How to Make Herbal Tinctures

It’s very easy to make your own herbal tinctures. Depending on what you’re looking for you can completely customize the recipe.

You might have had an “Underberg” with a heavy meal.

Or you might have taken some herbal tinctures for some health concern.

You might be surprised, though, how easy it is to make your own.

Of course, you can buy herbal tinctures. Since they can be very pricey, I prefer to make my own. Making your own is very inexpensive!

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What are herbal tinctures?

Many herbs have health benefits. For example, dandelion is mostly know for its liver supporting properties. Or you might have taken some echinacea to support your immune system.

You can extract those health benefits by “soaking” herbs in alcohol. Alcohol essentially draws out the components, such as resins and alkaloids.

What can you put in your herbal tincture?

You can use any herb and any part of the herb for your tincture. Naturally, you can use the root, the stem, the leaves, and the flowers.

Most of the herbs you would find in teas you can use for herbal tinctures. You could even use the herbs from the tea bags for your tincture. However, I suggest you get very fresh, dried herbs for the most benefit.

How to make herbal tincture?

Now, it couldn’t be simpler: you just put your chosen herbs into a glass jar and pour the alcohol over it. Then you let that sit for anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months with an occasional shaking of the jar. I like to let mine sit for about 6 weeks. After that, you strain the herbs, and there you have your herbal tincture.

diy digestive bitter

What if I don’t want to use alcohol?

If you’re not consuming alcohol or making this for children, you can use vinegar or glycerin for this purpose.

What is a basic recipe?

You can do your own research into what health benefits you’re looking for. For example, you might like to make something to alleviate your cough. You might want to make an herbal tincture to support your immune system. Or something for urinary tract health.

A good starting point is a ratio of 1 part herbs to 4 parts alcohol. I just eyeball things and often my tincture are way stronger.

Supplies needed

It’s so simple! All you need is

an empty glass jar (I always keep empty jars around, see here)

alcohol (vodka, rum, gin, brandy)

dried herbs

ingredients for herbal tincture

How to make Digestive Bitter

In this post, I am showing you how to make an herbal tincture for digestive support. Therefore, they are often also called “digestive bitters”. You might have heard of Swedish bitters.

Start with high quality herbs. Ideally, you grown your own. Unfortunately, I don’t have all those herbs in my garden so I buy them. Well-sorted grocery stores, food coops, or herbal stores will have them. You can also buy them online ( or amazon.

I chose: burdock root, orange peel, dandelion root, dandelion leaf, yellow dock, ginger, and milk thistle.

Now, you can use all of these, add some additional ones, or focus on only a few of them.

Put all your herbs into the glass jar and pour the alcohol over them. Make sure the herbs are well covered. Put a tight fitting lid on the jar. Clearly label your jar with the date, what it is, and maybe the ingredients.

Simply let this mixture sit for anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months. Occasionally, give it a good shake. Most of the time, I let my tinctures sit for about 6 weeks.

After that, you pour the tincture through a strainer. You can compost the herbs. Now you can store your strained herbal tincture in any glass jar. Ideally, you use a small bottle with a dropper.

What is the dosage?

Of course, the dosage depends a bit on your ratio of herbs to alcohol. If you go with a 1:4 ratio (herbs to alcohol), you can use about 1/2 to 1 tsp about 3 times a day or as needed. Since I often make mine stronger, I use a bit less.

If the taste of your herbal tincture is too strong, you can always dilute it in some water or juice.

homemade herbal bitter

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Have you made a tincture? Please share below!

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  1. Hi there,
    Thank you for all the recipes I have used your sourdough starter and bread. I’ve made my own whipped tallow cream, which I’m so excited because I just bought some and it was expensive. Making it myself was so easy and less expensive to make. I have made several tincture a rosemary to help with memory, a pain relief to use instead of ibuprofen and I have an elderberry tincture I just started. I have noticed a difference they have made.

  2. Thank you Anja.
    I’m an acupuncturist and herbalist in California. I’d like to start to make the tincture for myself to give it to my patient.
    I have many experiences regarding the herbal formula for certain health condition and I’d like to apply this herbal tincture to my patient. Many patients have some problems to drink and digest the herbal concoction due to the bad smell and not good digestive system such as chronic gastritis. It’s a great idea because the tincture is supposed to be absorbed by oral mucosa in short time. It doesn’t require the digestive system.

    1. Hi Winston, yes, these tinctures are so easy to make and so adjustable to your needs. Have fun making them ~ Anja

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  4. I like very much your website, I am following some recipe and your suggestion for cleaning supplies.
    About the picture what do you mean but ratio 1: 4? I have to use a scale so for example 100 gr of herbs and 400 gr of vodka?
    Thank you again for sharing.

    1. Hi there, I am so glad that you enjoy my content!! As for the tincture, you can go by weight (100 g herbs to 400 g vodka) but it doesn’t have to be super exact. Hope this helps ~ Aja

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  6. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me lunch due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your site.

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