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Making Your Own Extract with Dried Herbs

How to make 16 oz. of extract using dried herbs:
  1. Purchase good quality dried herb in cut and sifted forms. Avoid using powdered herbs which may be difficult to filter out in the end creating debris in the extract.
  2. Add ¼ cup of the herb to a clean glass jar- preferably one that is 24 oz or greater so that the alcohol does not touch the lid.
  3. Combine 12 oz of a good, strong grain alcohol or Vodka with 4 oz of distilled water.
  4. Add the mixture to herbs in the jar and push down to cover herb with alcohol. Make sure that the herbs are completely covered. If they are not covered, add more alcohol and water solution until they are.
  5. Shake well and place the jar in a dark place (or cover with a paper bag) & allow the herbs to soak for 2 to 3 weeks. Shake vigorously every few days.
  6. After 2 to 3 weeks strain the herbs using a strainer first, followed by a cheesecloth-lined strainer.
  7. Funnel the retained liquid into smaller bottles, preferably amber bottles, and store your tinctures in a cool dark place. It will keep for approximately 4 years.