DIY Tinctures: A How-To Guide for Beginners

May 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Tinctures: The most awesome Earth Medicine that will  support health naturally.

I was feeling alone, anxious, and stressed. My immune system, because of all those feels, was not doing any better. I slowly became more and more pro-active with my health and what I could do to get myself out of this dark place.

Besides changing my diet from super carnivore to as clean as possible vegetarian, I started drinking more water and tea. I found that herbs (when taken regularly) were having an affect on my mood. I then discovered the magic that is tinctures!

 3 Ways of Taking Herbal Remedies

  • Herbal Infusion: This is a fancy way of saying “tea.” Hot water will take out all the goodness of said herb and you drink it. Yum!
  • Supplement: This can be in the form of a powder, capsule, or tablet. Depending with how much liquid you take it with… the absorption rate can take a while longer to have affect.
  • Tincture: The most potent good stuff. Extracted through a fermentation process using alcohol. You don’t need to drink a whole cup of it, with just 5-10 drops mixed in with your water or juice, you are getting the benefit.

Make Your Own DIY Tincture

Firstly, check out some herbs and what they are used for. Some wonderful resources to get started are:

The Apothecary Circle

So Easy Herbal E-Book

Make Your Place Zine


Now that you have some herbs in mind you will need the following:

1. A small glass jar

2. The highest proof vodka you can get (80 Proof is good)

3. Dried herb of choice

Wash out and sanitize your jar by putting it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.

After you make sure you dry out your jar really well you can place the herbs in the jar.

Ratio of herb to alcohol will be one to five. I have also just filled my jar up with herbs halfway and filled the rest with alcohol. Though most of the books the recommended ratio is 1:5. See what works for you.

Now, patience is key here. You place the tincture in a dark place in the kitchen, your room, or somewhere cozy and dark; make sure the sun won’t get to it too much. For a mild tincture you can wait 2 weeks, however, if you would like a super strong tincture – waiting 6 months will get you the strongest tincture you can get. All you have to do is let it sit and shake it up once in a while!

Herbs + Alcohol + Time = Tincture

How To Take Your Tincture

There are many ways you can take your tincture. Be creative!

I put  5 drops of my Skullcap in my morning smoothie. I also put 5 drops of my Ashwagandha tincture  in 8 oz. water before a big exam. You can also put them in your food, tea, or as a spray.

Read up on your herbs and get creative. Tinctures are the best preventative remedy and health support I have found – along with lots of water and exercise! As always, talk to your doctor before you add any new holistic medicine as a supportive part of your health regimen.

Have fun making your tincture and DIYing your health! Let me know if you’ve made a tincture before or have any other advice you have regarding DIY Health in the comments!

  • Amy Putkonen

    This is very unique. I just this last week or so have decided to explore veganism and I love it. I had given up sugar and wheat for most of this year already, so adding whole grains back in and removing meat and dairy has been a good change. I am visiting from Leonie’s site. Nice to meet you!