Are Herbal Tinctures Effective?

So often I hear people say:

“Herbal tinctures are weak.”
“Herbal tinctures are too diluted to be effective.”
“A few drops of tinctures can’t be strong enough to have any health benefits.”


For this reason, many people go for herbal teas and capsules, thinking that tinctures are a waste. In fact, the notion of tinctures being weak or ineffective is incorrect. If you’ve overlooked this herbal preparation, think again! 

The truth is this: 

Comparing herbal tinctures to other herbal preparations is like comparing ice to water. 

To understand this, you have to understand how tinctures are made and why they work just as well, if not better, than regular herbs.

What is a tincture and how is it made?


Essentially, a tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract. They are traditionally made by adding all or specific medicinal components of an herb in an alcohol solvent. Some common preparations are alcohol-free, using glycerin as a solvent (This is a good option for those who cannot, or should not, consume alcohol). 

After 2-6 weeks in the solvent, the tincture is ready to use as a dietary supplement. It can be taken straight from the dropper, or dissolved in water, juice, or tea. If you’re taking a tincture under the guidance of an herbalist or holistic health professional, you may be advised to take it 2-3 times a day, depending on your health.

Are tinctures weak? 

Not at all! In fact, since they are concentrated extracts, tinctures can be stronger than herbal tea. Many people are surprised that just a few drops can deliver so much benefit. Less is more when it comes to tinctures!

Additionally, the alcohol acts as a Trojan horse, allowing the properties of the herbs to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream more quickly than capsules or herbal pills. 

When is taking a tincture better than taking capsules of raw herbs?

The preparation of herbs for consumption will vary, as will their effectiveness. Someone with a compromised digestive system may benefit from the convenience of a liquid tincture. On the other hand, a person with alcohol sensitivity will do best with an alternative herbal preparation, or even a glycerin-based tincture. If you are in good health, of course, you can choose whichever herbal preparation you’re comfortable with! Taken as directed, tinctures are a safe and holistic way to support the body’s natural healing abilities.

If you’re interested in using herbal tinctures, take a look at our selection of hand-crafted, organic tinctures along with other herbal products. 

Need assistance? Schedule a health consultation to receive personalized health guidance on what herbs and preparations are best to achieve your desired health goals. 

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