How to Make a Tincture| Digestive Bitters

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Folk Method Tincture:
1. Fill your jar half full of dried herbs, or fully if they’re fresh.
2. Cover with your desired menstruum (vodka, gin, brandy, vinegar, vegetable glycerine to name some examples).
3. Shake it up to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed, then let it sit 4-6 weeks, shaking occasionally.
4. Strain and pour it into an amber glass bottle to help prevent oxidation and last longer! 😊

Folk method tinctures are an easy way to make tinctures if you’re not worried about replicating a product or exact flavor. I tend to go where the plants lead me and use what I have available in my garden, so it’s perfect for my own personal needs. Tinctures also last a long time, are much stronger than a tea would be, and are ideal for someone who wants something quick vs brewing a tea.
I also wanted to add that digestive bitters can be used as cocktail bitters! Digestive bitters are typically more geared towards digestive support while cocktail bitters are designed more for their flavor profile, but I like to aim somewhere in-between. Hopefully I’ve nailed it! When taking it for digestive support, don’t cover up the taste too much because it’s the bitter taste that you need to stimulate your digestive juices.

This video is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or make any medical claims. Please do your own research regarding safety and dosages of any herbs you intend to use, as well as contact your healthcare practitioner before beginning any herbal supplements, especially if you’re pregnant or have a preexisting health condition.

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