I have to admit, this is a subject I’ve had to do a lot of soul searching on, before I was comfortable with a tincture medically. After years of curious and questioning acquaintances, co-workers and friends, the choice on whether or not to use a tincture boils down to one of two things generally. Either there is a religious restriction on alcohol, or they are ordinary men and women, who just don’t want alcohol in their lives. Both of those thing apply in my own life. I get it. So why do I tincture my herbs?
Lets start with the most obvious question, first. How much alcohol is in a dose of tincture? I generally fill a 00 size capsule with my concoctions, resulting in a liquid dose of roughly .03% of a single ounce (about 1/4 teaspoon), half of which is likely water. To give you an understanding of that number, a ripe banana contains roughly .08%, or less than 1% of an ounce of alcohol, as does a small glass of orange juice. And again to keep a true perspective, most people recognize that the cold medicine Ny-Quil has alcohol; it does at 10%. But did you know, a teaspoon of vanilla contains 35% alcohol? It’s use is ubiquitous, and everywhere! So a medical dose of tincture contains a minute amount of alcohol. But is the alcohol necessary? Continue reading