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DIY Propolis Tincture Recipe

Made with just two ingredients, this propolis tincture is rich in bioactive compounds that support immune vitality and oral / gut microbiome health while neutralizing free radicals and more. It can be taken orally, used in diluted form as a mouth rinse, or applied topically to cuts, scrapes, or cold sores.
One quick note before you start: The resins in propolis are VERY sticky and the equipment you use to make propolis tincture will be difficult to clean. I have found that high proof alcohol will remove the resin from utensils and jars after use, but these days I just keep a couple of jars that are dedicated to making propolis tincture and only bother with cleaning the utensils.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 14 days
Servings 10 ounces
Author Heather Dessinger


  • cheesecloth
  • Clean meat mallet or sauerkraut packer
  • 16 ounce jar
  • Clean cutting board
  • Glass amber dropper bottles (I usually divide mine between two 4 ounce bottles and one 2 ounce bottle)
  • 1.5 inch square labels (optional)
  • Downloadable label template (see download form below)


  • 1-2 ounces bee propolis (by weight)
  • 9 ounces strong grain alcohol (Not rubbing alcohol - a grain alcohol intended for consumption. 75 proof or higher is best)


  • Weigh 1-2 ounces of propolis and 9 ounces of high proof alcohol on a kitchen scale. Set alcohol aside.
  • Place the propolis chunks inside a cheesecloth and set the cloth on a clean cutting board.
  • Using a clean meat mallet or sauerkraut packer, pound the propolis into fine granules.
  • Place propolis in a 16 ounce jar and then add the alcohol.
  • Put the lid on. (If you're using a metal lid, line it with parchment paper so that it doesn’t come in contact with the tincture.)
  • Shake the jar well, then set it in a dark place (like a cabinet) and shake daily for two weeks.
  • After two weeks, strain the liquid through a piece of cheesecloth and then pour the propolis tincture into glass amber dropper bottles for use. Store in a cool, dark area (like a cabinet).


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