Many years ago, a friend of mine was telling me about this “weird” herb store that “even” sold TINCTURES! (He looked at me askance, as he said this.) Oh, my goodness! I had to laugh. He was shocked and awed by the fact that these mysterious tinctures (which seem so “witchy,” right?) were actually being sold IN A STORE in our city! Now that tinctures have become much more commonplace, especially in good health food stores, it’s nice to know exactly what a tincture is! And….did you know you can make your very own? Easily?
A tincture is simply a liquid extract of an herb that you take by mouth. That’s the simple definition. And it really IS simple. The nice thing about tinctures is they concentrate the useful chemical constituents and medicinal properties of the herb into a liquid (usually alcohol, a vegetable glycerin, or even apple cider vinegar).
Before I begin, here is my quick personal take on homemade plant medicines: THEY WORK. WAY better, more efficiently, and without the side effects that come with allopathic or OTC (Over the Counter) medications.