How to Make a Glycerite Without Alcohol

9 Jul

Let’s Make Your Favorite Herbal Glycerite without Alcohol

Today I am so excited to share this wonderful Herbal Remedies. I used to make herbal tinctures from alcohol but found out that glycerin is a good alternative for childrens, animals and adults.

What Is Glycerite?

Glycerites are sweet herbal tinctures which use vegetable glycerin to extract the medicinal constituents and flavor from an herb.

Following Article was written by Jane Cookman Metzger, she shows step by step, easy to follow instructions to make herbal glycerite.

Glycerites can be made using fresh or dried plant material, as follows:


  1. Fill a clean jar with clean, chopped fresh plant material or half-full of ground dried plant material (dried material will expand as it absorbs liquid).
  2. For successful preservation, a glycerine tincture should contain at least 55% glycerin (Cech, 2000). For fresh plants, add enough glycerin to fully cover the plant material and fill jar to within one inch of the top. For dried plants, dilute glycerin with distilled water in a 3:1 ratio (3 parts glycerin to one part water) and fill jar with mixture to within one inch of the top.
  3. Use a knife or chopstick to poke into plant material and release air bubbles while adding glycerin or glycerin/water mixture.
  4. Cap and label jar, and set the jar in a dark location at room temperature. Let macerate for 4-6 weeks, shaking the bottle every day or two to mix. Top off with glycerin as necessary if plant material pokes above the top of the liquid.
  5. After 4-6 weeks, decant glycerite into a jar or bowl by pouring through a strainer lined with a few layers of cheesecloth. With clean hands, gather corners of cheesecloth together and squeeze herb material to express every last drop of glycerite.
  6. Bottle and label glycerite.


The shelf life of glycerites are approximately one to two years if stored in a cool, dark place.

Adult dosage is typically approximately 30-60 drops (1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon), 3 times daily, taken in a little water.





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