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How To Make Echinacea Tincture

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Echinacea Blossom Tincture

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Echinacea tincture has many uses. It is used internally to help the body fight off infection, and externally as a skin wash. Here is how to make your own echinacea tincture.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 minutes to assemble, at least 2 weeks to steep

Here's How:

  1. Fill a quart jar 2/3 full of echinacea flowers.
  2. Pour 80 proof alcohol over flowers, filling jar.
  3. Cover jar tightly and label.
  4. Steep herb for at least 2 weeks, shaking jar every day.
  5. After 2 weeks, tincture can be strained if desired. The finished tincture will keep indefinitely.
  6. Repeat process using Echinacea roots. Combine these two finished tinctures to create a more powerful synergistic blend.

Tips:

  1. Store tincture in a darkened area.Store in colored glass if possible.
  2. Strain tincture through fine cheesecloth, if desired.
  3. Do not use anything but glass to make your tinctures.

What You Need

  • Echinacea flowers, fresh or dried
  • 80 proof alcohol
  • Quart sized glass jar, with tight lid
  • Wooden utensil to remove air bubbles with
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