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DIY: Immunity Tincture

admin January 8, 2023

Written by Kate Tietje

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!

Immunity Tincture

The herbs I chose for this tincture:

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 (about 1/4 cup by volume).


Step 1: Add each herb to a clean pint-sized mason jar.

Step 2: Mix 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 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.)

Suggested dosages:

  • 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 may need much more to get the desired effect.  Some adults may need as much as 40 – 60 drops per day.

Watch the Video

It might feel intimidating if you’ve never made a tincture before.  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 quickly.  You can do this!

Watch here:

What are you doing to support your immune system?

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  1. I love all the articles and videos! Where do you buy your dried herbs from?


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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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