Honeysuckle Tincture Recipe

honeysuckle tincture

Herbal tinctures are easy to make and can provide so many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Alcohol, such as vodka, is added to a fresh or dried herb to extract the active ingredients of the herb.

Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Tinctures are easy to make and can be taken internally or externally. You can make as much as you want and they can be taken straight or diluted. They also have a long shelf life and can last up to 5 years or more.

Honeysuckle is very prolific in the late spring and early summer. The honeysuckle blossoms are very delicate flowers and the scent of honeysuckle is so fragrant. I have wild honeysuckle growing in various places in my yard. Honeysuckle is considered invasive and does seem to pop up everywhere.

honeysuckle bush for honeysuckle jelly

Benefits of Honeysuckle

This article from WebMD states

“Honeysuckle might decrease swelling and also have antiviral effects. It contains essential oils as well as antioxidants such as quercetin.

People use honeysuckle for indigestion, bacterial or viral infections, memory, diabetes, common cold, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.”

How to Make a Honeysuckle Tincture

The first step is to pick the honeysuckle blossoms.

honeysuckle flowers in a bowl for honeysuckle rose salve

Add the honeysuckle to a jar. I filled a small jar (quarter pint) with the honeysuckle flowers.

honeysuckle flowers added to a jar for honeysuckle tincture

Pour vodka or grain alcohol into the jar (at least 80 proof) to at least cover the flowers. You can fill the jar almost to the top if desired.

Adding vodka to honeysuckle flowers for honeysuckle tincture

Cover with a lid and store in a dark place out of direct sunlight for at least 4 to 6 weeks. When ready, strain the honeysuckle from the liquid and add the honeysuckle extract to an amber jar. Store in a dark cabinet.

jar of honeysuckle flowers after adding vodka for honeysuckle tincture

How to Use

  1. Add a few drops to tea, water or cocktail. Avoid adding the tincture to hot beverages to retain potency. Be sure any liquids have cooled close to room temperature before adding.
  2. Place a few drops directly under your tongue as needed or daily.

Enjoy!

Enjoy making and using this very easy-to-make honeysuckle tincture.

honeysuckle tincture

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honeysuckle tincture

Honeysuckle Tincture Recipe

Yield: 1 jar
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Herbal tinctures are easy to make and can provide so many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Ingredients

  • Honeysuckle flowers
  • 80 proof or higher alcohol, such as vodka or Ever clear

Instructions

  1. Add honeysuckle to a jar (size of the jar is your preference)
  2. Add the alcohol
  3. Stir and shake the contents and then add lid
  4. Store in a dark place for at least 4 to 6 weeks
  5. Strain the flowers from the tincture
  6. Add the strained tincture to a clean jar or amber-colored bottle

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