How to take a Herbal Tincture or Fluid Extract
Herbal Tinctures and Herbal Fluid Extracts are really easy to take. Tinctures or Fluid Extracts are a liquid herbal preparation in Alcohol. On each bottle it states the percentage of alcohol present, it also states the strength of the Tincture. 1: 3 means 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid. Herbal Extracts are often stronger and normally made to a 1:1 ratio.
The Tincture or Fluid Extract can be taken directly by adding the correct recommended amount to filtered water. However some people find the bitter taste of herbs in this form to be too strong, so the Tincture or Fluid Extract can be added to fruit juice to sweeten.
However in some cases it is preferable to evaporate the alcohol before taking the Tincture or Fluid Extract. This is advised with babies, children, the elderly, and if someone is sensitive to alcohol or recovering from alcohol addiction. This is very easy to do.
To evaporate the alcohol from the tincture for children, the elderly or those with a sensitive constitution:
- A small measuring cup for (ml)
- A small pan with pouring spout (a milk pan)
- Filtered Water
- Tincture or Fluid Extract
- Bring a pan of 200ml of filtered water to the boil.
- Remove from the heat and add tinctures directly to the water.
- Set aside for 10-20 minutes and allow the ethanol (alcohol) to fully evaporate as the water cools.
- Pour the liquid into a mug and sip.
If you are taking several different Tinctures or Fluid Extracts at one time then it is recommended and safe to blend the tinctures together and decant from a master blend bottle on a daily basis.
Here at Indigo Herbs we supply the finest quality pharmacoepial grade Herbal Tinctures and Fluid Extracts. Browse through the comprehensive selection on our Herbal tincture page. We go to great lengths to ensure the herbs are all pharmacoepial grade and will be of greatest benefit to you. We supply the popular tinctures like Echinacea Purpurea Tincture and Milk Thistle Tincture as well as many lesser known herbs such as Rhodiola Rosea tincture and Siberian Ginseng tincture.
Herbal Tinctures and Herbal Fluid extracts are an excellent way to preserve the herbs and prolong the shelf life by preserving the active phyto-chemicals in alcohol for up to four years. Herbs have been prepared in this way traditionally for thousands of years. Because the active constituents of the herb have been extracted from the plant matter this makes Tinctures and Herbal Extracts easily absorbable by the body, as the phyto-chemicals directly enter the blood stream. Tinctures are normally recommended to be taken three times per day, over a period of 4-6 weeks.