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

Learn what is a tincture, how you take a tincture, what is a tincture dropperful, and why the tincture doesn't fill the entire dropper

Storage of your Herbal Products


Herbal products come in many forms - teas, tinctures (liquid extracts), capsules, tablets, compresses, poultices, salves, creams, baths, footbaths (to name a few!), and of course, used in foods!  Here is how to care and store some of the most frequently used forms of herbal products:

Dried Herbs

If possible, store your dried herbs in a glass container, which will keep them fresh longer. Using dark glass will help to further keep light out, which ages the herb more quickly and can compromise its quality.  A dried herb should appear vibrant in color and have a wonderful smell to it.  Even though it’s dried, it should have an “alive” vibrancy to it – you should be able to sense the life in it!

Testimonial

My friend Jessica, who has 4 little ones now, used your products for her first 3 pregnancies, faithfully, and had 3 very easy/fast births.  Then with the 4th baby, last summer, she didn’t take any of your tinctures.  When I asked why, she didn’t really even know, I think she may have just felt like she’d done this easily/successfully so many times that she probably didn’t need all the herbs anymore.  Well, she ended up having her baby at home, as usual, and it was the hardest, longest, most painful birth ever.  Her second birth, by contrast, was completely pain-free (no drugs, of course, at home with her midwife).  So I have wondered if those tinctures made all the difference.  I used them for my births and all of them were so fast and easy, almost pain-free (the only pain I ever felt was in transition and then very shortly thereafter while pushing them out...but it was never extreme).  Anyhow, I think your products are worth more than gold!  A.A.