How to make calendula tincture with and without alcohol


Calendula tincture can be used externally and internally. Herb in latin is called Calendula officinalis, it is perfect for disinfecting wounds or washing acne-prone skin, and it also treats mycosis. Taken orally, it speeds up digestion, has a diastolic effect and reduces the discomfort associated with menstruation.

To get the best tincture use a cup of fresh calendula flowers, which should be poured 2 cups of vodka (40% alc/vol – 80-proof), close the air tight jar and set aside for 3-4 weeks in a dark, warm place. Fresh flowers can be replaced with dried ones, but there should be twice as many dried flowers. Every 3 days, the jar should be shaken. After 3-4 weeks, the tincture should be strained and poured into a dark bottle. Store the tincture in a cool place.

Do you want to know more about calendula tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a calendula tincture by yourself.

Where to buy calendula for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried calendula on Amazon here – 1 OZ Natural Dry Calendula Petals

How do you make an calendula tincture without alcohol?

calendula flowers
Fresh calendula flowers

If you don’t want or can’t use alcohol to make your tincture, apple cider vinegar is a good substitute. The ratio of liquid to herbs is still the same, but you need to add a barrier between the top of the jar and the lid, like plastic wrap. Vinegar tends to corrode the cover, which may taint your tincture.

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What type of alcohol is used for calendula tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best (80-proof). When using dried herbs, your best bet is to stick to an 160 or 180-proof alcohol, as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herbs out of them.

Calendula tincture benefits

Calendula tincture can be used externally and internally. It is perfect for disinfecting wounds or washing acne-prone skin, and it also treats mycosis. Taken orally, it speeds up digestion, has a diastolic effect and reduces the discomfort associated with menstruation.

Calendula tincture properties

  • Protects the stomach – it has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties, thanks to which it destroys microorganisms that can promote inflammation of the mucosa and stomach ulcers. In addition, it has a protective effect on the gastric and intestinal mucosa, and additionally stimulates regenerative processes. That’s why drinking calendula infusions is recommended for people at risk of peptic ulcer disease, and many studies show that it can also prevent cancer of active ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
  • Heals inflammation – calendula has strong bactericidal and fungicidal properties, it can also cope with streptococci and staphylococci. Therefore, it can be successfully used in the treatment of inflammations of the throat, larynx, mouth, and also in conjunctivitis. Rinses can be prepared from an infusion or tincture diluted with water.
  • Supports the work of the liver – accelerates secretory activities – increases the amount of gastric juice and bile and facilitates its flow to the duodenum. Calendula infusions or preparations are used in catarrhs ​​caused by gastric acidity, intestinal catarrh. Since the active compounds contained in calendula also have a diastolic effect in the gastrointestinal tract, they effectively relieve pain after gastric and biliary tract surgery.
  • Improves skin condition – perfectly regenerates the skin, helps to deal with almost all its imperfections – blackheads, acne, peeling, and prevents stretch marks. Eliminates skin roughness, moisturizes and softens. It also has a smoothing and protective effect thanks to its antioxidant properties. Cosmetics with calendula are recommended especially for problematic, damaged, dry and sensitive skin.
  • Has a strengthening effect – thanks to triterpene saponins (similar to ginseng saponins), calendula stimulates the immune system, increasing overall immunity and the ability to defend itself against pathogenic microorganisms. It also increases the activity of the reticulo-endothelial (phagocytic) system and thus enables effective defense against infection. Calendula preparations also help you regain strength after an illness.
  • Reduces stress, improves mood – calendula essential oil is perfect for aromatherapy – it has relaxing properties, slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. After a stressful day, it is worth immersing in a bath with the addition of calendula.

Calendula for wounds

Presence of carotenoids and triterpenes accelerates granulation and healing of any epidermal damage and conditions the proper growth of the epithelium. Ointments with calendula or olive oil are helpful not only with abrasions and minor skin injuries, but also with more serious ones – bedsores, frostbite, inflammation related to varicose veins.

Calendula tincture dosage

calendula flowers and tincture
Calendula tincture and flowers

Dosage of the tincture depends on the way you would be using it – internally or externally:

  • Washing the skin with a tincture disinfects wounds and accelerates their healing, reduces acne lesions and heals skin fungal lesions. To wash the skin, use 4 teaspoons of tincture diluted in 1/4 cup of water.
  • Calendula tincture, diluted in the proportion of 5 teaspoons of tincture per 1/4 cup of water, can gargle in inflammatory conditions, e.g. during angina.
  • Drinking calendula tincture helps with digestive problems, lowers blood pressure and has a calming effect. The tincture can also reduce the pain accompanying menstruation, and alleviate the discomfort associated with the menstruation. Calendula tincture should be taken diluted: 1 teaspoon of tincture per glass of water, 2 times a day before eating.

As you can see calendula tincture has a lot of beneficial effects and can be easily made at home.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of calendula

If you would like to check more info about the calendula here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Caléndula, Calendula officinalis, Calendule, English Garden Marigold, Fleur de Calendule, Fleur de Tous les Mois, Garden Marigold, Gold-Bloom, Holligold, Marigold, Marybud, Pot Marigold, Souci des Champs, Souci des Jardins, Souci des Vignes, Souci Officinal, Zergul.

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