I’ve read for years on how to make herbal glycerine tinctures. I just never actually did it. There are so many wonderful things out there to do and my list of things I’d love to try seems endless! However when winter hit this year and the flu came along with it, I decided now was the time to try making a tincture for my children.
I was in for a pleasant surprise. Making herbal glycerine tinctures is the easiest thing ever! Anyone can do it!
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An herbal tincture is a very concentrated herbal liquid. You place herbs in a jar, and cover it with your choice of liquid and then let it sit, 3 days to weeks depending on which liquid you put in it. When it is done you strain the herbs out, and then you use the liquid that is left.
There are two different types of tinctures available to make. One is a glycerine tincture, which is the best option if you are making tinctures for your children. The other option is to use vodka, which can make a stronger tincture that lasts longer, but most people don’t want to give that to their children.
Glycerine tinctures are made from food grade, 100% vegetable glycerine. The Bulk Herb Store sells glycerine that is palm based instead of soy based. Glycerine is naturally sweet, which makes it a good choice for children. Mothers know it can be difficult to get nasty tasting things down children! 🙂
The tincture I made was the Double-E-Immune Booster from the Bulk Herb Store. This tincture is only to be taken when you are actually sick. You don’t want your body getting used to the herbs and then when you really need them, they are not as effective. Think of this tincture like an antibiotic, if you gave your child an antibiotic every day the body would become so used to it that it would no longer work.
How to Make a Glycerine Tincture
Supplies needed: A crockpot, herb or herbal blend, glass jar with lid, glycerine, water, and something to strain it with ( knit fabric, old t-shirt, or ultra fine strainer).
I used glycerine from my local health food store. I needed to make a tincture quickly so I didn’t want to wait for an order to come in the mail.
I filled up a jar about ⅔ way full. You can do ⅓ to ½ full, I just ended up using all the herbs in my package which made a strong tincture. Then you cover the herbs with a mixture of 2 parts water and 3 parts glycerine. If you put in 1 cup of water, put in 1 ½ cup of glycerine. I used a knife and stirred it together a little bit. I suggest putting the water in first to wet the herbs, I think the glycerine will mix together better.
Place the jar in a crockpot. You will want to put a towel down first, then cover it about halfway full with water. Keep an eye on your water as you might need to add more water halfway through. You do not need a large crockpot as the lid does not need to go on.
Cover your jar and crockpot with a towel and turn on low. This will sit for 3 days, so you just need to push it back on the counter and wait! I had to add more water about halfway through, so keep an eye on that. Otherwise, just go on about your life and forget about it!
After three days take your tincture out and let sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to cool down. Now it is time to strain the herbs out! I found using some knit fabric the best choice, if your husband has an old t-shirt you could use that would be great. Since I sell maternity skirts I have lots of knit scraps sitting around!
Put the fabric over a bowl and start pouring the herb mixture out. I had to use a spoon, and dumped out a little bit at a time.
Squeeze the herbs until all the liquid has come out, dump the herbs in the trash and then repeat that until all the herbs in the jar have been strained.
This is optional, but I didn’t want any herbs left in the tincture, so I strained it again with a really fine strainer.
Use a small funnel and pour the tincture into a glass jar.
Label your tincture and you are done! Make sure and put the date you made the tincture on the bottle.
It really is easy to do and now I’m excited to make some other tinctures! I love the blend of Red Raspberry that the Bulk Herb Store sells so I’m thinking of making that into a tincture instead of a tea. We are so blessed to have access to herbs and other healthy items to give our family! In other countries mothers are struggling to just have enough food for their child, so I consider it a great blessing to have an abundance of herbs readily available for us.
*If you have not visited the Bulk Herb Store before, it is a favorite of mine! They have high quality herbs that can make excellent teas, tinctures, smoothies, and more!*
Here is a list of all the sales at the Bulk Herb Store for January. I use the Super Green Drink blend in my smoothies!