Tinctures are liquid concentrates of different herbs. To produce one, you must soak some herbs (or parts of an herb) for weeks in vinegar or alcohol. The process of extracting the active elements found in herbs differ with its manufacturer’s preferences, but they all must include soaking in an alkaloid.
People consume tinctures orally using droppers. If you are looking for a good tincture, Tulsa‘s wellness and health stores may be a good start. Some drug stores also stock them. The trick here is to know that your supplier is trustworthy, as drug administration businesses do not regulate tinctures. It is also a good idea to consult a doctor before starting to use one.
The Most Common Types of Tincture
- Propolis and elderberry
Propolis is made from bees, and it helps treat skin disorders and alleviate skin allergies. Its tincture can be used to heal acne and wounds. It may also help prevent allergic skin reactions. Additionally, propolis helps prevent yeast infections and treat bacterial vaginosis.
Elderberry is sometimes used alongside propolis, as it contains antioxidant properties and helps reduce swelling. Elderberry tincture can work alongside propolis to reduce acne or swelling in the skin due to allergies and other negative skin reactions.
- Cannabis and turmeric
Cannabis offers a wide range of benefits. It can treat seizures and nausea and even alleviate pain. Some components of marijuana have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including nabilone, cannabidiol, and dronabinol. Note that different states have regulations against the use of cannabis, so be sure to check them before consuming it in tincture form.
Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features. It can relieve inflammation and positively impact knee pain and other arthritis-related pains.
- Benzoin and Echinacea
Benzoin is an oil that can help treat skin issues. Its tincture can help in the treatment of minor skin cuts. Historically, benzoin was used before when bandaging wounds to protect the skin.
Echinacea is famous as a supplement for boosting the immune system. Alongside benzoin, it can help fight infections. There is evidence pointing to Echinacea in treating colds, as well.
A Few Reminders About Tincture
Tinctures are like supplements, as these have particular side effects in some people. A common mistake is assuming that because herbal tinctures are made from natural material, they are safe. However, there could be conditions — medications or pregnancy — that make tinctures harmful to the body.
Other than the side effects, herbal tinctures can harm the body if someone is allergic to its substance. What is more, some herbs have toxic material. If the manufacturer is not careful, they may fail to account for their potential toxicity. You must be sure who sells them.
Note that there is little scientific research to support the use of some of the tinctures available on the market. This means that while a product may address a health issue for one person, it could fail to do the same for another with the same problem. Research into the specific herb you want before making a purchase.