LORE's guide on taking herbal tinctures.

What is a herbal tincture?

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid plants extracts, made by combining plants, alcohol, and water to create a strong concentrated liquid medicine that is taken internally. Herbal tinctures contain the plants active compounds (phytochemicals), also known as secondary metabolites. These occur naturally in plants and are used as defense mechanisms to protect them against outside inavasions. We use these plant-based formulas to improve various aspects of health.

 

How are tinctures made?

Herbal tinctures are made by combining fresh or dry medicinal plants with water and alcohol and often vegetable glycerine. These herbs get steeped in these liquids in a jar for a few weeks. Once strained, the plant material is discarded and the remaining liquid is the concentrated herbal extract.

Why should I take herbal tinctures? 

Herbal tinctures are a fantastic way of taking herbal medicine. As they are concentrated, they are easily absorbable, potent & effective. The active constituents from the plants stay potent and active for years after making the formulation. Additionally alcohol and the combination of water and/or glycerine pull constituents into the solvent, making it an effective method for ingesting herbal medicine.

Do I take herbal tinctures before or after meals?

We recommend taking them either upon waking and/or right before bed. LIGHTS OUT for example, only to be taken before bed. Effective as long as you take them consistently and in the recommended dosage. Examples include:
  • MOONTIME • For PMS Support and treating mood and pain associated with menstruating.
  • MELLOW • A daily reliever of stress and anxiety, offering adaptogenic balance.
  • LIGHTS OUT • Supporting sleeplessness and insomnia. 
  • BRIGHT EYES • Daily cognitive support to assist with improving mental clarity and focus. 
  • BOOST ME • For boosting the immune system and defending against infections. 

Where should I store my herbal tinctures?

Keep it cool and away from direct sunlight.  

How do I take herbal tinctures?

Squeeze the recommended amount of liquid directly into your mouth and hold it under your tongue for a few seconds (this method has a quicker effect as it the extract enters your bloodstream faster this way, however, not often the most favourable choice with regards to taste) or add it to a splash of water, a cuppa tea or even ice cubes.   

How much should I take?

Take 1-2 ml 2-4 x daily. For some formulas you can take 1-5ml as needed.     
   
 *These statements have not been evaluated by the SAHPRA. This advice is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  Seek expert medical advice before consuming during pregnancy, nursing, or if you are taking medications.