Homemade Chamomile Tincture

how to make chamomile tincture for kids

Chamomile is one of my favorite herbs because of its delicate scent and great taste in teas. It is my absolute favorite herb for kids and I keep a tincture of Chamomile on hand for any childhood aches and ailments.

Switching to a real food diet has eliminated our bouts with ear infections and stuffy noses (though Chamomile helps with those too!) but some things, like teething pain, can’t be fixed with healthy food!

making homemade chamomile tinctureChamomile is a naturally calming herb that relaxes nerves and reduces pain. It has been known to settle the stomach and reduce gas and colic in infants. I use it to soothe fussy babies, calm down upset toddlers and and on bruises.

Adults can use Chamomile to improve sleep, to ease menstrual cramps, relieve headache and soothe frayed nerves. It is also great for the skin and can even naturally lighten hair.

A homemade Chamomile tincture is incredibly easy to make and is my favorite baby gift for new parents. I take it to the hospital when I have a baby (mainly for me during labor!).

Chamomile Tincture Recipeherb profile chamomile

Perhaps  you’ve seen Chamomile tincture in stores, but you can make your own for much less than you can buy it. I make a quart for the price I used to pay for a 4-6 ounce bottle.

Making tinctures also helps preserve herbs, which is especially important for Chamomile, since its positive benefits are in its volatile oils which decrease over time unless preserved.

Chamomile Tincture Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of dried Chamomile flowers
  • approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups vodka or rum
  • Quart size glass jar with airtight lid

Chamomile Tincture Instructions

  1. Put fresh or dried Chamomile flowers in clean quart size glass jar
  2. Pour boiling water over flowers to just cover them (may have to stir)
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with vodka or rum (do not use rubbing alcohol or non-consumable alcohol!) and tightly cover with airtight lid.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for 4-6 weeks. This will make a strong tincture!
  5. After 4-6 weeks, remove from cabinet, and pour through a cheesecloth or strainer. Store in a jar or in tincture vials for easy use.


Normal dose for adults is up to 1 teaspoon 1-3 times a day as needed. For infants, only a few drops are needed, and often it can be rubbed on the gums or stomach for teething or colic pain. For toddlers and older children 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon can be taken 1-3 times a day while needed. It is especially useful for babies and young children who are having difficulty sleeping. A dose right before bedtime can help relax and sooth them for more peaceful sleep.

Any herb can be preserved with this method, and often this is the most cost effective way to use herbs. Any herbs I don’t grow myself, I get from this website. Another tincture I keep on hand is my homemade Herbal Digestive Remedy Tincture, which is also very simple to make!

What homemade tinctures do you make? Share below!

Chamomile is a wonderful herb for relaxation, sleep and pain relief. This chamomile tincture helps sore muscles, teething babies, and sleeping.

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  1. how does the vodka/rum change over time? i refrain from alcohol, but if it makes it non-alcoholic, then this sounds amazing… thoughts?

    • It is the alcohol that actually preserves the herbs, but if you don’t
      want to drink the alcohol, just put the amount of tincture you are
      taking in a glass of water and let it sit on the counter for about 15
      minutes before drinking it. This will let the alcohol evaporate so
      you don’t actually consume even a small amount.

      • if i wanted to give just a couple drops directly on the gums of teething infant is there a way to evaporate the alcohol before doing so?

      • Where are you getting the idea that just letting alcohol sit out for a few minutes will cause it to evaporate? According to the FDA (not an organization I’d normally trust, but I’m with them on this one) not even stewing it for hours will cause the alcohol to evaporate completely.

        • Thank you for clarifying this. It’s crazy to imagine that alcohol would evaporate in 15 minutes. Otherwise, all those margaritas would have to be consumed in 15 minutes or you’d waste your money on a mixed drink.

    • You can also use glycerin as a preservative. Mountain Rose Herbs sells glycerin for herbal medicines. Glycerites are particularly nice to use with kids, since it makes the medicine taste sweet. But glycerites don’t last as long (two years as opposed to five or so).

    • Hi Katie,
      I made your herbal kids tincture for kids last year in April 2014 and have had it in the jar since then. I am ready…finally… to strain the herbs and put in a dropper bottle but am not sure if it’s still effective or good since I stopped shaking it daily a while ago. It has been stored in a dark dry place though so please tell me if your recipe is still good to use for my 3 year old and family.
      Ingredients: chamomile flowers, yarrow flowers, peppermint leaf, catnip herb, and vodka.
      Thanks and LOVE your recipes and website.

    • I like to use Vegetable Glycerin and Water in place of alcohol when making Tinctures. You can do this by mixing your tincture same as above but instead of alcohol you use vegetable Glycerin. I then put in mason jar (lid sealed tight) and put in Slow cooker for at least 4 hours up to 8 hours. Strain and store back in clean jar. This method makes the mixture more enjoyable to take since it has a sweet flavor. Nice for children and adults!

      • Probably a silly question, but do you put the sealed jar in water in your crockpot?

      • Do you still have to store it for 4 to 6 weeks

    • Hello, I realize that this is an old post, but if others end up needing an answer to this question in the future, I hope this helps.
      If you want to create a non-alcoholic tincture, then you can simply replace the alcohol with Apple Cider Vinegar. I have learned this from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, “Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide” http://amzn.to/1XtcpJg.
      All you do is pour the ACV over the herbs and “cover them by 2-3 inches, and then seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid.” Then, “Place the jar in a warm, sunny spot, and let the herbs soak (macerate) for 4 to 6 weeks, shaking daily.”

      This vinegar-based tincture will keep for at least 1 year.

      • Do you add water to it like you would with the alcohol tincture?

  2.  How are the properties of a tincture or extract different than those of an essential oil?  I use a lot of essential oils in my homemade beauty/cleaning/healing products, but I’ve always wondered about extracts and tinctures.  

    • Essential Oils are much more concentrated and for health and beauty
      products are great. Chamomile in particular though, is incredibly
      expensive as an essential oil, and many of the health benefits can be
      gotten from a tincture. A tincture is stronger than a tea or
      decoction, but not as strong as the essential oil. For internal use,
      teas and tinctures are almost always better though, because unless
      there is a serious problem that warrants very high doses of a certain
      oil, they are often too potent for much internal use. For cleaning
      though, things like lemon or lavender essential oil are more
      concentrated and are even naturally disinfectant.

  3. hey how much do you give infant for gas pain or agitation?

    • a couple of drops usually helps a lot, and I don’t ever give more than about 1/4 tsp. Rubbing it externally on the stomach and feet helps a lot too if you’d prefer not to give internally.

    • a couple of drops usually helps a lot, and I don’t ever give more than about 1/4 tsp. Rubbing it externally on the stomach and feet helps a lot too if you’d prefer not to give internally.

  4. So, just because my husband is going to ask, do you give this to kids with the alcohol still in it (don’t many OTC drugs have alcohol in them too?)?

    • You can as it is a very small amount, or you can put it in an ounce of water and wait 15 minutes… the alcohol will evaporate.

      • Thanks! 

      • I’m sorry but the alcohol does NOT evaporate

        • Alcohol DOES in fact evaporate in warm water. The amount of alcohol is so small, it doesn’t take long to evaporate. It’s perfectly safe to give to children, cause its such a small amount. Alcohol, such as vodka, is just a fermented grain.
          And to answer someone else’s question, yes, store bought or pharmacy given medicines do have alcohol in them, such as cough syrup.
          Many Blessings to everyone~

          • Yes, of course alcohol will evaporate! Especially in hot water. 15 minutes might not allow all the alcohol to evaporate completely, but a portion will. When I was teething my mother rubbed rum on my gums. I know dozens of mothers who still do this to help their teething kids. A very small amount of alcohol won’t hurt unless there are allergies or other medications being taken. The amount would be so small in this case that it wouldn’t even be measurable. You would get more alcohol from fruit that has turned and fermented.

    • I absolutely love the recipes here from WellnessMama, I used much of what I learned here & elsewhere to make many of my tinctures, infusions, & other great products. I do have to disagree with using any alcohol based tincture for any children as the effect of the alcohol is the main ingredient giving the child the sedative effect & not the herb. I am not going to say if its right or wrong b/c the parent ultimately makes that decision but I will say that is technically illegal & a parent can be charged with endangerment of a minor. I do not think its wrong but I wouldn’t introduce these toxins to my child & it is very detrimental to even adult gums.

  5. If I may, I’d like to add something here. I’ve recently begun to study Alchemy and this is what I’ve learned.

    The alcohol is an essential part of the tincture because it is an ingredient to give life back to the dead plant and transform it into something more than it was. And it’s funny that I use the word ‘essential’ because that’s exactly as it is, an essence. The alcohol should be the purest possible, unflavored vodka or Everclear in highest proof you can acquire. Pure grape alcohol is rare to find, but is the absolute best quality. 

    As for removing the alcohol, well, again, the alcohol is an essence in the tincture, if you remove it, it’s not the same. As has been mentioned, it can easily be diluted. Still, keep in mind, you’re only using drops at a time. 

    Remember that Tinctures come from a time in history when alcohol was seen the spirit of a plant, not a party beverage. Every alcohol we have today, consumable or not, was found by fermenting plant materials with was seen as a way to release the volatile spirits within the plant and these spirits were used in healing and rituals. It just turns out that over time some people learned of the extreme effects these spirits had over the human body after consuming large quantities.

    • I appreciate this wonderful information that you give.  I never had thought about the alcohol being the spirit of the plant it was made from.  It made me wonder if tinctures could also be made using Apple Cider Vinegar (or other vinegar) since it is made similarly to alcohol.  

  6. I love your site! I noticed your sleep tincture is recommended only for children 2 and older, while this one is safe for infants. Is there a reason for that? I’m looking for a calming tincture for my 2 month old.

    • For little ones, chamomile alone is plenty to relax them 🙂

      • Thanks!  I just ordered the chamomile from Mountain Rose Herbs.

      • hi wellness mama. i have tinctured licorice root with dandelion flowers from my yard using roots and stalks– its great for too-much-coffee anxiety and irritability. Im going to tincture 2 cups of German Chamomile now cos the tea i drink doesnt travel as well. Thx i will follow your instructions! IS it Ok if there is air and space at top of the jar?
        blessings to you,

  7. I have a teething 9 month old – how would I go about using this on him without the affects of alcohol?

    • Just out a dropperful of the tincture in an ounce or so of water in a wide mouth cup and let evaporate for 15 minutes before using

  8. I would like to use this for my son, but I don’t feel comfortable with using alcohol.. is there anything else I can use?

    • Oh and he is a 4 mo old

      • You can make a glycerine tincture, there are a lot of recipes online just google. You can also just let the alcohol completely evaporate before using…

  9. For baby’s with colic, you just rub some on the tummy’s, and to help baby’s with teething.. you just rub it on there gums?

    • Yep…. You can give a few drops diluted in the mouth too

      • I’m a new mama with all of this. My baby already has two bottom teeth at 11 weeks and appears to be getting more. Can I order an already made tincture online? Is there a website you recommend? I found an organic tincture on etsy. Also – Can you dilute it in breast milk?

        • You can order pre-made and diluting is a great idea…

        • Is there anywhere you know of where you can buy pre made tincture?

  10. What is the shelf life of the tincture? I am due in 2 months and would like to have some prepared before the baby gets here, but I don’t want to make it too soon if it expires quickly. Thank you! :]

    • It will last for years and takes weeks to make, so this is a great time to make it!

  11. My kids won’t take it as it is. I’ll try the evaporation trick but wonder if doing this reduces the quality of the tincture…

    • The evaporation shouldn’t reduce the potency of the tincture. You could also try adding a little bit of honey to help them take it.

      • Thanks for the reply! A total side note: I “know” your father from an online Catholic message board. He linked to you once on a discussion on “wheat belly” with the disclaimer that you were his daughter. I replied that I was a fan. 🙂 thank you for all of the great resources here… I’d love to hear how you manage all this with four young children. I also have 4 but they’re a little more spaces out than yours, I think. But not by much! I feel so incredibly overwhelmed most days that I just don’t think I could handle going grain free even when I know we should! We are all very settled in our taste and texture preferences and I just haven’t found the strength. :/ I have one daughter who is particularly picky and she can go meal after meal with our eating if she doesn’t like a food. Anyhow, keep up the great work!

        • I completely understand! Have you ever read the book “A Mother’s Rule of LIfe?” It was really helpful to me in time management and being able to get things done without being too overwhelmed. It definitely is still exhausting at times though! I’m working on a resource for moms of the 20% of diet and health things that you can do that will give 80% of the results without taking up all your time… I’ll try to remember to come back and let you know when I finish it… 🙂

          • That resource you’re making up sounds like something I should read… is it available yet?!

    • Once its in a small amount of juice they have no idea its even there.

  12. Can I use 40 proof (i.e. cheap) vodka, or should it be a higher proof?

    • 40 proof should work, but I’d reduce the water in the recipe by 1/3 to make sure the alcohol is strong enough.

    • Tinctures are best made using 100 proof alcohol since it is the alcohol which breaks down the plant fibers and pulls the helpful constituents out.

  13. Ive asked many about this after I made your recipe, n Im fearing its going to rot fairly quickly. What is the reason for the water in the extraction process?thankyou

    • Adding the hot water to the herbs isn’t necessary, you can just use the alcohol. However, using both the water and the alcohol helps best extract the herbal properties. I have read that some herbs respond best with using the hot water to extract the properties, and of course, using the alcohol will preserve the tincture and also extract the beneficial properties of the herbs. If you made an alcohol tincture, it shouldn’t “rot” quickly. It should last for a couple years or possibly longer. Tinctures made from glycerine or apple cider vinegar will not last as long.

  14. how much do you give to the babies at night when they have difficulty sleeping

    • Depending on age I give 15 drops diluted after six months and just use externally on the feet before then.

      • is 1 oz of water optimal for dilution of the 15 drops or would i need more than that. Also would i need to let it sit so that the alcohol can evaporate?

        • One ounce will work and you can let sit for 15 mins to evaporate the alcohol

  15. You mentioned using chamomile during labor. I don’t have time to let a tincture mature, but would chamomile tea help during labor?

    • It is relaxing/soothing and some people find that it takes the edge off of contractions…

      • What’s the best method for an adult to take this tincture? For example in labor…do I just put x (?) # of drops in my mouth directly or ??

  16. I made your recipe, but used glycerin instead of alcohol. It’s finally finished and strained, but can I continue to keep it at room temp, or should I refrigerate?

    • I’d refrigerate, but it isn’t necessary…

  17. to get the alcohol out, can i let it evaporate in a glass of water longer than 15 minutes? Say I’m getting baby ready to bed down but don’t know if he will be ready in 15 mins or an hour….or will something change if it sits longer than 15? also, how long does this take to start working? thanks!

    • It works pretty instantly and you can definitely evaporate longer…

  18. Could I use Chamomile tea bags if the only ingredient is Chamomile flowers?

  19. Hi Katie,

    I love your blog! Thanks so much for all the fabulous tips!! I was curious is this would work for dogs. I have a huge dog who absolutely flips out in the car when bikers pass. We live in the city, so this is a lot and very annoying. Do you think this would help calm him? And if so, would he have to ingest it?

    Thanks for your help!

    • I would think it could help… I’d actually try rubbing on his ears or just a drop or two under the tongue to see if it helps..

  20. I know you’ve answered a million questions about the alcohol content, though my 5 month old son isn’t drinking water yet, so how would you evaporate the alcohol? I’ve used 1 drop on his poor teething gums, but he was still upset so I wondered if I should use more. But then I’m hesitant bc of the alcohol content that hasn’t been evaporated yet…

    • You can evaporate in a tiny bit of milk or formula

      • Oh ok! So do the 15 drops in a tiny bit of breast milk for 15 min then? And just rub a small amount on his gums throughout the day until I need to throw out the breast milk?

      • Ok. So for a baby under 1, you would recommend just a few drops right? And is there a certain amount of time I should wait before giving him more?

      • hi, so inwas just wondering. if you can evaporate it in breastmilk.. does this mean you need to boli it like you would have the water? is it safe to boil breastmilk?

    • For a baby under 1 year you would recommend just a few drops right? Is there a certain amount of time I should wait before giving my son more?

  21. Could you use a mixture of fresh and dry chamomile?

  22. I have a question about the type of alcohol you use. I am wondering if you use Organic alcohol or if it matters. wouldn’t a cheap grain alcohol most likely
    have GMO’s in it?

  23. I have a question for you. While I wait the 4-6 for my herbal tincture to be finished I bought one from the health store. Is the potency different with theirs because I have all 11 month old who is 17.5 lbs and if I give her 15-25 drops diluted in .5 oz of juice it does nothing for her. I don’t want to give her too much because of the alcohol but I feel like I have to give her 3 times what you recommend for it to kind of work. My thoughts are either my child needs a horse tranquilizer to get anything to work or the stores tincture is much less potent and I should expect your recipe to be stronger. Any thoughts or advice? I love your page by the way!! Thank you!

  24. When we try to go to the link you provide for “other herbs” that you don”t grow yourself, we get a security warning. Is the site safe to go to?

  25. Can you use chamomile from tea bags, if you don’t want to buy online and pay for shipping?

  26. Wow how the time has flown by! My tinctures are just about ready. I made 3: chamomile, calendula & lavender. I’d love to use them to make gifts for my family – all of my cousins have babies, ages 0-4! A question for Wellness Mama & readers… 🙂 If you could pick anything, internal or external, made with one or more of these tinctures, what would they be? For you or for baby. Looking for ideas…

  27. Hello! Where do you buy your amber glass jars? I’m soooooo excited to make a batch of these for baby Christmas gifts!

  28. Is there any alternative to chamomile? I was drinking chamomile tea at night before the last nursing to help baby sleep and it worked great until she became intolerant to it. I tried to wait a month and it still seems to bother her, she seems to scream a few hours after consuming it. I really want to find a natural teething remedy. Since this takes 4-6 weeks it may have to go for the next round though… any suggestions…

  29. Why do you add boiling water your your herb tinctures before the alcohol? I’ve never heard of this before.

  30. I seem to be the only one, but I don’t understand the measurements of the water & vodka. Help!?

  31. Ha, ha!!! Never mind, I was reading the measurements as 11/2 instead of 1 and a 1/2. Oh boy, I’m completely blaming that on my “baby brain.”

  32. I am going to be growing fresh chamomile this year…is fresh better than dry? I have insomnia and mood swings, I know this will help but I need a non alcoholic alternative…. Any suggestions? Or is the best way always with alcohol? I live with a recovering alcoholic but he would benefit from this also, he has sleep trouble as well….

  33. Hi there,

    I love your site! I made this, let it site 8 weeks and now bottled. I notice today there stuff in the bottle. Sort of like ferment strands. I’m assuming this is probably normal. Should I have strained this finer? Think it’s okay to use? I’ve been using it just fine for a month, I’m not too worried. Do you experience this? Thanks!

    • It is normal to have some sediment in there… as long as it doesn’t look moldy or have a bad odor, it should be ok.

  34. I think I messed up this tincture! I’ve made it once before (and it worked wonders on my baby’s colic and teething!), but didn’t pay attention when making the second one. I strained out the chamomile leaves after they sat in the water for a couple hours. I was waiting for it to get cool so I could add the vodka. So basically, what I’ve had in the cupboard for a week is TEA with vodka. Should I dump it? I’m guessing it’s not a real tincture without the flowers in there, but wanted to check before I toss it.

    • It will still have some benefit, and you can actually just add some more flowers and leave for another week or so. The heat has already extracted the good parts of some of the chamomile and the alcohol can do the rest over time

      • Thank you! I’m glad it’s not a waste. This stuff is so helpful, I’ll keep making it as long as I have kids in the house. My sister is 20 and getting her wisdom teeth, so she tried some tincture for the pain. Advil wasn’t helping her, but this did! She had immediate relief. Now I know it really does help my baby with his teeth.

  35. I am exclusively breastfeeding, how would I give my 2 month old some internally? Just a few drops straight in his mouth, or do I take it? Also I have heard of people who are allergic to ragweed should not take chamomile..?

  36. Do you know if this might help a baby with an acid reflux problem? My 18 month old is on a prescription for her reflux but her Dr. is always open to trying herbal remedies. Do you think I should ask the pediatrician about this? I know I will be using it to help my 7 year old sleep at night and stop giving her the melatonin. Thanks so much for posting this.

    • I know I am a little late.:-) I was seeing a neurologists for insomnia and migraines. He said that melatonin only helps if there is a deficiency of melatonin. Otherwise, the body gets rid of it as waste. Just a heads up 😉

  37. Just wanted to say that I tried this recipe, and it has worked wonders! I took a small bottle of it to work with me. Just as things were about to get stressful(as they always do) I used some with a small cup of water. It helped me from feeling overwhelmed. I just wish it didn’t take so long to make (steeping time)!

  38. How do you dilute or let the alcohol evaporate when giving this to babies?

  39. Kia ora Wellness Mama. My baby is teething now but my tincture has only just been made. What can I do to ease her teething pain now? Will a brewed tea help at all? How should I give it to her? She is six months.

  40. Since it has alcohol, do I have to sterilize new mason jars?

  41. I’m curious…. If I use apple cider vinegar to make this, do I also use the boiling water? Or in that case would it be JUST the ACV?

  42. Hi Katie, thanks for all great tips.
    I heard that valerian root can help kids with sleep, do you know anything about it? Is it safe to give to 18 month old? Thank you

  43. Hi Katie, so i made this awhile ago (like 4-6 months, instead of 4-6 weeks). got busy with toddler/morning sickness/moving to a new city… so my question is should I still strain and use or toss and start over? Thank you very much! And thanks for all your wonderful resources! My family has benefited greatly!

  44. Is this safe to use in the end of pregnancy (for all the fun aches and pains)? Thanks!

  45. So when buying the flowers how many ounces do you think I’d need to buy for one cup? Can’t really afford bulk atm and this stuff will last us a while (don’t have kids so it’s for adults lol) and so I also don’t think bulk is good because this is the main reason I’d be buying the flowers… Anyways thanks if you answer 🙂

  46. Can I use grain alcohol? It’s 75.5% 151 proof. Or should I stick with vodka?

  47. Is this safe to give to an 11 yr old boy nightly to help him sleep? He suffered a bad concussion a few yrs back and since then it takes him about 2/3 hrs to fall asleep. If so how much nightly?

  48. How much vegetable glycerin instead of the alcohol for use with my 8 week infants? Same volume as the alcohol and same number of weeks? Love your work and thanks so much for sharing????

  49. I have done little bit of research on tinctures and how they are made. If i chose to only use alcohol and no boiling water then how would that change the dosage? Thank you

  50. Can you make this with Apple Cider Vinegar instead of alcohol?

  51. Hi Katie,

    I use tincture only on the skin. I do not use of boiling water and only use of 96% Ethyl Alcohol and give it the time of 8 weeks. After 8 weeks i Strain it. would it work good? Thanks

    • Because you are using such a pure form of ethyl alcohol, it should work fine. I expect you would want to cut any dosage for use by half though. Alternatively, dilute the tincture with distilled water so the alcohol content is 40-45% which is sufficient for preservation purposes.

      I know that years ago, my mother –who was a compounding pharmacist– made pastis for her father by steeping herbs in pure alcohol for the usual time of a tincture, then either straining it or lightly distilling it and then diluting the result with distilled water back down to 40% alcohol for consumption purposes.

      My query is: how do you source such pure ethyl alcohol unless you are a pharmacist (chemist in the U.K.)?

      Vodkas with an alcohol content greater than 40% are very hard to find in the Canadian liquor stores. And compounding pharmacists (which are few) do not sell 96% ethanol over the counter.

  52. Interesting additional benefit of chamomile in a sidebar there: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3064929/Time-brew-cup-tea-perk-brain-30-minutes.html

    In case that link disappears, the sidebar info is:

    Drinking chamomile tea may help protect against thyroid cancer, researchers found. More than 500 Greeks were questioned about their tea consumption by a team from Athens University. The volunteers included 113 with thyroid cancer, 286 with benign thyroid diseases and 138 without illness.

    A report in the European Journal of Public Health says greater chamomile tea consumption was significantly associated with lower chances of developing thyroid disease. Drinking the herbal tea two to six times a week reduced the risk of thyroid cancer by 70 per cent and benign disease by 84 per cent. Overall, regular consumption of chamomile tea over 30 years reduced the risk of developing thyroid diseases by almost 80 per cent.”

    For those who are looking for an alternative for teething pain, clove oil is a traditional remedy. I think an oil-based tincture should work well. (I know that personally, I loathe the flavour of glycerin; as someone who cannot taste vanilla well, glycerin-based vanilla extracts are utterly disgusting to me.) I would consider extra-virgin olive oil as a substitute. A pepper grinder would be useful to break down the hard cellulose of the cloves and make it easier for the oil to extract the active compounds. Alternatively, a manual coffee grinder that uses a ceramic millstone such as the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill (available on Amazon) would also work.

  53. Hi,

    I was wondering what size/kind glass dropper bottles you use and find most convenient for tinctures?

    I saw some on amazon in varying sizes (1-4 oz). Where did you get yours?


    • Honestly, it depends on what tincture I am making. I usually get the 4oz ones… but bear in mind there are 7 people in my family going through these. You may not need as big a bottle.

  54. How many times a day would you say is safe to use this?

  55. Not sure if anyone could answer this! I made this over four months ago and forgot about it once my baby came. It has been in a cool dark place. Is it still okay to strain it and use it, or will it be bad since I was supposed to strain it after six weeks? Thanks in advance!

  56. i just found this chamomile tincture recipe and feel it will be good for my 21 month. am i too late to make it now? is it best to make these during summer time or that doesnt matter?

  57. What wonderful information. I stumbled on your website by accident. So glad that I did.


  58. Hi Wellness Mama, this sounds like a great recipe but I have one question-could you point me to another reputable source that confirms that the alcohol can evaporate? I have never heard of that. I love your blog and have tried many of your recipes. Thanks so much!

  59. Can you link to the alcohol product you use?

  60. I made this tincture 5 weeks ago and was just looking at it closely last night as I was thinking about straining it and it has small white larvae in it. Should I throw it out? Would it still be useable if I strain them off? Thanks for your help- baby is coming in 2 days!

    • Are you sure they are larvae? I’ve never heard of that happening, especially with alcohol tinctures… If you are sure it is larvae, I’d definitely throw out, but the chamomile flowers do shed petals that may look like that… Did you use fresh or dried chamomile?

  61. Could you use the chamomile leaf instead of the flowers? Do the flowers have more nutrients or just different nutrients? I have a plant with very few flowers and I don’t know what to do with my leaves when I harvest them so I wondered if I could make the tincture with leaves instead of flowers.

  62. I am curious, which website do you use to purchase the herbs. I am really interested in your chamomile tincture and was curious which website you use.

    Thanks so much, I REALLY enjoy your site, so much information it’s brilliant!

    • I have no idea what kind that is, but I recommend using vodka or rum…

  63. I know this is a very old blog post but just reading now…. Katie how do decide when to use chamomile tincture vs the other sleep tincture? Mostly using to calm a very restless 6 year old who has a lot of difficulties settling down to sleep. Just try both and see maybe…