Why glycerin tinctures vs. alcohol tinctures?

Q:  Which is better, glycerin tinctures or alcohol tinctures?


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If done correctly glycerin pulls out more water soluble constituents than grain alcohol and more than just water and allows for a very stable shelf life. We do not add flavors or sweeteners to our extracts like found in many other brands. We use Kosher vegetable glycerin from palm kernel oils and/or coconuts. Unlike alcohol it doesn’t have ill effects on diabetics, alcoholics and the liver, making it a great product for adults and children.

Glycerin                                                                                     Alcohol

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Ethanol, also called ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a glycerin vs. alcohol tincturesvolatile, flammable, colorless liquid. It is a powerful psychoactive drug and one of the oldest recreational drugs. Best known as the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, it is also used in thermometers, as a solvent, and as an alcohol fuel. In common usage, it is often referred to simply as alcohol or spirits.
It is also used as a fuel when in it’s solid form.

 

Why do we use Glycerin instead of Alcohol?

We wanted to offer family herbal products that we could feel 100% good about, with safe ingredients that would raise no concerns over possible negative side effects, especially in regards to children and those with dietary restrictions. We use pure Kosher vegetable glycerin to extract, enhance and preserve our herbal formulas. Though it tastes sweet, glycerin is not a sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. It is a non-toxic food substance, a natural component of all fats and oils, a good solvent of herbal constituents and also a preservative.

One herbalist, Dr. Edward Shook, believed glycerin tinctures to be superior to alcohol and especially beneficial for removing toxins and inorganic drugs from the body. Some research indicates that glycerin may have a cleansing and anti-oxidizing effect.

As a natural product of normal digestion, it can be converted into carbohydrates and burned as fuel, or stored for later use. Also, glycerin masks bitter tasting herbs, enhances flavors and eliminates the nasty taste of alcohol altogether, which most children and many adults find disagreeable. Using our unique 3 Stage Liquid Light Extraction Process, glycerin vs. alcohol tinctureswe believe our glycerin tinctures to be exceptionally potent.

For family use, the great taste and advantages of glycerin-based herbal formulas far outweigh those extracted in alcohol.

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5 Responses to Why glycerin tinctures vs. alcohol tinctures?

  1. Rachel says:

    Glycerin is great-tasting and avoids the issue of giving children alcohol. It’s also a good option for those avoiding alcohol because of religious reasons or a history of addiction. However glycerin is a mucosal irritant (why it works for stimulating bowel movements as a suppository) and for that reason may not be the best option for those with damaged guts, such as those with IBS or other digestive issues, candida, leaky gut, etc. Alcohol-based tinctures can be added to hot water to let the alcohol dissipate before taking.

    • You’re right Rachel. Consider however, the words you hear over and over again about glycerin is that it is “mild”, “safe and effective” and this is for 99% out there. Those with severe leaky gut problems need to be treated by a doctor and on special diets as most everything is an issue with them. Our formulas are supplements, not a meal and designed for are those looking for preventing serious health issues by being preventative. That being said most would agree that on the list of those products of being safe glycerin is high on that list and as an ingredient that is mild and NOT a strong irritant and used in MANY bowel formulas because it is the safest. If someone finds glycerin is an issue then they NEED to find a DOCTOR to have special treatment. Probiotics are still a good alternative for those with digestive tract issues.

  2. Lisa Nichols says:

    I am still wondering how it effects people w/diabetes. I haven’t found how it works vs. sugar. Do our bodies work better w/glycerin or other carbohydrates? I use glycerin based tincture for patients on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Plan. I’ve had several patients ask me the value of glycerin. Against alcohol infusing I think that glycerin is safer & less dangerous on your body. My IBS & Crohn’s patients love it in capsule form. It tends to be less harsh on their systems than the prescriptions from the doctors. I would love any extra input that you can help me with. We just want to be safe & as natural as possible. Also, if you have a catalog that I could browse via email or snail mail.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Most would agree with this statement:
      100% pure Vegetable Glycerine is a safe and has a low glycemic index. Under normal circumstances a normal dose would have little effect on blood sugar levels.
      Approximately 27 calories per teaspoon.

      If a diabetic was having serious problems or had confusion or dehydration then glycerine being slightly dehydrating wouldn’t be a good idea and they should be seeing their doctor, not on herbs without supervision. We agree it is the best alternative but we always advise on being on the safe side and coordinating with one’s health care provider.

      As for a catalog, in an attempt to be as green as we can we stopped printing catalogs awhile back, so all we have is our website http://www.trilighthealth.com

      If you have any other questions please let me know.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Lyle Bennett
      TriLight Health

  3. dan says:

    Alcohol certainly has its advantages. The absorption rate is far higher than glycerine. This is the very reason that chinese medicinals (the expensive ones especialy) are mostly extracted with alcohol, to ensure the most efficatious use. Glycerine is certainly the best route for some folks

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