Tinctures 101: Your guide to our most potent herbal remedies

WHAT ARE TINCTURES?

Herbal tinctures are liquid herbal extracts that provide a more effective herbal solution than capsules or powders because this form best preserves the active elements, assures potency and allows the herbs to enter the bloodstream faster. Our herbal tinctures were created by our herbalist, Katie Ballard. Each tincture is made from organic and sustainably-sourced botanicals from around the globe and incorporate the ancient healing traditions of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and American Folk Medicine.

 

HOW ARE TINCTURES MADE?

Our tinctures contain a blend of 4-7 herbs that are chopped and steeped in vegetable glycerin and certified organic cane alcohol for 4-6 weeks. After steeping, the herbs are strained out and preserved in the alcohol or vegetable glycerin base.

WHY WE USE TINCTURES OVER OTHER REMEDIES:

The herbs in our tinctures are targeted to specific concerns to make it easier to choose the right one for you. Plus, tinctures are easy to use, you simply add a few dropperfuls to water, juice or tea. *Only a physician can diagnose and treat disease, and prescribe medication. An herbalist is not a physician and as such cannot diagnose or treat diseases, or prescribe medication. Herbalism is a complementary practice to western medicine

WHY ARE OUR SLEEP AND ANXIETY TINCTURES ALCOHOL BASED:

Some herbs will not give up their medicinal properties to a solvent less potent than alcohol. Alcohol-based tinctures are safe for use since the amount of alcohol ingested per dose is the equivalent of eating a very ripe banana. Alcohol has been used as a solvent in herbal tinctures for centuries. It remains popular today for its fast-acting properties, its potency, and its ability to preserve the shelf-life of tinctures. Given that only a very small amount of alcohol is consumed when we use a herbal tincture, it remains a very safe and effective way of delivering our favorite herbal remedies.
 

HOW TO GET THE TINCTURES DOWN: 

The high alcohol content coupled with the bitter flavors of the plants can make taking tinctures a bit difficult until you get used to it.
  • Directly under your tongue- This method allows the fastest effect as the make-up of tinctures makes them absorb quickly into the bloodstream without having to digest them first.
  • In a small amount of water- combine the dose with a small amount of water and taking it down quickly.
  • In hot water or tea- Many people find tinctures more palatable in tea, as the hot water will “burn off” the alcohol content without disturbing the medicinal quality.
  • Add honey or lemon- Adding things like honey for taste will not alter a tinctures effectiveness.  Remember: No honey for children under 1 year of age.

TINCTURE DOSAGE 

Taking the tincture directly under the tongue and avoiding any liquids or foods for at least 15 minutes afterwards provides the best results. Tinctures are usually taken by the dropperful (also known as a squeeze). A dropperful is the amount of liquid that fills the glass tube of the dropper when the bulb on the dropper top is squeezed and released. The liquid may fill the glass tube only a small portion of the way, but that is considered a “dropperful”. A dropperful equals approximately 30 drops. On all dropper tops, no matter how large or small of a tincture bottle it comes with, the bulb (the thing you squeeze) is the same size on them all. The bulb is what determines how much liquid fills the tube, not the length of the tube itself. When it comes to hemp flower isolate, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to dosing. It often takes a little while to find your sweet spot, and even then, you may want to periodically adjust your dose to reflect your ever-changing schedule, mood, and environment. To start a standard suggested adult dosage for tinctures is 1 full dropper a day.

December 13, 2018 — Katie Lane

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