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What is a tincture and how do I use it?

Tinctures-- what are they?

  • People often ask us, What IS a tincture?
  • How do I use it?

What it is
Simply, a tincture is a extract of plant elements in a base of alcohol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin. It is an ancient, tested and true, method for obtaining the powerful of medicinal plants in a concentrated form that is easily consumed. Unlike many pharmaceuticals, which seek to isolate particular elements, tincturing is a method which respects and utilizes the synergistic aspects of ALL the plant's elements working together, as nature intended.

Most commercially (mass market) tinctures available use a ratio of 1 part plant material to 10 parts of 35-40% carrying agent (alcohol, vinegar, etc.).

At Cloud Forest Botanicals, we use, at a minimum, 4 parts plant to 10 parts pure, 150 proof (75%) alcohol from sugar cane.
Each of our tincture is 'aged' a minimum of 6-8 weeks to allow for maximum extraction. Our plants are locally grown or wild-crafted botanicals with a history of traditional uses supported by the latest botanical and pharmaceutical research. All of this ensures that CFB tinctures are the most potent, purest, longest lasting available to you.

Each Cloud Forest Botanicals tincture is bottled in amber glass to protect it from light. Shelf life is 3 years. (Probably more).

How Do I Use It?

Tinctures are taken directly into the mouth and held under the tongue or mixed with a small amount of cool water or juice. Some are very bitter, others taste woody or herby. The standard dose is 1 ml -- or 20 drops, or approximately 1/4 teaspoon. If you have questions about how to take your tinctures, email us and ask. We are happy to advise.