Bottling, Record Keeping, & Labeling your Tincture
Bottling Your Tincture
You'll need the following:
- Cheese cloth, muslin or linen.
- Device to squeeze bundle of macerated plant material.
- Bowl to collect tincture.
- Amber or dark blue bottles.
- Droppers or tamper-evident seals.
Now your tincture is ready to be strained and bottled, usually this will be after 6 weeks.
- Dampen the straining cloth with the same solvent as the menstruum to prevent any tincture being wasted by absorbing into the cloth as its poured through it.
- Strain the tincture out of the menstruum using a press or hand wring through the lightweight muslin or cheesecloth.
- The spent marc makes excellent compost. Take care to dispose of this with respect and gratitude.
- Bottle in coloured glass bottles. Clear glass will allow the tincture to degrade in sunlight.
It's a good idea once you get started tincturing to keep a record of your formulas and each batch made.
Every batch will require:
- A unique lot/batch number.
- Date made.
- Formula used with weights and volumes.
- Final yield produced.
- Any special notes.
Labeling Your Tincture
Extracts are believed to have a very long shelf life, especially when stored out of direct light and away from heat source.
When you produce your own tinctures, the following information should appear on the label:
- Tincture Name
- "As formulated by Dr. Rosita Arvigo".
- "Traditionally used for..