Traditional medicine is “the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health and in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness” (World Health Organization). There are many different systems of traditional medicine, and the philosophy and practices of each are influenced by the prevailing conditions, environment, and geographic area within which it first evolved, however, a common philosophy is a holistic approach to life, equilibrium of the mind, body, and the environment, and an emphasis on health rather than on disease. Generally, the focus is on the overall condition of the individual, rather than on the particular ailment or disease from which the patient is suffering, and the use of herbs is a core part of all systems of traditional medicine.
Ever wonder which is the best way to take herbs – capsules, tea or liquid extracts? While capsules are convenient and herbal teas are easy to make, liquid herbal extracts offer some benefits no other method of ingesting herbs can.
This is because when you ingest a liquid herbal extract, it is quickly and easily absorbed, digested, and utilized by the body. The minute the liquid extract touches your tongue, it is instantly absorbed into the blood stream; the body goes to work right away to utilize the action of the herbs.
Benefits of Using Liquid Herbal Extracts:
They allow for optimal absorption
They bring about changes in the body much quicker than other methods of taking herbs
They have a long-shelf life
They allow you to get to know the taste of the plants
They are more concentrated
Many different herbs can be combined to make a customized formula
They can easily be taken in water, juice, or tea
They are convenient and easy to take
How to Take Liquid Herbal Extracts
The preferred method is to add the suggested number of drops to a little bit of water. 6-8 ounces of water, juice or tea will be sufficient. For those who don’t mind the strong taste, or the sting of the alcohol of a liquid herbal extract, they can be taken straight from the dropper. Be sure that you shake the extract well before each use.
If you are sensitive to alcohol you can put the drops in a small glass and pour boiling water over it. Most of the alcohol will evaporate. You can then add a bit of agave syrup or honey to enhance the flavor.
If the water becomes a cloudy white, do not worry; this is very common with bark and resin extracts.
How to Store Liquid Herbal Extracts
Most liquid herbal extracts have a long shelf-life of up to 2 years on average. To ensure your liquid herbal extracts maintain their quality, be sure to store them in a cool, dark place. A dry cupboard, away from the stove, microwave or refrigerator is best. Never touch the dropper to your body, especially the tongue, as this may contaminate the blend with bacteria. Make sure the cap is screwed on tightly after each use.
Examples of Benefits from Herbal Extracts sold in our store at Clarity Center:
Lion's Mane Medicinal Mushroom Tincture
This mushroom is known to stimulate brain cell growth, reduce symptoms of anxiety/depression, stimulates the growth and repair of nerve cells, reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, and supports heart health.
Lymphatic - Drainage and Cleansing Herbal Extract
Cleavers- this herb cleanses and tons the lymph nodes and helps relieve swollen glands. It helps flush and decongest the kidneys and unitary system. This is also helpful in purifying and detoxifying the blood. Wild Indigo Root- this herb helps clean the lymphatic system and rid the body of damaging microbes and wastes. It can improve the flow of lymph and reduces glandular swelling. Red Root- this herb is traditionally associated with blood and it would to help stimulate circulation and a sluggish lymph system. Queen’s Root- this herb promotes secretory activity of mucous membranes and removal of catabolic wastes. It is a great herb for a congested lymphatic system. Red Clover Blossoms- this herb is primarily used as a depurative or detoxifying herb. It assists the body in removing waste products and toxins from fluids and tissues. This herb has been used effectively for acute and chronic lymphatic congestion and swollen lymph nodes. Astragalus Root- this herb can help ease congestion and swelling in the lymph system. Dandelion Leaf- this herb is a purifying herb that assists in the removal of toxins in the body.
Terminate Adult Parasite and Candida Cleanse Herbal Tincture
Health Benefits: Wormwood: is used to eliminate intestinal worms, especially roundworms and pinworms. It is a great herb to kill bacteria and fungi.
Black Walnut: this is one of nature's most powerful disease fighters. The Husk is an incredible anti candida solution. It contains an active ingredient known as juglone, which is a very effective antifungal. It has high proportions of natural tannins which detroy parasites, yeast, and fungus.
Cat's Claw Bark: this plant contains alkaloids that strengthen your white blood cells, allowing them to attack foreign invaders such as candida, as well as other fungi, viruses and bacteria. The antioxidant properties are effective at combating free radicals found in the blood stream.
Pau D' Arco- this bark has beta-lapochone present which inhibits the enzymes in virus cells. The virus is no longer able to take control over the reproductive processes of the cell, so it can neither replicate itself or infect other cells. Due to its antioxidant effects it helps the body fight candida.
Cascara Sagrada: this herb stimulates wavelike contractions of the large intestine. It has been used to expel parasites through these wavelike actions in the lower intestines. It also has antiviral properties.