When you don’t have access to fresh or dried herbs to make a tincture you can in many cases use powdered herbs. You have to remember only that you will need to use more alcohol because powder will absorb more of it than in case of fresh/dried variation.
Easiest recipe for a tincture made with powdered herbs is to use herbs in the ratio of 1 part herb to 5 parts of alcohol. Put the herbs in a large jar and add vodka or spirit (from 30%alc/vol [60-proof] but not stronger than 70% alc/vol [140-proof]). Leave it to macerate for 2 weeks, shaking daily.
What is the difference between freshly cut, dried and powdered herbs?
Valuable components that we want to dissolve in alcohol can be found in various cell organelles, which are protected by hard cell wall, made of cellulose. Since humans do not digest cellulose, it is not so easy to get inside the cell, especially if the herbs are fresh or dried.
That is why we do not usually use fresh herbs for their healing properties, but we make tinctures, infusions, decoctions or extracts of them.
In the case of powdered herbs, things are a bit different. Well ground herbs already have cell walls largely torn, which makes the absorption of active substances much easier. In this case, it is often enough to simply eat them, and our digestive tract will cope with them. It is assumed that well-ground herbs should have about 50% of their cell walls disrupted.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
Here you can also find a more detailed post with list of equipment that might be useful.
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