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Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures


Herbal tinctures are one of my most favourite things to make. For one, they're super easy, and for two, they're super healing.

Tinctures are made by taking a plant, often an herb, and infusing it in a little 40% or higher booze, which serves to extract the active medicinal components. These are referred to as the "constituents."

I like to call these booze infusions. Whaaaat?! Little-miss-healthy-cookie-UnDiet-me consumes alcohol? I do on occasion, in very specific ways -- most often when it's not about the alcohol at all, but when it's about the infusion, the herb, berry, root, or fungus that has been tinctured.

Some of my favourites include:

  • Ginger-infused vodka: Great for easing off nausea and promoting digestive health
  • Elderberry-infused scotch: A super immune booster
  • Passionflower-infused rum: Deep nervine tonic
  • Chaga-infused vodka: Immune modulator and anti-cancer

In these tinctures, the alcohol is simply the carrier for the medicinal action of whatever it is that you're infusing. Sipping on an ounce of one of these infusions, when you don't have any other contraindications with alcohol, can be intensely soothing, healing and enjoyable.

In this episode, functional medicine practitioner Josh Gitalis is back to share his herbal medicine and tincture-making knowledge with you and to really show us how it's done. We talk about:

  • Best herbs for immune health
  • How to prepare a simple tincture
  • How to chose the correct alcohol for your tincture
  • A video flashback to a fateful day of herbal medicine making in 2009

Oh, and of course I share my very poor rapping skills. (Very, very poor indeed.) Another fave moment: The part where we both burst out laughing when Josh brings up shaving something off.

I'm ready to infuse the booze with @MeghanTelpner + @JoshGitalis

If you loved this video and want to learn about tinctures, herbal medicine and elixirs, you may also enjoy Josh's online Healing Elixirs and Herbal Medicine course. For more from Josh, visit

What are your favourite kinds of herbal remedies? Share a link or your best recipes below!

10 Responses to “Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures”

  1. Marianne said…
    You have me really fascinated with the idea of making tinctures. I'm celiac, so do you suggest that I stick with vodka or is there something else that you would suggest?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      So long as the one you use is gluten-free you're fine. Vodka is great as it has no taste so you can actually get the flavour of the herb/plant you're using.
      • kat said…
        I used organic apple cider vinegar
  2. Sharon said…
    Inspiring video but which part of the echinacea plant did you use for the elixir - roots, leaves or flower?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      We used leaves for this one- but you could use the whole thing- and if it's growing in you garden, even better!
  3. Florence said…
    I've never heard of this before but I'm excited to try it out! I like a drink on occasion but have a hard time justifying it. The health benefits of making tinctures could be it!
  4. Sheena said…
    Great video, as always! My question is what is the benefit of a tincture over, say, taking the herb in capsule form or drinking it as a tea?
  5. Marisa said…
    Very cool! Thanks Meghan and Josh!
  6. Danielle said…
    Besides making my own vanilla extract, I had never thought to do this before! What a great idea!
  7. Pam said…
    Do you have a website where you get the dropper jars for after?

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