Echinacea, or Coneflower, is a powerful medicinal plant with many uses. It is most commonly used to alleviate colds and flu like symptoms, and is widely used in Europe for this purpose. Making a tincture from Echinacea is a relatively straightforward process.
The first step is to find some Echinacea plants. These can usually be found in fields, clearings, and prairie-like environments. If you are unsure of how to identify Echinacea, there are many resources available to help. Once you have found the plant, you will need to access the roots by digging them up. Be careful not to damage other plants or include them in your final product.
When you get the plant home, pick off any bad looking leaves and other spots that are damaged, then rinse them off well. Use something like a soft bristled toothbrush to get into the crevices and remove all traces of dirt. After washing, make sure the plants are thoroughly dried.
The last step is to cut up the plant material and place it into a jar with your preferred menstruum. After that, your tincture is ready to sit for 6-8 weeks before bottling. With a few simple steps, you can make a powerful tincture from Echinacea that can be used for many medicinal purposes.