Herbal tinctures are plants extracted in alcohol. They are made by combining plants, alcohol, and water to create a strong concentrated liquid medicine.
Herbal tinctures contain the plants active compounds (phytochemicals). These occur in plants and are also known as secondary metabolites. Phytochemicals are the constituents that interact with the human body. These plant-based medicines are prepared to improve various aspects of health.
How are herbal tinctures made?
Herbal tinctures are medicinal plants extracted in alcohol and water and then macerate (steep) for at least two weeks. The alcohol and water break down the plant cell walls allowing the active constituents of the plant to move into the liquid.
The menstruum is any liquid used to pull the plant constituents from the plant. Examples of common solvents for making herbal preparations include: alcohol, water, vinegar, and glycerin. A tincture is similar to a strong tea, though alcohol is used instead of water to preserve the medicine. After at least 2 weeks, the mixture is strained and the plant material is discarded. The leftover liquid is the herbal tincture or extract.
Why should I take herbal tinctures?
Herbal tinctures are a great vehicle for taking herbs. They are strong, absorbable, potent, effective, easy to travel with, and user friendly.
When do I take herbal tinctures?
You can take herbal tinctures anytime of day. Based on your needs and the formula you’re currently working with. In my clinical practice, I recommend taking at least 4ml a day, so at least 2ml AM & PM. But many formulas can be taken up to 4x a day. And some up to 5ml for a single dose, depending on the formula and the person.
Do I take herbal tinctures before or after meals?
User compliance is a big issue when it comes to taking herbs, I like to leave this one up to you. Either method is effective, so long as you take them a few times throughout the day. And take the proper dose. And take them for several days, weeks or months depending on the situation. Though some formulas work well for first-aid, in the moment situations. Such as Zizia's Relax Tincture, 11 Flowers, Achy, Nerve, and Liver.
Where should I store my herbal tincture formulas?
Stash them anywhere and try to keep them out of fluctuating temperatures.
Night stands, above the kitchen sink, by the bathroom sink, in your purse, backpack, or on your office desk.
Who are herbal tinctures for?
Everyone. However, Zizia's herbal tinctures are specifically formulated for adults. The dosage on the bottle appropriate for adults only. While it's safe for children and the elderly to take herbs, you'll need smaller dosages. Check in with a trained herbalist or physician before administering these for others.
How do I take herbal tinctures?
Squeeze the white bulb and release. Sometimes you'll need to do a few squeezes to fill your pipette with the intended dose. I recommend taking herbal tinctures by mouth or in a splash of water. You can add them to your water bottle or hot tea as needed.
How much of an herbal tincture should I take?
Take 2ml 2-4x daily
1ml=½ a glass dropper full of tincture on a 1 & 2oz bottle.
Zizia's bottles are 2oz and come with calibrated droppers. you can measure out by 1ml increments. Many of Zizia’s formulas are multipurpose and some have a more immediate effect when taken for acute disruptions. You’ll notice on formulas such as the Nerve, Liver, Achy, & Relax Tincture, you can take 1-5ml as needed.
What happens if I take more than the suggested dose on the bottle?
If you take 5ml instead of 2ml, that’s ok. Zizia’s formulas and many others on teh market work with herbs that are safe to take in higher doses such as this.
Can I take more than one herb at once?
You can combine different herbs and formulas at once. Quite often in this instance, the result is a positive effect. Combining various herbs together can sometimes create a synergistic effect. Meaning they activate one another to work even better. I see this especially useful in formulas for anxiety, pain, infection, and sleep.
I always recommend starting simple, try one-two formula at a time. That way if you find something that's helpful for you, it's easy to identify what it was. Versus if you're taking 10 different products, it will be difficult to know which herbal formula worked.
Should I take herbal tinctures under the tongue?
Herbal tinctures do not have to be taken under the tongue. Simply drop them on the tongue or add them to a splash of water or juice.
Do tinctures contain gluten when made with grain alcohol?
No, there's no gluten in tinctures. Grain alcohol does not contain gluten even when made with a gluten containing grain. The reason being proteins (gluten) do not pass through the distillation process. Gluten is a protein and proteins are not volatile. Only volatile substances pass through the distillation process.
Are herbal tinctures vegan?
Yes. No honey or animal products in any of these formulas.
Are herbal tinctures shelf stable? If so, how long do they usually last?
Yes, very. Due to the alcohol content, tinctures can last for years at room temperature on the shelf. Alcohol is a great preservative for tinctures. It also can keep many active compounds (constituents) effective for years to come.
Does Zizia use organic plants in it's tinctures?
Yes, from certified organic farms.
*For clarification, Zizia’s herbal tinctures are not flower essences or homeopathic remedies. They are made using a different process.