If you don't know, now you do. I am working day and night to get my bath business Eco Bathhouse off the ground. We are two months out. The biggest barrier to a quick start up are my time-worthy tinctures. Tinctures take 4 to 6 weeks to steep and get all the herbal goodness retrieved from your fresh herbs. Today, I am going to teach you how to make a fresh Organic vegetable glycerin tincture for your bath and body products. I learned from the master at The Herbal Academy of NE
. They have an incredible plethora of herbal information that you will go GA GA for! Let's get down to it.
Obtain your fresh herbs and/or flowers.
Wash, dry with paper towel, and then let dry in the sun. This requires hours. Your herbs and/or flowers must be completely dry.
Sterilize your Ball Jars and create a clean/dry work environment.
I use two methods. I will bring my Ball Jars to a boil, let cool, and then dry completely. I then use a 70% isopropyl alcohol undiluted rise. I do this for jars and lids. Each step requires the Ball Jar to dry completely. I am using this tincture for bath and body purposes so I do not want to introduce water. Water introduces bacteria.
After everything is dry, it is time to get started. Dawn gloves.
Fill your steril Ball Jars with 2/3 herbs and/or flowers. Cover the rest with Organic vegetable glycerin. Make sure your herbs and flowers are completely covered. Use a sterile chopstick and gently stir your herbs and/or flowers to ensure complete coverage.
Cap your Ball Jar.
Keep your tincture in a cool, dry location for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake gently every day or every other day to keep your herbs and/or flowers completely saturated.
Strain with a cheese cloth into a NEW sterile Ball Jar.
Cap and label. Shelf life of a year. Store in a cool, dry location.
There you have it! Fresh Organic herbal tinctures straight from your garden. Again, I will be using these tinctures for my bath and body products. If you want more information about anything herbal I urge you to visit The Herbal Academy of NE! Making your own tinctures is another way to reap the benefits from your fresh edible herbs. Good luck loves!
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