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How to Brew the Best Tincture
The following is how I brew my tinctures, and I follow the instructions
of Dr. Richard Schulze closely. Dr. Schulze is a natural healer
who once ran a very successful clinic, and therefore has the real-world
experience a lot of others lack. (See my
page about Dr. Schulze)
He says that for an herbal tincture to work, it must be strong,
and the way to do this is to follow the methods of the old-time
- Start with a big glass jar and fill it 3/4 of the way to the
top with your herbs. (Dr. Schulze recommends www.PacificBotanicals.com
as a good source for herbs. For more information about why it's
important to get herbs from a quality source, see Who
Says Herbs Don't Work???)
Herbs breakdown in light, so make sure the jar's glass is dark
amber or some such. You can also paint it or simply make sure
the jar is kept in the dark.
- Add 100-proof organic grain alcohol
to just cover the herbs. Some herbs absorb liquid, so if this
is the case, add a little more. Depending on the formula, sometimes
apple-cider vinegar or glycerine should be used instead of organic
- Let the herbs brew for at least two weeks in a cool, dark place.
The traditional way is to start on a new moon and finish on the
full moon. I don't know if this really affects the result, but
this is the tradition handed down to us. Maybe it was simply a
timing technique or a way to remain in harmony with natural rhythms.
It helps if you stir or shake your jar on a daily basis, but if
you don't, simply let them brew longer.
- When it comes time to squeeze out the herbs, you can use a
press of some kind if you have one or wrap them in muslin cloth.
An old (but clean!) cotton T-shirt works fine also. It helps to
have a partner for this as well as two sticks that the ends of
the cloth can be wrapped around. You can then wring the cloth
much more easily.
- This about does it! You now have pretty much the strongest herbal
tincture money can buy. If you want to store your tincture in
dropper bottles, check out my selection in the Herbal
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