You could spend $30 or more on a 4-ounce bottle of herbal tincture…
Or, if you make the herbal extract yourself, you could spend just $6 and yield more than 16 ounces!
For this comparison, I'm figuring $3 for the herbs and $3 for the vodka. Which is an actual real life example of when I make an extract with dried eleuthero herb.
This value will vary depending on the herb, however as you'll see in a moment, the cost savings are so big that there's plenty of room to swing a bit and still come out wayyyyy ahead.
Comparing ounce-by-ounce? Your purchased tincture is $7.50 per ounce, while your homemade is much, much less… at 37.5 cents per ounce.
Not a typo — that's 37.5 cents per ounce.
Whoa. That's significant savings! The homemade is 1/20th of the cost of the purchased!
And the work? Negligible.
Seriously. Put herbs in jar, cover with vodka, let sit for 4 to 6 weeks, tip upside down every day, then strain out your homemade tincture.
How easy is that?
Why Herbal Tinctures?
Herbal tinctures (aka herbal extracts) are the most potent way to deliver the benefits of herbs to your body. For this reason, you might consider using this form above infusions, teas, or capsules.
For quality dried herbs at affordable prices, I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.
…Especially For Adaptogens
We especially love herbal tinctures for delivering the benefits of adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are a special class of herbs that help with stress, vitality and overall normalizing your body — helping you balance whatever needs it. They're fascinating and powerful!
For more information on adaptogens, check out this eBook:
It's not very expensive and the information is presented simply and thoroughly. Heather (the author) is a good friend, and I trust her integrity and information.
And now for the recipe…
Homemade Herbal Tincture or Herbal Extract
- dried herbs (single or multiple)
- vodka, 80 proof or more (preferably 100 proof)
Put herbs in quart size Mason jar to about 1/2 full (not packed down). Pour a bit of boiling water over the herbs to help release nutrients (optional). Pour vodka over all to fill the jar to just below the bands. Cover the jar. Tip upside down a few times to wet all the herbs with the vodka.
Put in a cool, dark location for 4 to 6 weeks. Each day during this time, tip the jar upside down a few times.
After steeping for 4 to 6 weeks, strain. Discard herbs (compost) and put extract in jar(s) or 4-ounce dropper bottles. Store in a cool and dark location. Keeps a long time.
Usage: Consult your naturopath or doctor or do your own research; most people take 1/2 teaspoon daily of extract(s) they feel are beneficial to their health goals. I cannot give medical advice, so please do your own research. This is just a general guideline.
Links For You
- Dried Herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs
- Herbal Extracts/Tinctures at Mountain Rose Herbs
- 4-ounce amber glass dropper bottles
- Adaptogenic Herbs eBook: Favorite Herbs for Supporting Energy, Health, and Stress Relief by Jessica Espinoza
- The Beginner's Guide to Adaptogens eBook by Heather Dessinger
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You are responsible for your own health and for the use of any remedies, treatments, or medications you use at home.
Have you ever made an herbal tincture? What is your favorite way to incorporate adaptogens into your lifestyle?
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