How to make a tincture of echinacea and properly use it

In natural medicine, echinacea is considered one of the most valuable means of increasing the body’s immunity. It is recommended prophylactically to healthy people, as well as in states of exhaustion and weakness of the body, e.g. after antibiotic treatment and during an infection, to alleviate its course.

How to make tincture of echinacea? Use 1/2 cup of dried Echinacea root, put to the airtight jar and add 1,5 cups of neutral spirit, such as vodka. Cover the jar with a lid and shake to mix well. Put the jar in a cool and dark place to infuse for 5 weeks. When ready to use, strain out the herbs using a fine-mesh sieve. Store the tincture in small bottles in a dark place. 

Ready to use echinacea tincture
Echinacea tincture and flowers

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

Where to buy echinacea for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried echinacea on Amazon here – Organic Bio Herbs-Organic Dried Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea) 1 lb.

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Echinacea tincture benefits

Echinacea tincture have:

  • antibacterial, 
  • antiviral, 
  • anti-inflammatory 
  • and antifungal properties. 

They also have a slight analgesic, choleretic, diaphoretic and anti-inflammatory effect. 

Undoubtedly, this plant will also appeal to people who want to lose unnecessary kilograms, as it speeds up the metabolism and helps to get rid of harmful substances from the body. 

Echinacea herb infusions, used externally, also work great on the skin, accelerate the healing of wounds, acne lesions, burns and ulcers. Phytochemicals found in Echinacea protect the skin against loss of elasticity, accelerate the production of collagen fibers and elastic fibers, and prevent premature skin aging.

Echinacea’s effectiveness in supporting immunity is based on stimulating the phagocytosis process, i.e. the capture and absorption of viruses and bacteria by the cells of the immune system, as well as stimulating leukocytes to secrete antiviral substances.

How do you take Echinacea tincture?

The same as most tinctures, echinacea tincture works best when placed directly under the tongue and held there a few seconds before swallowing. You can also pop a few drops into a glass of water if you prefer. 

Echinacea tincture dosage

Several studies have shown that echinacea can reduce the risk of infection by more than 50%! If we want to achieve even better results, it is worth using vitamin C as well as elderberry juice, which is known for its antiviral and immune-supporting properties. It is best to use it with echinacea tincture at the first symptoms of a cold. Its daily dose should be low, usually 25 ml twice a day.

What part of echinacea is used for tincture?

Since all parts of echinacea plants contain the active properties, I love the idea of using the flower, leaves, and roots in the tincture that I read of in this book and that’s how I made our tincture this year instead of just with the root. The alcohol in the tincture extracts the beneficial components from the plant.

Echinacea tincture
Echinacea flowers for tincture

Can you take echinacea with autoimmune?

Echinacea is generally safe, but not for everyone. Do not take echinacea if you have an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or multiple sclerosis.

Other echinacea contraindications include:

  • tuberculosis,
  • bone marrow diseases,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • AIDS,
  • collagenosis,
  • liver disease.

What type of alcohol is used for echinacea tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume (80-proof) work best. When using dried herbs, your best bet is to stick to an 80-90% alc/vol (160 or 180-proof alcohol),, as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herbs out of them.

How long do echinacea tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, echinacea tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they 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, so it will last longer.

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 echinacea

If you would like to check more info about the echinacea here you can find article about it

It is also known under such names: American Cone Flower, Black Sampson, Black Susans, Brauneria Angustifolia, Brauneria Pallida, Brauneria Purpurea, Comb Flower, Coneflower, Echinacea Angustifolia, Echinacea Pallida, Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Serotine, Echinacea Speciose, Echinaceawurzel, Échinacée, Échinacée Angustifolia, Échinacée Pallida, Échinacée Pourpre, Échinacée Purpurea, Equinácea, Fleur À Hérisson, Hedgehog, Helichroa Purpurea, Igelkopfwurzel, Indian Head, Kansas Snakeroot, Narrow-Leaved Echinacea, Narrow-Leaved Purple Coneflower, Narrow-Leaved Purple Cone Flower, Pale Coneflower, Pale Flower Echinacea, Pale Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Purple Cone Flower, Purpursonnenhutkraut, Purpursonnenhutwurzel, Racine D’echininacea, Red Sunflower, Rock-Up-Hat, Roter Sonnenhut, Rudbeckia Purpurea, Rudbeckie Pourpre, Schmallblaettrige Kegelblumenwurzel, Schmallblaettriger Sonnenhut, Scurvy Root, Snakeroot, Sonnenhutwurzel.

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