Creating Your Own Elecampane Root Tincture

Creating Your Own Elecampane Root Tincture

Elecampane (Inula helenium) is a remarkable herb known for its myriad health benefits, particularly for respiratory ailments. With its thick stalks, broad leaves, and bright yellow flowers, this plant is a treasure in herbal medicine, especially for making tinctures. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of Elecampane Root, its uses, and provide a space for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own Elecampane Root tincture at home.

What you need

1/3 cup elecampane root
¾ cup vegetable glycerin
¼ cup water
Glass jar
Mesh strainer
4oz bottle


Elecampane Root has been cherished for centuries due to its powerful medicinal properties. Here are some of the primary benefits and uses of Elecampane Root tincture:

  1. Respiratory Health: Elecampane is a potent expectorant, helping to loosen and expel phlegm and mucus from the respiratory system. It’s particularly effective in treating conditions like bronchitis, asthma, and persistent coughs
  2. Digestive Aid: This herb supports digestive health by stimulating appetite and alleviating digestive discomfort. It’s often used to treat indigestion and dyspepsia.
  3. Antimicrobial Properties: Elecampane Root has natural antimicrobial properties, making it useful for fighting infections and boosting the immune system
  4. Blood Sugar Regulation: Research suggests that Elecampane can influence blood sugar levels, potentially lowering them in small doses and raising them in larger doses, though more research is needed in this area

Creating Your Own Elecampane Root Tincture

Add in the elecampane root to a glass jar. Fill about 1/3 of the jar.

Next, mix the vegetable glycerin with the water. You need to keep it 75% glycerin, 25% water. Fill your jar. Make sure to release any air bubbles.

Close the lid and leave for around 6 weeks, shaking ever so often.

Strain your mixture and put into a tincture jar.

You can make an alcohol tincture with vodka instead of a glycerin tincture.


How to use an Elecampane Root  Tincture

Using a tincture is straightforward and effective. Here’s a simple guide on how to use your herbal tincture:

  1. Measure the Dose: Use the dropper that comes with the tincture bottle to measure the recommended dose. Typically, this information is provided on the product label or by your healthcare provider [2].
  2. Administer Sublingually: Place the measured dose under your tongue. Hold it there for about 30-60 seconds before swallowing. This method allows the active ingredients to enter your bloodstream quickly, offering faster effects [4].
  3. Swallow the Tincture: After holding the tincture under your tongue, swallow it. You can follow it with a glass of water or juice to help wash away any residual taste [5].
  4. Consistency is Key: Use the tincture consistently as directed to experience its full benefits. Keep track of your doses and monitor any effects or changes in your condition [1].
  5. Storage: Store your tincture in a cool, dark place to preserve its potency and extend its shelf life [3].

Using a tincture correctly ensures you receive the maximum therapeutic benefits from the herbal extract.

What do you think of this project? Let us know!