The fall of 2022 was rough for a lot of families. Every time I scrolled through my newsfeed on social media or talked to friends…it seems like someone was sick — often several people.
There are varying theories on why that is, but honestly, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is what we do about it. Regardless of what’s going around…we could all use more immune support!
I created this tincture using the folk method (which means I didn’t measure; I eyeballed it) to use for my family. I chose a handful of herbs that are really beneficial for daily immune support as well as rich in vitamins and minerals. I used a glycerin base so it would be sweet and easy to use (and because that helps to extract the water-soluble vitamins and minerals I was looking for).
Why a tincture? It’s a shelf-stable, super-concentrated extract that is really convenient (and very bioavailable). I can keep it in my bathroom cabinet or next to my bed so it’s in my sight and I don’t forget to use it!
DIY: Immunity Tincture
The herbs I chose for this tincture:
- Dandelion leaf — Rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals; good for liver support
- Astragalus root — Supports the immune system and helps reduce stress
- Elderflower — Supports the immune and lymphatic systems
- Echinacea angustifolia root — Promotes immunity, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral
- Amla berries — Rich in vitamin C, anti-inflammatory
- Ginger root — Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, promotes gut health
Of course, you can choose other options, if you prefer. Lemon balm, ashwagandha root, schisandra, reishi mushroom, or rhodiola would also be good options. I had to go with what I had on hand. Astragalus was definitely a must-use!
Since this is the folk method and I didn’t measure, I used roughly 1 part of each herb (that’s about 1/4 cup by volume in this case).
Step 1: Add each herb to a clean pint-sized mason jar.
Step 2: Mix together 1/2 cup warm filtered water and 3/4 cup organic glycerin; stir well.
Step 3: Pour the glycerin-water mix into the jar with the herbs; tap or stir it so the liquid mixes in. Top it off.
Step 4: Shake well.
At this point, you can either put the jar in a crock pot filled with water for about 3 days (keep adding new water and leave it on low heat) or put it in a cool, dry place for 4 – 6 weeks.
After it has steeped, strain it through cheesecloth or a French press, reserving the liquid (compost the herbs).
Using the Tincture
This tincture is meant to be used daily. The more regularly it is used, the better it will work. (Potential caution for those with autoimmune disorders — ongoing use of echinacea or elderflower may cause a flare. But, it can also be balancing for some — so you’ll have to see how you feel.)
- Ages 6 mo. – 2 years: 1 – 2 drops
- 3 – 6 years: 4 – 5 drops
- 6 – 12 years: 5 – 10 drops
- 13+ years: 10 – 20 drops
You can adjust these dosages up or down depending on your needs. Some people notice big changes from even tiny doses, while others tend to need a lot more to get the desired effect. Some adults may need as much as 40 – 60 drops per day.
Watch the Video
If you’ve never made a tincture before, it might feel really intimidating. I promise it’s not hard at all! You can watch me (along with my 9-year-old’s help!) make the tincture. It goes really quickly. You can do this!
I love all the articles and videos! Where do you buy your dried herbs from?
For home use, Kate wildcrafts and harvests from her gardens what she can, and also buys from sources like Mountain Rose Herbs and Starwest Botanicals, including for her products as well. You can read more about her sources here: https://earthley.com/our-sources/