Tinctures and Liniments

The following is how to make a tincture using the simplers method. Note: if using alcohol, make sure it is a grain alcohol, 80-100 proof (which is 40 - 50% alcohol). Most rums, vodkas, or gins are 80-100 proof and can be used. If making a liniment, alcohol, vinegar or which hazel can be used. Note: Liniments are for external use only.

Tools and Materials

  • 2 clean glass jars with tight fitting lids
  • alcohol, vegetable glycerine, vinegar, or witch hazel (for liniments, which are used externally only)
  • fresh or dried herb
  • fine mesh strainer


  1. Finely chop herbs. Add herb to a clean, glass jar.
  2. Add liquid to a level that is 2-3 inches above the level of the herb. If using alcohol, for herbs that are mostly leaf or flower, use a lower proof alcohol. If making a tincture using mostly roots or seeds, use a higher proof alcohol.
  3. Secure lid.
  4. Shake jar and place in a warm, sunny location for 4 - 6 weeks. Shake daily.
  5. After 6 weeks, remove lid and strain liquid from the herb using the fine mesh strainer, into another clean glass jar. Secure lid.
  6. Store in a cool, dark location. Tinctures made with alcohol can keep for a minimum of 5 years. Tinctures made with vegetable glycerine will keep for 2-3 years. Tinctures made with vinegar will keep for at least a year.
  7. For ease of use, you can fill a glass dropper jar with tincture so you can take by drops.