‘What backyard flowers, leaves & roots to use in making Tinctures’

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com


Growing and harvesting your own garden to eat and create your own medicinal tinctures, oils, cosmetics, teas, dyes and skin poultice’s is simple, fun and satisfying.  It may seem to many to be time-consuming and an effort, however, it reduces the time, energy and financial burden of high costs of groceries, Doctor appointments and medicines.  Any effort in the season pays off throughout the remainder of the year.

Shifting my focus towrds what’s growing in my immediate environment has had an illusive benefit.  This is the tactile relationship with the plants that go from the garden to table,  that are turned into medicinal’s or created into tea or cosmetics.   Imagine a tincture dropper filled with the essence of  a plant you know well from growing, harvesting and processing?  The appreciation I have for this tincture is changing my personal health experience!

This site may contain Affiliate Links for your convenience, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

Here is a list of some of the plants from my garden that have been used in creating tinctures:

  1. Bamboo  – longevity, rejuvenation, anti – aging, anti-inflammatory,   antioxidant, immune booster,  thyroid health, hair, nails, skin, gums & teeth
  2. Basil –  stress, energy, arthritis, heart tonic, cough & colds
  3. Bay Flower – aches & pain, headaches & migraines, stress, sleep aid, colic, flatulence, eyes,  antiseptic, diuretic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
  4. Calendula – antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties, as well as strong antiseptic, astringent,  rashes, diaper rash, minor burns, acne, and eczema
  5. Comfrey –  colitis, diarrhea, laxative, sedative, bleeding gums, hoarseness & throat infection, fatigue, cramps in the legs, anemia, pain & arthritis
  6. Dandelion  –  PMS,  depression, fatigue, digestive aid, natural diuretic, blood cleanser, detoxify, tinnitus, tonsillitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, osteoporosis, abscesses, heart health, mammary tumors, warts
  7. Feverfew  – migraines, toothaches, nausea, vomiting, sleep, digestion, asthma attacks, dizziness, tinnitus, arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, menstrual cramps & prostate problems, indigestion, colds, fevers – 
  8. Gumweed – sedative, antispasmodic, and expectorant, ear & throat infections, muscle relaxer
  9. Ginkgo – headaches, sinusitis, vertigo, circulation, Reynaud’s disease, Parkinson’s, dementia, depression, fatigue, attention span, memory,  astringent, anti-fungal and antibacterial
  10. Hollyhock  – sore throat, ulcers,  IBS, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney infections –
  11. Lavender –  sleep aid, stress release, migraine, energizer
  12. Lilac – worms, malaria, fever
  13. Mullein – sore throat, pain, cold, flu, sleep aid, sedative, cramps, astringent, antibacterial & antiseptic, joints, arthritis & muscle pain, earache, immune system booster & swollen joints –
  14. Oregon Grape – colds, flu, blood purifier,  jaundice, hepatitis, eczema, acne, herpes, & psoriasis, natural anti-biotic qualities, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal & antibacterial
  15. Privet – boost immune system, Std’s, aging
  16. Rosemary Flower – antioxidant & anti-inflammatory –
  17. Rue – indigestion, colic, flatulence, cramps, menstrual pain, headaches, circulation, coughs, stress, anxiety, nerve & muscle pain
  18. Self Heal Herb – ulcers, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, mouth ulcers, sore throats, swollen glands, liver gallbladder stimulant, conjunctivitis, hypertension, headaches & fevers

Infused Tinctures

Tinctures are herbal extracts made with alcohol,  vinegar and glycerin.  Tinctures can be taken internally as herbal medicinal’s and used for soothing skin ailments.

How to make your own tinctures


Recommended Reading:

  • The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide by North Atlantic Books, 2016, by Thomas Easley (Author), Steven Horne (Author)Book Comment:  5.0 out of 5 stars – This is a great book about making herbal medicine – By L. Meissneron on June 23, 2017
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase:  This is a great book about making herbal medicine. It goes into great detail with the different ways to make herbal medicine and specific ways to prepare certain plants. There are also tons of great herbal recipes to follow. Not just for beginners, but those who what to expand their knowledge of herbal preparations.

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.