Herbal Medicinals | What are the Benefits of Herbal Teas vs. Tinctures?

By | January 11, 2022

Part of the joy of working with herbs is knowing how to best work with herbal medicinals. There are advantages to making your own herbal preparations, but there are a lot of beginner mistakes to avoid when making herbal medicinals at home.

In this video, I am joined by my friend and fellow herbalist, Emily Han, to share the pros and cons of herbal teas vs. herbal tinctures.

We’ll also share how you can get clear, step-by-step recipes for both a tea and a tincture made with stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) so that you can make the best herbal medicinals at home!

Show Snippet: “Home medicine makers often make tinctures too weak. For example, they don’t use enough plant material or don’t finely chop the plants so the ratio of plants to alcohol is very high. We see a lot of pretty photos on social media that in reality, are very weak and poor herbal medicines.” (Timestamp: 10:56)


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00:00 – Introduction

02:21 – Are herbal tinctures stronger than herbal teas?

02:39 – What is a tea?

05:10 – Four advantages of tea

06:44 – Four disadvantages of tea

07:52 – How Rooted Medicine Circle can teach you how to make herbal medicinals at home that actually work

08:56 – What is a tincture?

09:31 – Four advantages of tinctures

10:30 – Four disadvantages of tinctures

12:43 – Are herbal teas or herbal tinctures better for you?

15:17 – How to make potent fresh stinging nettle tincture and how to make nutrient-dense stinging nettle tea


The herbal and plant information in this video is for educational purposes only. The information contained is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other medical professional. If you have or suspect that you have a serious health problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Always consult with a health care practitioner before using any herbal remedy or food, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition.

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