How to make a rosemary tincture with and without alcohol


A soothing aroma and an interesting taste, but above all strengthening the body and relaxing – these are the main properties of rosemary tincture. It can also be recommended to people suffering from digestive ailments.

Rosemary and prepared tincture

How to make rosemary tincture at home? You will need following ingredients: 

  • 6 glasses of vodka,
  • 6 glasses of spirit,
  • 8 sprigs of fresh rosemary,
  • 3 lemons,
  • 4 glasses of sugar,
  • 8 glasses of water.

Recipe for rosemary tincture – put the rinsed and dried rosemary sprigs into an airtight jar, remove the peel from the scalded and scrubbed lemons and throw it into the jar.

Pour it all over with vodka and spirit, and then set aside for 2 weeks in a warm place.

After 14 days, bring the water to a boil, pour sugar into it and stir until dissolved, and then leave it to cool. While the water with sugar cools down, filter the rosemary tincture through a fine sieve, gauze or filter paper. Combine the cooled down sugar syrup with the rosemary setting and spirit, filter it and pour it into bottles, in which the tincture should remain for at least 1 month for it to take on its full flavor.

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

Where to buy rosemary for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried rosemary on Amazon here – Organic Dried Rosemary Leaves, 1 lb, Whole Leaf, Destemmed, Non GMO, Non Irradiated, Gluten Free

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Rosemary tincture uses

Rosemary tincture is rich in essential oils that have antimicrobial action and enhance immune function.

It is used for:

  • gum health, 
  • to fight bacteria 
  • to improve bad breath,
  • it stimulates circulation, 
  • clears congestion from the head and chest during colds, coughs, and the flu.

Rosemary tincture benefits – concentration problems and anxiety mitigation

The health-promoting properties of rosemary were already known in ancient Greece. 

Its aroma helps with concentration problems and prevents memory disorders that appear with age.

Rosemary tincture is also used to relieve stress. Experts from the University of Maryland Medical Center suggest that regular use of rosemary lowers cortisol levels, which is responsible for causing anxiety.

Rosemary tincture dosage

Drink 1 tablespoon of rosemary tincture twice a day, preferably in the morning and at bedtime. It can be used up to one month before a short break is suggested. 

Rosemary tincture recipes

Basic recipe includes 1/4 cup of dried rosemary leaves, 2 glasses of vodka. You can also use a 70% alcohol per volume spirit, but in this case, after maceration, dilute the tincture with 1 glass of boiled water. 

Place rosemary in an airtight jar and pour it with vodka or spirit. Close the jar tightly, move to a dark place and leave it for a month, shaking several times daily. Then run through the cloth, store in dark glass bottles. 

Fresh rosemary tincture can be made with:

  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary,
  • a few grains of black pepper,
  • zest of one lemon,
  • 1 glass of vodka,
  • 1 glass of sugar, 
  • 4 glasses of water,
  • 2 glasses of 96% spirit.

Rinse rosemary and dry it, place in an airtight jar along with the pepper and lemon zest. Pour vodka, close it tightly, set aside for 2 weeks in a warm place. Decant the liquid and filter it on a sieve lined with a paper coffee filter, add to it the syrup made from sugar and water and spirit. Close it tightly and leave it in a warm place for a week, stir it every day. Pour the tincture into the bottles and close them tightly. Set aside for 4 months in a cool place to mature.

Rosemary tincture recipe without alcohol

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

Rosemary tincture contraindications and side effects

Contraindications to the use of rosemary tincture incude:

  • pregnancy,
  • hypersensitivity to herbs,
  • cholelithiasis,
  • obstruction and inflammation of the bile ducts,
  • externally – large skin lesions.

According to webmd.com it should also not be used when you are breast-feeding, you have aspirin allergy, bleeding disorders or seizure disorders.

What type of alcohol is used for rosemary 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 rosemary 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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Other names of rosemary 

It is also known under such names: Alecrim, Compass Plant, Compass Weed, Encensier, Herbe Aux Couronnes, Old Man, Polar Plant, Romarin, Romarin Des Troubadours, Romero, Rose de Marie, Rose Des Marins, Rosée De Mer, Rosemarine, Rosmarinus officinalis, Rusmari, Rusmary.

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

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