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Rosemary tincture recipe

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Add some rosemary aroma to your drinks or enjoy rosemary’s medicinal benefits to enhance your hair or memory. Packed in the small dropper bottle, rosemary tincture is a herbal powerhouse that one wants to explore.

Rosemary is a herb that is typically found in most gardens near Lac Leman. I remember when I first moved to this area almost 10 years ago that I could smell it almost everywhere.  Later I was able to plant rosemary in my garden. I have a bunch of rosemary every time I need it. I use it when making rosemary tea or rosemary roasted potatoes.

Only lately I made this rosemary tincture recipe and new ways of using rosemary just opened up. But let me start from the beginning.

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Rosemary tincture recipe

Hardy Rosemary

This fragrant herb belongs to  the mint family (Lamiaceae) and its Latin name Rosmarinus means “dew of the sea.” Its needle-like evergreen leaves are used dried or fresh to season food or to enhance hair in hair rinse, rosemary water or rosemary oil to enhance your beard.

According to a legend, when Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in 1235 was paralyzed, none of the court physicians were able to help her. A local healer cured her by rubbing Rosemary liniment on her limbs. To make his medicine he soaked a pound of Rosemary in a gallon of wine.  This recipe became known later as Queen of Hungary’s Water that was very popular for centuries to treat problems with the skin and joints.

Rosemary is a valuable source of vitamins, minerals and volatile oils that contribute to its medicinal properties. The easiest way to implement rosemary benefits in your daily routine is to drink it as tea or make a rosemary tincture.

how to make rosemary tincture

What is rosemary tincture

It is a concentrated extract of rosemary leaves in alcohol that is used as a solvent. Rosemary is soaked in alcohol for several weeks which enables it to extract its active substances into a solvent. A few drops of tincture contain a potent concentrate with long shelf life. 

Rosemary tincture benefits

Tincture to Improve memory

A study published in the journal Fitoterapia indicates that rosemary leaf extract might be able to help with dementia and improve memory.  Another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food indicated that rosemary might improve cognition among older people.

Recent studies show that rosemary inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a compound that plays a role in the brain responsible for memory and reasoning. Rosemary may also promote memory function by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Antioxidant

Rosemary works as an antioxidant by protecting healthy cells and preventing their damage. Rosemary contains antioxidants carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid that are highly effective in combating oxidative stress.

You can achieve a similar result with lemon balm tincture.

For hair growth

Rosemary tincture increases blood flow and stimulates circulation to promote hair growth. The main ingredient responsible for hair growth is ursolic acid, which provides oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles and makes the hair grow faster and to regrow again.

In addition, rosemary is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which help nourish and soothe hair follicles. It also prevents dandruff.

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How to make rosemary tincture

First step

Whether you grow your own rosemary or you decide to buy dry rosemary you will need to gather 1 cup of fresh rosemary or ½ cup of dried rosemary for this herbal preparation. 

Early morning is the best time to harvest rosemary because it helps preserve its volatile oils.  Also collect rosemary before it begins to bloom as the volatile oils and medicinal compounds in leaves are the most concentrated. 

Most of the time when making tinctures I prefer to use dried herbs to avoid any spoilage from moisture. However, rosemary doesn’t have that much moisture and its volatile oils are at their strongest when used fresh.  

Feel free to use dried material as it will also make very potent homemade tincture.

Second step

Chop fresh leaves of rosemary to increase the surface area for the maceration and place it into a sterilized jar filling it to ¾. 

Third step

Pour in 40 % = 80 proof vodka or any ethyl alcohol or grain spirit to the very top of the jar to cover the rosemary.

You can also make non-alcoholic homemade tincture and use glycerin or apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol.

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Fourth step

I find that glass jar with a plastic lid are best for this, but if you don’t have one, just use parchment paper in between to avoid any corrosion. 

Cover the jar and place it in a cool, easily accessible place. You will need to shake it from time to time to help break the cell walls of the herb. Also, make sure that the leaves are completely covered with alcohol, as the alcohol can evaporate. The entire extraction process can last 6-8 weeks.

Fifth step

Strain the tincture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a sterilized jar.  Make sure that no herbs are left in the tincture because they may cause mould and spoilage.

Sixth step

Store the tincture in a dark bottle with a dropper in a cold place. It can last up to 5 years.

Seventh step

label your rosemary extract with the name and date you made it. 

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Rosemary tincture uses

Internally

The most beneficial way of using this homemade tincture is to take it internally. Take the drops directly under the tongue which allows the tincture to get directly to the bloodstream. If it is more convenient for you, you can also dilute it in water, tea, or juice 

Rosemary tincture dosage

The recommended dosage is between 15 and 30 drops one to three times daily. The research suggests a dose of 60 drops daily has shown to have beneficial results.

For hair growth

Dilute this rosemary tincture recipe into your own hair products such as shampoo, conditioner or hair rinse to give your hair extra boost. Add 1 full dropper squeeze (½ tablespoon) per 8 ounces to hair product of your choice

In cooking

This rosemary tincture is best used in drink infusion, candy or sauce making. Add as many drops to your final recipe as you need for your desired strength!

Rosemary tincture cocktails

Rosemary extract is aromatic and just a few drops can give a herbal spin to traditional drinks or cocktails such as Killer queen or Gin fizz

Similarly, I make cocktails with orange or lemon extract.

How to make rosemary tincture without alcohol

If you want to make an alcohol free tincture you can replace alcohol with vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar. 

How long does rosemary extract last?

If stored properly in a dark and dry place away from direct sunlight like a kitchen cabinet it can last up to 5 years.

Where can I buy one?

you can also buy ready made rosemary tincture if you prefer.

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Yield: 1 cup (240 ml or 8 oz)

Rosemary tincture

how to make rosemary tincture

Add some rosemary aroma to your drinks or enjoy rosemary's medicinal benefits to enhance your hair or memory. Packed in the small dropper bottle, rosemary tincture is a herbal powerhouse that one wants to explore.

Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 month
Total Time 1 month 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Instructions

  1. gather 1 cup of fresh rosemary or ½ cup of dried rosemary
  2. Chop fresh leaves of rosemary to increase the surface area for the maceration and place it into a sterilized jar. 
  3. Pour in 40 % = 80 proof vodka to the very top of the jar to cover the rosemary.
  4. Cover the jar and place it in a cool, easily accessible place.
  5. Shake it from time to time to help break the cell walls of the herb. Also, make sure that the leaves are completely covered with alcohol, as the alcohol can evaporate.
  6. after 4-6 weeks strain the tincture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a sterilized jar.
  7. Label it and store the tincture in a dark bottle with a dropper in a cold place. It can last up to 5 years.

Notes

You can make an alcohol-free tincture with vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar. It is great for children

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Vladka Merva on March 3rd, 2022

21 Comments on “Rosemary tincture recipe”

  1. wndeelee@ aol.com I would like to join. I made the rosemary tincture with apple cider vinegar. I just put up 3 small dark bottles. I just took my first dose I will take 60 drops a day and see what happens.

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    • Gidday.. How how you’ve found it?
      I’ve made a rosemary tincture and it’s due to be bottled. Just would like to know if it does make a difference?
      I have the lost book of remedies and am keen!
      I’ll be making different tinctures in future. Cheers!

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      • Hello! I hope you’re enjoying your exploration of herbal remedies. The rosemary tincture can indeed make a difference in various health applications, and I wish you success with your future tincture-making endeavors. Cheers!

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    • I think I may try ACV version instead. I’ve found that using alcohol (vodka) has severely damaged my hair…it is sooo dry now :/

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      • Hi Cindy, you should not use undiluted alcohol tincture on your hair or scalp. Either dilute it with shampoo or hair conditioner or use ACV version after the washing.

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  2. I’ve heard from a well known ND, Dr Klinghardt, that Rosemary extract is an excellent mosquito and tick repellent when put on the skin. I haven’t tried it yet, but will give this recipe a go.

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    • Generally, for short-term use to address a specific concern or boost mental clarity, 1 to 2 milliliters of rosemary tincture once a day is a common recommendation. However, for long-term use or if you have any underlying health issues or are taking medications, it’s best to seek healthcare professional or herbalist advice to ensure safe and effective usage

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  3. I’d like to try this, but you don’t say how big of a jar of the vodka for the 1 cup of fresh rosemary…?

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  4. I Made this and at 4weeks jar of rosemary n vodka no longer smells like rosemary but actually smells like it’s off, or slightly rotting vegetation. At week three it still smelled good like rosemary? Should I throw it out n start over? Any tips? I sterilized jar, used plastic cover n had no moister on plant. SD

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    • Hi Susan, sorry to hear that, however your sense of smell is a good indicator of freshness. If the aroma has shifted from the pleasant rosemary scent to something unpleasant, it’s likely a sign that the infusion has spoiled. Even with a sterilized jar, the storage conditions can impact the infusion. Ensure the jar was kept in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

      Consider making a smaller batch and observe the process. This can help you identify the problem.

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  5. Hi there! I made a batch of rosemary tincture a few months ago but it has turned dark and cloudy. It still tastes and smells OK and still seems to work but I’m wondering if this is natural or am I doing something wrong? If it doesn’t occur naturally, what might I do to fix the problem? Thanks for your help.

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    • Hi Andy! The darkening and cloudiness in your rosemary tincture is normal and happens as the tincture extracts compounds from the plant. It’s safe if it still smells and tastes fine. To improve clarity, filter it through a fine mesh or cheesecloth. Store it in a cool, dark place, and as long as it works well, the change in color is usually okay.

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    • HI Elaine,
      I haven’t tried it for migraines, however rosemary has been traditionally used for headaches and migraines. I haven’t found any scientific evidence though.

      Some people use rosemary essential oil or tincture topically or inhale its aroma to alleviate headaches.

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  6. I made rosemary tincture about 6 months ago and I love it! I find my mind has more clarity and I am able to study and retain things much better. I’ve got my second batch going now – hopefully I don’t run out before it’s ready! I take 1 dropper full each morning and it works great for my memory. My hair is also growing healthier and faster. I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer! At 60 years old I just passed 3 levels of Tax Preparation classes in 2 months, learned 3 songs in Spanish and feel like no limit to what I can take on now!

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    • Hi Sharon, that’s fantastic to hear! It’s amazing how natural remedies like rosemary tincture can have such positive effects on mental clarity. Your accomplishments are truly impressive. Well done and keep thriving! Vladka

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