What is a tincture?
Tinctures are liquid herbal extracts that have been used in herbal medicine for centuries.
Holy Mountain's tinctures are brewed the slow way, steeping transformative nervine herbs and adaptogens in alcohol for six weeks before being tinctured into individual glass bottles. During this time the alcohol takes on the nutritional and medicinal properties of the herbs, along with the flavour, colour and scent. As only a tiny amount of alcohol is consumed when we take herbal tinctures, it remains a very safe and effective way of delivering our favourite herbal remedies.
Tinctures are an excellent option for those who lead a busy lifestyle and convenient for travel so you can easily use your herbs wherever you are.
We use certified organic grape vodka (naturally gluten free) ideal for botanical use from Western Australia. Given that the amount of tincture needed is very little (between 20-40 drops) the amount of alcohol consumed is incredibly small.
What is the best way to take a tincture?
There are many different ways to take your tinctures! Our favourite is to add about 1 dropper-full to a small glass of still or sparkling water (about half a glass), you can also add to herbal tea or take it directly under the tongue to bypass the digestive system. The sublingual method can be a little unpleasant in taste and feel due to the alcohol content, which is why we prefer to consume ours in water.
How do they taste?
when taken in water the flavors are herbal, subtle and mild.
Why do we use alcohol?
Alcohol is an excellent solvent
Alcohol allows us to create a potent, full bodied product as it can extract a much wider range of molecules. Herbs contain both fat and water soluble compounds. Alcohol is an effective and reliable solvent for herbs because it can extract the compounds and active ingredients that aren’t water-soluble, such as essential oils, alkaloids and resins, giving you a very well-rounded extract.
Alcohol is quickly and easily assimilated by the human body
Alcohol tinctures are absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, and stomach lining. This means that we can place a few drops under our tongue, bypassing digestion altogether and entering our bloodstream almost immediately to deliver its therapeutic properties
Alcohol is a natural, age-old preservative
Alcohol gives herbal tinctures a longer shelf-life – in most instances between 3 - 5 years if stored correctly!
Can I decrease/ remove the alcohol content of a tinctures?
You can try to evaporate some of the alcohol out of the tincture by putting the suggested dose into a hot cup of tea or boiling water. The hot water will cause some (not all) of the alcohol to dissolve out with the steam.