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Natural

Tincture

making

Alcohol Method:   1 part dry herb to 5 parts alcohol (80 to 100 proof)

Place herb in to a glass jar and pour alcohol in covering the herbs completely & leaving 1/4" of space at the top of the jar. Roots will expand by 1/2 their size when reconstituted. Cover with plastic lid (not metal) and let sit for 6-8 weeks. Shake daily. Stain and bottle in dark amber bottles; label with ingredients and date. Alcohol tinctures have been known to have an indefinite shelf life.

Vinegar Method:   1 part dried herb to 5 parts vinegar (apple cider vinegar with mother)

Place herb in to a glass jar and pour vinegar in covering the herbs completely & leaving 1/4" of space at the top of the jar. Roots will expand by 1/2 their size when reconstituted. Cover with plastic lid (not metal) and let sit for 6-8 weeks. Shake daily. Stain and bottle in dark amber bottles; label with ingredients and date. Vinegar tinctures have been known to have a shelf life of about 5 years.

Vegetable Glycerine Method:   1 part herb to 5 parts glycerin

Mix 60% glycerin with 40% room temperature distilled water to equal the total amount of liquid neede. For example, if you are using a 16oz. jar then take 60% of 16 and 40% of 16 to get your mixture of the two. Place herb in to a glass jar and pour vinegar in covering the herbs completely & leaving 1/4" of space at the top of the jar. Roots will expand by 1/2 their size when reconstituted. Cover with plastic lid (not metal) and let sit for 6-8 weeks. Shake daily. Stain and bottle in dark amber bottles; label with ingredients and date. Vinegar tinctures have been known to have a shelf life of about 5 years.

making

Infusions (tea made from the leaves & flowers of the plant)

In a medium sauce pan, bring 8 ounces of clean filtered water just to a boil and remove from heat. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of your herb of choice, cover and steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain and add honey and lemon to taste.


Decoctions  (tea made from the roots, stems, berries, & bark of the plant)

In a medium sauce pan, add 8 to 10 ounces of clean filtered water and your herb of choice. Let sit for 10 minutes before turning on the heat. Bring to a simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Add honey and lemon to taste.

Tea