What is a Tincture?

What is a Tincture?

A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract made by soaking plant parts (like leaves, flowers, or roots) in a solvent, typically alcohol or vegetable glycerin. While we work with many solvents here, alcohol is the most popular. Please discuss any sensitivities you may have with alcohol prior to purchasing a tincture.

Tincturing is a process that draws out the active compounds of the plant material, creating a potent solution. Tinctures have been used for centuries as herbal remedies, and they are my favorite way of taking herbal medicine due to their potency and convenience. 

How to take a tincture:

Tinctures are typically taken orally using a dropper bottle. You simply place drops of the tincture under your tongue and hold it there for a few seconds before swallowing. This allows the tincture to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. Some tinctures are dosed as small as 5-10 drops, or as much as 3 dropperfuls at a time. Each herb and signature blend may vary. If you do not like the flavor of your tincture or the alcohol doesn’t sit well under your tongue, you may drop your tincture into a small beverage and drink it like a tea.

What makes it different than capsules?

Here’s a breakdown of the key differences between tinctures and capsules:

  • Absorption: Tinctures are generally absorbed faster than capsules because they are already in liquid form. When you put them under the tongue, they go straight to your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract. This means they can start working more quickly.
  • Dosage: Tinctures typically allow for more precise dosing since you can adjust the amount you take with a dropper. Capsules, on the other hand, come in pre-measured doses.
  • Ingredients: Tinctures may contain additional ingredients besides the herb itself, such as alcohol or glycerin. Capsules are just the herb in a powdered form encased in a shell.
  • Taste: Tinctures can have a strong, bitter taste due to the presence of the solvent. Capsules are tasteless because the herb is contained within a shell.

Which option is best for me?

Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for a fast-acting and easily dosed form of herbal remedy, then a tincture may be a good option. If you prefer a tasteless and consistent option, then a capsule may be a better choice. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy, including tinctures. Notify your herbalist if you are on any medications.

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