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Bottling, Record Keeping, & Labeling your Tincture

Bottling Your Tincture

You'll need the following:

  • Cheese cloth, muslin or linen.
  • Strainer.
  • 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.



Record Keeping

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..
  • Dosage