Finding the right type of herbal therapy is the starting point to heal diseases and ailments, but even more critical is the mode in which the herbs are isolated and prepared. Once a viable herbal medication is prepared and consumed, you can expect full benefits and advantages from the herb.
The best way to consume an herb is by preparing a good quality tincture that is rich in healing properties. Tinctures are those special herbal preparations that are advantageous and beneficial, due to their highly concentrated herbal extracts. Tinctures are also available in very small packages that make them very convenient for short term usage. There are several ways by which you can prepare a bottle of tincture, and vinegar based tincture is widely used for its excellent taste as well as palatability.
It is possible to prepare tinctures from fresh or dried herbs in a base of good quality vinegar. Vinegar has a liberal amount acetic acid, which are both a good solvent and a powerful preservative. Organic apple cider vinegar is considered the best base because of its taste as well as many medicinal properties. Vinegar tinctures are prepared by the same method as alcohol tinctures, and the method that is used to make them is very easy to understand. The biggest advantage of using vinegar based herbal tincture is its usefulness in the kitchen as an excellent culinary additive.
To make a vinegar based herbal tincture, follow the procedure given below:
Use 500 ml of apple cider vinegar to immerse about 250 gm of dried herbs or two to three times that amount for fresh herbs. Fresh herbs must be partially dried and wilted before preparing tincture from them. Too much moisture in the herbs will result in a diluted tincture. Never use herbs that are moldy in nature and rotten in consistency. If you’re using fresh herbs, cut them into tiny pieces and remove all extraneous matters. Dried herb must be chopped into fine pieces and sieved to remove bigger particles. Once the base material is ready, fill them up in a glass jar and pack them tightly to expel air vacuoles. Cover the jar to the brim with apple cider vinegar, close the lid and store at room temperature away from direct sunlight.
During storage, you’ll need to shake the bottle to stir the contents to ensure better mixing and an even consistency. Allow the mixture to mature for two or three weeks and ensure that the mixture is shaken properly every day. You can produce a high quality tincture only if you take care to mature and marinate the contents under careful supervision. Once you feel that it is aged, filter out the contents with a sieve to remove the fine solution. Store the tincture in a dark bottle and preserve it in a cool and dry place. The tincture will become thick and gravid with increasing shelf life period.
Herbal tinctures are quite powerful in their properties and therapeutic values. Tinctures could also be used as culinary additives to lend that exotic fragrance to your food and dishes.