Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University tested the effect of thyme, marigold and myrrh tinctures
on Propionibacterium acnes - the bacterium that causes acne by infecting skin pores and forming spots, which range from white heads through to puss-filled cysts.
Alcohol is the most widely used tincture
solvent because it extracts fats, resins, waxes, most alkaloids, some volatile oils, and other plant components, which it preserves indefinitely.
I use Arnica Montana in conjunction with garlic tincture
if there's been an injury or illness.
Or in the tincture
called "VenoHelp" active ingredients are the leaves of Ginkgo biloba and horse chestnut fruits.
You have enough homemade tincture
to fill and refill a one- or two-ounce dropper bottle many times over.
The website says the tincture
, which contains dandelion and artichoke, is "a food supplement to help eliminate toxins and aid digestion".
Boots admitted the tincture
is 55 per cent alcohol but added: "The packaging on the bottle is clear.
Add about 10 drops of tincture
of iodine to water and stir;
Another product of historical interest is laudanum, an alcoholic tincture
of opium sometimes sweetened with sugar.
If your son's skin is sensitive to ingredients commonly used in creams and lotions, you can buy a tincture
from a specialist homeopathic pharmacy, such as Helios (call: 01892 537254).
The recipe remains the same today as it was nearly eighty years ago, including menthol, peppermint oil, licorice extract and myrrh tincture
For skin that feels dry, sore and ravaged by the elements, add 1 tablespoon of liquid aloe vera, 3 drops of rosehip seed oil, 2 drops of calming lavender oil, 3 drops of vitamin E-rich wheat germ oil and 2 drops of purifying rose herbal tincture