Starting from left to right:
St. John’s Wort, Bachelor’s Button, German Chamomile, and Feverfew. 🙂
-How to make a proper tincture:
Take Mason Jars and boil the glass part of the jar, totally submerged. Boil glass jars for six minutes. Hand Wash the rings and lids with hot soapy water. Make sure the lids and rings are brand new, to avoid contamination of bacteria.
While the large pot of water is boiling the jars, chop up the desired fresh or dried herbs.
Using fresh herbs is best for the strongest result in comparison to dried. Place the chopped herbs into small separate bowls. Set aside.
After glass jars are done being boiled for six minutes take out with jar grabbers. Set upside down onto sterile-clean paper towels. Let them cool and look for remaining water droplets. Dry the inside of the Mason Jars more if needed. Make sure the jars are at least slightly warm to the touch before adding herbs into each Mason Jar.
Use 100 proof Vodka; The stronger the better. Some say to dilute the alcohol, but I do not. Since I want to draw out as much of the medicinal properties from the herbs as possible. Diluting the Vodka or Gin is for potential customers who wish to not have an overpowering flavor of vodka. Adding water to the Vodka or Gin is not necessary.
You should have at least 1/3 of the herbs filling each Mason Jar; OR Half. . You may notice the Feverfew in the photograph I have here, shows a bit of herb content and more Vodka in ratio. Also, how the Mason Jar is not filled to the top to avoid possible air touching the herbs and maybe growing mold. If you know what you are doing as an Herbalist, you learn that the ratio most websites and books say is not necessarily placed into stone. Shaking the jar twice a day: once in the morning and once at night, will keep the herbs nice and moist with alcohol. Eventually, by the second day the herbs will be sinking to the bottom. 🙂
Overtime, you learn the basics of Tincturing and how you can safely work within the guidelines.
Fill the rest of the Mason Jar to the top with Vodka. Give the jars a good shake to coat all of the herbs. You will need to daily shake the herbs until ready to strain, place into smaller jars and label.
Also: Make sure to label and date your jars right after you are done with creating them!
-No matter how good your memory is, the more Tinctures you create the higher risk of forgetting ‘who-is-who’ for Tinctures become. 🙂
Lastly once done labeling, I write on the calendar of the start dates for each tincture. I write down the names of each one on the day they were made. The Tinctures should be ready to strain in three to six weeks. 🙂