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PostSubject: Glycerin Tincture   Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:57 am

How to Make an Herbal Tincture With Glycerin

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Here is a very easy recipe to make an herbal tincture using glycerin. Unlike a tincture that is made with vinegar or alcohol that have to sit for 2 weeks, glycerin tinctures can be used right away. This is a great way to make tinctures for children.

things you'll need:

* 1/3 cup glycerin
* 1/3 cup water
* 1/4 cup of dried herb or
* 1/8 cup of powdered herb
* glass jar
Read more: How to Make an Herbal Tincture With Glycerin | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6035208_make-herbal-tincture-glycerin.html

INSTRUCTIONS
1
You will need a glass jar to mix and keep your tincture in. A dark amber jar is best as it will help keep out the light. A pint size jar is a good size to use.
2
Pour in the 1/3 cup of glycerin, 1/3 cup of water, and either the 1/4 cup of dried herb, or the 1/8 cup of powdered herb into the glass jar. Shake the jar to mix everything together.
3
Cover the jar and put it in a pan filled with water. Place the pan on the stove, and simmer it on low for 4 hours. Strain out the herbs with either a cheese cloth, a mesh strainer, a viva paper towel, or a clean rag. Make sure to label and date the jar. The tincture is now ready to use.


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PostSubject: How to Make a Glycerine Extract of an Herbal Tincture   Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:08 am

How to Make a Glycerine Extract of an Herbal Tincture
This article will teach you how to make a Glycerine Extract of an Herbal Tincture.

things you'll need:

* A previously made herbal tincture
* A double boiler
* Glycerine (the same amount as you have of tincture)
* Bottles to store the Extract

INSTRUCTIONS
1
Take a previously made herbal tincture (see my article on making an herbal tincture to help cure the common cold.)
2
Pour the tincture into the top of a double boiler. Add an equal amount of glycerine (4 cups of tincture to 4 cups of glycerine, for example.)
3
Over very low heat, cook the mixture until it has reduced in volume by half, or 50%. The alcohol will "cook off" while you are doing this.
4
Once the mixture has cooled, store in glass bottles, preferably refrigerated.


Read more: How to Make a Glycerine Extract of an Herbal Tincture | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4513909_glycerine-extract-herbal-tincture.html

Tips & Warnings

* Use a very low heat to reduce the mixture, you don't want it to scorch.
* The glycerine will make the extract naturally sweet, so children will find it easier to take.
* Follow dosing recommendations for the original tinctures.
* Make sure you follow the various warnings of the original herbal tincture, just because this is an extract, they still apply.
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PostSubject: How to Make an Herbal Tincture Using Glycerin   Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:02 am

How to Make an Herbal Tincture Using Glycerin
An herbal tincture is liquid which has been extracted from an herb with a solvent/menstruum. Traditionally, the solvent of choice is alcohol. For alcoholics, children and others sensitive to alcohol, however, tinctures made with vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerites, may serve as a viable option.

things you'll need:

* Herbs
* Pure food-grade vegetable glycerin
* Water
* Measuring cup
* Jars
* Strainer

INSTRUCTIONS
1
Gather the herb. Fresh or dried herb is acceptable, though one of the beauties of tincture-making is capturing the fresh plants' constituents.
2
Pack enough fresh herb into a jar to fill. If working with dried herbs, follow 1 part herb to 4 parts menstruum ratio. For example, use approximately 2 ounces herb to 8 ounces of menstruum.
3
Mix 60% vegetable glycerin with 40% water.
4
Pour the glycerin/water mixture over the herbs.
5
Cap the jar tightly, label and date. Put the jar in a warm area (not sunny) and allow to steep for at least 4 weeks. You may shake the jar occasionally to remix the herb.
6
After 4 weeks, strain the herb (now called the marc), making sure to squeeze all of the juice from the spent herb. Pour back into the jar or into smaller bottles with dropper tops. Be sure to label the herb used, the glycerin/water ratio and the date.

Tips & Warnings

* Glycerites keep up to 1 year or longer. Shelf life can be extended by storing in the refrigerator.
* Check on the glycerite after a few days and add more glycerin if the liquid level seems low.
* Be sure to premix the glycerin and water before pouring over the herb.
* Always be 100% sure of the herb you are using.
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