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How To Prepare Herbal Tincture

A tincture is an extract of a herb in a mixture of cold water and alcohol.  Typically 25, 40, 60 or 90 per cent alcohol depending on the solubility of the active constituents in the particular herb. Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts which are convenient to take and they are widely prescribed by professional herbalists and naturopaths.


One of the most obvious advantages of tinctures is the very small amount of medicine constituting a dose compared to the infusions and decoctions. The alcohol in the tinctures gives them a strong and warming taste similar to spirits.


Herbal Tincture Can Be Diluted With Water Or Juice For Children

Many children like the taste of alcohol when it is not too strong and it is recommended to dilute the tincture 4-5 times with water or juice. The amount of alcohol consumed by the child is usually not a source of concern since the dose of the tincture typically will be 1/2 to 1 ml. Tinctures are not suitable for children under two years.

Dosage Of Herbal Tinctures

The suggested dosage for tinctures will most likely depend upon what your practitioner recommends. If the recommended dosage does not correlate with your practitioner's advice, please follow your practitioner's suggestions as he or she would have made up the mother tincture in the first place and can best tell you how many parts water to tincture is necessary.



Single Herbs Tinctures

Tinctures of single herbs are - with a few exceptions - not available to the public. However, a number of companies produce a range of composite tinctures which are available from health food stores. These products are formulated to treat certain conditions, for example:

  • Cough

  • Constipation

  • Headache

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