Q: Which is better, glycerin tinctures or alcohol tinctures?
A: 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.
Ethanol, also called ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a volatile, 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, we 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.