Are you trying to live a more holistic lifestyle? Turn to herbal tinctures instead of commercial drugs. After all, there seems to be a pill for everything these days! And as more people question what’s in their medicine, you might wonder about natural remedies.
Herbal tinctures are a type of supplement. You might be familiar with capsules and teas, but tinctures have their own list of benefits. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Herbal Tinctures?
A tincture is a concentrated herbal liquid. It’s made by soaking an herb, such as chamomile, in alcohol and water. It can be made different of strengths.1
Tinctures are stored in amber bottles with a dropper. This is important, as the amber bottle protects the herbs from sunlight. As with essential oils, light can damage the medicinal qualities. The liquid is taken by the drop. Depending on the strength, the packaging will have a recommended dose. It can either be consumed directly, or added to juice or water.
Benefits Of Herbal Tinctures
1. Easier To Take
Herbal pills, tablets, and capsules are more common than tinctures. You can even find them at drugstores! However, tinctures are easier to swallow. It’s a great option if you’re not a fan of taking pills.
2. No Preparation
Herbal teas are also easy to find. Yet, this option requires hot water and waiting time. With tinctures, you can take it on the go. This is perfect for traveling or when you don’t have time to heat water.
3. Free Of Chemicals
Tinctures are made with ingredients from the earth. Compared to commercial medicine, there are a lot fewer chemicals involved. Of course, it’s super important to purchase from a reputable farm or store.
Herbal Tinctures For Different Problems
1. Immune Boost: Elderberry
At the first sign of a cold, reach for elderberry. A 2017 study found that it can enhance the immune response, offering extra protection. It can even ward off the flu.2
2. Stress Relief: Ashwagandha
Stress is normal. But when it adds up, it can take a toll on your health. Protect your body and mind with ashwagandha, a herb that reduces stress. As an added bonus, it’ll kick up your immune system.3
3. Tension Release: Holy Basil
Is your brain going in a million directions? Take holy basil, or tulsi, another herb that relaxes the mind. It suppresses the release of cortisol, the stress hormone. Specific enzymes that contribute to stress are also stopped.4
4. Sleep Issues: Skullcap
Instead of popping a sleeping pill, opt for a skullcap tincture. A 2011 study in Behavioural Brain Research found that it acts on the central nervous system, creating a sedative effect. Even a low dose will increase the duration of sleep. Plus, the herb protects neurons from damage.5
5. Nausea: Ginger
Ginger is known for its anti-nausea benefits. As a tincture, it eases nausea just as well. Additional benefits include relief from diarrhea, constipation, gas, and vomiting.6
- As with any medicine, use caution. Herbal tinctures might be made from plants, but they are also drugs. You never know how the body will react.
- If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have pre-existing diseases, check with your doctor. Do the same if you’re on prescription medication.
- The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate herbal tinctures. To use them safely, always follow the directions and correct dosage.
|↑1||Botanical Dietary Supplements. National Institutes of Health.|
|↑2||Kinoshita, Emiko, Kyoko Hayashi, Hiroshi Katayama, Toshimitsu Hayashi, and Akio Obata. “Anti-influenza virus effects of elderberry juice and its fractions.” Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry 76, no. 9 (2012): 1633-1638.|
|↑3||Vetvicka, Vaclav, and Jana Vetvickova. “Immune enhancing effects of WB365, a novel combination of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Maitake (Grifola frondosa) extracts.” North American journal of medical sciences 3, no. 7 (2011): 320.|
|↑4||Jothie Richard, Edwin, Ramanaiah Illuri, Bharathi Bethapudi, Senthilkumar Anandhakumar, Anirban Bhaskar, Chandrasekaran Chinampudur Velusami, Deepak Mundkinajeddu, and Amit Agarwal. “Anti‐stress Activity of Ocimum sanctum: Possible Effects on Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis.” Phytotherapy Research 30, no. 5 (2016): 805-814.|
|↑5||de Carvalho, Rebeca Santos Marques, Filipe Silveira Duarte, and Thereza Christina Monteiro de Lima. “Involvement of GABAergic non-benzodiazepine sites in the anxiolytic-like and sedative effects of the flavonoid baicalein in mice.” Behavioural brain research 221, no. 1 (2011): 75-82.|
|↑6||Leoni, Alberto, Roberta Budriesi, Ferruccio Poli, Mariacaterina Lianza, Alessandra Graziadio, Alice Venturini, Massimiliano Broccoli, and Matteo Micucci. “Ayurvedic preparation of Zingiber officinale Roscoe: effects on cardiac and on smooth muscle parameters.” Natural Product Research (2017): 1-8.|