Echinacea Tincture DIY

Echinacea Tincture DIY

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned harvesting Echinacea seeds…What I didn’t mention was that I also harvested some Echinacea roots to try my hand at my very first Echinacea Tincture!

As mentioned in the seed post, our Echinacea is in its third year and did absolutely amazingly last summer!  In addition to being full and beautiful, though, once your Echinacea is at least three years old, it becomes established enough to begin harvesting some of the roots for medicinal purposes.

So, using a garden fork, I chose one of the larger plants and gently lifted the roots out of the soil.  Well, I guess “gentle” might not be the best word because those roots were hanging on tight to their soil!  So, I should say, I was a gentle as possible while yanking some roots up out of the ground.  Once up, I gently shook off as much soil as possible back into the bed and filled in the hole that was left by the absent plant.

Now, you can choose to either harvest a few roots and then place the disturbed plant back in the soil or you can simply sacrifice the whole plant and harvest all of its roots at once. I chose the latter, because 1) I had to yank the thing out of the ground and 2) there is plenty of Echinacea in that bed, so I’m not worried about it filling back in.

Once I had my root ball in hand, I brought it inside and gently washed the remaining dirt from the roots and, using kitchen shears, cut the roots in to small pieces (maybe 1/4 inch) and placed them into a quart sized jar (the roots filled the jar up about 1/4 of the way).  I then poured 80 Proof Vodka over the roots to fill the jar, shook it and placed it on a shelf in our pantry.

Once in the pantry, all I had to do was to remember to shake it regularly!  After only two weeks it’s gone from a jar of roots and vodka to an actual tincture (as you can see in the last photo and the cover photo above)!

I will let the roots steep for another couple of weeks before filtering the tincture, but it already looks like an incredible tincture, so I’m sure it’ll help us (and our friends and family) get through cold and flu season as often as needed!

Now, if you don’t have Echinacea growing in your yard or don’t want to go through the trouble of digging up the roots yourself?  No worries! You can get Organic Echinacea Root here 🙂  However, I highly recommend growing your own Echinacea, even if it’s only for it’s beauty!  So, because we harvested so many seeds, the first…hmmm…let’s say…20 people to respond to this post with a comment and their email address will receive some of our seeds in the mail!  Yep, I will happily  mail away 20 packets of seeds to help spread the perennial beauty!  Don’t feel comfortable leaving your email in the comments?  Just leave me a comment here, then email me directly at evergrowingfarm (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’ll be in touch with everyone directly and then send all of the seeds out before the end of the year.

EDIT:  As of 11/30/13 we have reached our 20 requests for seeds!  I am so excited about all of the interest in growing echinacea!  So, if still interested in seeds, please leave a comment below and, after sending out the first round of seeds, I will assess how many seeds we have left and send out additional seeds on a first come, first serve basis.  I will do my best to accommodate everyone, but won’t know how many we have left until the  first round is sent out, so I will thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

xoxo,
M

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Written by Melissa @ Ever Growing Farm

50 Comments

  1. Patti Woods

    I went to buy purple coneflower today at the nursery, I used to have it return to my yard naturally but it’s been gone for years. Anyway I was so surprised at all the varieties. What is the best one to be using.

    1. Melissa @ Ever Growing Farm

      Hi Danica! Thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately, we’ve moved since this post went live and so my echinacea seed collecting has fallen away 🙁 If something changes, though, I’ll reach out here again to you and get your info 🙂

    1. Melissa @ Ever Growing Farm

      Yes, the proper plants are important for a delicious and healthy tincture! 🙂

  2. Katie Oates

    Thanks for sharing this information. I ham going to get myself some coneflower seeds 😀

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  4. Trinidad

    Great site! Im a urban farmer in Albuquerque NM, i farm on my Neighbors yard because my is too small, We have a few medicinal plants in the garden, and would like to add more, i know you have reached your max of 20 seed packs, but if you have any spares i would love to have them!!

    1. Bee Girl

      Howdy Neighbor! So glad to “meet” a fellow New Mexican utilizing any space possible 🙂 Glad you found me! I’ll email you directly about the seeds 🙂

  5. CMR

    Since this has alcohol in it, would it be safe for children? Does the alcohol evaporate like it does in cooking?

    1. Bee Girl

      Because this is alcohol, you will have to use your best judgement and do a little research to determine what is best for you and your family. However, in my web searches, I have found that some have substituted alcohol for high quality apple cider vinegar or for glycerin.

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  8. phyllis

    Hi,
    I read your wonderful post about echinacea. I have some growing for years now and now because of you I will make the tincture. The question I have is what is the normal dosing per adult or child?
    Your site is awesome as well, I’ve got garlic and onions and during the summer I plant a piece of ginger to have fresh, also I have the horseradish. Plan on moving within the next couple years or so and can’t wait to start growing those wonderful herbs alongside my regular garden crops.
    Thank you.

    1. Bee Girl

      Phyllis, I have read that, as a good rule of thumb, homemade tincture can be taken by the 1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon full a couple of times a day (for adults). I have also read that you can take a child’s weight, divide it in half and give the child that many drops of tincture. Do a couple of Google searches, though, and decide what you think is best for you and your family 🙂

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  10. Karen

    I’d love Echinacea seeds also. (if you have any left) This was very generous of you! 🙂

  11. TeeJay

    Hey, I’m reply 20! Not including the responses from Beegirl, lol. What luck!
    I made bitters this year, it was a great experience. I used Brandy for the flavour so I think I’d do that again with the E. root. Thanks for the tutorial!
    My email’s listed with this comment, it’s Canadian but I have a US address for seed mail :D.

  12. iheartmunising

    I just found your site and signed up for updates.
    I’ve been making my own tincture for many years, now. It surely does help! And, the plants do fill in nicely!
    Looking forward to ‘following’ you!

  13. Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living

    Did I make the cut? I’d be so stoked to receive some! I don’t use it myself (it’s supposed to be not the best for auttoimmue issues, which I do have), but I make tea regularly for my boys & husband. It taste fab with a touch of honey, or even some rooibos added in (sweetens it too). Thanks for this post – I have some friends I’m gonna share it with.

  14. littlemountainhaven

    Great pics! Most echinacea tincture posts just use dried echinacea root rather than digging up the whole thing. I’m kicking myself for not doing this and the ground is frozen. If it thaws out again I will try and dig it up. I read somewhere to leave 20% of the roots for the following year.. and to harvest them after a frost (for whatever reason!?)

    Great informative post. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out!

    1. Bee Girl

      Yes, 20% of the roots so it might have the chance to recover from the trauma…and after the first frost so it’s on its way or already dormant, otherwise my guess would be that the plant wouldn’t recover.

  15. Bonnie Jean Peavy

    I used to have about 5 different colors of echinacea. They are probably still thriving at the house, which we sold five years ago. They were deep in snow, sadly, so I had to leave so many precious perennials behind. I’m slowly getting them replaced at our new residence. I would love to share your echinacea seeds! Pretty please!

  16. Julie Stoddard

    I am new to the growing season in Reno but am learning quickly that what I used to be able to grow year round in Oregon can be grown inside now. My next learning curve will be Echinacea. I want to learn to grow, harvest and make my own tea and tinctures.

    My question regarding your tincture is this – I’m HIGHLY allergic to alcohol. What happens to the Vodka after it is seeped? Is it still Vodka and has the qualities of Vodka? I know that I can cook with alcohol and it kills the spoors I’m allergic to. Does the same thing happen to the Vodka?

    Thank you for your help.

    Julie Stoddard

    1. Bee Girl

      Great question, Julie! I don’t have an immediate answer for you, but I will try to find one and get back to you!

    2. Bee Girl

      I asked my facebook community (https://www.facebook.com/EverGrowingFarm) and the resounding answer is that the alcohol does not transform…it is still just alcohol. However, after a quick web search, I have found that some have substituted alcohol for high quality apple cider vinegar or for glycerin.

  17. Carol

    I am just getting started with growing my own herbs and things….. I have 5 acres, and have plans for raising livestock, planting herbs, veggies, fruit trees, berry patches, and nut trees….Pheew!!! Too much work! These seeds would help get me started!
    Thanks!
    miraclecows1@msn.com

  18. Jenny Rennebu

    I loved the blog! I always wanted to know what to do with echinacea. Great post! If you have any seeds left I would love to have some. Thanks, jen

  19. crafty_cristy

    I would love some seeds. I will plant them, for sure. I have been thinking about them, but haven’t bought them yet. This would be great. I’ll email you.

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