How To Make A Tincture From Bulk Herbs

How to Make Liquid Extract from Bulk Herbs

Creating liquid extracts from bulk herbs is a fantastic way to harness the therapeutic properties of botanicals. Follow these steps to make your own potent herbal remedies at home:

  • bulk herbs and how to make a tincture from themStep 1: Choose Your Herbs
    Select high-quality organic bulk herbs for making the liquid extract. Ensure the herbs are clean and free from any impurities.
    When selecting bulk herbs for an extract, it is crucial to ensure they are in the right form for optimal results. Ideally, herbs should be in dried form as this helps to concentrate their beneficial properties and extend their shelf life. Dried herbs are easier to store and handle, making them convenient for extraction processes. Make sure the herbs are whole or cut, as powdered herbs may complicate the extraction process or lead to inconsistent results. By choosing the right form of bulk herbs, one can maximize the efficacy and efficiency of their extract preparation.

  • Step 2: Measure Your Ingredients
    Weigh the bulk herbs on a kitchen scale to ensure accurate measurements. The general rule of thumb is to use one part dried herb to five parts menstruum (solvent).

what type of menstruum you need for tincturing herbsStep 3: Choose a Menstruum
A menstruum is a liquid used to extract the active compounds from the herbs. Common menstruums include alcohol (such as vodka or grain alcohol), vegetable glycerin, or apple cider vinegar.
The strongest menstruum for extracting active compounds from herbs is considered to be alcohol, specifically ethanol. Ethanol has the ability to efficiently break down the cell walls of plant material and extract a wide range of beneficial compounds, including alkaloids, flavonoids, essential oils, and more. This potent solvent is highly effective in drawing out the medicinal properties of herbs, making it a popular choice for creating herbal tinctures and extracts.

  • Step 4: Combine Herbs and Menstruum
    Place the measured herbs into a glass jar and cover them with the chosen menstruum. Ensure that the herbs are completely submerged in the liquid.

  • Step 5: Mix and Seal
    Stir the mixture well to ensure all the herbs are saturated with the menstruum. Seal the jar tightly with a lid to prevent evaporation or contamination.

  • Step 6: Store and Infuse
    Place the sealed jar in a cool, dark place and let the herbs infuse in the menstruum for at least 4-6 weeks, shaking the jar gently every few days to agitate the mixture.
    Shaking a tincture every day is crucial to ensure a consistent and potent mixture. Through daily agitation, the tincture components blend harmoniously, promoting an even distribution of active ingredients. This process helps prevent sedimentation and ensures that the tincture maintains its effectiveness over time. By shaking the tincture regularly, users can achieve optimal results and harness the full benefits of the botanical extracts contained within.

  • Step 7: Strain the Mixture
    After the infusion period, strain the liquid extract using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove all plant material. Squeeze the herbs to extract every last drop of liquid.

  • how to label your tincture bottleStep 8: Bottle and Label
    Pour the strained liquid extract into dark glass bottles for storage. Label each bottle with the name of the herb, extraction date, and dosage instructions.

  • Step 9: Store Properly
    Store your herbal liquid extracts in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat to maintain their potency and extend their shelf life.

By following these steps, you can create your own custom liquid extracts from bulk herbs, tailor-made to suit your specific wellness needs and preferences. Enjoy the process of herbal alchemy and the benefits of natural remedies!

A popular homemade tincture for boosting the immune system often includes a mix of herbs known for their supportive properties. Here's a simple recipe for an immune-boosting tincture that includes echinacea, elderberry, and ginger, all of which are reputed to support immune health.

Immune Boosting Tincture Recipe

  • Echinacea root - 1/4 cup (dried)
  • Elderberries - 1/4 cup (dried)
  • Ginger root - 2 tablespoons (freshly grated)
  • Astragalus root - 1 tablespoon (dried)
  • High-proof alcohol (at least 40% alcohol by volume, such as vodka or brandy) - about 1-2 cups


  • A clean glass jar (pint size or larger)
  • Cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer
  • Amber dropper bottles for storage


  1. Prepare the Herbs: Place all the dried and fresh herbs in your clean glass jar.

  2. Add Alcohol: Pour enough alcohol over the herbs to completely cover them by at least two to three inches. The alcohol should be high-proof (at least 80 proof/40% ABV) to effectively extract the active compounds from the herbs.

  3. Seal and Store: Tightly seal the jar with a lid. Label the jar with the date and contents. Shake the jar well.

  4. Infuse: Store the jar in a cool, dark place for about 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar daily to help the extraction process.

  5. Strain: After the infusion period, strain the tincture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Squeeze or press the herbs to extract as much liquid as possible.

  6. Bottle: Transfer the strained tincture into amber dropper bottles for easy use and storage.

  7. Label: Label your bottles with the date and ingredients.


  • Dosage: Typically, the dosage for an immune-boosting tincture is about 1-2 dropperfuls (about 1-2 ml) taken 1-3 times per day. It can be taken directly under the tongue or diluted in a small amount of water or juice.

Herbal Whispers: A Poem on Crafting Tinctures
Shake daily with a gentle hand,
In darkness, let the mixture stand.
Weeks pass by, the essence strong,
Herbs infusing, silent song. 

Through cheesecloth strain, the liquid gold,
Into dark bottles, secrets old.
A drop or two to keep at bay,
Illness that may come your way. 

Nature's bounty, in drops confined,
Healing essence, with care designed.
From simple herbs, a tincture's born,
To keep you hale from night till morn.