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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 boost 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 lucky to have growing in our gardens. The herb has a range of actions and uses. Bitter being both a flavor and an herbal action, it helps get digestive juices flowing and encourages healthy function of the detoxification pathways of the body.

Boneset is also an immune stimulant, diaphoretic, and antibacterial herb that can help fight off minor viral infections, such as the common cold. Below is a list of all things boneset is good for:

  • Fever
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-viral
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Promote bowel movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Relief intestinal gas
  • Joints pain and inflammation
  • Respiratory infections
  • Congestion
  • Several skin conditions
  • 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!

Disclaimer: is informational in nature and is not to be regarded as a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. While we strive to be 100% accurate, it is solely up to the reader to ensure proper plant identification. 

Some wild plants are poisonous or can have serious adverse health effects. We are not health professionals, medical doctors, nor are we nutritionists. It is up to the reader to verify nutritional information and health benefits with qualified professionals for all edible plants listed in this website.  The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the guidance of your qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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