Some of my tinctures from left to right include: Freesia, Jasmine, Ginger, Daffodil/Freesia, Peppermint, Sage and Gardenia.
Some might know what the word Tincture means while to others the term might be as foreign as using them. To simplify what a tincture is, it is an old-fashion name for folk remedies or formulas. Most tinctures are made from mixing herbs, flowers or roots with clear alcohols such as vodka or with white vinegar for preservation.
Every year I make a variety of tinctures from the plants within my own yard as well as some I purchase in bulk which do not grow locally. These will be used either to aid medically, for skin care, or for general cleaning purposes. Once more the old adage of waste not-want not comes into play and nature provides.
To make a tincture you will need a glass jar with a lid, fresh (preferred) or dried herbs, and your liquid base of either vodka or vinegar. Fill your jars with fresh herbs, flowers or roots half full, then add your liquid base to fill the jar leaving enough head room to be able to shake the contents. If using dried herbs you only will want to fill the jar 1/4 – 1/3 full and the rest with liquid base. Place filled jars on shelf in location out of the sun and preferably in a dark corner or cabinet. Shake the jars daily for 4-6 weeks or longer. The longer the tincture sits the stronger it becomes. After this time you will want to remove the jar, strain the liquid and solids through cheese cloth to remove solids. Squeeze the remaining trapped solids to get the final liquids from them (put these strained solids in your compost bin). At this point you are ready to place the liquid into dark amber or cobalt bottles. For medical and skin/bathing needs I prefer to use small dropper bottles, for those I will be using for cleaning purpose I usually place directly into spray bottles.
The above picture is two of my favorite cleaning products. Freesia and Jasmine Scented Vinegar, all natural and smells wonderful. The infusion process masks the scent of the vinegar and fills the house with a beautiful aroma while tackling every mess and stain. I even use a small cap full in wash to fragrance clothing without damaging the fabrics. Of course there is also lavender, orange, rose, gardenia…I could go on and on.