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Echinacea flowers and a tincture bottle sitting on a wooden counter top.

Echinacea Tincture

Melissa Norris
Make a simple immune-boosting and virus-fighting echinacea tincture with the leaves and flowers from your immature echinacea plant, or the roots of your mature echinacea plant.
4.25 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Hands-Off Time 14 days
Total Time 14 days 5 minutes
Servings 2 ounces


  • 1 ounce echinacea flowers and leaves
  • 2 ounces vodka 190 proof, or 95% alcohol


Harvest the Flowers

  • Harvest the flowers and leaves from the echinacea plant. Choose flowers and leaves that are bright and vibrant (not beginning to wilt or die back).
  • Give the flowers and leaves a good rinse and allow them to air dry.

Make the Tincture

  • Place a mason jar onto a kitchen scale and hit "tare" to zero out the weight.
  • Add your echinacea leaves and flowers to the jar, packing down gently, if needed.
  • Remember the weight (in ounces) of the flowers and leaves, then add double the weight (in ounces) of vodka.
  • Add lid and give the jar a good shake to start the process.
  • Remove the lid and push any flowers or leaves below the surface of the alcohol, replace lid and set on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for two weeks.
  • Each time you walk by the jar, give it a good shake (at least once daily).
  • Tincture is ready in 14 days.

Strain Tincture

  • Once tincture is complete, strain out flowers and leaves using a fine mesh colander. Transfer liquid into glass amber dropper bottles.
  • Store out of direct sunlight and follow dosage instructions in the notes section below.


  • Store tincture out of direct sunlight
  • Tincture is good for many years when stored correctly (using 190 proof alcohol). 
  • Dosage:
    • Adults and children 12 years of age and older: at the first signs of illness, take one dropper-full (30 drops or 1.5 ml's) until symptoms cease or diluted in a small amount of water or tea three or four times daily. For sore throat/tonsillitis and/or onset of cold/flu symptoms Herbal Antibiotics recommend one dropper-full (30 drops or 1.5 ml's) every hour until symptoms cease. 
    • Children 2-11 years old: No information listed for children as a standard/safe dose but has been used in clinical studies with children with good outcomes. 
    • Babies: not recommended for kids under the age of 2
Keyword Echinacea, Echinacea Tincture
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