Medicinal & Magickal Tinctures

Medicinal & Magickal Tinctures

 

Written by Algoth’s Grove

“Your healing is at your fingertips, 

The whole earth is your pharmacy.”

                                                                 – Anonymous

You may not have the greenest fingers in the world, but that should not stop you from making your very own herbal tinctures. To make a tincture you can use berries, roots, bark, or dried flowers. The process needs patience and knowledge of the different herbs. Do not trust everything the internet says about contra-indications and medicinal properties. Rather make sure that you consult a trusted herbal grimoire such as Scott Cunningham’s Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, or his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. It must be noted that you always follow the Latin names, check them, and check them again. 

Never ever overdose. Start with a small amount when ingesting, and never feed herbal tinctures to those who are not aware that you are doing it. Everyone acts differently to medicine, whether it is our plant spirits or pharmaceuticals. So use, make and dispense with caution. 

Now that the warnings are done with, let’s get our hands dirty… 

Tinctures, unlike extracts, are made with a high concentrated alcohol, Vodka is a personal favourite amongst the alcohols, but you can use Brandy or Whiskey if that suits you better. The essence of extracts and tinctures are the same, the only difference is that extracts are used with a high concentrated apple cider vinegar, glycerine, vinegar or water. 

Tinctures can also be used in a tea, in food, or simply taken just like that through the use of a dropper. There is a slight difference in the amount of herbs to use between fresh, dried, barks, berries, leaves and flowers. So before anything let’s sort out some measuring…

Berries, Barks, Roots – Fresh

  • Chop your fresh berries, barks and roots finely to release the juices and expose their insides.
  • Fill your mason jar 1/2 way, or 2/3’s of the way then cover completely in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, when you shake the jar ensure that the ingredients fill the jar but can move freely. 

Berries, Barks, Roots – Dried

  • Make sure that your dried herbs are as fine as possible. 
  • Fill your mason jar 1/4 to 1/3 and then completely cover in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, you will notice that your herbs almost look double when tipping the jar. 

Flowers & Leaves – Fresh

  • Chop your fresh berries, barks and roots finely to release the juices and expose their insides.
  • Fill your mason jar 2/3 way, or 3/4’s of the way then cover completely in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, when you shake the jar ensure that the ingredients fill the jar but can move freely. 

Flowers & Leaves – Dried

  • Make sure that your dried herbs are as fine as possible. 
  • Fill your mason jar 1/2 to 3/4 and then completely cover in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, when you shake the jar ensure that the ingredients fill the jar but can move freely. 

Let’s make a tincture together, step by step:

What you will need:

  • Your dried herb of choice 
  • A mason jar with a plastic lid or use a sandwich bag under the lid
  • Sharp knife 
  • Amber glass bottles
  • Droppers
  • Your choice of Alcohol 67% – 70% (190 proof Vodka is used in this preparation) 
  • Metal funnel
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pen
  • Card/Sticker/Paper and glue to make labels for the jars

So before anything let’s sort out some measuring…

Berries, Barks, Roots – Fresh

  • Chop your fresh berries, barks and roots finely to release the juices and expose their insides.
  • Fill your mason jar 1/2 way, or 2/3’s of the way then cover completely in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, when you shake the jar ensure that the ingredients fill the jar but can move freely. 

Berries, Barks, Roots – Dried

  • Make sure that your dried herbs are as fine as possible. 
  • Fill your mason jar 1/4 to 1/3 and then completely cover in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, you will notice that your herbs almost look double when tipping the jar. 

Flowers & Leaves – Fresh

  • Chop your fresh berries, barks and roots finely to release the juices and expose their insides.
  • Fill your mason jar 2/3 way, or 3/4’s of the way then cover completely in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, when you shake the jar ensure that the ingredients fill the jar but can move freely. 

Flowers & Leaves – Dried

  • Make sure that your dried herbs are as fine as possible. 
  • Fill your mason jar 1/2 to 3/4 and then completely cover in alcohol. 
  • To gauge the measurement, when you shake the jar ensure that the ingredients fill the jar but can move freely. 

It is important to allow your tincture to sit for approximately 6 – 8 weeks. Ensure that no air enters the container as this can introduce bacteria’s and moulds. Once you have mixed together your concoction place a plastic sandwich bag over the bottle and screw on the lid onto of that. 

Leave your tincture to rest now. Once the time is up, get out your funnel and cheesecloth and drape the cloth over the funnel. Allow your mixture to drip through the cheesecloth into a amber bottle. Once it has stopped dripping, squeeze the concoction in the cheesecloth again until nothing more comes out. 

Close the bottle and well done – you have your very own tincture! 

Use it in tea,

       Use it in Magick,

                   Use it for medicine… 

P.s. remember to keep your tinctures in a dark cool area… like the pantry. 

Let us know how your first tincture goes! 

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