Making a tincture at home is easy. Garlic is a wonderful food that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. A tincture is an herbal preparation made with a liquid and herbs. We took some of our garlic, pressed it and steeped it in drinking alcohol and white vinegar. Tinctures are not heated to extract the healthy properties from the plant as with a herbal tea. The liquid breaks down the plant and preserves the healthy properties of the herb.
A tincture can be made with vinegar if you do not want to use alcohol. Apple cider vinegar has many amazing properties on its own and when mixed with herbs it can make an amazing tincture.Vodka tinctures last a year or more. The vinegar tinctures will only last 6-12 months. After making a vinegar tincture, keep it refrigerated.
The herb, in this case garlic, must be chopped finely. To do this you can use a food grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle. For garlic, we prefer using a Rösle garlic press. It is rugged and has a special handle for easy pressing and the sieve swings up for easy cleaning.
Folklore tells us to start preparing tinctures on the day of the new moon (March 4th). On this day, put about 2 cups of the herb in a mason jar and pour the tincture liquid over them and fill the jar to about an inch below the rim. Seal it tightly so that it cannot leak or evaporate. Then put the tincture-to-be in a dark area. Shake your tincture each day for about two weeks, or until the next full moon (March 19th). The gravitational pull of the moon helps draw out the healthy properties from the herb into the liquid.
To finish the tincture use a colander, strainer, or cheese cloth to remove the herb from the tincture. Squeeze the liquid out, then discard the herb. Pour tincture liquid into a dark colored glass bottle and close tightly with a lid. Label tincture with date and contents. Standard tincture adult dosage is 1-2 teaspoons, 2-3 times daily, diluted in tea, juice or water. I use this health tonic whenever I feel something’s “off”, like a cold coming on for instance. Adding a little honey helps the taste and it will give the immune system a boost.
Have fun and experiment with your flavor herbs.
Consult any good herb book for tincture directions, dosages and side effects before taking any herbal tincture. Check with your doctor before taking any herbal remedy. Some herbs react with prescribed medications.
The purpose of this article is not to claim any medical benefit or healing claims. Tinctures have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Tinctures are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.