The purpose of this Kit is educational, so we try our best to keep it super simple and teach one method of tincture making.
I know people who choose not to have alcohol do so for different reasons, and also have different levels of tolerance for alcohol even being around. Here are some ideas that may help.
1) If alcohol is something that you do not want in the home, but are tolerant of using in a remedy, you might consider having a friend purchase it and keep the leftover in their home.
2) If alcohol is something that can be in your home and/or you are open to making the remedy, you can simply ONLY use it topically. Echinacea tincture is great for cleaning wounds, for example. We keep it in our first aid kit. You can just buy a small bottle of vodka (like a flask size) and keep it around for medicine making.
There really isn’t a substitute for alcohol in tinctures. There are many different ways of preparing herbs, whether it is through food, powder (capsules), vinegars, teas or decoctions. Sometimes people want to use vinegar instead of alcohol; however, using vinegar to extract herbs instead of alcohol results in an entirely different substance that is not similar to an alcohol tincture. When people tell us they don’t use alcohol, we recommend teas instead.
Now, whatever your choice is about our Kit, just know that tinctures are only one small way herbs can be used. Teas, infusions, decoctions, syrups, salves, lotions, etc... all do not need or use alcohol.
If you can not use alcohol, consider making an Echinacea glycerite. There is a video for this in our Apothecary course.
If you want to skip the Kit and go to our Herbal Basics course, you can check that out on HerbMentor. It has over a dozen video lessons that are just as user friendly and basic as the Kit.