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Dietary herbal supplements can be taken in the form of a liquid, called a tincture. Herbal tinctures are concentrated, convenient, easy to use, rapidly absorbed by the body and easy on the stomach. Like many herbal supplements, continual use on a daily bases for several weeks is needed before you notice results.
What Is a Tincture?
When herbs are steeped into a concentrated liquid, the result is called a tincture. Tinctures can be made using alcohol, vegetable glycerin and apple cider vinegar or through a process called super critical fluid extraction.
All tinctures should be stored in a cool, dark place and be contained in dark glass bottles to help prevent the liquids from degrading in light. Glass bottles are used because the base and/or herbs may cause plastic bottles to leach into the liquid. Therefore, always keep your tincture in a dark glass bottle.
The shelf life of tinctures depends on how the herbs are extracted and how they are stored. Alcohol based tinctures have an almost unlimited shelf life. Apple cider based tinctures shelf lives are short – about a year – and are recommended to be stored in the refrigerator. Three to five years are the shelf life for vegetable glycerin based tinctures.
If you carry a tincture in your purse or briefcase, be sure not to leave these items in a hot location for a long time, like in your car, near a heater, etc. because heat may weaken the benefits of the tincture.
How Do I Use Tinctures?
Most tinctures can be taken with or without food and work best when taken daily.
Before using a tincture, shake the bottle to make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
The dosage depends on the tincture. However, many tinctures recommend a dropperful for adults – the amount of liquid suctioned into the pipette when you squeeze and release the rubber top once. The pipette becomes 1/3 to 1/2 full depending on how hard you squeezed the dropper. One dropperful contains approximately 25-30 drops (1 ml).
One way to take a tincture is to squeeze the liquid out of the dropper directly under the tongue (sublingual) as a direct means into the bloodstream. By taking tinctures sublingually, the response is quicker than when the same herbs are digested.
You can also add the tincture to a small amount of water or juice (2-4 ounces). If you add it to a warm or hot liquid, it is best if the liquid is heated before you add the tincture drops. Heat may kill or weaken some tincture’s benefits.
The pipette section of the dropper should not touch anything to prevent contamination. This means the pipette shouldn’t touch the inside of the mouth, be laid on the counter top, touched by hands, etc. If you do accidentally contaminate the pipette, DO NOT put the dropper back in the bottle. Clean the outside of the pipette with an alcohol pad or a cotton ball dampened with alcohol, and allow the pipette to air dry on an alcohol cleaned surface.
If you are interested in CBD tinctures, Seeds of Wellness now carries TruBlu CBD by Blue Moon Hemp. This tincture contains no THC or alcohol. The CBD is extracted from Industrial Hemp using the process called super critical fluid extraction making their tinctures 100% pure CBD oil. We currently sell 30 ml bottles of 250 mg of CBD. Higher levels of CBD are available and can be specially ordered for you. Please contact us to learn more.
- “Tinctures – What are they and how do you use them?” by Herb Lore
- “How to Take a Tincture” by Moonflower Herbals