How to Make a Lavender Tincture: A Home Remedy for Great Sleep

homemade lavender tincture

A homemade sleep aid that’s so easy to make, and is completely natural and very effective for promoting relaxation. You can use dried or fresh herbs.

After learning how to make a fresh dandelion tincture that can be taken to help with an array of health conditions, I started looking into making my own lavender tincture, seeing as we had lavender coming out our ears – our plant was just flourishing.

A lavender tincture is similar to that of a lavender oil, however tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts made from herbs, usually extracted into alcohol to obtain the herbs’ healthful properties.

Tinctures can be used in a number of different ways where you would commonly use an essential oil, including:

These are just a few of the many different ways you can incorporate a lavender tincture into your daily life.

Consuming lavender as a tea may help with digestive upsets like vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach and abdominal swelling.

Use lavender with caution. When taken in high dosage amounts it can cause adverse reactions and be quite toxic. According to Dr. Weil:

The NMCD rates lavender as “likely safe” for most adults in food amounts and “possibly safe” in medicinal amounts. Taking lavender by mouth may cause constipation, headache, and increased appetite, while applying lavender to the skin may cause irritation. There is insufficient information available regarding safe use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, so you should avoid using lavender when pregnant or nursing.

Children, specifically young boys who have yet to reach puberty, should avoid lavender oil and products that contain lavender oil as they may disrupt normal hormone levels. In some cases, boys developed abnormal breast growth called gynecomastia. Effects on young girls are unknown.

Dosage for a Lavender Tincture

Dr. Weil shared his recommendations on dosages for lavender:

Internal use – take 2-4 mL of lavender tincture three times a day. Lavender tea includes both leaf and flower and can be ingested before bed.

Aromatherapy – add 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil to 2-3 cups of boiling water – some people may experience lung and/or eye irritation.

Topical use – add 1-4 drops lavender oil per tablespoon of olive oil – avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. For bald spots (alopecia areata), one study combined the following essential oils: 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rosemary, 2 drops of thyme, and 2 drops of cedarwood, all mixed with 3 mL of jojoba oil and 20 mL grapeseed oil. This mixture was massaged into the scalp every night.

Lavender essential oil should only be used externally or as aromatherapy, as it is potentially toxic when ingested.

Homemade Lavender Tincture

Tinctures use alcohol as the solvent, whereas extracts may use alcohol, water, vinegar, glycerin or other solvents. You may need to mix vodka and 190-proof grain alcohol in equal parts for higher moisture items like lemon balm, berries and roots. The final alcohol percent will be less as there is water in the plant that will be drawn out, diluting the alcohol content.

Keep in mind a little goes a long way with tinctures, so you only need a small amount when ingesting, as too much can be toxic.


To make:

  1. Chop up clean herbs to help release the oils. For fresh and dried herbs, fill jar 3/4 full, no need to pack it in. If using roots, fill jar 1/2 full.
  2. Pour alcohol over herbs, filling enough to cover the herbs completely. For roots and dried herbs, they will increase in size as they soak up the liquid – so leave ample space. Once covered, screw the lid on.
  3. Your jar should be full, but not jam-packed.
  4. Let the jar sit for 2-6 weeks, gently shaking each days. Different herbs require different lengths of time to sit in alcohol, so it’s important to do some research on the length of time required for each various herb, particularly if using medicinally. Otherwise, you might start extracting other components that are less desirable.
  5. Pour your tincture though a cheesecloth or nut milk bag, and squeeze to get as much liquid out as possible. The liquid will be coloured and no longer clear.
  6. Store the tincture in amber glass bottles to protect it from light, or in a cool, dark place if using clear bottles. Alcohol tinctures should last for years, though if they look funky, don’t use them.

Lavender tincture tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you made a herbal tincture before?! How did it go? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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