Herbal Tinctures

A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract. It is typically made by soaking herbs and other plant parts in alcohol for weeks to extract the active constituents. After a period of weeks, the herbal mixture is strained and the herb parts are removed, leaving behind the concentrated liquid. (verywellhealth.com)


The medicinal properties of most herbs are pulled out best in an alcohol tincture. If the alcohol content concerns you, place the drops of tincture you need into very hot water to administer them. The heat will dissipate the alcohol entirely. (There is more alcohol in over-the-counter cold medicine, even ones meant for children, than you will typically ingest when taking herbal tinctures.)


Tincture Dosage

An alcohol tincture is taken 12 to 20 drops in a little bit of water. It is usually advisable to take tinctures along with a meal. The nutrients are more likely to be absorbed that way. With something in your stomach, the tincture will be less likely to cause an upset tummy. Depending on the severity of the problem, tinctures should be taken 2 to 5 times a day.

Tinctures are administered in drops, and at least half of those few drops are just water if you used vodka to make the tincture. The alcohol consumed when taking an herbal remedy is negligible. It is far less than that contained in over the counter remedies such as cold and cough remedies, even those for children.

You will be consuming less alcohol 

taking herbal remedies 

than you consume

when adding vanilla to your

favorite frosting recipe.


Alcohol dissipates very rapidly with heat. Since you will be adding the tincture to a couple of tablespoons of water to take it anyway, just make sure the water is very hot when you put the tincture into it. The alcohol will dissipate instantly. You will have completely eliminated the alcohol with this simple step.