Immune Boosting Tincture

A tincture is a highly concentrated herbal extract.   If I'm using alcohol in my tincture, I usually mix it with a tiny bit of hot water, letting it sit for about 2 minutes before I drink it.  This allows the alcohol content to evaporate.  If I'm using vinegar or glycerine in my tincture, I mix it with a little water or take it straight. :)


  • Elderberries
  • Calendula flowers
  • Echinacea Angustifolia root (I like to use powdered root when I use glycerine rather than alcohol
  • Astragalus root
  • Optional:  Cinnamon, Lemon balm, Nettle, Clove, Eleuthero root
  • Alcohol - 80 proof such as vodka OR  Vegetable Glycerine


  • Fill a large jar 2/3 of the way full with the herbs
  • ALCOHOL:  pour the alcohol over the herbs, filling to within 1/4 inch of the rim
  • GLYCERINE:  prepare a mixture of 1/2 warm water and 1/2 vegetable glycerine, pour over the herbs, filling to within 1/4 inch if the rim
  • Seal tightly
  • Label on the lid and side of the jar -- contents and date
  • Store in a warm sunny place and shake gently every so often, for 4-6 weeks
  • Strain and bottle the liquid, storing in glass jars (preferably amber glass jars), in a cool dark cabinet.

To Use:

  • For an acute condition:  I take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon (this is equivalent to 1 dropper full -- 2 1/2 droppers full) every hour, or as often as needed (up to 1/2 tsp every 30 min.)
  • For chronic conditions:  I would take 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for 2 weeks.  
  • Discontinue use after 2 weeks, taking a 2 week rest period and then repeat this cycle as necessary.

An alcohol tincture will last for many years, a glycerine tincture will last or 2-3 years and a vinegar tincture will last for at least 1 year, maybe more. :-)


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