If you read the last post, then you saw just how easy it was to make tinctures. But you may have also noticed how long you have to wait for them to “cook” or extract the herbs. Sometimes I have great intentions on planning ahead, but life happens and before I know it, we start getting sick and I don’t have enough tincture made up! I don’t have time to wait 4-6 weeks! By that time, spring will be here and all this sickness will be behind us. Thank goodness for the glycerin tinctures!
These are my favorite to take and give the kids because they taste so sweet. These are sometimes called glycerites and one huge plus-they don’t affect your blood sugar! The glycerin also does a great job at extracting nutrients from the herbs although again since it can extract different properties, I often mix it with the vinegar or alcohol tinctures to get the most herbal properties possible. (A note about glycerin tinctures-honey can be used instead of glycerin in these tinctures. It will work just as well, but you will get a thicker tincture and I would recommend cooking at a lower temp since you don’t want to cook your honey.)
Here’s what you need:
I hope you have fun stocking up your cabinets with herbal tinctures to help you and your family stay healthy! Have you gotten creative with tinctures? I would love to hear your favorite tincture and what all you use it for.
And for those of you who are like me and want to see a tincture being made-we’ve got you covered!