How to make juniper tincture and what are benefits


Juniper is quite a specific drink, not everyone likes it because of its very dry taste. Intense, bitter-spicy, similar to the taste of gin. But it doesn’t change the fact that he has many amateurs. Apart from the aroma and taste, it is perfect for colds, urinary tract diseases, flatulence, and improves digestion.

Basic recipe for juniper tincture requires 2 tablespoons (around 30 grams) of juniper berries, dried zest of ½ lemon, 2 teaspoons (10 grams) of sugar, 4 glasses of pure vodka (45% alc. by volume), 1/2 glass of spirit, 1/2 glass of boiled spring water. 

Juniper berries for tincture
Fresh juniper berries and tincture with dried ones

Grind the juniper berries in a mortar and add them an airtight jar. Add lemon zest, pour vodka and set aside in a warm place for 1 week. Prepare a syrup from sugar and water and add the spirit while it is still warm. Mix. Filter the vodka over the juniper with a paper coffee filter, add to the syrup and mix. Let stand for 24 hours, then pour into bottles. Store in a dark and cool place for at least six months.

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

Where to buy juniper for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried juniper on Amazon here – Juniper Berries – 100% Natural – 1lb (16oz).

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Juniper tincture uses

Juniper tincture was already known and appreciated in ancient Greece – it was used, among others in case of:

  • cardiovascular problems, 
  • headaches and dizziness, 
  • food poisoning, 
  • as well as acute and chronic diseases of the stomach, intestines and colon.

Juniper tincture benefits

Not everyone knows that juniper tincture has extensive healing properties. 

It is especially recommended for people who have problems with the digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. The advantages of juniper have been appreciated in the past, using it for aphthas, warts, stomach problems and diseases of the urinary tract and kidneys. 

It was also used in rheumatism and arthritis. Juniper has an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing pain in joint diseases.

Juniper tincture dosage

Most sources suggest drinking 1 teaspoon of juniper tincture 2-3 times a day after eating. Be careful with dosage as it is a strong alcoholic drink and should not be used by pregnant women or drivers. 

Juniper tincture berry recipe

Another quick recipe requires you to lightly crush 2 tablespoons of juniper fruit, pour 1 glass of spirit and set aside for 14 days. Then strain. Dosage for this tincture is different – in case of biliary problems and arthritis, take 5 drops of the tincture on a teaspoon of sugar or diluted with water 3 times a day. 

You can also use the tincture for rubbing in rheumatic and rheumatic pains, neuralgia and inflammation of the nerve roots.

Juniper tincture contraindications 

Juniper berries tincture may be contraindicated (not recommended) in some situations, including:

  • kidney impairment,
  • liver conditions,
  • diabetes – juniper berries may reduce blood glucose levels,
  • breastfeeding,
  • pregnancy.

What type of alcohol is used for juniper tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried juniper, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of them.

How long does juniper tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, juniper tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

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 juniper

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

It is also known under such names: Aarar, Arar, Abahal, Abhal, Baie de Genévrier, Common Juniper, Enebro, Extract of Juniper, Extrait de Genévrier, Genévrier, Genévrier Commun, Genievre, Genièvre, Ginepro, Habbul, Hapusha, Havuber, Havubair, Havulber, Havusa, Hayusha, Hosh, Huile de Baies de Genévrier, Huile de Genévrier, Juniper Berry, Juniper Berry Oil, Juniper Extract, Juniper Oil, Juniperi Fructus, Juniperus communis, Matsyagandha, Oil of Juniper, Padma Beeja, Palash, Wacholderbeeren, Zimbro.

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