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!).

how to make chamomile tincture for kids
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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



  • 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.


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.


178 responses to “Homemade Chamomile Tincture”

  1. Kate Sommer Avatar
    Kate Sommer

    Does the chamomile need to be fully
    covered by the alcohol so the dried flowers don’t mold? Mine float and I’m not sure how to weigh them down. Thanks

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      You can start with 1 teaspoon and then take more if needed after an hour or so. Chamomile is a very gentle herb so there’s a larger safety window.

  2. Angela Avatar

    Hi! I am wondering, if I turn all my dried chamomile into tincture to preserve it, can I use the tincture in other recipes somehow? For instance the sleep tincture and for making the cough syrup recipe on your page? Just wondering if there is a way to used tinctures instead of dried herbs for some recipes so that I can store my herbs longer that way. Thanks.

  3. Jill Avatar

    What is the purpose of the boiling water? Most of the tincture recipes I’ve read just just alcohol out glycerine.

  4. Kate Avatar

    How do you use this in labor? I’m due any day!
    Also, I made the tincture in mid-March but just strained it out now beginning of August… Oops! Is it still ok? Thank you!

    1. Katie Wells Avatar

      Tinctures last almost forever so it should be fine! I used a few drops in water during labor for relief. Sending hugs and love for a great birth for you!

  5. Leon Avatar

    How long is the tincture good for once it’s all finished? I’ve had it finished for about 6 weeks and I’ve been using it , but I wonder how long I can keep it before it’s no longer good ?

  6. jillian Avatar

    how long is this good for after made. I have in bottle in cabinet but it has been 6 months already.

  7. Denmark Avatar

    I Think its just as much the alcohol you are giving the kids as it is the hearb. There are other things you Can use to pull out the active compnents which is more baybe friendly than alcohol

  8. Bethany J Avatar
    Bethany J

    With the chamomile tincture, what if you leave it soaking for 4 months, is it still safe to use?

      1. Lonnie Troutwine Avatar
        Lonnie Troutwine

        Did you use German or Roman chamomile?
        Thank you for a reply.

  9. Monica Avatar

    Is it ok if I already made a tincture before, although I skipped the part of filling up with boiling water first and instead just filled it all with Vodka, all following every other step the same?

  10. Abby Avatar

    I would love to make this but now realizing it takes 4-6 weeks (and my baby is teething NOW).

    Where would you recommend this for purchase in the meantime?

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