Using a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin, you can extract a greater spectrum of the whole plant and preserve the medicine much longer than an infusion or a decoction. Alcohol is especially an excellent solvent that extracts a wide range of plant properties and allows for easy absorption of healing compounds into the bloodstream. I used 100 proof vodka 😊
An alcohol based tincture will last many years. Using a standard sized droppers bottle, adult dosages are typically 30 to 60 drops in a little water, taken three times a day.
Your tincture will stay most potent if stored in a cool, dark cabinet. Room temperature will be fine, you just don't want your temperature to fluctuate too much.
USES: Elderberry Tinctures, Because of Elderberries effects on the body, they are used medicinally for colds, fevers, respiratory ailments, arthritis, blood cleansing, sore throats, hoarseness, laryngitis & it's high in Vitamin C so it may be taken regularly for immune health.
Mullein Tinctures: Mullein is used for cough, whooping cough, tuberculosis, bronchitis, hoarseness, pneumonia, earaches, colds, chills, flu, swine flu, COVID-19 symptoms, fever, allergies, tonsillitis, and sore throat. Other uses include asthma, diarrhea, colic, gastrointestinal bleeding, migraines, joint pain, and gout.