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 you 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 love experimenting so I have done tinctures one in vodka, gin and vegetable glycerin (for a kid-friendly version). Don’t be afraid to try something differnt out!
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.
Using your tincture
To use take 5-10 ML every 1-2 hours, depending on the illness. Decrease the dosage as you begin to feel better.
- 1/2- 3/4 bottle Dried echinacea herb
- 1 bottle liquid (vodka, gin, rum, vinegar or glycerin)
using a regular pint canning jar or any other clean glass jar. Fill the jar 1/2 to 3/4 full of dried echinacea.
fill the jar to cover most of the herb with 2-3 inches of liquid. Place lid on the jar and give it a shake.
Many herbs will float and that's normal, check it every few days giving it a good shake.
let the herbs steep in this for 4-6 weeks.
strain this mixture through a cheesecloth lined strainer, discard the herbs.
bottle (preferable in s dark or amber-colored bottle) label and store for the next time your immune system needs a boost.
Tinctures are amazing little creations that can really pack a powerful herbal punch. Luckily with an easy echinacea tincture recipe, you can make your own and save a ton of money. Heck maybe even make a few extra who wouldn’t love a gift of herbal health as a holiday gift? ♡♡♡
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