Wellness Tinctures 101

photo credit: Traditional Medicinals

photo credit: Traditional Medicinals

“One of the greatest benefits of herbal medicine is that it gives us the ability to become more self-reliant." --  Rosemary Gladstar

We are committed to finding ways to heal the mind, body and spirit naturally, using plants as medicine. Which is why we partnered with herbal enthusiast Meghan Tracey, to teach us the ins and outs of using tinctures, restorative herbal infusions, to achieve glowing vibrancy.  Scroll down for some wellness wisdom from Meghan herself, and learn how to create your very own tincture to add to your self-care routine.

What exactly is a tincture?

Tinctures are highly concentrated liquid extracts of herbs that use alcohol (yep, you read that right!) as the main solvent. They are simple, gentle on the body, safe, easy to make, easy to carry around, and have a long shelf life. Tinctures can be taken straight from the dropper or diluted in tea or smoothies. We love making tinctures with herbs, but you can also use fresh or dried flowers, leaves, roots, barks, or berries.   

What are the benefits of taking herbs in a tincture (as opposed to, say, a loose-leaf tea)?

Since tinctures use alcohol to extract their medicinal properties, they are much more potent than any kind of tea brewed with water. Just a few drops of a tincture will yield strong benefits from the herbs. . . a little bit goes a long way!

How do I make a tincture at home?

You’ll need:

photo credit: Lindsay Kruge

photo credit: Lindsay Kruge

1. Place 3-5 teaspoons of your herbs of choice in a small jar.

2. Pour a few ounces of vodka on top of the herbs, making sure they are fully covered.

3. Place jar in a dark, cool space and let herbs soak (macerate) for 4-6 weeks. Shake daily with love and healing intention. 

4. Place funnel in amber glass bottle. Strain herbs using the cheese cloth and pour into a bowl and then pour the liquid extract into funnel. The leftover herbs are called ‘Marc’ and can be composted directly into your garden.

5. Store in a cool, dark spot. Your tincture will keep for many years (up to 5!). Use one dropper full daily as needed either straight or diluted in tea/water. 

What are some blends I can try?

Some of Meghan’s favorite combos include: 

Detox Blend: Burdock Root & Licorice Root

Mood Boosting Blend: Kava Kava Root & St. John's Wort

Vitality Blend: Ashwagandha Root & Damiana Root

Sleepy Aid Blend: Passionflower & Valerian Root

Immunity Blend: Echinacea Root & Astragalus Root

How often should I use my tincture blend?

Take one dropper full 1-2x daily in a glass of water, tea or smoothie. Make sure to shake the bottle first!

Natalie Rizzo