Saturday, February 14, 2015
But tincture making really goes beyond just being a method of preservation, it’s a way to extract and concentrate the healing and beneficial properties of an herb and preserve them for a long time, often for many years. Use a 1 quart glass canning jar. Add herb. Use 2 cups of vodka to cover. Mold and bacteria can develop and ruin a tincture if the plant matter isn’t completely covered so add more vodka if necessary. Label the concoction, shake the jars a few times a day to assist the extraction process, and allow it to steep for a few weeks before straining off the plant material. It’s also important to “top up” with the alcohol as the plant matter expands or alcohol evaporates. Yes, it really is that simple. Use the herb of your own choice.