How to make a rose petal tincture and why it is worth to do


Roses do not only look nice, they have a lot of health benefits as well. Rose petal tincture is rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. Thanks to this, we fight free radicals faster.

To make rose petal tincture you would need 2 glasses of garden rose petals, 2 glasses of vodka and 2 glasses of spirit, 4 cardamom seeds, 2 glasses of water, 1 cup of honey, juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime. 

Rose petal tincture

Clean the rose petals thoroughly and put them in a clean airtight jar. Pour in cardamom seeds. Pour vodka so that the petals are completely covered. Cardamom additionally strengthens digestive regulating properties and helps fight gastritis. 

Close the jar and put it in a dark and cool place for about 2 months. After this time, filter the tincture through a strainer – it should have a golden color. It is important not to press the petals too much so that unwanted bitterness does not come out into the tincture. 

Pour in the squeezed lemon and lime juice. Boil water with honey in a pot and pour it into the rest of the ingredients after it has cooled down. Pour into a jar. We can regulate the intensity of the tincture by adding more water.

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

Where to buy rose petals for tincture?

If you are not using fresh plant you can find dried rose petals on Amazon here – Red Rose Petals – Pure, edible & organic | Net weight: 0.35oz/10g

Dried rose petals

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Rose petals tincture uses and benefits

Tincture of rose petals have a calming, antibacterial, diuretic effect and regulate digestion. They remove toxins from the body, show strong antioxidant properties. They relax, rejuvenate, have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-depressant properties.

Rose petals are a valuable source of flavonoids, phenolic compounds, anthocyanins, tannins and vitamin C. Rose petals have a calming, antibacterial, diuretic effect and regulate digestion. They remove toxins from the body, show strong antioxidant properties. They relax, rejuvenate, have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-depressant properties. They strengthen the body, relieve fatigue, protect DNA from damage and can be consumed prophylactically in the period of increased flu cases as a prevention against colds.

Rose petals tincture dosage

Most of my sources suggest using 10-15 drops of tincture dissolved in a glass of water, 2-3 times a day. 

Rose petals in a jar for tincture

Rose petals tincture recipe without alcohol

Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs and plants for our use.

But if you can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol, or you should not give it to kids as a substitute you can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract, also called an herbal glycerite. Such extract is not as strong or long-lasting as alcohol tinctures, but it takes only up to 3 days to make it.

Recipe to prepare rose petals glycerite: put petals in a jar about 1/2 way, fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in a slow cooker (or Instant Pot with a slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. After that remove and strain, keep in a dry and cool place in dark glass bottles.

Rose petals tincture side effects

Rose tincture according to webmd.com is likely safe for adults when taken by mouth appropriately. 

When overdosed, rose tincture can cause some side effects such as:

  • nausea, 
  • vomiting, 
  • diarrhea, 
  • constipation, 
  • heartburn, 
  • stomach cramps, 
  • fatigue, 
  • headache, 
  • inability to sleep. 

What type of alcohol is used for rose petals 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 rosemary, 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 rose petals tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, rosemary 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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