Season 3 Episode 1:
Benefits of Herbal Teas vs Tinctures


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Episode Summary

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 episode, 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!



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 alcohol to plant is very high. We see a lot of pretty photos on social media that, in reality, are very weak and poor herbal medicines.

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [02:27] Are herbal tinctures stronger than herbal teas?
  • [02:45] What is a tea?
  • [05:16] Four advantages of tea
  • [06:50] Four disadvantages of tea
  • [07:58] How Rooted Medicine Circle can teach you how to make herbal medicinals at home that actually work
  • [09:30] What is a tincture?
  • [10:05] Four advantages of tinctures
  • [11:05] Four disadvantages of tinctures
  • [13:17] Are herbal teas or herbal tinctures better for you?
  • [16:21] How to make potent fresh stinging nettle tincture and how to make nutrient-dense stinging nettle tea

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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.  



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