are made for two reasons:
- The alcohol preserves
- During the alcohol
extraction process certain compounds (especially lipid soluble compounds)
are removed from the herb that boiling (e.g. making a tea) does not
alcohol is not safe
for cats or birds. Therefore, the alcohol content
of the tincture must be lowered. The most effective process for lowering
the alcohol content is as follows:
Open the bottle, place the bottle in the top of a double boiler, and
boil for 10-15 minutes
the alcohol lost in this process by adding boiling water to fill the
bottle to its original full level
cool and replace the dropper
should lower the resulting alcohol content approximately 50% or more,
making it safe for cats and birds
The resulting tincture will no longer be preserved.
Bacteria can grow in the bottle if the dropper is contaminated with
the animal's tongue or saliva. It is best to use a different dropper
than the one in the bottle and clean the dropper between uses. Also,
keep the tincture you created refrigerated.
There are some low-alcohol
and alcohol-free tinctures which we carry.