I’ve used tinctures on and off for the last five years, primarily crafted by friends or purchased at stores.
This week I’m pleased to say I was lucky enough to begin by making my first tinctures with my own two paws!
The herbs for the two separate tinctures I chose were catnip (Nepeta cataria) and dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – catnip, because it’s supposed to help with sleep troubles, and dandelion because of it’s ability to detoxify and aid digestions.
Though there are plenty of herbs to choose from, as a beginner it’s good to get to know the effects each herb has on their own intimately.
Though my tinctures will need to sit for about a month and a half before they’re ready, I thought I would provide a quick guide to how I made them:
Making Simple Tinctures with Fresh Herbs
INGREDIENTS: 100-PROOF VODKA, CLEAN JARS, FRESH DANDELION LEAVES + STEMS, FRESH CATNIP LEAVES +STEMS.
- Wash your hands – when handling herbs for consumption it’s important to try to avoid contaminants where you can. Dust the dirt off the herbs as best you can, but do not add water them.
- Take the first herb and process it over the jar, filling the jar almost all the way. Ripping up the herbs with your fingers into tiny pieces provides maximum surface area and potency.
- Do not stuff the herbs in – leave the room between them as they land in the jar while you tear them up.
- Once the jar is full, begin to pour in the alcohol slowly until completely full – then put the lid on tightly.
- Be sure to label the jar with the name of the herb and the date processed – and even the date they will be ready, six weeks from the current date.
- Store the jar in a dark, cool place, shaking it every day for six weeks as the tincture extracts nutrients and other elements from the plants.
Like any wild-crafting endeavor you should be careful, do your research and proceed well informed, and at your own risk.
So that’s it – in six weeks I’ll strain them out, let you know how I completed that process. Of course I’ll let you all know how successful my attempt was, and how they work for me!