Tinctures- What are they and how do I use them?

What is a tincture?

Tinctures are concentrated, liquid extracts made from herbs, water & alcohol.  They are quick acting and a convenient way to take herbs. Most tinctures are hydroethanolic extracts-that is, a combination of water and alcohol. The combination optimizes the extraction of the plants with both water and alcohol-soluble constituents are desired in the final product.  

Tinctures have a long shelf life, frequently lasting many years.  The alcohol content preserves the tincture from bacteria and fermentation, even when left at room temperature.  Store in a cool dark place and keep out of reach from children. Refrigeration is not required. 

Why use tinctures?

Tinctures are a safe, fast, effective way to use herbs and seek their medicinal benefits. They are not, however, used when the nutritional aspect of herbs are being sought.  For this, one should use teas, infusions, decoctions and syrups.

What is the dose?

Dosage depends on the weight and age of the person being treated.   An adult dose is 60 drops.  To treat an acute condition you can take a tincture 1-3x day.  

Age -- Dosage 

  • Younger than 3 months -- 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months -- 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months -- 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months -- 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months -- 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years -- 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years -- 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years -- 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years -- 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years -- 30 drops {a dropperful is about 30 drops}
  • 12 and older —30-60 drops
  • Adults can take 2-7ml in a small amount of water 1-3x day. 

How do I take a tincture?

To take a tincture, you would drop the suggested amount in a 1/4 cup of water and drink.  In emergencies, you may place the tincture directly on your tongue. 

Who are tinctures not good for?

When you are taking prescription medication, you want to avoid any herbs that produce the same effect as your medication.  For example, St. John's Wort is known as a great antidepressant but you want to avoid this herb if you are taking any SSRIs.  If you are looking to reduce your medication, please consult your doctor.  Here is a list of some herbal supplements with drug interactions. 

What is a glycerite tincture?

Glycerin is used to prepare “alcohol-free” tinctures, and to preserve and sweeten the taste of liquid extracts called- glycerites.  Children under 1 year of age, may prefer this for its sweet taste. Some of the children’s tinctures combine a glycerinates with a tincture to sweeten the taste. {Tara Gregorio Pilates & Wellness sells Herb Pharm tinctures, specifically made for children}

What tinctures does Tara use?

Tara purchases tinctures from Herbalist & Alchemist, Herb Pharm and Mountain Rose herbs. These tinctures are the highest quality, organically grown and ethically wild crafted.  She combines the tinctures into a recipe for what you specifically need, following Dr. Aviva Romm’s recipes and from over 6 years of experience.

What can tinctures help with? Tinctures can help everyone, Tara specifically works with women and children for:

  • Insomnia, anxiety & depression
  • Digestion
  • PMS & Menopausal symptoms
  • Common Cold & Flu
  • Children’s Health: teething, irritability, tummy discomfort etc.

A standard suggested adult dosage for tinctures is 2 droppersful two to three times a day.

With this standard dosing suggestion (for adults) of two droppersful three times a day, tincture bottles typically last this long:

  • 1oz. tincture bottle will last about one week
  • 2oz. tincture bottle will last two weeks
  • 4oz. tincture bottle will typically last about a month.

To learn more about personalized tinctures for your health, contact community herbalist, Tara Gregorio for a private health consultation. https://www.taragregorio.com/health-consultations/

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your doctor when needed. Please note there are affiliate links attached to the blog posts.