Plant Medicinal

Do you know what an herbal extract is? A liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution made by extracting the herb's chemical constituents out of the inert herb fiber with a solution of alcohol and water or glycerin and water. A good liquid herbal extract should optimally preserve the aroma, taste and biological activity of the herb from which it is made. Vanilla extract is a commonly known liquid herbal extract. Using herbal extracts have a lot of benefits. They allow for optimal absorption. They bring about changes in the body much quicker than other methods of taking herbs. They have a long-shelf life. They allow you to get to know the taste of the plants. They are more concentrated. Many different herbs can be combined to make a customized formula. They can easily be taken in water, juice, or tea. They are convenient and easy to take. For taking herbal extracts, the preferred method is to add the suggested amount of drops to a little bit of water. 6-8 ounces of water, juice or tea will be sufficient. For those who don’t mind the strong taste or the sting of the alcohol of a liquid herbal extract, they can be taken straight from the dropper. Be sure that you shake the extract well before each use. If you are sensitive to alcohol you can put the drops in a small glass and pour boiling water over it. Most of the alcohol will evaporate. You can then add a bit of agave syrup or honey to enhance the flavor. If the water becomes a cloudy white, do not worry, this is very common with bark and resin extracts.Most liquid herbal extracts have a long shelf-life of up to 2 years on average. To ensure your liquid herbal extracts maintain their quality, be sure to store them in a cool dark place