Folk Method for Making an Herbal Extract

What you will need:

  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • A glass jar with lid
  • Vodka
  • Chop stick
  • Masking tape and marker
  • Straining cloth (100% cotton), cheese cloth, or strainer
  • Funnel
  • Bowl
  • Colored glass bottle to store tincture in


  1. Put herb in glass jar. If you are using fresh herbs, fill the jar. If you are using dried herbs, fill the jar three quarters of the way.
  2. Pour the vodka over the herbs. Fill the jar to the rim.
  3. Stir out air bubbles (a chop stick is good for this!).
  4. Close lid tightly.
  5. Label with the name of the herb and the date.

After 28 days or more…

  1. Strain the vodka out of herbs using a strainer, cheese-cloth, or square of muslin. Discard ballast (that's the fancy name for the used up herbs).
  2. Pour your tincture through funnel into glass bottle.
  3. Label with the name of the tincture.
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