13 June 2024

How to Make Dandelion Tincture

Dandelion tincture is a versatile and potent herbal remedy with a rich history in natural medicine. This simple yet effective tincture harnesses the myriad benefits of dandelion, a common plant often dismissed as a mere weed. By making your own tincture, you can ensure its purity and potency, tailored to your specific needs.

How to Make Dandelion Tincture + It's Benefits and Uses

Dandelions, scientifically known as Taraxacum officinale, are a resilient and widespread plant. Recognizable by their bright yellow flowers and serrated leaves, dandelions are a powerhouse of nutrients and medicinal properties. 

Every part of the plant, from root to flower, offers health benefits. Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals like iron and calcium, dandelions are also known for their diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

I drink dandelion tea when I'm bloated because it acts like a natural diuretic.  It doesn't taste bad, but it's not my favorite tea to drink.

I learned how to make dandelion tincture to get the benefits of this plant without drinking the tea all the time.

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What Are Tinctures?  

A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract, typically made by soaking herbs in alcohol or another solvent to extract their active compounds. 

They are usually administered by placing a few drops under the tongue, where they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, although they can also be diluted in water or another liquid and ingested. Tinctures are valued for their potency, long shelf life, and ease of administration.

Want to make your own tinctures?  We have three tincture blends available: Elderberry, Breathe, and Boost.  The kits come with the dried ingredients so you save time and money sourcing ingredients.

Dandelion Tincture Benefits

There are several dandelion tincture uses:

  • Cholesterol.  There is some research that the compounds in dandelions may reduce lipids.
  • Blood Sugar.  A study shows that some of the compounds in dandelions may help keep blood sugar levels regulated.
  • Anti-inflammatory.  Some compounds in dandelions can reduce inflammation.  One study showed that a dandelion tincture reduced inflammation in mice.
  • Blood Pressure.  Dandelions act like a diuretic, so they may reduce excess water that can lower blood pressure.  They are also high in magnesium, which also may reduce blood pressure.  More research is needed.
  • Weight Loss. Dandelion tincture may help reduce fat absorption, which can aid in weight loss.  It may also improve carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Liver Health.  Dandelions may promote liver health.

How to Use Dandelion Tincture

Tinctures are strong, so it's recommended that you use 1 to 2 dropperfuls up to three times a day.  You can add it to tea, water, or juice.

It's best to start with a low dose and gradually increase over time.  

Always consult with a healthcare professional.  If you experience digestive upset, stop taking it immediately.

Dandelion Tincture Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to learn how to make dandelion tincture:

Dandelion Root.  Use dried dandelion root to make your tincture.  You can also use the flowers if you want to, and they have their own benefits.  You can also add other herbs to your tincture.

Alcohol.  You can either use a food grade glycerin or a 40 to 60 percent alcohol vodka.  

Jars.  I use a pint sized mason jar to make my tincture and a glass dropper bottle to store it in.

Strainer.  You can use cheesecloth, a fine mesh strainer, or even a coffee filter to strain out the solids.

How Does Extraction Work?

Alcohol plays a vital role in extracting the beneficial compounds from dandelion. The steeping period usually lasts four to six weeks, allowing the alcohol to draw out the plant's medicinal properties.

Regular shaking helps to keep the plant material well-mixed with the alcohol, ensuring a thorough extraction.

How to Store Dandelion Tincture

Store your dandelion tincture in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard or pantry. 

Properly stored tinctures can last for several years, although they are most potent within the first two years. To extend shelf life, ensure that the tincture is not exposed to heat or light.

Troubleshooting Tips

If your tincture tastes too strong, dilute it with water or juice. Adjust the strength by adding more alcohol if needed. 

If you notice sediment or cloudiness, strain the tincture again to ensure clarity.

Don't want to make your own?  You can buy dandelion tincture that's made in small batches on Etsy.

Dandelion Tincture Ingredients

Makes around 4 to 6 ounces.  

How to Make Dandelion Tincture

Step #1

Place dried dandelion root in a glass jar.  Cover with vodka or glycerin.  Make sure all of the plant material is covered.

Step #2

Let sit for 6 to 8 weeks.  Make sure it is covered and give it a gentle shake every few days.

Step #3

Strain with cheesecloth.  Discard the herbs and save the dandelion tincture.

Take 1 to 2 droppers every day.

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