How to Remove Herbal Alcohol Tinctures

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When it comes time to remove a herbal alcohol tincture, there's a procedure to follow to minimize damage and keep healing up to par. Take off your tincture easily using guidance from a licensed physician and herbalist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to remove an herbal alcohol tincture. So basically, what we're going to do is once we've allowed our tincture to rest for about two weeks as a minimum, the one we're going to work with has actually been basically sitting for about a month. I like to let mine cook as long as I can. So, we're going to be working with a Vitex tincture that we've done in a 2 to 1 ratio of alcohol to Vitex. So, we need to get a good strainer, a bowl to collect our tincture from, and then something that we're going to store it in after we've strained it. So, we're going to now pour off our tincture and retain the mark, that's the Vitex berries that have been cooking in the alcohol, and we can go ahead and either compost or dispose of those. Now we've got the tincture that's left over in the bowl, and we're going to go ahead and pour that into our dark brown bottle through the funnel, and if we need to extend it over to a second bottle we can, cap it up and keep it in a place that doesn't get too hot or too cold. We want to make sure that it stays away from direct sunlight since that does seem to degrade it a little bit faster, and then we've got a tincture that we can utilize as we need to. This is an effective way to strain off any type of tincture. Just make sure that you work with stainless steel or some other nonreactive type of metal, and store it in a glass bottle. Those tinctures can last for a long time on your shelf, and they can be combined and utilized as however you or your herbalist has decided will be most effective. So, please enjoy making your tinctures. It's a fun idea to do at home and enjoy tasting your herbs.


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