Tinctures are one of my favorite forms of herbal preparation. They're travel-friendly, and I always carry several with me. They're easy to take, whether it's a few drops on the tongue, external application, or adding them to tea or water to dilute the flavor (or as a substitute for tea). Tinctures are plant extracts in an alcohol base. Another effective form is a glycerite, which is a plant extract in a glycerin base. The former has the advantage of a long and stable shelf life, and different bases (I prefer brandy) can alter the overall flavor of the tincture. Glycerin also has a pretty good shelf life, can be administered to children (like my teething gel) and has a sweet flavor, which often makes the extract more palatable. Both have a warming sensation on the tongue, are easily diluted and administered, and are good choices for preserving plant matter for later use.
Pictured here is my Ginger Root tincture, in a vodka base. This can be taken directly to help clear the sinuses, and it works wonders for that purpose. Diluted, it's enjoyed in hot water or tea to help warm the body and increase peripheral circulation, and also helps with digestive upset. This is one tincture I always have on hand, because of its versatility and one that works well for my needs. What are your favorite tinctures? What are some you'd like to see offered in my shop? Are there any questions you have about tinctures or glycerites?
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