- It is best to pick your herbs early in the morning shortly after the morning dew has dried.
- Do not wash the plants, but remove any loose dirt or damaged parts from them.
- Coarsely chop the leaves, stems, and root material. If the plant was in bloom when you harvested it include whole blossoms in with the chopped parts. Place blossoms and chopped plant materials into a clean glass jar.
- Fill the jar with liquid preservative of your choice (brandy, vodka, vegetable glycerine, or apple cider vinegar).
- Seal jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Label the jar with name of herb and date of preparation.
- Store prepared herb jars in a dark cabinet for six to eight weeks.
- Each week visit your preparations and give them a good shake.
- After the storage period strain out the herbs and pour the liquid into clean and dried tincture bottles.
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Reference: The Healing Sourcebook, Herbal Tinctures, David Vennells, O-Books