Homemade Herbal Tincture or Herbal Extract

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.

Course Household & Health
Author Wardee Harmon


  • dried herbs single or multiple
  • vodka 80 proof or more (preferably 100 proof)


  1. Put herbs in quart size Mason jar to about 1/2 full (not packed down). 

  2. Pour a bit of boiling water over the herbs to help release nutrients (optional).

  3. Pour vodka over all to fill the jar to just below the bands. 

  4. Cover the jar. Tip upside down a few times to wet all the herbs with the vodka.

  5. Put in a cool, dark location for 4 to 6 weeks. Each day during this time, tip the jar upside down a few times.
  6. After steeping for 4 to 6 weeks, strain. Discard herbs (compost) and put extract in jar(s) or 4-ounce dropper bottles. 

  7. Store in a cool and dark location. Keeps a long time.

Recipe Notes

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.