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Tinctures are liquid extracts of the soluble constituents of plants and are made by placing dried or fresh herbs in alcohol. The alcohol serves two purposes: preservation and extraction. Our fresh Herbal Tinctures are typically made in the ratio of 1 part herb to 2 parts of alcohol and are produced to maximise vitality and to ensure that the active ingredients are at their most balanced.
Our dried Herb Tinctures have a typical ratio of 1:5. All of these Tinctures are prepared over a 4-week period. The alcohol in our Organic Tinctures used is certified organic and produced from rye.
You can replace some of the water in your cream, lotion, gel, foam bath, shampoo and conditioner recipes with up to 15% of a tincture. Use up to 10% in ointments/balms, wound washes, mouth washes, about 5% compresses and 1-2% in eye baths/washes. For whole body baths, use about 15ml for the whole bath. Note: Some mouth wash recipes require more than 10% of the tincture. By using up to 15%, you can reduce the amount of preservative you use in your products.
In addition, however, you’ll need to put your products in tamper-prooof containers that don’t let air in too much or allow for touching the product, such a spump capped bottles, squeeze bottles with flip top lids or spray-capped bottles. Before selling products commercially using this method or preserving your products, you’ll need to have your products challenge-tested in a laboratory – Aromantic cannot take responsibility for this method. Using our calendula tincture, which is based on 96% alcohol gives you a better chance though. Be aware, also, that by adding alcohol to your products they become thinner and you need to add more emulsifiers and xanthan gum to creams and gels and guar gum/sea salt in shampoos and liquid soaps. When thinking about using this method for face creams/lotions consider that alcohol dries out the skin; so if you’re making a cream/lotions for dry/sensitive skin then compensate for the extra alcohol by adding extra fats and oils. See my article, Using Tinctures as Preservatives in the Natural Skin care Library at the bottom of this and each page for more information.
For more information, please refer to The Aromantic Guide to the Use of Herbs in Skin, Hair and Health Care Products or see these free articles in our Natural Skin Care Library at the bottom of this and each page: Using Tinctures as Preservatives, Herbs for Skin and Hair Care, Bath Treatments, Herbal Compresses and Poultices, and How to use herbs in natural skin and hair care products.
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