Tinctures – What are they and how do you use them?

What is a tincture you may ask… Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that you take orally (by mouth). They are usually extracted in alcohol, but they can also be extracted in vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar. Tinctures are easy and convenient to use. Tinctures are also easier to give to children as they have to take only small amounts (see Children’s Dosage Guide for suggestions).

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Because they are taken directly under the tongue, they enter the bloodstream much more directly than by any other means. This means that the action in the body is usually quicker. Although some herbs will have an immediate effect, such as those used to help one relax.  Others that are more nutritive and building in nature. Nutritive tinctures may take several weeks of continual use before best results are seen.

Tea vs. Tincture?

Teas and tinctures are made from the same combination of herbs.  For example, Tummy Tincture is made from Tummy Tea, and Nursing Tincture is an extract made from Nursing Tea, so the herbs are the same – it’s just two different ways of taking them.  Some people enjoy teas and enjoy the relaxing aspects of taking a time-out to drink a cup of tea.  Others may not care for tea or do not have time to brew and drink a cup of tea. For these people, a tincture is perfect.  Tinctures are also very convenient, as nothing needs to be brewed. You simply take the drops of tincture and you’re done.  You can easily carry a bottle of tincture in your purse and have it available to you at all times.  (Tummy Tincture for gas and tummy upset, and Rescue Remedy for anxiety, nervousness or injuries are popular items for one’s purse.)

When you want an immediate response, such as herbs for relaxation or sleep, a tincture may give you more immediate results.  For nutritive herbs, either a tea, a tincture or a capsule would be fine.  It comes down to personal preference.

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