I really do enjoy making tinctures. They’re so much easier to make than I thought. The hardest part is waiting for it to be done so I can press the little pretties!!
The chatter among the herbalist I know differ completely on the right way to tincture. Some believe you need to tincture the herbs individually. Then use the individual tinctures together to create a unique tincture. This way you are pulling the herb’s tasty and healthy goodness individually. Then combine them together with others to create an awesome explosion of a wonderful concoction. Then there are others who feel that if you put the herbs all in one and tincture, they play nicely mixing and melding and dancing together as they tincture. It makes for an exotic love affair of herbal madness.
I make the herbal mixed tinctures, mainly because room is limited. I can’t have 10 herbs tincturing at the same time. Where would I store them? But, the plus side to individual tinctures is that I could create a tinctured mix on the go, or randomly if they were available. But, making herbal mixes are more cost effective. With one tincture mix I only use 4 ounces of herbal mix and 20 ounces of liquid. Rather than 4 ounces + 20 ounces of liquid for each herb. I save a bit on that end. And I do think the herbs mixed play nicely together.
If you’d like to try your hand at making an Herbal Tincture. Here’s a great how to video from Mountain Rose Herbs. I don’t like reinventing the wheel especially if someone has done an awesome job of doing it already. So, I won’t rewrite how to tincture. The web is filled with great resources for that. But, I’ll tell you about the tinctures I make and my results. I think from that we can all learn something!
Tonight I’m making a tincture my friend and I created. It’s for muscle aches and pains. We’re hoping the tincture will lessen the pain of being hit by a ‘mack truck’. We’re just hoping it will make our ritual recovery easier and bearable the few days after.
And yes, that’s my husband, photo bombing. Ah gotta love that man!