Making homemade herbal medicine is so empowering. For each project I do, by the end all I want is to learn more. I have always wanted to learn how to make a tincture, but figured that it was difficult. As it turns out, it’s actually quite easy! Elderberry and echinacea tinctures are simple to make and perfect for beginning herbalists to start with.
Herbal Academy Course
You may have heard me mention once or twice that I’m taking the online Intermediate Herbal Course at the Herbal Academy.
I took the Intro Herbal Course last year and thought it was great, and I wanted to expand my knowledge more. I’ve learned many cool things this time around, including how to make a tincture!
Elderberry & Echinacea Tincture Recipes
Since cold and flu season is happening whether I want it to or not, I decided to make two different tinctures that I commonly use during this time of year: elderberry and echinacea.
I had a bunch of foraged elderberries that I dried, and I thought this would be the perfect use for them, and echinacea root is an old standby.
This makes two separate tinctures, one elderberry and one echinacea.
The amount of dried herbs and alcohol you use depends on the size jars that you want to use for tincture making. I used pint jars, so approximately one cup of each herb (more or less) and one 750ml bottle of vodka.
What you need
- dried elderberries (can also use fresh elderberries if you have access to them)
- dried echinacea angustifolia root
- 80 proof vodka
- 2 mason jars with lids
How to make the tinctures
Fill your jars ½ – ¾ full with the dried herbs, then completely cover them with the vodka. I had more echinacea root than elderberries, so it will probably end up being a stronger tincture.
Cover tightly with a lid, and gently shake to make sure that all of the dried herbs are saturated. Keep the jars in a cool and dark place for 4-6 weeks.
Check on them from time to time and rock the jar back and forth a bit. Add more alcohol if needed to keep the herbs covered if evaporation has occurred.
Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the cheesecloth. The echinacea in particular holds a lot of liquid in the dried root matter.
That’s pretty much all there is to it, your tinctures are now made!
You can keep them in jars like this and just take a small spoonful at a time when you’re starting to feel under the weather.
This is potent stuff, so don’t go overboard! A little goes a long way. Be sure to label the jars, and it’s a good idea to date them as well.
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Both of these herbs are well known for their immune boosting properties!
Another great way to use elderberries is in this Simple Elderberry Syrup recipe.
Learn more about the healing power of herbs, and great herbal recipes like this from the Herbal Academy!
More Elderberry Recipes
Show your immune system some extra love and discover your favorite way to enjoy elderberries!
What is your favorite herbal remedy during cold and flu season?
Elderberry & Echinacea Tincture
- 1 cup dried elderberries, (can also use fresh if you have access to them)
- 375 ml 80-proof vodka
- 1 cup dried echinacea angustifolia root
- 375 ml 80-proof vodka
How to Make a Tincture
- Fill your jars 1/2 – 3/4 full with the dried herbs, then completely cover them with the vodka.
- Cover tightly with a lid, and gently shake to make sure that all of the dried herbs are saturated.
- Keep the jars in a cool and dark place for 4-6 weeks. Check on them from time to time and rock the jar back and forth a bit. Add more alcohol if needed to keep the herbs covered if evaporation has occurred.
- After 4-6 weeks the tinctures will be dark in color and ready to strain. Place a piece of cheesecloth in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl or large jar. Pour out the contents of the tinctures.
- Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the cheesecloth. The echinacea in particular holds a lot of liquid in the dried root matter.