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  • John Hance, Herbalist

All About Tinctures

On my website you will find that the majority of my in-stock products are tinctures. If you don't know what that is, let me enlighten you. A tincture is a suspension (or solution) of the active ingredients of herbal plant material in alcohol. It is the best way to preserve the the medicinal properties of the plant for long periods of time. If stored correctly, tinctures will last and remain efficacious indefinitely. Decades for sure....theoretically, forever!

To make a tincture, all you need is liquor and the plant material you intend to use, as well as a mason jar to put it in during the maceration. You should make sure your plant material is healthy, not damaged, bruised, rotting, or over-ripe, etc. Put the plant material in the mason jar (typically quart or half gallon size), cover the plants with the liquor, and let it sit (macerate) for 6-8 weeks. It's always a good idea to give your tincture a violent shake (gasp!) every day...or twice a day, or ten times a day, or whatever! This increases cell pressure and greatly improves the depth to which the alcohol can penetrate the cellular structure of the plant material and extract the goodies you're after. That all leads to greater potency. Then, after abusing (oh! the horror!) the plants thus for 2 months, you filter it out (using some cheesecloth) and put the liquid back into the mason jar. Label it, date it, put it in a dark, cool place for storage until you're ready to use it. Then put a portion of it into dropper bottles for use. Dosage depends on the potency of the tincture, what plants were used, and what it is you're treating. For dosage information, you should seek the advice of a knowledgeable Herbalist or Herbal Clinician. Mainstream doctors can help with this sometimes, too, if they're knowledgeable and well-rounded.

At Eshdet Herbs, all our tinctures are made with high quality brandy. Almost all of the other herbal tinctures you can find on the market today use the cheapest grain alcohol the manufacturer can get their hands on, or occasionally it'll be made with vodka which is also relatively cheaply produced. Eshdet Herbs only ever use fine brandy in our tinctures because we don't like to skimp on ingredients. We make it a point to produce the absolute finest, Premium Grade products possible, and cheaply made alcohol produces cheaply made tinctures. Plain and simple. The difference in taste is night and day, too! Our customers all agree that our tinctures taste better than any other ones they've used in the past.

Click on the image below to see our current stock of tinctures. While you're there, take a look around the shop and see what else we have on hand. Need something special made? That's no problem! We can customize any tincture or formulate something specific for your needs. Just drop us a line and let us know how we can help!

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