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The Benefits of Boneset Tincture & 6 Easy Steps To Create It

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Boneset tincture is a simple and effective way to use the medicinal herb boneset. Its many benefits include acting as an immune tonic, soothing inflammation, and easing cold and flu symptoms. Learn how to make a great tincture with this easy guide.

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What is Boneset?

Common Boneset is a plant in the Asteraceae (Daisy Family). It is characterized by its coarse, rough, hairy aspect; it grows up to 6 feet tall. Its leaves are what really define it: lance-shaped, taper-pointed, toothed, wrinkled, and very veiny. The 4-8 inch leaves are joined at their bases around the plant’s stem. In August, it produces fragrant flower heads that open revealing small white tubular flowers in numerous heads arranged in a multi-branched cluster up to 10 inches wide.

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Historical Use of Boneset

Native Americans used the herb Boneset to treat colds and rheumatic pain. Europeans learned of its benefits, and by the 18th and 19th centuries, it was regarded as a virtual cure-all. The common name derives from its ability to treat “break-bone fever” (or dengue fever), an illness once common in wet places in North America. The herb was also used historically to treat malaria.

Modern Uses

Modern herbalists use boneset to help relieve congestion and reduce fever and pain associated with various joint-related conditions. It is also often used to support the immune system and to get relief from the common cold.

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Benefits of Boneset Tincture

Boneset is a bitter-tasting herb that we are fortunate to have growing in our gardens. The herb has a range of traditional uses and benefits. As a bitter herb, it helps stimulate digestive juices and supports the body’s natural detoxification processes.

Boneset is also known for its immune-supporting, diaphoretic, and antibacterial properties, traditionally used to help with minor viral discomforts like the common cold. Below are some of the traditional uses and benefits associated with boneset:

  • Supporting fever management
  • Promoting antimicrobial activity
  • Encouraging immune system function
  • Aiding in bowel movements
  • Soothing muscle spasms
  • Alleviating intestinal gas
  • Comforting joint pain and inflammation
  • Supporting respiratory health
  • Easing congestion
  • Addressing certain skin conditions
  • Providing relief from headaches
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How to Make Boneset Tincture



  • Dried leaves and flowers removed from stems
  • 80 Proof Vodka or 40% ABV.


  1. Place dried herbs in a sterile glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use a ratio of 1:5 or 1 part dried herbs to 5 parts menstrum (alcohol).
  2. Next, pour 80-proof (40%alcohol) vodka to cover the herbs completely and close the container tightly. 
  3. Place the jar in a warm place for 4-6 weeks and shake it well every couple of days.
  4. Strain the liquid through muslin or cheesecloth to catch the herbs. (Put the residue in your compost pile.)
  5. Pour your tincture into a dark glass bottle and label.  
  6. Store in a cool, dark, dry location.

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Boneset Tincture Dose

Boneset tincture is a very bitter substance and should be added to water or fruit juice. This is definitely something you take for its medicinal properties and not its taste.
Traditionally, it is taken as a 2-3ml dose, 2-3 times per day or as directed by a clinical herbalist (which I am not). Boneset can also be made into tea by pouring a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb, allowing it to infuse for 10-15 minutes. 


Boneset is a wonderful herb, but it must be used in moderation. If you have liver problems or are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby, do not use this herb. Also, too strong a dose can potentially cause nausea and vomiting. Just cut it back next time. If you are allergic to chamomile, feverfew or ragwort, you may well have an allergic reaction to boneset. Otherwise, as I always say – DO YOUR RESEARCH- and be wise! See my full disclaimer below. To your health!


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