If you have ever bought those tinctures in a natural health store you know they can seem pretty pricey for the size of a bottle you get. Good news with a easy little kitchen magic you can make your own echinacea tincture recipe, it will last for years, and you will save a ton!
I have this saying that I heard somewhere but I have taken it as my personal motto.
everything ypou need is all around you.
So when I learned I could literally take a flower that grows right out my front door in a flower bed, and turn that into medicine to boost my immune system or keep the whole family healthy, man was I excited!
And so was born my love of making tinctures.
Tinctures are herbal extracts in a liquid. Most commonly in alcohol, but also can be in vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar. So when you are growing your own herb garden one very effective way to be able to use the herbs is to put them into tinctures.
A Very simple and cheap process. One small tincture may last for years.
Homegrown herbs and a $10 bottle of vodka would make several times the amount of tincture as buying a $10 pre-made tincture.
I am like experimenting so I have tincture one in vodka and one in vegetable glycerin (for a kid-friendly version).
Echinacea Tincture Recipe
One thing that I love about herbs and good ol’ mother nature medicine is that it’s so simple, which is the way it should be. Keeping ourselves healthy was meant to be a generational art that could be passed down, not a complicated thing that makes us put our health into the hands of “professionals” for the cost of megabucks.
there are a few different ways to make this echinacea tincture recipe. One way you can gather parts of the plant throughout the whole growing season.
The first method you will need to gather leaves early in the spring or growing season, pack them into a jar and cover them with your liquid (be that alcohol, vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar). Then as the plant blooms, you gather blooms and add them to the jar. Then finally as the plant begins to die back for the year, dig up some of the roots and add those to your jar.
This method is really quite good as it is adding the freshest and most powerful part of the plant when it is at it’s highest or most potent point. This popular ‘whole-plant’ method was popularized by Rosemary Gladstar and used in her book Medicinal Herbs.
The other perhaps more popular method is to take dried echinacea herb to fill a jar 1/4 -1/2 full then top the jar off with your liquid of choice (again either alcohol, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin). Make sure the liquid level is a few inches over the herb level. Let that steep for 4-6 weeks. Strain, bottle store and use.
To use take 5-10 ML every 1-2 hours, depending on the illness. Decrease the dosage as you begin to feel better.
Then as your Echinacea starts putting on blooms you want to gather some of them as well. (at this point the plant is using most of its energy to produce the flowers)
Let this sit for several more weeks, or add flowers as your plant produces more.
You may also wait till the fall then the plant in dying back and dig up some of the roots to add to the mixture (this is when the plant energy is returning to the roots) *we will be skipping this step this year for a fuller Echinacea crop next year*
As your tincture sits it is pulling out all the properties of the plant into the liquid.
- Strain out your mixture very good
- put liquid in an amber bottle with dropper (ideally)
- place in a cool storage area
Your tincture can keep for several years in good conditions. Alcohol tincture last the longest. You can use during cough and cold season when you feel symptoms coming on. Place a full dropper into water and drink.
Simple, cheap, healthy, and natural! ♡♡♡
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*note* this is not meant to be medical advice. With any questions seek a natural health care professional.