Thursday, October 05, 2006


The taste of most herbal tinctures’ leaves something to be desired, to say the least. In other words, they just taste awful. There are many easier ways to take them without tasting them or taste them very little, though you must decide which way is best for you.

Tinctures are made with alcohol to extract the active ingredients. For those of you sensitive to alcohol, you can put the bottle overnight in a safe place where it will not be disturbed, leaving the lid off. By the next morning the alcohol content will be greatly reduced and easier to take.

As far as the taste, I know some who squirt the tincture straight into their mouth, then chase it with water. (cont’d) I think this is either a really brave or crazy way to take tinctures. I, personally, have either put water in my mouth or a glass, added the tincture, then swallowed as quickly as I can. Other ways include, making a glass of EmergenC vitamin C in water, then adding the tincture. You can also add stevia to this drink to help achieve a sweet taste. Or, you can use vegetable glycerin or a glycerin based flavoring to help mask the flavor of the tincture. Another way to flavor the tincture is with the amino acid glycine because it does taste sweet as well.

If none of these help with the flavor then you can buy empty veggie caps to fill with the tincture as one of my patients have done. I think this is an ingenius way to avoid tasting the flavor of the tincture.

Which ever way you decide, you may notice that the unpleasantness of the taste will diminish over time.


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