Many of the active constituents in herbal medicines are readily soluble in alcohol, which is also an effective preservative. For this reason alone, a vodka tincture is preferred by most herbalists.
You may use dried herbs if fresh herbs are not available. Take care that the herbs are of the highest quality and organically grown if possible. They should be clean and dust free. You’ll need about 1/2 ounce of the dried herb or 1/2 cup of fresh, chopped herb. Place the herb in a quart mason jar and pour in one cup of vodka. 100 proof is preferred , but 80 proof is acceptable. The vodka should be high quality as it will produce a premium tincture. Make sure the herb is completely covered by the vodka. Place the cap on the jar, and set the jar in a cool, dark area for fourteen days. Shake the bottle daily so that the herb does not remain on the bottom of the jar during the maceration process.
Give the jar one last vigorous shake right before straining out the herb. Strain the mixture through 3 layers of fine muslin or cheesecloth, or you can use a fine mesh stainless steel strainer. Pour the finished tincture into a dark glass bottle with a stopper. Label the contents, herb used and the date you prepared the tincture.
For insomnia and mild anxiety: I would suggest fresh thyme or fresh ginger as two suitable herbs for the preparation. Other suggestions for dry or fresh herbs are 1/2 ounce dried sage or 1/4 cup fresh, chopped sage. You can also use peppermint or lemon balm.
To use the tincture: add one 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 cup of plain water before drinking. Recommended dose is nightly before bed. Refrigerate the tincture for up to 6 months. Make sure the tincture is stored safely away from children. This tincture is for adults only with no underlying health problems or alcohol addiction.
This article is not intended to replace professional health care. If you are taking any medications are pregnant or breast feeding, or have high blood pressure, this tincture is not suitable for you. Always consult your doctor before consuming any herbal preparation.
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