Glycerin is an integral part of all fats and oils of animal and
vegetable origin. Glycerin is very sweet, has soothing properties and is
therefore ideal for children and non-alcohol users. Glycerin has good
preservative properties, extracts nutrients and minerals from plants.
Alcohol and alcohol-free products are equally effective. The main
difference is that alcohol-free version doesn't contain alcohol. The solvents
are only glycerin and water. The extracts based on glycerin are sweetish
because of the natural property of glycerin. Such extracts turn out to be
rather sweet even though there is absolutely no sugar in them. Moreover,
tinctures based on alcohol have longer shelf life (about 5 years) than
glycerite extracts (about 3 years in the fridge).
You should take 20-30 drops (1 ml) three times a day or as directed by
your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal tinctures is to put the
suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire
contents. Tinctures can also be administered directly into the mouth without
the assistance of water, however some tinctures are unpalatable which is why
most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.
Certified Organic means that the herbs have been grown in an environment
with no use of synthetic or toxic substances and certified by special agency.
Wildcrafted means that the plants have been collected from the wild where
they grow naturally.
Yes, all tinctures are extracts, but not all extracts are
tinctures. An extract is a substance produced by extracting a
part of a raw material using such solvents as glycerin, vinegar, ethanol
tincture is an alcoholic extract of plant or animal material. To
qualify as an alcoholic tincture, the extract should have a percentage of
ethanol not less than 25–60%.
Generally, herbal tinctures are taken between meals. Thus, tinctures should
not be in competition with food in the stomach and the digestive process.
However, some herbs are best taken before meals. For example, bitter herbs help
to produce hydrochloric acid and other digestive enzymes. Other herbs are to be
taken before bedtime to give rest and a more peaceful sleep. Be aware of the
dosage notation for each herb for specific directions on timing.