Basic Herbal Quick Wash Tincture Recipe
Tinctures are a mirror of the quality ingredients they once contained. Limiting the amount of time the liquid and herb will be combined reduces the amount of chlorophyll also infused. Follow this quick wash recipe for making a great basic herbal tinctures.
Equipment & Ingredients
- One (1) – glass “mason-style” jar with a new lid that seals tightly.
- Stainless steel fine mesh strainer
- Large stainless steel or glass bowl
- Long handled metal spoon
- 1/2 oz Dried Cured herbal botanical
- 8 fl oz 190 proof food grade ethanol. Source some here.
- Combine: 1/2 ounce of dried herbal botanical with 8 fl oz of 190 proof food grade ethanol. Use a spoon to push material down into the liquid, or if using an especially bulky herb, add a little more food grade ethanol so that all plant material is submerged. Do not add water.
- Agitate: Stir or shake briefly to ensure total coverage of alcohol across all herb leaves and stems.
- Wait: Set jar of tincture aside in a cool dark place for up to 3 minutes.
- Strain: Pour contents of jar into fine mesh strainer. Using a spoon, gently press pile of botanical to release last amounts of liquid. Retain liquid, discard botanical.
- Done: This basic herbal tincture is finished.
Storing Finished Herbal Tincture
- Vessel: Store in an amber glass bottle with tightly sealed lid. Dropper bottles are not recommended for long term storage.
- Storage Location: Cool and dark like a cupboard or refrigerator door. Ok to store alcohol based tincture in the freezer.
- Approximate Shelf Life: Use within 1-3 years.