Herbal tinctures an ancient ally.

Herbal tinctures an ancient ally.

Why should I add tinctures to my routine?

In the bustle of modern life, it can be a challenge to incorporate herbal wellness into our action-packed lifestyles. One age-old remedy that has stood the test of time is herbal tinctures. In this blog, we'll delve into the world of these potent elixirs, exploring their benefits, the science behind them, and how to easily incorporate them into your daily routine. 

Bioavailability and Potency:

One of the reasons many reach for herbal tinctures is their bioavailability—a measure of the body's ability to absorb and utilize the active ingredients. Unlike pills or capsules, tinctures boast high bioavailability, ensuring that your body receives the maximum benefits from the fresh or dried herbs extracted. 

Organic Alcohol and Double Extraction:

The choice of solvent in the extraction process plays a pivotal role in the quality of the tincture. At Fresh Pickins we use 200 Proof Organic Grain (Gluten Free) alcohol that's distilled right in the state of Maine by a company named Culinary Solvent. This organic alcohol is the key player in the extraction process. It not only serves as an excellent solvent but also acts as a preservative, enhancing the tincture's shelf life. The double extraction method, involving both alcohol and water, can capture a broader spectrum of plant compounds, making the tincture more potent and effective depending on the herb being extracted. Chaga for example, is a botanical whose tincture can really benefit from a thorough double extraction process to extract a potent array of bioavailable constituents. 



Fresh and Dried Herbs:

The quality of herbs is paramount in creating a powerful tincture and this is what we think sets us apart at Fresh Pickins. Since we are a farm we have the ability to nourish and harvest our herbs when they are at their best. (Usually, the pollinators let us know when the herbs are at their best)  While both fresh and dried herbs have their merits, we often lean towards fresh herbs as their vibrancy is unsurpassed in the final product. Fresh herbs, being less processed and harvested minutes before adding the alcohol mixture, offer a more vibrant flavor profile, while dried herbs can contribute to slightly more potency. With Fresh Pickins you can rest assured that the herbs in your tincture are of the highest quality so you can live your best life.



How to Take and Dosage:

Incorporating herbal tinctures into your routine is really easy and definitely one of their appeals. For most of our tinctures, the recommended dose is a dropper full (20 - 30 drops) which allows for swift absorption into the bloodstream, thanks to the sublingual glands. Alternatively, if this is unpleasant, you can dilute the tincture in water or juice and just drink it normally. It's been said that consuming tinctures on a more empty stomach is beneficial because your body can absorb more of the beneficial compounds. Determining the right dosage is a personal journey, influenced by factors such as individual health goals and the specific herbs used. Starting with a small dosage and gradually increasing is a common practice to gauge your body's response. Please read the labels on individual bottles for detailed dosage guidelines.


Shelf Life:

One of the advantages of herbal tinctures is their impressive shelf life. The combination of organic alcohol and proper extraction methods acts as a natural preservative, allowing you to store your elixir for an extended period without compromising its potency. To maximize shelf life, it's recommended to store your tinctures in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

Embrace the Herbal Lifestyle

As we navigate the complexities of health and wellness, herbal tinctures emerge as a beacon of simplicity and efficacy. Their bioavailability, harnessed through the careful choice of solvents and extraction methods, ensures that you reap the full benefits of nature's bounty. Whether you opt for fresh or dried herbs, the key lies in sourcing the finest quality botanicals.

Taking herbal tinctures is a delightful and customizable experience. A few drops a day can pave the way to a revitalized you. Remember to start slow, experiment with dosages, and listen to your body's response. With a generous shelf life, these elixirs become faithful companions in your journey to optimizing your well-being.

Embarking on the path to a healthier, more vibrant life has never been more needed and available— Check out our full line of handmade, carefully curated tinctures and let nature’s potency emerge in every drop.



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