An herbal tincture is a concentrated liquid form of one or more herbs. To make a tincture, we soak parts of an herb for several weeks in alcohol.
The soaking process extracts the active components of the herbs. Alcohol is often the liquid of choice, as it can extract components, such as resins and alkaloids, that are not water-soluble.
Is the alcohol in tinctures harmful?
Alcohol is one of the best, relatively nontoxic, substances for extracting and concentrating the constituents in most herbs. Alcohol is not harmful in small amounts. Most tinctures contain less than 50% of grain alcohol. Some of the tincture manufactures that I work with use vegetable glycerin as a solvent. Let me know if you are concerned about the alcohol percentage in your tincture and I will look for the solvent that best aligns both with your beliefs and with your health-needs.
If you’d like evaporate the alcohol in your tincture, simply add the recommended dosage to half a cup of boiling water. Let the water cool off before drinking.
How to take your tincture
I will write the recommended dosage on the bottle label. To get a dropper-full simply squeeze the top of the dropper and let it fill up. It will normally carry as much as you see in the picture.
As always,write to me if you have questions, or call me at 310-280-0438.
To your Health!
Yamin Chehin L.Ac; Dipl.O.M