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How to Make a Tincture for Anxiety

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Learn how to prepare your own Herbal Tinctures South Africa.

People have been using herbs for thousands of years to treat many health conditions. Scientific studies indicate that certain herbs may help to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.

A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract. It is typically made by soaking herbs and other plant parts in alcohol for weeks to extract the active constituents. Alcohol is considered an excellent solvent because it is food grade and can extract herbal constituents (such as resins and alkaloids) that are poorly soluble in water. After a period of weeks, the herbal mixture is strained and the herb parts are removed, leaving behind the concentrated liquid.

Tinctures can be made from a single plant or a combination of plants. Fresh or dried leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and berries may be used to make tinctures. The plant part depends on the species of plant. Herbal tinctures are sold in health food stores, some drug and grocery stores, and online.

As with prescription medications, some herbal products can cause side effects. Herbal products may also take longer to begin working. People must consider these factors when weighing up the pros and cons of a particular treatment.

There can be serious interactions between certain herbs and medications. A person who is taking any kind of medication should consult their doctor before they begin taking herbal products.

Anxiety can take a serious toll on our lives. Depending on its severity, it can result in panic attacks, chest pain, or even social isolation. When anxiety becomes chronic, it can interfere with our sleep, our work, and our relationships. It can even lead to a compromised immune system and depression.

Herbal medicine can support you in decreasing feelings of anxiety. However, anxiety treatment still requires a holistic approach. This can include incorporating practices such as meditation, exercise, quality sleep, and writing down your worries.

Safety considerations

Many herbs can interact with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. Some can increase or reduce the effects of certain drugs, potentially causing serious health effects.

People taking any kind of medication should consult their doctor or pharmacist before beginning herbal supplements. They should also be aware that herbal remedies can take longer to start working than prescription medications.

If a person needs more advice about an herbal product, they should consult a qualified herbalist about brand, strength, and quantity.

This combination of the herbal tincture below works beautifully together to create peace and to build a foundation of stress resilience. The resultant potion is shelf-stable and can last for years. You can ingest it directly through a dropper or add it to a beverage such as tea.

You could also consider adding other herbs like Lavender and if you do not like cinnamon then don’t add it.

How to Make a Tincture for Anxiety

Total Time: 6 weeks

Preparation Time: 10 minutes, twice

Maceration Time: 6 weeks



  • Blender
  • 1l jar
  • Funnel
  • cheesecloth
  • Amber tincture bottle
  • Mini funnel (fits your tincture bottle)
  • 1 amber glass bottle

How to Make A Tincture for Anxiety Step-by-Step:

    • Check with your doctor to determine whether these herbs + alcohol are safe for you.
    • Blend the herbs and transfer them to a large glass sealable jar
    • Cover the herbs with 43% vodka (Smirnoff or Russian Bear, you can also use Gin or Cane)
    • Let sit for 6 weeks in a dark spot and shake daily (or when you remember!

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