WHAT ARE HERBAL EXTRACTS?
Herbal Extracts, also known as Tinctures, are liquid extracts made from herbs that you ingest. Tinctures are preparations that use a combination of alcohol and water as the solvent, which extracts a more considerable amount of the medicinal constituents of the plant and preserves those constituents much longer than you can with loose herbs, or powder. Herbal tinctures are long-lasting--about 5 years--and preserve the freshness and potency of medicinal plants.
One of the reasons we find herbal tinctures to be so convenient is that they are an easy way to get herbs into your body, especially the ones that don't taste very good as a tea! Not to mention that they make it easy to take your health practices on the go; while at work, vacation, etc. when making a tea is more difficult to do.
HOW TO TAKE HERBAL EXTRACTS?
You can simply put the extract under your tongue using the dropper, or add to a little bit of water to drink them. We use only fresh herbs in our extracts, and find that the flavour is much nicer this way!
How many drops of tincture should I take, and how often:
Because it's a concentrate, you don't need that much. 1/4 to 1 tsp is usually enough. Many herbal tinctures can be taken up to a few times a day. For bitters, we suggest 15 minutes before meals, and for them to be taken undiluted as is--the point is to taste the bitter flavors so that our digestive system responds.