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What Are Herbal Tinctures?

Fun fact: not all tinctures contain THC/CBD!


There’s an entire world of herbalism that studies how herbs can benefit the human body. At Alternative Leaves, we study Northern Californian herbs local to us that tackle various ailments, from period cramps to stress relief.


Sooo what the heck is an herbal tincture?

An herbal tincture is a highly concentrated liquid form of herbs! Essentially, it’s like any other supplement you take. At Alternative Leaves, we brew our tinctures for over a month and a half (yeah, you read that right) to extract each plant's full benefits. Since they’re highly concentrated, you only need a few drops!


Our brewing tinctures need to be kept in a dark room away from sunlight and shaken daily to prevent molding, and are often steeped in either alcohol, apple cider vinegar, or glycerine (all food-safe options!)


Are tinctures digestible?

Yes! Herbal tinctures are meant for consumption. Your body breaks down the herbal properties in tinctures which offer natural benefits.


How do I ingest?

We recommend taking herbal tinctures however you like! You can put a dropper full and tuck it under the tongue for a moment before swallowing or add a few drops in your tea, coffee, water, juice, etc. It’ll take roughly 15 minutes to start feeling the herbal effects.


How much should I take?

Dosing with tinctures is all about being in tune with your own body. Start small (a half dropper full) and work your way up to a dose that feels good for you (we average 2-3 full droppers in a cup of tea). If it’s one full dropper or two, so be it! Work with what YOU need.


How often should I take my herbal tincture?

We recommend taking our products as needed, but in moderation! Usually, we take 2 droppers and wait 20-30 minutes for the effects to kick in before determining if another drop is needed. The more regularly you take your tincture, the more you’ll feel it’s benefits (aka 2 drops of our immunity tincture a day keeps the sneezes away!)


Can I take multiple tinctures at a time?

Medicinal herbs are able to work hand-in-hand to address multiple pain points, often synergistically, working together to help your body from the inside out. So if you’re on your period and want some Period Pal Tincture, but also need help sleeping at night, drop some Sweet Dreams Tincture into that tea too!


What is the shelf life?

Our herbal tinctures have a shelf life of three years! If you’re good to them (ie. keep them cool and away from the sun) they can last closer to five.


Now that you know a little more about herbal tinctures, browse some of Alternative Leaves offerings! If you come across any questions, feel free to contact us with any questions.




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