How to Make a Herbal Tincture

Tinctures, preserving concentrating medium healing qualities herbs.  Effective small amounts enter your system seconds last indefinitely.Tinctures are an excellent medium for preserving and concentrating the healing qualities of herbs.  Tinctures are effective in small amounts because they are so concentrated.   Tinctures are usually the preferable way to take herbs because they can enter your system in seconds.  For preserving herbs, tinctures are optimal because they can last indefinitely.

Steps for making tinctures:

One: Gather your herbs
Obtain your herbs from the purest source possible; organic or wild crafted are excellent.  Grown in your own yard are the best because you have full control and the plant is under the same influences that you are.

Two: The medium
Use alcohol as the medium, I suggest vodka, gin or rum at 100 proof (100 proof means it is 50% water and 50% alcohol).
Note: Do not use rubbing, isopropyl, methyl, or wood alcohol they are poisonous.

Three: Blend the herbs and alcohol together. (For best results do this step as a farmer would, on the new moon)
Place the herbs in a blender and pour in enough alcohol to cover.  Turn on the blender at medium, then gradually to high speed; add more alcohol as needed to keep the herbs turning.  Blend the herbs until they are liquefied (looks like a sauce).

Four: Storage
Pour the herbs into a canning jar, seal and store in a place where there is no light (herbs are light sensitive) and take the herbs out once a day and shake.  Store the herbs this way for 3 weeks to 3 months.
Note: If you need to take this tincture now, do step five taking some of the tincture to use immediately.

Five: Separate the herbs from the alcohol (for best results do this step on the full moon)
Cover a bowel large enough to hold the herbs with cheesecloth or clean cotton cloth.  Pour your mix of herbs and alcohol into the cloth, bag up and squeeze off the tincture.

Six: Dropper bottles for use
I suggest you use tinted glass, as the tincture is light sensitive.  You can get tinted dropper bottles in various sizes in health food and drug stores.

The Sam Biser Save Your Life User Manual: By Sam Biser and Dr. Richard Schulze, The University of Natural Healing, Inc.
Herbal Medicine-Makers Handbook, by James Green, Crossing Press, 2002

Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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