How to make and use lilac tincture

Blooming lilac (Latin Syringa vulgaris) bushes have been a harbinger of the coming of the fullness of spring for centuries. Apart from the beautiful smell, they are characterized by unique health properties. 

To make a lilac tincture you will require 5 large bunches of lilac purple flowers, 2 glasses of vodka, 2 glasses of water, 2 cups of honey and the juice of 1 lemon. Rinse the flowers thoroughly and let them dry. Remove the flowers from the branches, put in a jar, pour alcohol over it and set aside for a week. After this time, decant the pour through gauze or filter paper. Make a syrup from warm water, honey and lemon juice, let it cool down. Combine the cold syrup with the tincture, mix it thoroughly and set aside for 3 months in a cool and dark place.

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Lilac tincture uses

In the treatment of colds, tonsillitis and respiratory diseases, in coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis. Tincture and infusion is also used in the treatment of malaria and rheumatic diseases It’s a diaphoretic and pain reliever. 

It also has a diuretic effect, it is helpful in kidney stones and cystitis, supports appetite and helps in diarrhea treatment. 

Due to its wide spectrum of action, lilac successfully copes with

  • throat, larynx and bronchial infections,
  • conjunctivitis, bags and puffiness under the eyes,
  • periodontitis,
  • inflammations of the mouth, mouth ulcers,
  • intestinal diseases including ulcerative enteritis and irritable bowel syndrome,
  • hemorrhoids,
  • parasitic diseases,
  • vaginal discharge,
  • colds,
  • candidiasis,
  • rosacea, seborrhea, eczema, ulcers, skin discoloration,
  • making the skin more elastic,
  • for detoxification and cleansing of the body,
  • wounds, accelerating their healing,
  • gastroenteritis.

Lilac tincture benefits

It can be used internally and externally for skin problems. 

Used internally:

  • has anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antitussive and diuretic properties,
  • supports the body’s immunity,
  • protects the liver and cleanses it,
  • prevents and supports the fight against parasites and fungi,
  • wonderful for rheumatic diseases,
  • cleans the blood,
  • detoxifying.

Used externally:

  • disinfects the skin and mucous membranes,
  • supports regeneration,
  • has an antiseptic effect.

Lilac tincture dosage

The tincture can be consumed up to 30 drops 3 times a day. 

The tincture will also work well for compressing the joints (in the case of rheumatic diseases). 

Then you can skip the addition of honey and lemon which are used to improve the taste of the tincture. For compresses, we use 30 drops of tincture dissolved in a warm, boiled water. 

You can either rub it into sick places or use it for compresses at night. It is enough to sprinkle it on a cloth or gauze, put it on the sore spot, wrap it with foil and bandage it. In the morning, the skin under the compress must be washed and moistened.

Lilac tincture recipe

To prepare the tincture we use only dark purple flowers, i.e. fully blooming flowers.


  • 4-5 large bunches of lilac flowers
  • 4 glasses of vodka
  • 2 cups of sugar or honey
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 1 lemon

Rinse the flowers under cold water and put them to dry.

Put them in an airtight jar, pour in alcohol, close and set aside for 1 week.

Filter the liquid through the gauze to get rid of the flowers. Add cold syrup of water, sugar / honey, and lemon juice to the filtered liquid.

Thoroughly mix everything and pour into bottles. Set aside for at least 3 months.

The tincture should have a honey color, subtle smell and slightly sour taste.

What type of alcohol is used for lilac 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 lilac, 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 it.

How long does lilac tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, lilac 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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