Medicinal vinegars (Vinegar Extracts) have been around since ancient times and were an excellent way to preserve and dispense herbs before distilled spirits were known about. While the advantages of using vodka or brandy to make your herbal tinctures are many - including greater potency and longer shelf life, there are those who wish to avoid alcohol for personal reasons or cost factors, making vinegar extracts ideal for them to create. Vinegar extracts (also known as 'aceta')
Learning how to make herbal tinctures may seem daunting at first but really is a very simple process. Any aspiring herbalist should learn to make them as soon as possible as they are a valuable way to store and utilize various herbs and come in quite handy in the home apothecary.
How to make a tincture! Dry herbs lose their potency within a year. Fresh herbs rot soon after harvest. Tinctures preserve and extract the medicinal properties of an herb in an alcoholic extract. Tinctures may last more than a hundred years.