Tincture Handbook: Part 1 - Tincture Definition and Tincturing Terminology

by Jason J. Duke - Owner/Artisan

Fresh Content: September 8, 2022 23:51

A Tincture is a Concentrated Liquid Supplement

A tincture is an easy-to-take concentrated fluid supplement of any combination of vitamins, minerals, spices, herbs, botanicals, and/or superfoods that is taken in small serving sizes and fractional doses.

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"An effective tincture is made in a balanced way to be taken consistently; therefore it has to be potent enough to work, but good-enough so that the bottle may be finished.

Tincturing Terminology

Tincturing is the overall process of making a tincture by macerating herbs through extraction methods into the menstruum and then discarding the unwanted precipitate and used marc.

Tincturing Words and Definitions

  • Herb
  • Extraction
  • Macerate
  • Menstruum
  • Precipitate
  • Marc

An herb is any edible non-intoxicating plant or plant part, including animals, bugs, seaweeds, probiotics, and minerals.

Extraction is the process of taking out the constituents and nutrients of herbs into the menstruum during a period of maceration which becomes the finished liquid extract.

A menstruum is the fluid used to macerate soaking herbs over a period of time through extraction which will become a finished liquid extract; or a menstruum is the fluid solvent used to dissolve a powder extract of an herb.

To macerate herbs is to soak and soften herbs in a fluid menstruum over a period of time by extraction to make a finished liquid extract.

Precipitates are the combined herb particles that will settle to the bottom of the liquid extract over a few hours.

Unwanted precipitates are plant parts, sand, and dust particles that have no potency in a tincture and are filtered out of the liquid extract.

Semi-soluble precipitates are important constituents of some herbs that are not to be discarded, such as peptides, polysaccharides, etc.

The marc is the spent and used-up leftover herbs after extraction that are discarded after all extraction steps.

Two Main Methods of Making Tinctures

  • Extraction
  • Dissolved

Three Types of Extraction Tinctures

  • Single-step
  • Dual-step
  • Multi-step

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