Herbal tinctures (extracts) are a concentrated, liquid form of herbal medicine that are easy to make, and easy to assimilate.
They are usually made with consumable alcohol, but can also be made with vegetable glycerin, vinegar, honey, etc.
Alcohol is the most effective at drawing out the important properties of the herbs, and tinctures made with it have a longer shelf life (2 years or longer).
The absolute strength of the alcohol needed varies slightly depending on the herb, but the following method is sufficient for standard home use:
To make 9fl oz. (300ml.) of herbal tincture:
Standard Adult Dose
A tincture can be diluted with water: 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water can be used as a skin lotion, a wash, footbath, gargle or compress.
Alcohol-Spiced or Tonic wine
A good way to make strengthening remedy for everyday use is to make a tonic wine.
Spiced wines make good aperitifs, to stimulate and improve digestion.
1/4 cup twice a day before meals (warm water can be added)