Thursday, April 14, 2011

Adding Herbal Tinctures to Tea

Tea Time

With people becoming more health conscious the demand for herbal supplements and tinctures have grown. Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs. They are usually extracted in alcohol, but they can also be extracted in vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar. Tinctures can either be taken by simply placing a drop or two under the tongue or adding a few drops of the supplement in a cup of tea. Given the bitter nature taste of some herbs adding them to your tea is certainly a sweeter deal.

You can find tinctures in your local health food store, pharmacy or herbalist. Find the right tincture for your condition or need. Do your research, tinctures just as over the counter medications are not a one type fits all. Many tinctures are labeled with the condition making choosing easier. For example one named Cold and Flu tincture will contain herbs believed to help treat colds and flu. condition. You can get a single herb preparation or a multiple herbal formula. When in doubt do not be afraid to ask. Many employees of the health food stores and some pharmacies have either a person on staff who is familiar with the products or access to the product material.

If you do not have a favorite tea now is the best time to find one. Just as tinctures come bag in a wide variety, so do teas. From loose tea to prepackaged in their own bags the variety is endless. Have a sweet tooth, cinnamon apple or mango vanilla tea with some honey is a good choice. Want more traditional reach for the earl grey or some good green tea.

Set your water to boil. Place tea bag in cup and pour in water, allow tea to steep according to package directions. Add sweetener if desired. Allow the tea to cool for a minute before adding the tincture. Adding the tincture to the boiling water can destroy the herbs herb's enzymes. Use the medicine dropper to add the tincture to your tea. The dosage of tincture will depend on package instructions or the instructions of your physician or herbalist.

You can use your favorite tea or purchase one especially for taking the tincture. Remember to take in to consideration that other herbal teas may interact with the tincture.
Choose your herbal tea carefully as some herbs may make the tincture you add to the tea useless or even dangerous. The popular herb St. John's Wort should not be used with licorice root because it may cause your blood pressure to rise. This goes for your prescription medication as well. For example milk thistle tincture will interact with medications taken for diabetes. This is where doing your research and keeping your physician informed of your supplements becomes necessary.

In my next posting I will give instructions on making your own herbal tinctures at home.