How to make a rosehip tincture with and without alcohol


Medicinal tincture of wild rose strengthens the body, it can also be used in the treatment of the digestive tract, kidneys and liver. How to prepare a rosehip tincture with honey and cloves? See the traditional recipe.

To make a classic, fresh fruit rosehip tincture you will need 2 glasses of rosehip fruits, 2 glasses of vodka, 1/2 glass of spirit, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. 

Wash the rosehips and prick them with a fork, pour into an airtight jar and pour alcohol over it. Close the jar and set aside for 2 weeks, after this time, boil water with sugar, dissolve it and pour the alcohol over the fruit with the syrup. Set aside for another 2 weeks. Strain the tincture and set aside for about 2 months. After this time we can drink it.

Do you want to know more about rosehip 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 rosehip tincture by yourself. 

Where to buy rosehip for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried rosehip on Amazon here – Whole Rosehips | Wild Harvest from Eastern Europe

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Rosehip tincture uses and benefits – what is rosehip tincture good for?

Rosehip tincture is a real vitamin bomb. There is more vitamin C in it than in any other fruit tincture (30–40 times more than citrus). In addition to vitamin C, it also includes:

  • vitamin A,
  • vitamin B1, B2,
  • vitamins E and K,
  • Folic acid,
  • carotenoids,
  • flavonoids,
  • organic acids,
  • tannins,
  • pectins.

Due to the richness of nutrients, rosehip tincture has the following properties:

  • strengthens the body and has anti-inflammatory properties,
  • helps with gastroenteritis,
  • protects against scurvy,
  • helps with hypertension, heart and liver diseases.

Rosehip tincture dosage

Most sources suggest to use 10-15 drops dissolved in a glass of water, 2-3 times a day for up to 3 months, before a short break. 

Rosehip tincture recipe with fresh fruits – how do you make rosehip tincture?

Ingredients for rosehip tincture with fresh fruits:

  • 4 glasses of rose hips,
  • 3 glasses of spirit 96% alc. by volume,
  • 1/2 glass of vodka 40% alc. by volume,
  • 1/2 glass honey,
  • 1/2 glass of water,
  • a teaspoon of dried mint and dried chamomile flower.

Rosehip tincture recipe – wash the fruit, dry it and put it in the freezer for a day. After that time prick them with a fork, pour into an airtight jar, add herbs, pour the spirit. Put it warm for 4-6 weeks, shaking the jar every few days. Filter, pressing the juice firmly. Set aside for a week and filter a few times. Mix honey with warm water, heat up and collect scum. When it cools down, add vodka and combine with the tincture. Later it must mature in a cool place for at least 2 months.

Ingredients for rosehip tincture with dried fruits

When you are buying them make sure that the rosehips are shelled and devoid of seed sockets and characteristic hairs, so they are ready to use. Dried rosehip is an excellent ingredient in many recipes for wines, spirits, liqueurs, tinctures and meads. 

You should use: 

  • 1 glass of dried rosehip (you can also crush it),
  • 2 glasses of dry white wine,
  • 2 glasses of spirit.
  • sugar syrup in the proportions of 1/2 glass of water and 1/2 glass of sugar.

Combine everything in an airtight jar, mix and close tightly. Macerate for 2 weeks in a warm, sunny place. Then strain, filter, pour into bottles and set aside to mature in a dark and cool place.

1 glass of dried rosehip is equivalent to 4-5 glasses of fresh fruit.

Rosehip tincture recipe without alcohol

Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs and fruits 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 rosehip glycerite: put fruits 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.

Rosehip tincture side effects

Rose hip tincture, when overdosed can cause some side effects such as:

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

According to webmd.com it should also not be used when you are breast-feeding, 

What type of alcohol is used for rosehip 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 rosehip, 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 rosehip tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, rosehip 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 rosehip

It is also known under such names: Apothecary Rose, Cynorhodon, Cynorhodons, Cynosbatos, Dog Rose, Dog Rose Hips, Églantier, Fruit de l’Églantier, Gulab, Heps, Hip, Hip Fruit, Hip Sweet, Hipberry, Hop Fruit, Persian Rose, Phool Gulab, Pink Rose, Poire d’oiseaux, Rosa alba, Rosa canina, Rosa centifolia, Rosa damascena, Rosa de Castillo, Rosa gallica, Rosa lutetiana, Rosa moschata, Rosa mosqueta, Rosa pomifera, Rosa provincialis, Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa rugosa, Rosa villosa, Rosae Pseudofructus Cum Semen, Rose de Provins, Rose des Apothicaires, Rose Hips, Rose Rouge de Lancaster, Rosehip, Rosehips, Rosier de Provence, Satapatri, Satapatrika, Shatpari, Wild Boar Fruit.

Sources: if you would like to check more info about the rosehip here you can find a webmd.com article about it

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