I’ve been making my own tinctures for a few years now. There are two different kinds I make. One is glycerine based and the other is alcohol based. Today, I’ll go over making glycerine (sometimes spelled glycerin) tinctures in my crock pot. Most of them take three days on low, but I did have one a while ago that took four days to steep.
The ones I’m making here are Dandelion leaf, Lady’s Mantle, and Chamomile. I use wide mouth mason jars so they’re easier to strain when they’re finished. I purchase most of my herbs in bulk from Amazon, Starwest Botanicals, Bulk Herb Store, Bulk Apothecary, and sometimes Mountain Rose Herbs. I usually compare prices, including shipping before I purchase. Sometimes, even if Amazon is more expensive, it works out for me because I have free two day shipping through Prime.
Here we go…
First thing I do is boil some water. I have an electric kettle for this, so I fill it up and turn it on.
While I’m waiting for the water to boil I get everything I need: herbs, jars, lids, glycerine, potholders and towels (I don’t think I left anything out).
Then I scoop the herbs into the jars, fill to about ⅓ of the way full. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but there’s a 600 ml mark on the jars I’m using and that’s about where you want to fill to.
Once the water boils, pour just enough in to get the herbs damp. I usually use a chopstick or fork or something like that to help move the herbs around so the water can do its thing.
Once you do that it’s time to top each jar off with glycerine. Fill just to the top of the jar, again, I use a chopstick or fork to stir everything up and help things settle, plus add more glycerine. (Don’t be like me and spill some of the mix, lol.)
Once the jars are full, put the lids on nice and tight, and don’t forget to label them. Since all of mine started with different letters I just put the first letter of each on the lids. They kind of look like tea, don’t they?
So these guys go in the crock pot (use some sort of pot holder so you don’t burn your hands!) all wrapped up in wet towels. Fill the crock pot up, and if you have a Ninja like me, carefully put the pot into the outer unit, turn that puppy on low and set a reminder so you don’t forget them. And don’t forget to add water periodically too!
My Ninja has a 12 hour timer on it, so I have to make sure to turn it back up or it will turn itself off automatically.
After three days, I turn the crock pot off and let everything cool before I handle the jars. All that needs to be done now it straining. I use cheesecloth and strain them into a bowl, then pour the liquid into jars that are labeled with each herb’s name and store them in the fridge. I read somewhere that’s the best way to store glycerine tinctures, but I can’t remember where that was now!
Next time I need to make some alcohol tinctures, I’ll make a post about how I make them! They’re easy too!
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