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tulips
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I'm making a tincture. I usually tincture the cut herb but, in this case I could only find the powdered herb. If you are using the powdered herb, do you still tincture 1:5 (1 part herb to 5 parts brandy)?
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Why not just take the powdered herb and mix with water? You'll probably get it just as strong as you can with the powder, anyway and all would be consumed.

I think the powder would make it very hard to strain it all out. No mention of powdered herbs here but they do explain how to use dried cut & sifted herbs, says "finely cut" but that's still much larger pieces then the grains of powder would be.

You might call them and ask beyond this article.

A top source for herbals:

http://mountainroseblog.com/guide-tinctures-extracts/

Mountain Rose Herbs

Guide to Making Tinctures

Excerpt:

Dried Herbal Material: Leaves & Flowers

• Use finely cut herbal material.

• Only fill the jar 1/2 to 3/4 with herb.

• Pour alcohol to the very top of the jar. Cover plants completely! . . .
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Thanks, I appreciate the information on making tinctures. I was going to make a tincture of Motherwort to try as a sleep aid but after reading more customer feedback and seeing that some people use it for heart palpitations and other

heart issues, I've decided it might be a little too risky to try so it's back to the drawing board. 🙂

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Why did you choose brandy? I know you can use all types of alcohol. It's just the medium to draw out active ingredient. I made these for a while but used grain alcohol but I just read stronger isn't always better. Just wondering. Thanks

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