What is a tincture?
Herbal tinctures are having a bit of a moment these days! We're so happy to see more and more people incorporating herbal remedies into their daily routines, but we also know there can be a lot of confusion around what tinctures are and what they do. Here's a little run-down for the tincture-curious.
A tincture consists of one or more herbs steeped for a long time (like, weeks!) in a solvent. The herbs are then strained from the solution, leaving behind a very potent herbal liquid. Many brands use a solution of alcohol, as it has a shelf life upwards of 10 years. At 5th Dimension, we use a solution of vegetable glycerin (a natural byproduct of plants, that tastes a little sweet) to make our tinctures more approachable for people who don't consume alcohol. The shelf life of our products is still marked on each bottle and is 4 years from the date of bottling.
Typically, for a tincture to do its job properly you'll want to take it every day, sometimes multiple times a day. These are not one-and-done solutions! Herbs benefit from consistent, sustained usage and you won't feel their effects unless you make them a part of your daily routine. So carve out a moment of self-care every morning or night to take a dropper of your favorite tincture and experience the bliss of herbal remedies!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Consult with your physician before using any herbal tinctures if pregnant, nursing, or taking medications. Keep out of reach of children. Some herbs may be contraindicated during pregnancy.