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Wednesday, 13 January 2010 14:07

Extracts and Tinctures

Extracts and tinctures contain medicinal properties of the herbs used in home remedies. The majority of extracts from plant material are used in the dried form of the plant. However, there are some that must be used for extraction in their fresh form as they will lose the healing properties when dried.

The fluids most commonly used to extract the plant properties are alcohol or water and/or a combination of both. During the extraction process some of the solvent will be evaporated and the length of time allowed for steeping can vary depending on the herb used. The essence of the plant is then used as herbal extracts in home remedies.

Extracts offer a good way to get nutrients optimally and improve the body’s functions.

Not all extracts might be right for you, it is best if you know about the products you are looking to purchase. If you are currently taking medication, check with your physician prior to use.

Herbal Extracts:

Herbs have been around for centuries and herbal remedies have long been used to treat illnesses quite effectively. This is why using home remedies is a great choice. There are many forms of herbal remedies and one of those is the herbal extract.

Some people may call an extract a tincture. This is actually incorrect as there is a slight difference. The extracts are more concentrated and stronger than tinctures.

Herbal extracts are used as dietary supplements and they are also used in alternative medicine therapy. Herbal extracts used in home remedies and natural cures can have a very positive effect on the disposition and health of the user.

Here is a list of herbal extracts you may have heard about and what they can be used for:

Green Tea Extract:

  • Will increase your energy level
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Help improve immune response
  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer

St. John’s Wort:

Most commonly know for its use in emotional disorders such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Kava Kava:

  • Relieve stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia


This herb has many medicinal purposes such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Relieving headache pain

Tincture Extracts:

Tinctures are much like herbal extracts only a tincture is not as strong and not as concentrated. Tinctures can preserve the extracted properties from the plant material for up to 12 months and possibly more.

Using herbal tinctures is easy, safe, fast acting, and gentle on your system. Tinctures can be added to juices, water, and teas and can vary in dosage depending on the herb and health issues. Generally, smaller dosage amounts are taken a few times daily to maintain your general health. Larger doses would be taken throughout the day for more acute illnesses.

Here are listed just a couple of the many herbal tinctures and their uses:


Peppermint has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and works on a wide range of ailments. Some of the uses of peppermint are:

  • Indigestion problems
  • Flatulence
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Colds and Flu


Licorice has traditionally been used for:

  • Sore Throat
  • Cold and Flu
  • Intestinal Inflammation
  • Cough and Congestion

Precautions for using Herbal Extracts and Tinctures:

Using herbs is a way to strengthen your body and treat disease. Always research and know about the herbs you are thinking of using.

Some herbs can have side effects and can interact adversely with other herbs, supplements, or medications. Some herbs should not be taken for certain conditions and should not be used for children or if you are pregnant.

If you are unsure of a particular herb that is being used in any extracts or tinctures and have questions, ask a professional.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 23:35
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