I don't drink so I don't like the idea of tincturing with alcohol. Also, many of my friends ask me to create things for their dogs and I don't fancy tincturing in alcohol for them, either. However, I want to make something they can keep for awhile without it going bad but also use an effective preservative that will pull the most out of the herbal materials I'm tincturing. Fortunately, I have a good teacher through my herbal studies course and she suggested a technique she uses for children. She taught me to do a "glycerin transfer." This involves making an alcohol extract, straining it, putting it in a pot with an equal amount of glycerin and heating it very, very gently until it has reduced by half. The alcohol will have burned off, leaving the extract in the glycerin. Perfect - both for me and for the pets I'm working with.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.