Homemade Chamomile Tincture

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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!

Chamomile Tincture

The type of chamomile I use in herbal tinctures is German chamomile, also known as Matricaria chamomilla, chamomilla recutita, or Matricaria recutita. Roman chamomile is also available, but it’s not used as often and has a different taste. The different chamomiles also have slightly different properties so I’m just going to focus on German chamomile here.

How to Use Chamomile

Chamomile is a naturally calming herbal remedy that relaxes nerves and reduces pain. Its 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 on bruises.

Adults can use chamomile as a sleep aid, to ease menstrual cramps, relieve headaches, for digestive health and soothe frayed nerves. It’s also great for the skin, especially eczema, and can even naturally lighten hair. Chamomile helps support the nervous system and may boost the immune system.

A small trial found that chamomile can help soothe the pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis. Much like turmeric, chamomile can help with inflammation. The liquid extract contains antioxidant flavanoids, like apigenin that help fight inflammation and improve sleep.

Chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal teas, but sometimes it’s just faster to grab a tincture. 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!).

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Homemade Chamomile Tincture

This quick and easy chamomile tincture is perfect to have on hand for both little ones and adults.
Prep Time5 minutes
Maceration time14 days
Total Time14 days 5 minutes
Yield: 28 ounces (approx)
Author: Katie Wells

Materials

Instructions

  • Pack the chamomile flowers into a clean quart-size glass jar. If preferred, you can run the entire mixture (alcohol and chamomile) through the blender first. This increases the surface area of the herb for better extraction.
  • Fill the rest of the jar with vodka or rum (do not use rubbing alcohol or non-consumable alcohol!) and tightly cover with an airtight lid. If using fresh chamomile instead of dried, then use 190 proof alcohol.
  • Store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for 2-4 weeks. This will make a strong tincture! Add more alcohol if necessary to make sure the chamomile stays covered during this process.
  • After 2-4 weeks, remove from the cabinet, and pour through a cheesecloth or strainer. Store in a jar or in dropper bottles for easy use.

Notes

Storage: Store your chamomile tincture in a cool, dry place away from direct light and heat.

Alcohol-free Chamomile Extract

Not everyone wants a chamomile herbal extract made with alcohol. Herbal glycerites use vegetable glycerin instead and are another option. While I feel safe giving chamomile tinctures even to my babies and little ones, here’s how to make a glycerite if you want that option.

Chamomile Tincture Dosing

  • Infants: only a few drops are needed. Often it can be rubbed on the gums or stomach for teething or colic pain.
  • Toddlers and older children: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon can be taken 1-3 times a day while needed. It’s especially useful for babies and young children who are having difficulty sleeping. A dose right before bedtime can help relax and soothe them for a more peaceful sleep.
  • Adults: up to 1 teaspoon, 1-3 times a day as needed.

Any herb can be preserved with this method, and often this is the most cost-effective way to use herbs. I grow a lot of my own herbs, but I’ll get organic chamomile or other herbs from here if it’s not in my garden.

Chamomile Tincture Variations

Sometimes I’ll tincture a single herb, but having some blends on hand is also nice. Chamomile also blends well with catnip, lemon balm, peppermint, or fennel. Catnip and lemon balm are both calming nervines. Peppermint and fennel help soothe digestive upsets.

Another tincture I keep on hand is my homemade Herbal Digestive Remedy Tincture. This one uses both peppermint and fennel, but you could add some chamomile too. The nice thing about homemade herbal supplements is I can customize them to my exact needs!

This article was medically reviewed by Jessica Meyers, MPAP, PA-C, RH(AHG), who specializes in herbal protocols and functional medicine. You can also find Jessica on Instagram. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

What homemade tinctures do you make? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

Comments

176 responses to “Homemade Chamomile Tincture”

  1. Alma Avatar

    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!

  2. Christine Avatar

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

    Thanks,
    Christine

  3. Pooja Avatar

    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?

  4. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    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!

  5. Jennifer Avatar
    Jennifer

    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?

    Thanks!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  6. Frederica Panon Avatar
    Frederica Panon

    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:
    “CHAMOMILE TEA ‘CUTS [THYROID] CANCER RISK’

    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.

  7. Razavi Avatar

    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

    1. Frederica Panon Avatar
      Frederica Panon

      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.

  8. Everett Avatar

    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

  9. Andie Avatar

    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????

  10. Iris Avatar

    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?

  11. Jessica Avatar

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

  12. abruunee Avatar

    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 🙂

  13. Erica Avatar

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

  14. Lauren Avatar

    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!

  15. anita Avatar

    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

  16. Arete Avatar

    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?

  17. Adriana Avatar
    Adriana

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

  18. Jamie Avatar

    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.

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