Glycerites: Tinctures Without Alcohol
Glycerites are sweet herbal tinctures which use vegetable glycerin to extract the medicinal constituents and flavor from an herb. Herbal tinctures are typically made from alcohol, but glycerin is a good alternative for children, animals, and adults when palatability and alcohol sensitivities are primary considerations. While not as potent as alcohol-based tinctures, glycerites are still quite effective – certainly more so than trying to administer a dose of alcohol-based tincture to a tight-lipped child! Glycerites are effective no matter what reason you have for wanting to make tinctures without alcohol as the base. Click here to read more about how to make your own herbal glycerites or you can hold tight and purchase these herbal treats from me.
Benefits of tinctures
One of the most important features of tinctures is the speed with which the medicine is delivered throughout the body. The alcoholic solution of the tincture means herbs are absorbed much more quickly into circulation, and therefore begin to take effect faster than other methods, especially capsules. This is most important when dealing with acute manifestations of conditions (such as pain and anxiety), when immediate relief of symptoms is necessary.
Additionally, tinctures are easier to digest. If individuals have certain digestive disorders that impair their ability to breakdown tablets or capsules, they may only receive a fraction of the medicine available to them; using tinctures ensures the body receives the dosage taken.
Source: Navaherbs & Herbal Academy – Glycerites