herbal tincture, it is important to harvest the herb during its peak time for potency and use only organic herbs. Alcoholic tincture Put 120g / 4oz of the finely chopped or ground dried herbs into a container that can be tightly closed. If fresh herbs are used, twice the amount should be used. Pour 500ml / 1 pint of 30% (60 proof) vodka on the herbs and then close the lid tightly Keep the container in a warm place for two weeks, shake well twice a day. Then, filter the liquid through a muslin cloth suspended in a bowl Wring out the liquid. (you can use the residue for compost) Pour the tincture into a dark bottle. Keep it closed tight. Tinctures are much stronger relative infusions and decoctions, check a holistic herbal for dosage. Always consult a doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding or have any other illness or condition

Herbs

Cayenne
Celery
Centaury
Couchgrass
Daisy
Dill
False Unicorn Root
Fringetree
Galangal
Ginger
Greater celandine
Horsechestnut
Horseradish

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Added by wikiherbia on Thu 7 Jun 2012 on 11:36 am GMT

Updated by wikiherbia on Fri 31 Aug 2012 at 5:46 pm GMT