Medicinal tinctures have been used for as long as distilled alcohol has been available and were the primary form of medicine administration until the development of pharmacology and its preference for pills.  When a tincture is made, the herbs medicinal constituents are extracted into a liquid medium called a menstruum, often alcohol (my preferred method of use) and water, which is strong enough to break down the plants' cell walls and pull out the medicinal constituents.

Tinctures

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