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Tell Me About Organic Alcohol Herbal Extracts...

How much alcohol is used in each herbal extract?

The amount of organic alcohol used in each herbal extract varies (from 22-85%) depending upon the specific herb being extracted. Each product has an optimum alcohol-extraction level due to the herb's properties, which are determined by its balance of alcohol-soluble to water-soluble constituents.

The average serving of 30 drops of herbal extract (with an alcohol content of 45-50%) equates to 1/65 of a 12 ounce beer, or 1/85 of an 8 ounce glass of wine.

Why use organic alcohol (ethanol)?

Organic alcohol (ethanol) is a traditional solvent for herbal extraction and is the safest solvent available for extraction purposes.

What is the organic ethanol made from?

This premium organic alcohol is derived from corn, sugar cane or wheat, under strict National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines. Any proteins that may cause allergic reactions from the plants are removed in the distillation phase of the production process, making this organic alcohol both gluten-free and allergen-free.

How many drops are in 1ml?

To keep up-to-date with recent label laws, we are in the process of updating our extract labels. Recently, we began changing all the labels to be displayed as "supplement facts." This requires the serving size to be expressed as milliliters (ml). Each extract has a slightly different number of drops per ml, but it is in the range of 30-40 drops, which is equivalent to 1 full dropper per ml.

When it comes to herbal extracts do you take it under the tongue or do you mix it in water? Will water weaken it? 

Taking the extract with a little water does weaken the dose within that cup, but the potency (i.e the effect upon the body) is unchanged as it will be mostly digested through the gut rather than sublingually (under the tongue).  Some herbs have an immediate topical activity which is useful to take in undiluted form.  For instance, herbs with antimicrobial activity are useful to swish around the mouth a little if you are taking them for throat health.   

Are liquid herbal extracts and tinctures the same? If not, what's the difference? 

The term "tincture" and "herbal/fluid extract" are used interchangeably, but their true definitions vary. The reference of pharmaceutical dosage forms is "Remington's Pharmaceutical Science" which defines a tincture as a weaker preparation than a fluid extract. It is commonly defined as a 10:1 preparation- meaning that product consists of 1 part herb and 10 parts liquid. In other words, each ml of the extract supplies 100 mg of the herb. Conversely, a fluid extract is 1:1 and so each ml supplies 1000 mg of herb (or 1 gram). This is equivalent to about 2 medium sized capsules.