Herbal Tinctures

Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine

DISCLAIMER: Choosing a holistic approach to medicine means choosing personal responsibility for your health care. "The Healing Path" offers an option to use herbal supplements and energy healing to develop and improve health. It is not intended as a substitute for advice from a physician.

What is a Tincture?

What is a Tincture?

What is an Herbal Tincture? And How to Use a Tincture

A tincture (or herbal tonic) is made by steeping the fresh or dried herb (the marc) in a solution of food grade alcohol (the menstruum) for several weeks before straining it. The alcohol, because it is approximately 50% water and 50% alcohol extracts both the oil based medicinal properties of the herb as well as the water based properties. The alcohol also serves as a preservative, giving a tincture a shelf life of at least 10 years when stored away from heat and light. 

Our tinctures are made in food grade alcohol and steeped for no less than six weeks instead of the two weeks that most commercial grade tinctures are processed. This assures a higher quality tincture. 

The advantages of tinctures over other forms of herbal medicine are that they are concentrated, easy to dispense, easy to take, rapidly absorbed, easy on the stomach and they have a very long shelf life.

How to Remove the Alcohol in a Tincture

How to Remove the Alcohol in a Tincture

Herbal tinctures are herb extracts suspended in an alcohol base.
If you have concerns about alcohol consumption, please follow these instructions:

Before each dose:
1. Boil some water
2. Measure tincture dose into a glass
3. Pour ¼ cup of boiling water into glass with tincture.
4. Allow tincture and water mixture to cool, and take dosage as usual.

It will have no more alcohol than a ripe banana.


It is important to know how to use a tincture so here are my guidelines:
One eyedropper full consists of 25 drops 
[one squeeze of the eyedropper bulb.]
The glass bulb will only be full about 1 inch 

For Best Results: 
Be consistent: 

Too often we forget dosages and/or stop taking it as soon as we start feeling better. Although one missed dosage will not make a big difference, it may slow down your progress. So you be the judge as to what is the best way to remember your daily doses. Some find it helpful to leave their tinctures on the counter or somewhere that it is easily seen. The visual queue helps you to remember your daily doses.

How to Use a Tincture For Children

Children take their tinctures easily when their dose is served in a small cup or glass to which a maraschino cherry juice has been added; and don’t forget the cherry on top. Your tincture should be thought of, and used like a nutritional supplement. If you have any concerns or questions about your herbal tincture or their use with medications, please ask your doctor. 




The Healing Path Herbal tinctures can be taken in accordance to “body weight”. For every 50 pounds of body weight – take one dropper full of tincture. If for some reason you should skip a dose simply double the next dose.
The general guideline is as follows:
 30 pounds (13.6 Kg) = 15 * DROPS two times daily  *Drops not droppers full

 50 pounds (22 Kg) = 1 Dropper full two times daily
100 pounds (45 Kg) = 2 Droppers full two times daily
150 pounds (68 Kg) = 3 Droppers full two times daily
200  pounds (90 Kg) = 4 Droppers full two X’s daily
250 pounds (113 Kg) = 5 Droppers full two X’s daily
300 pounds (136 Kg) = 6 Droppers full two X’s daily

         For autoimmune disorders it is recommended to double your doses for the first week of your treatment.
       * Herbal tinctures can be taken with or without food; because it is in tincture form it is absorbed quickly into the blood stream.
       *Also, consider your diet and lifestyle. If you eat healthy [plenty of fruits and vegetables, proper protein, 25 grams of fiber per day, little or no white flour or sugar] and avoid GMOs you will speed up your recovery. Sometimes it is appropriate to add a midday dose. 

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