How to Make an “Immune-Boosting” Echinacea Tincture & Throat Spray

September 9, 2016
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Homemade Echinacea Tincture and Throat Spray | DIY Medicine | Herbal Medicine | Herbs | Home Remedies

As we continue our series on preparing for the cold & flu season, I must mention echinacea.   Our medicine cabinet would not be complete without one of the most popular, immune-enhancing herbs, echinacea.

Echinacea is a staple in my home, along with Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup and Fire Cider, especially during the fall and winter months.

Fall is the perfect time for harvesting echinacea root.  If you don’t have access to fresh echinacea, you can use dried echinacea (Echinacea purpurea / E. angustifolia) in the recipe or you can purchase a pre-made Echinacea Tincture.  I recommend this brand and also this one for children.

 

 

 

Learn how to make an immune boosting Echinacea Tincture & Throat Spray to prepare for the cold & flu season. Easy, DIY instructions using fresh or dried echinacea root.

 

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea (also known as purple coneflower ) is a perennial plant that grows in the United States and Canada.  All parts of the plant can be used as medicine.  Echinacea is best known for boosting the immune system by promoting blood circulation and lymph flow and by stimulating white blood cells.

Echinacea is useful for:

  • treating cold & flu

  • lowering fevers (by stopping the spread of infection)

  • as an antiseptic to clean wounds

  • treating sore throats (squirt or spray the tincture directly on the back of your throat every hour or so)

 

How to Use Echinacea

Echinacea should not be taken daily to “prevent” a cold or flu.  It works best when taken at the onset of symptoms and continuing ONLY while you have symptoms.

Herbalist Paul Bergner in the Medical Herbalism Journal suggests the following dosage:

A high dose of a teaspoon or more per hour for the first few hours, then tapering to 4 tsp per day on the second day and continuing while symptoms are present.

Keep in mind that you will be taking your tincture mixed with a small amount of water.

 

 Learn how to make an immune boosting Echinacea Tincture and Throat Spray to prepare for the cold & flu season. Easy, DIY instructions using fresh or dried echinacea root.

 

Harvesting Echinacea

For our tincture, we will be only be harvesting the root.   The best time to harvest echinacea root is in the fall, when all the energy in the plant moves to the roots in preparation for winter.   Harvest only 2-3 year old plants as the older plants are tough and woody and difficult to chop.

 

 

Learn how to make an immune boosting Echinacea Tincture to prepare for the cold & flu season. Easy, DIY instructions using fresh or dried echinacea root.

 

 

How to Make an “Immune-Boosting”

Echinacea Tincture & Throat Spray

 

You can read more about tinctures here.

You’ll need:

Instructions:

  1.  Clean your echinacea roots by scrubbing, peeling and breaking them apart as necessary.  Chop them small and place them in your glass jar.

  2. Pour enough vodka (or apple cider vinegar or glycerin) over the chopped roots to completely cover them by 2-3 inches then seal your jar with a tight fitting lid.

  3. Let the roots soak in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks.  Shake your jar often, every day if possible.

  4. After 4-6 weeks, strain the roots from the liquid.   Fill a small tincture bottle for daily use and a glass spray bottle (if desired for throat spray and/or antibacterial spray) and pour the remaining tincture in a clean glass jar. Label and date your tincture.  Store in a cool, dark place.

    Note from Jen:

    Apple cider vinegar will cause your metal caps to rust.   If using apple cider vinegar in your tincture,  use either a plastic lid or place a piece of plastic wrap between the jar and the metal lid.

 


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How to Make an "Immune Boosting" Echinacea Tincture
Homemade Echinacea Tincture & Throat Spray Recipe | Home Remedies | DIY Medicine | Herbal Medicine | Herbs
Course Home Remedies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 4-6 weeks
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Home Remedies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 4-6 weeks
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Homemade Echinacea Tincture & Throat Spray Recipe | Home Remedies | DIY Medicine | Herbal Medicine | Herbs
Instructions
  1. Clean your echinacea roots by scrubbing, peeling and breaking them apart as necessary. Chop them small and place them in your glass jar.
  2. Pour enough vodka (or apple cider vinegar or glycerin) over the roots to completely cover them by 2-3 inches then seal your jar with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Let the roots soak in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks. Shake your jar often, every day if possible.
  4. After 4-6 weeks, strain the echinacea from the liquid. Fill a small tincture bottle (with a dropper) for daily use and a glass spray bottle (if desired for throat spray and/or antibacterial spray) and pour the remaining tincture in a clean glass jar. Label and date your tincture. Store in a cool, dark place.
Recipe Notes
  • Apple cider vinegar will cause your metal caps to rust.   If using apple cider vinegar in your tincture,  use either a plastic lid or place a piece of plastic wrap between the jar and the metal lid.

Recipe by Jen @ www.myhealthyhomemadelife.com

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7 Comments

  • Reply My All Natural Tips for Winter Wellness - skin & satori June 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm […] Echinacea.  A traditional herbal cold remedy, can reduce both the severity and the duration of colds.  As soon as I start feeling like I am coming down with something I start taking Echinacea supplements and I usually by-pass the cold or reduce its severity.  You could try it in a tea or this homemade tincture and throat spray. […]
  • Reply The Sun Mama July 5, 2017 at 11:49 am I'm saving this post to reference! Such wonderful ideas you come up with!! Thanks for sharing!
    • Reply Jen July 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm Thank you, Sun Mama! :)
  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries July 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm My mom has always sworn by echinacea tea when I get sick - and now I can see why! Love the idea of the spray.
    • Reply Jen July 6, 2017 at 10:13 am Thanks, Corey! I love the old time remedies, don't you?! :)
  • Reply Sarah | I Heart Frugal July 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm I love how all of your recommendations are all natural! I have read this helps with colds but I have never tried it! I have the pill form in my cupboard right now!
    • Reply Jen July 6, 2017 at 10:13 am Thanks,Sarah! Definitely give it a try next time you feel like you have a cold or flu coming on! It's amazing how great it works!

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