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How to Make Passionflower Tincture

Tinctures are potent (even at small doses), rapidly absorbed (making them fast-acting), portable, and long-lasting (they have the longest shelf-life of any herbal preparation). Here’s how to make one using dried or fresh passionflower:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Shelf Time 14 days
Total Time 14 days 15 minutes


  • chopping knife
  • kitchen scale
  • glass jar
  • strainer
  • amber dropper bottle


  • dried passionfruit herb
  • menstruum


Dried Passionfruit Herb

  • Use 1 gram (by weight) dried herb and 5 milliliters (by volume) menstruum, aka the liquid used to extract the herb. This ratio can be doubled, tripled or more, as long as the ratio stays the same. 
  • Although intuitively it seems like a menstruum with a higher alcohol content would be best for extraction, it’s actually best to use a vodka (or brandy or whatever you prefer) that is 50-65% alcohol by volume (100-130 proof). Here’s why: Alcohol and water extract different constituents, so using a menstruum that has a lower alcohol content and more water yields a more full-spectrum extraction. 

Fresh Passionfruit Herb

  • For fresh passionfruit herb, you’ll want to use 1 gram fresh herb (by weight) to 2 milliliters (by volume) menstruum. 
  • Because fresh passionflower leaves, stems and flowers naturally contain a lot more water than the dried herb, you’ll want to use a menstruum with a higher alcohol content. The menstruum will draw out the water and dilute the final product so that it’s similar in alcohol content to the one made with dried passionflower. Many herbalists suggest 160-190 proof.

Step by Step

  • If you’re using fresh passionflower, chop it up. 
  • Using a kitchen scale, weigh your herb and then place it into a jar. 
  • Pour the alcohol over the herb. Use 5 ml for every gram of herb.
  • Put a lid on your jar and place it in a dark, cool place. I like to label my tinctures with the name and date started so I can keep track of what I’ve got. 
  • Shake the jar daily for two weeks or longer.
  • Strain out the herb and transfer the liquid to a dark amber or blue dropper bottle to protect it from light.
  • Store in a cool, dark place and use as needed. 


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