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There are also a few disadvantages of vinegar as a base for herbal tinctures. Vinegar tinctures have a much shorter shelf life than alcohol tinctures. While an alcohol tincture can be stored for several years without spoiling, a vinegar tincture has a much shorter shelf life—about one year, at most. Vinegar tinctures are also typically less potent than alcohol tinctures, meaning that you’ll need to consume more to get the same amount of herbal ingredients into your body.

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Amy Jeanroy is an herbalist and professional gardener with several years of experience.

Pros and Cons of Vinegar Tinctures

Fortunately, not all tinctures need to be made with alcoholic spirits. It is quite possible to make tinctures with apple cider vinegar instead, avoiding any problems that arise from using an alcohol base.

As a method for delivering the medicinal value of herbs into your body, vinegar tinctures offer exactly the same value as alcohol-based tinctures. The speed with which the herbal ingredients reach your bloodstream is exactly the same as when the same herbs are ingested through an alcohol-based tincture.

A tincture can be thought of as a more potent infusion, in which the ratio of herbal ingredients is higher than in a traditional tea or infusion. The herbs for tinctures are normally selected for their nutritional or healing properties, and the liquid used to create the tincture is usually some kind of alcoholic spirit.

But many people would like to avoid alcohol, either because the tincture may be consumed by children, or for other personal reasons. Perhaps the taste of alcohol is unpleasant to you, or perhaps consumption of alcohol is against your principles. Or perhaps alcoholic spirits are not available legally in your community.

Honestly, spruce tips are good for more than just making syrup.

I gently mixed it in, brought it to a boil and then turned the stove to the minimum, with the lid off. The excess water will evaporate in 2-3 hours.

Place them in a tall pot and pour the water over them. Even though they float, when you gently press on them, the water should cover them by 2 inches.


You want to see the enchanting amber color that maple syrup has. If you want to taste it, put a few drops on a glass/porcelain plate and check it’s consistency. It should slide, but not pour.

Used in Europe for centuries, spruce needles, tips, and buds have been used by Amerindians as well to relieve sore throat and cough symptoms.

Bring the spruce tips to a boil without cover. Once the water has started boiling, let it go on for one hour, with a lid on. The spruce tips should turn to a light brown color.

But before you get the tasty recipe (it’s not magic or anything), there are a few other things you should know about spruce tips.