Frequently Asked Questions
What are tinctures?Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts made by soaking the bark, berries, leaves, flowers, and/or roots from one or more plants in alcohol. The alcohol breaks open the plant’s cell wall and pulls out the active ingredients in the plant, concentrating them as a liquid.
Why tinctures?Tinctures are one of the best ways to ingest an herbal remedy. Our bodies utilize about 98% of herbal extracts/tinctures but only about 50% of powdered herbs in capsules and tablets. Tinctures are more potent, easier to digest, and are more quickly absorbed so you feel the effects more quickly!
Should I take my tincture straight or dilute?You can do either! For the fastest pathway into your bloodstream, place the drops under your tongue. This bypasses your digestive system and the tincture is absorbed immediately. Just remember that tinctures are strong and because they are medicine, they can be bitter. We recommend diluting your tinctures in a bit of water for the most pleasant experience.
Can I combine my tinctures or take more than one in a day?Yes! Enjoy experimenting and figuring out what combinations feel best for you. Listen to the messages from your body, mind, and spirit to see what resonates most.
Why is there sediment at the bottom of my tincture?Some of our formulas, like Focus Pocus and Venus Glow, have ingredients in them that can settle to the bottom over time. This is completely normal and part of the medicine, just give it a shake and keep enjoying!
What is an adaptogen?Adaptogens bring the body back into balance after long periods of stress. They work on the physical body rather than the mind, so you can think of them working below the neck. Since they don’t affect the mind or nervous system, we need to consume them consistently so they can build up in our bodies over time. This makes them most effective!
How are nervines different from adaptogens?Adaptogens work by “hacking” the long-term the stress response in the body and restoring the adrenal glands. Nervines work directly on the mind and nervous system. This means that we can feel their calming effects in the moment and can be taken as needed. They relax the nervous system and have a grounding and centering effect without being sedating.
What’s an aphrodisiac?In order to be classified as an aphrodisiac, plants must:
+ Relax the mind and body
+ Stimulate circulation and warm up our extremities
+ Shift our consciousness to the present moment to open our hearts and help us tune into the vibration of being