As a neophyte to herbalism, I’m only just discovering tinctures. I’ve been taking a St. John’s Wort tincture for my anxiety and I can tell that it makes a difference. The one drawback is that those little one-ounce bottles are exxxxxxxpensive! Making your own herbal tinctures isn’t hard, and they are far more economical than going to Whole Foods and buying the manufactured ones yourself. To see how to start your own tinctures, read on!
I decided to start with two herbs that help with anxiety – St. John’s Wort and Lemon Balm. I ordered them for Mountain Rose Herbs, and these 8 ounce packages will make dozens of bottles of tinctures for very little cost. I’m literally saving hundreds and hundreds of dollars by making these myself. Other things you will need are: vodka, either 80 or 100 proof, and pint sized glass jars. I chose to buy the wide-mouthed ones as they make it easier to pour.
So here’s what you need to get started:
Next, open the bottle of vodka and slowly pour in the vodka, filling each pint-sized jar up to the rim. This picture was taken only seconds after I poured in the alcohol and, as you can see, the vodka is already changing colors. Make sure to use a spoon and completely submerge the dried herbs at the top, ensuring everything gets evenly soaked. You don’t want anything to mold!
After six weeks, they will be ready to strain and bottle.
For Part 2, go here.