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How To Make And Use A Simple Licorice Tincture
By Katie Mae Stanley - January 12, 2016

How To Make And Use A Simple Licorice Tincture

Licorice is a wonderful herb to have on hand, particularly in the winter when colds and coughs seem to be going around. This sweet plant that inspired the famous candy is a go-to herb for coughs and so much more. It is also one of the herbs I use in my healing chai tea.

A Brief Overview of Licorice

Licorice root is commonly made into a tincture to be used for a verity of ailments.  Tinctures are a quick and effective way to get licorice root in your system. (If you are pregnant or nursing it is not advised to use this plant.) For an in-depth look at licorice, read our Herbal A to Z post.  Here are just a few ways to use this wonderful plant:
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hormones (The How to Herb Book)
  • For the intestinal track (The How to Herb Book)
  • Coughs (Nutritional Herbology)
  • To stimulate the adrenal glands (The ABC Herbal)

When Making A Tincture There Are Three Different Methods:

  • Folk (which is what I have used in this post)
  • Ratio
  • Percolation
You can learn about all three methods here. To learn about dosage head here.

Supply List

How to Make and Use a Simple Licorice Root Tincture

  1. Fill a jar 1/2 full with dried licorice root.
  2. Pour vodka over the licorice up to the neck of the jar, leaving about 1/2 inch of air space. If needed, use a knife or the end of a spoon to remove the air bubbles from the jar. Screw on the lid.
  3. It is important to store your tincture out of the sunlight so that it does not expose your tincture to the sun, depleting the potency. A cupboard that you open once a day is a good place to store your tincture. This will ensure that you remember to shake the jar at least once a day. (Let me be honest, though, sometimes I forget for longer than that.) Leave for four to six weeks.
  4. Cheese cloth, a thin, tightly woven towel, or shirt is important when straining a tincture. Place your cloth over a large bowl. Pour a small portion of the tincture through the cloth. Bring the cloth together and squeeze all the liquid out that you can. (Optionally you can use a very fine mesh strainer and press the liquid out or a french press.) Toss the herbs or compost them. Repeat the process until all the tincture has been strained.
  5. I tend to store most of my tinctures in quart sized mason jars. I use a small funnel to pour into small amber glass bottles for use. I prefer bottles that have droppers for ease of use. You can use bottles with a screw-on lid and pour the tincture onto a spoon.

Ways To Use Licorice Tincture:

  • On its own
  • Add it a blend of other tinctures
  • Add it to a cough syrup or cough drops
What is your favorite tincture to make?
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