14 october 2022

Herbal tinctures

Ever since our ancestors have had the ability to distill alcohol there have been herbal concoctions.

Herbs have been used for millenia and we know from archaeological finds that medicinal plants were being used as far back as 60,000 years ago. There is evidence that our paleolithic brothers and sisters used native herbs in a deliberate way. Recent studies on neanderthal tooth plaque suggest that Neanderthals ate or chewed on yarrow, chamomile and poplar. *(Hardy et al., 2012; Weyrich et al., 2017)

Using tinctures is a great and easy method of administering herbal goodness without having to eat copious amounts of fresh herbs to attain the same result. It is easier for our body to assimilate a few drops of extract than kilos of freshly picked material for example. The tincture is easily absorbed by the gut, bypassing the need to digest the whole plant. Tinctures can be used to support a wide range of wellness goals, so we recommend you consult a qualified health professional for advice before starting this journey.

All our tinctures are made in-house and we are blessed to be able to use fresh, organically grown herbs from our garden. Our tinctures are made by steeping fresh or dried herbs (or other plant parts) in alcohol, they have a high ratio of plant material and are not diluted with distilled water. The alcohol extracts the active and therapeutic constituents from the plants. Not only is alcohol the safest and most effective method of extracting the essence from our herbs, but it is also an excellent preservative. This means our tinctures have a shelf life of many years, especially when combined with the UV protection of our violet glass bottles. They are concocted in small batches and each bottle is imbued with the best intentions.

Drop the tincture directly under your tongue and avoid any liquids or foods for at least 15 minutes afterwards, to allow for good absorption. A good general dosage to start with is 10-15 drops up to 3 times a day. These remedies can be strong tasting, so we recommend you take them in a small amount of water or tea. If you cannot consume alcohol or have a gastric upset, you can add the tincture to a cup of boiling water, leave uncovered for about five minutes, to allow the alcohol in the extract to evaporate before your drink it.

Pay close attention to your body and note any differences you may feel. If you’re not getting the results you want or need, then you may need to up your dosage or change your formula. Record your dosages as well as any affects they may be having on you.

If allergies are a concern, please do a patch test before consumption. Rub a few drops on your inner arm for about a minute. If, after 24 hours there is any redness, irritation, puffy eyes or throat tightness, do not use this herb internally.

All our tinctures are packaged in 20ml violet glass bottles, designed to naturally protect the contents from UV light. We use tamper-evident caps with glass pipettes.