How To Make Alcohol Extracts
In Herbal Preparations and Natural Therapies, Debra Nuzzi St. Claire recommends using 100 proof vodka,
which is readily available and is equal to the required solution of 50 percent
alcohol and 50 percent water. The standard ratio is four ounces of herb to one
pint of alcohol. The herb should be finely cut or powdered, placed in a clean
glass jar. Initially, it is best to work with dried herbs in making tinctures,
as it can be cumbersome to achieve the correct ratio with fresh herbs, which
take up more space.
the alcohol over the herb, the jar is tightly covered. Shake the container for
a minute or two each day. St. Claire notes that frequent shaking allows for
optimum distribution. She says it also imbues the tincture with your energy.
At the end of
two weeks, strain the tincture through cheesecloth, a jelly bag, or a coffee
filter. If you happen to have a wine press, you could use that. "It is
best to put up one's tincture on the new moon and strain it off on the full
moon so that the drawing power of the waxing moon will help extract the herbal
properties," suggests Tierra. Store herbal tinctures in dark glass bottles
away from heat and light.
very concentrated, so a dose may be only a few drops or a teaspoon or two
rather than a cupful. They can be put into smaller bottles, making daily
doses easy to transport.