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Tinctures – Herbal Remedy

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Tinctures – Herbal Remedy for external and internal use

Tinctures are solutions of concentrated extracts of herbs. They are more concentrated than decoction, and, due to the preservative qualities of the alcohol, tinctures have a long shelf life. 

Advantages of Tinctures

They are very easy to administer, making them good to use on pets, children, and the elderly.

They are good to use when you have to take distasteful herbs over a long period of time. 

How to make a Tincture

Combine 4 ounces (113 grams) of powdered or cut herb to 1 pint of alcohol, either brandy or vodka. If you do not want to use alcohol, use either glycerine or warm (not boiled) apple cider vinegar instead.

Cover with a lid and leave to steep for 2 to 6 weeks. You will need to shake the solution every few days in order to encourage the herb’s medicinal properties to be absorbed into the alcohol.

Strain the tincture through cheesecloth, and store in dark-coloured bottles with a dropper, so they can be easily administered. Either drop drops onto tongue or add a couple of drops to juice or water (hot or cold) and drink. 

You can also use tinctures externally.

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