If you’re new to the great world of herbal products, you may find the term ‘herbal tincture’ a little confusing. But, it’s nothing as complex as the term may sound. A herbal tincture is simply a concentrated liquid extract taken from different parts of a plant, depending on which part of the plant has beneficial properties. A tincture can be drawn from the roots, bark, leaves, flowers, or fruit of a plant.
What’s Special about Herbal Tinctures?
What makes herbal tinctures widely popular is that they’re the most potent of all organic herbal products. Tinctures are made using alcohol or vinegar (sometimes glycerin) as a solvent. These non-aqueous solvents allow for better extraction – you can pull out a lot more of plant constituents containing medicinal properties and also keep their nutrients intact and preserved for longer. Herbal tinctures are also easy to use and can be consumed in several ways.
At HerbEra, we have tinctures in both alcohol and alcohol-free formulations. If you’re not comfortable ingesting alcohol daily or completely avoid alcohol consumption for some reason, you can opt for our alcohol-free tinctures that are prepared using palm-derived glycerin as the solvent.
To help you incorporate herbal tinctures into your daily life, here we’re highlighting some of the best organic single-herb tinctures and how to use them.
3 Best Herbal Tinctures and Ways to Use Them
Following are some of our top picks for the best single-herb tinctures:
Garlic is inarguably one of the best natural ingredients known to mankind. The root vegetable has been used for thousands of years in both the culinary and medicinal world. Garlic is packed with powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and works as an immunity booster. Garlic also helps lower blood cholesterol levels, moderately though. Research has also shown that consumption of garlic can help decrease the risk of blood vessel damage due to chronic inflammation.
Use organic garlic tincture to get all these incredible benefits.
Made from the rhizomes of the Curcuma Longa plant, turmeric is also often referred to as ‘Golden Spice of Life’ due to its incredible medicinal properties.
In traditional medicine, turmeric is considered the king of anti-inflammatories. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, which have also been confirmed by science, makes it great for inflammation-related pain and all types of inflammatory diseases, including arthritis. As highlighted in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, turmeric is also a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and anticoagulant.Turmeric also has a long history of traditional use for cough, diabetic wounds, sinusitis, rheumatism, hepatic disorders, and biliary disorders. The best way to experience these benefits is by using 100% organic turmeric tincture.
Made from the common kitchen herb generally used to add a mild peppery flavor and a pop of color to foods, parsley capsules is high in antioxidants, supports healthy digestion, and improves appetite. Galen, one of the most reputable herbalists from ancient times, strongly recommended parsley for bladder and womb related diseases. Based on that, parsley has long been used for urinary infections, kidney and bladder stones, inflammation of the prostate gland, infrequent, delayed, and painful urination, PMS, absent and painful menstruation, menopausal symptoms, and fluid retention in the body. The green herb can also help cleanse the digestive system.
How to Use Herbal Tinctures?
Herbal tinctures are best used orally. Here are some simple ways to consume herbal tinctures:
- Sublingually – This is the most widely used method of herbal tincture Use a dropper to dispense the desired dose of the tincture under your tongue. Hold it for a few seconds before swallowing.
- Orally – This is similar to the sublingual method. However, instead of placing the drops under the tongue, place them into the mouth.
- Mixing with Liquids – Add herbal tincture to water, tea, or any other beverage just before consuming.
- Add to Foods – Mix the desired amount of herbal tincture in your food just before serving or eating. Give it a quick stir and consume.
Apply a few drops of tincture topically to help heal wounds and skin ulcers and improve scars and various types of skin infections.
There is not a universal recommended dosage of herbal tinctures. It varies from herb to herb and also depends on the strength of the herbal formulation you’re using. All our herbal tinctures come with the recommended dosage mentioned on the packaging. Please refer to it to determine the correct dosage.
The Sum Up
Incorporating single-herb tinctures into your daily life is one of the best ways to reap their benefits. The best thing about single-herb tinctures is that they do not have anything else added to them – they’re pure extracts of only one herb. When using a single-herb tincture, you don’t have to worry about consuming any ingredient that might not suit you or cause any negative effects.