Preparing Herbal Remedies

How to make a herbal glycerite

What is a herbal glycerite?

Herbal glycerites, are a type of herbal preparation made by infusing herbs in a glycerine solution. They are much like herbal tinctures, but a lot more palatable. Unlike tinctures though, they are best made using fresh rather than dried herbs – which can get messy!

What you will need

To make a herbal glycerite, you will need:

  • Fresh herbs
  • A clean glass jar
  • A clean glass bottle
  • Water
  • Glycerine (food grade)
  • Labels

Before making your glycerite, you will need to prepare your plants by thoroughly washing and patting them dry. You will also benefit from gently warming your glycerine in a bain marie – this makes it much easier to manage.

  • Finely chop your herbs and fill your jar.
  • Completely cover your herbs with the warm glycerine solution. (If pockets of air form in between your plants, get rid of them by gently inverting the jar or using a clean spoon.)
  • Seal, date and label your jar so you remember what it is and when you made it.
Store the jar in a cool, dry place for about 2-4 weeks, making sure to turn it every 1-2 days. Once it is ready, strain it out through a fine sieve or muslin cheesecloth into a clean, sterilized bottle and once again, seal, label and date it. Your glycerite should last for up to one year if sealed and stored correctly in a cool, dark, dry place.

How to make your glycerite

Before making your glycerite, you will need to prepare your plants by thoroughly washing and patting them dry. You will also benefit from gently warming your glycerine in a bain marie – this makes it much easier to manage.

  • Finely chop your herbs and fill your jar.
  • Completely cover your herbs with the warm glycerine solution. (If pockets of air form in between your plants, get rid of them by gently inverting the jar or using a clean spoon.)
  • Seal, date and label your jar so you remember what it is and when you made it.
Store the jar in a cool, dry place for about 2-4 weeks, making sure to turn it every 1-2 days. Once it is ready, strain it out through a fine sieve or muslin cheesecloth into a clean, sterilized bottle and once again, seal, label and date it. Your glycerite should last for up to one year if sealed and stored correctly in a cool, dark, dry place.

How to use your herbal glycerite

Gycerites are traditionally used in the same way as tinctures – 2.5-5ml (0.5-1 teaspoon) up to three times a day. Please remember, that as glycerine in a sugar solution, this preparation is not recommended for diabetics.

How to make a herbal vinegar

What is a herbal vinegar?

Herbal vinegars, are a type of herbal preparation made by infusing herbs in a (usually cider) vinegar solution. They can be made using either fresh or dried herbs and are great used as a food dressing or in drinks, as well as medicinally.

What you will need

To make a herbal vinegar, you will need:

  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • A clean glass jar
  • A clean glass bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Fine sieve
  • Labels

How to make your vinegar

Before making your vinegar, you will need to prepare your plants. If you decide to use fresh plants, first clean and pat them dry. And if you decide to use dried herbs, moisten them in hot water first.

  • Crush or chop your herbs and fill your jar about two-thirds full.
  • Submerge your herb by covering it with the vinegar.
  • Seal, date and label your jar so you remember what it is and when you made it.
Store the jar in a cool, dry place for 2-4 weeks, making sure to turn it every 1-2 days. Once it is ready, strain it out through a fine sieve into clean, sterilized bottle, squeezing the pulp gently through a muslin cloth to remove all the liquid. Then, once again, seal, label and date it. Your vinegar should last for up to two years if sealed and stored correctly in a cool, dark, dry place.

How to use your herbal vinegar

Vinegars are traditionally taken 2.5-5ml (roughly equivalent to 0.5-1 teaspoon) up to three times a day if used medicinally. But, they can also be mixed with water as a tasty drink, or used as a dressing on food.

Disclaimer

  • Please remember not to pick or use any plant or part of a plant unless you are completely certain of its identity and that it is safe to use.
  • The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a replacement for professional medical advice or treatment and should not be used for self-diagnosis.
  • Do not give any herbal remedies to young children or babies under two without the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Do not use any herbal remedies while pregnant or breast-feeding without the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Do not use any remedies alongside other medications without first seeking advice from a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Seek medical advice immediately if you experience any adverse reactions after taking or using any plants or plant preparations.
  • Instructions provided are for home use only. Medicines provided by qualified practitioners are carefully formulated and prescribed by plant, preparation and intended usage.
  • My Nature Nook and our authors do not accept any responsibility for loss, harm or damage done from the use or misuse of information provided here, or from your failure at seeking professional medical advice.
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