Re-Grow Roots

Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.

DIY: How to Brew a Tincture



a tincture –

herbs that have been submerged  in alcohol (or glycerin) for a period of time

There is magic involved in creating a tincture. The setting, the vibe, feeling which plants to combine for the desired effect you are trying to create… it takes practice, patience, love, devotion, and intuition to master the skill. Don’t let that scare you though! It’s like anything else – the more you do it, the better you become. So let’s start with the basics.


< supplies >

  • glass jar – this can be a mason jar, or anything.. use what you have
  • alcohol – at least 40% abv. vodka, whiskey, rum, moonshine, etc.
  • the herbs – have a purpose in mind and use herbs that harmonize

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< preparing the tincture >

  1. Decide the purpose of your tincture and the herbs to achieve your desired effect. The tincture in the photos was made to enhance the immune system and works especially well for viral infections like cold, flu, bronchitis, etc. It has usnea lichen, rose hip, elderberry, and hibiscus.
  2. Gather your supplies.
  3. Fill the jar at least 1/2 full with your herbs of choice.
  4. Pour in the alcohol about 1″ from the mouth of your jar.
  5. OPTIONAL – After this I like to let my tincture sit in a window for a few nights and days to receive some lunar and solar qualities.
  6. Put your tincture(s) away in a dark, cool cabinet. I have an apothecary cabinet that I dedicate to tinctures. Let it sit for at least a month, longer is better in my experience. I have some that I brewed in 2011 that are INCREDIBLE!
  7. Once they are done brewing, you can put it in little tincture bottles or just take as much as you need and let the rest keep sitting. They get stronger with time.


I recently started making my tinctures on the night of a New Moon. It is folklore that this night stimulates the magical powers of the tincture. We will see. 🙂

My magical tinctures are available for sale in my etsy shop here…

& the Pure Immunity tincture featured in this post is also for sale.

Linked up at The Creative HomeAcre Hop, Thank Goodness It’s Monday, Party Wave Wednesday, The Homeacre Hop & Fight Back Friday

Author: regrowroots

I am abundant love, joy, and healer.

9 thoughts on “DIY: How to Brew a Tincture

  1. Thank You for this valuable information. I have many herb plants and always wondered how do people make tincture.

    • It is a pleasure!! I love to share information that promotes wellness of the mind, body and spirit. Tinctures are extremely valuable to me and my health. Everyone should be able to make or use them for their own well-being. 🙂 All the best to you and thanks for stopping by!

      On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM, Re-Grow Roots

  2. This is great information! I just bought a vast quantity of vodka for tincture-making, but I wasn’t sure how to start – now I see it’s easy. Thanks for schooling me. 🙂

    Thanks, too, for sharing it in this week’s Thank Goodness It’s Monday carnival. I’ve pinned it on our “Thank Goodness It’s Monday” Pinterest page, too, so our readers will see it there as well. 🙂

    Kresha from

    • Kresha I’m so glad I could help you! It is so easy and REALLY fun to create tinctures. I love thinking about herbs that harmonize together, the healing qualities as well as the flavors. One of my all time favorite tinctures is rose hip. I LOVE the flavor and it’s totally loaded with Vitamin C!

      Thank you so much for hosting Thank Goodness it’s Monday!! I’m glad I found your carnival and your lovely blog. I really appreciate you taking the time with the carnival and for pinning me too! You are awesome!

  3. Great info! Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

    • Thank you so much for hosting! I love your blog and am a huge supporter and advocate of traditional diet and holistic health. It’s so fabulous to link up with amazing blogs like yours!

  4. I just started making a thyme tincture and excited to see how it turns out! Thank you for this info!

  5. Pingback: Herbal Tincture Recipes | Re-Grow Roots

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