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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

A tincture, or liquid extract, is the preservation of herbs in water and alcohol. This is one of the most common forms of herbal medicines, along with capsules and teas. Since it is in a liquid form, tinctures are easy to absorb and assimilate. Some herbs require an alcohol extraction process so that certain medicinal constituents are pulled out of the plant and made available to the user. Some people do not like the taste, due to the alcohol. The taste can be improved by adding the herbs to a small cup of hot water and letting it sit for a few minutes, allowing some of the alcohol to evaporate, and then adding it to juice. Glycerine-based tinctures have had the alcohol removed and are more palatable for children and people averse to a product that contains alcohol.

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