Anti Inflammatory Herbal Tincture/Extract (2022)

We all know what pain feels like, but few of us know the biology behind the “ouch” factor. Pain is a result of inflammation. When you are injured, the body responds with cyclooxygenase-2 or COX-2, a recently discovered enzyme related to COX-1. While COX-1 enzymes are responsible for maintaining balance in the stomach and kidneys, COX-2 involves turning a stored fat called arachidonic acid into prostaglandins, which inflame injured areas and lead to pain.

Enter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, over-the-counter remedies that work by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. Although NSAIDs are the most popular pain-relief medications, long-term use can result in gastrointestinal upset, peptic ulcers and intestinal bleeding, and may even contribute to colon, kidney or liver damage. In fact, a report in The American Journal of Medicine revealed that more than 107,000 people are hospitalized each year due to complications from NSAID use.

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In an effort to soothe pain without leaving users vulnerable to these side effects, researchers have created a new generation of COX-2 inhibitors. Sold under the names Celebrex and Vioxx, these drugs also relieve pain and inflammation, but because they only target the COX-2 enzyme, they carry fewer gastrointestinal risks than traditional NSAIDs. Better yet, studies have found that Celebrex was just as effective at stopping pain as narcotics without the risk of addiction, and Vioxx could conquer the toughest menstrual cramps. While these drugs were being hailed as the new “safe” aspirin, disturbing reports began to surface. Users reported several side effects, including diarrhea, headaches, respiratory infections, dizziness and skin rashes. Researchers from the University of California at Irvine found that these new pain relievers could worsen colitis and interfere with the healing of gastric ulcers. Of greater concern, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received reports of 10 deaths within months of the release of Celebrex and both drugs were found to increase heart-attack risk. In fact, a recent meta-analysis of 23,407 patients found that these new drugs significantly increase the risk of heart attack.

Boswellia(Boswellia serrata): Long used by Ayurvedic practitioners to treat inflammatory diseases, boswellia binds to the enzymes that cause inflammation. German researchers recently found that the herb is an effective remedy for the chronic pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. To ease arthritic pain, take 150 mg three times daily.

Devil’s claw(Harpagophytum procumbens): Because it is rich in potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds, most researchers credit the iridoid glycosides in devil’s claw for this herb’s pain-relieving potential. During one double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 63 participants with lower-back pain took devil’s claw or a placebo for four weeks. At the end of the study, those taking the herb reported a significant improvement in muscular pain and stiffness compared to the placebo group. While the recommended dosage to alleviate pain is 100 to 250 mg three times a day, don’t take this herb if you suffer from ulcers or gallstones or if you’re taking warfarin.

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Ginger(Zingiber officinale): This tasty herb, traditionally used to soothe digestive woes, is also a potent COX-2 inhibitor. The keys, say researchers, are gingerols — compounds that hamper the release of arachidonic acid. In a study conducted at the University of Sydney, Australia, researchers found that ginger was just as effective as aspirin at inhibiting COX-2. For best results, take 2,000 to 4,000 mg a day or drink 3 to 4 cups of ginger tea. Although ginger is a safe herb, it may interact with some cancer drugs and certain blood-thinning medications.

Turmeric(Curcuma longa): In a double-blind clinical trial conducted by New York’s Presbyterian Hospital and Cornell University, arthritis patients given turmeric reported a significant decrease in inflammation. The reason behind the herb’s effectiveness is curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its deep-yellow color. Curcumin directly inhibits the COX-2 enzyme and the formation of prostaglandins. For chronic pain, take 400 to 600 mg of a standardized curcumin supplement three times daily.

Willow bark(Salix spp.):Often called “herbal aspirin,” willow bark is a natural source of salicylic acid — the active compound in aspirin. When they compared it to Vioxx, Australian researchers found willow bark just as effective as the pharmaceutical drug for pain and inflammation, but without its negative side effects. The recommended dosage is 1,000 to 3,000 mg of the powdered herb daily as needed. Although willow bark has been safely used for 3,500 years, do not use the herb if you are allergic to aspirin. Rarely, willow can cause stomach upset in aspirin-sensitive individuals; reduce the dose or discontinue the herb if this occurs. People taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications should also avoid using willow bark.

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Topical Treatments:Sometimes popping a pill isn’t the most effective way to deal with pain. Muscle aches, sprains and arthritis can all benefit from the following topical remedies.

Arnica(Arnica spp.):Athletes have relied on arnica for years to reduce the swelling and bruising that accompanies sprains. But this homeopathic remedy is just as effective for arthritis or everyday muscle aches. A group of researchers from the Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex, England, also found that arnica is a first-line defense against the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Arnica is available as a ready-to-use ointment or cream — follow package directions for application guidelines.

Cayenne pepper(Capsicum annuum): Cayenne’s primary anti-inflammatory component, capsaicin, works by interrupting the formation of COX-2. Research shows that capsaicin not only reduces pain and inflammation, it significantly improves range of motion. In one study at Craigavon Hospital in Ireland, researchers found that creams containing capsaicin can even reduce shooting pain. For the most effective pain relief, use a cayenne cream containing 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin one to four times a day. But, since this remedy can be fiery, test it on a small area first and never apply it near the eyes or on broken skin.

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Pain-free Foods:For long-term relief from chronic pain, stock up on soy. Israeli researchers have found the phytoestrogens and isoflavones in soy can ease arthritis pain and inflammation. How much soy should you eat? According to the authors of the study, more soy doesn’t necessarily mean more relief. But including some soy in your diet every day may help soothe pain.

Green tea(Camellia sinensis) also fights pain, say researchers at Case Western Reserve University, thanks to the polyphenols found in the leaves. For chronic inflammation, drink 3 cups of green tea daily or take 300 to 400 mg daily in pills. People with heart disease, ulcers, kidney problems or anxiety disorder should avoid the beverage, as should those taking antibiotics, beta-blockers, anti-psychotics, MAO inhibitors and oral contraceptives.

Essential fatty acids(EFAs) are another group of inflammation-fighters. For example, linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic (omega-3) acids both help regulate the body’s response to pain and inflammation by interacting with the COX-2 enzyme. Foods rich in omega-6 EFAs include nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Omega-3s can be found in cold-water fish and flaxseeds.

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Ingredients: Frankinsense tincture, Devil's Claw Root tincture, turmeric, Ginger Roottincture, White Willow Tincture and110 proof grain alcohol. This is a strong tincture with no water added!

Instructions:Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in a cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children.

Disclaimer -The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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FAQs

How much herbal tincture should I take? ›

Because it's a concentrate, you don't need that much. 1/4 to 1 tsp is usually enough. Some herbal tinctures can be taken up to a few times a day. For bitters, we suggest 15 minutes before meals, and for them to be taken undiluted as is--the point is to taste the bitter flavors so that our digestive system responds.

How many tinctures can you take a day? ›

Because the active constituents of the herb have been extracted from the plant matter, this makes Tinctures and Herbal Extracts easily absorbable by the body, as the phytochemicals can enter directly into the blood stream. Tinctures are normally recommended to be taken three times per day, over a period of 4-6 weeks.

Do herbal tinctures actually work? ›

Herbal tinctures are too diluted to be effective.” “A few drops of tinctures can't be strong enough to have any health benefits.” For this reason, many people go for herbal teas and capsules, thinking that tinctures are a waste. In fact, the notion of tinctures being weak or ineffective is incorrect.

What is the use of tincture? ›

Tinctures are highly concentrated herbal extracts that are swallowed or absorbed under the tongue. CBD tinctures can reduce anxiety, treat epilepsy, and relieve pain. THC tinctures improve sleep, reduce muscle spasms, treat chemo-induced nausea, and relieve pain.

How long does herbal tincture take to work? ›

Fast Acting. Because tinctures are usually used sublingually, they are absorbed more rapidly than edibles. Tinctures can transmit their active components to the bloodstream quickly through the lining of the mouth, and the effects come on in 15-30 minutes.

How long do herbal tinctures stay in your system? ›

Most herbal compounds are cleared from the body within 4 hours, so it is best to take herbal tinctures 2-4 times a day rather than a large dose once a day. In acute situations, tinctures can be taken every hour or two, for a short period of time.

Can you drink water after taking a tincture? ›

if you vape cbd, consume it orally, or use it topically, it is completely fine to drink water normally without disrupting absorption. however, if cbd is consumed sublingually via a tincture, you should give the tincture at least 30-60 seconds for full absorption before drinking anything.

When is the best time to take tinctures? ›

Most herbal tinctures or extracts should be taken on a relatively empty stomach, up to 30 minutes before eating or between meals after 2 hours from the last time you ate anything substantial. This will allow for better absorption.

How many tincture drops in a teaspoon? ›

A squeeze is about 20-30 drops, or 1ml. A teaspoon is roughly equivalent to 5ml. The most commonly used dose for tinctures is 20-40 drops or 1-2 squeezes.

Which is stronger tincture or extract? ›

Extracts are more potent and contain less alcohol than tinctures, but they still may have more alcohol than many people would prefer.

How much tincture oil should I take? ›

25ml. If you're looking for a more therapeutic and potent high, try taking . 50ml in the morning and night for the first few days, and then at the end of the week, try upping your nightly dose to . 75ml.

Should tinctures be refrigerated? ›

Alcohol-based tinctures have an unlimited shelf life and do not require refrigeration if stored in a cool, dark location. Tinctures that are vegetable glycerine-based do not need to be refrigerated and can last from 3-5 years. Vinegar-based tinctures are recommended to be refrigerated, and can last up to a year.

What is the difference between extract and tincture? ›

The difference between extracts and tinctures is the amount of herb infused in the alcohol or glycerin. An extract is considered 1 part herb to 1 part alcohol or glycerin. A tincture is considered 1 part herbs to 3 parts alcohol or glycerin. Infusions are necessary with some herbs due to their delicate nature.

What is an herbal tincture? ›

An herbal tincture is a concentrated liquid form of one or more herbs. To make a tincture, a person must soak parts of an herb for several weeks in alcohol or vinegar. The soaking process extracts the active components of the herb or herbs.

What does tincture mean in medicine? ›

A tincture is a trace or indication that reveals the presence of something. In pharmacology, a tincture is type of medicine extracted from a plant in an alcohol solution.

How often can you take an herbal tincture? ›

Tincture Dosage:

Typical dosage for an average, adult range from 1-5 dropperfuls (not drops), one to four times per day. Exact dosage is recommended on the bottle, by an herbalist or other qualified healthcare professional (1 dropperful =~1 mL).

What are the effects of tinctures? ›

What are Marijuana Tincture's effects? The effects of a marijuana tincture are the same as smoked marijuana: euphoria, confusion, slowed thinking and reaction time, impaired balance and coordination.

Are herbal tinctures better than capsules? ›

With the absorption rate being so high, it's no wonder that herbal tinctures are better than capsules. Not only do you get higher levels of nutrients and chemicals with less time spent on metabolism but also because they're easily absorbed by your body in 4 minutes or less!

Can you take multiple tinctures? ›

Yes. Often there is a synergistic effect when taking herbs with one another, they can potentiate one another to work even more effectively together.

Is tincture stronger than oil? ›

Yes. Both CBD tinctures and oils are equally effective because the only difference is the suspension liquid. “The difference between tinctures and oils is what medium is used to dilute the extract,” says Higdon.

How long does a bottle of tincture last? ›

Just like the store-bought product, homemade tinctures can last from 3-5 years if stored in a dark-colored bottle and away from light, air, and moisture.

What is the best brand of tincture? ›

All 5 are well-respected, all-around amazing products, but each carries its own unique benefits.
  • #1: 3:1 CBDA-Rich Tincture – Awakened.
  • #2: 3:1 CBD Restore Tincture – Cosmic View.
  • #3: 40:1 CBD Tincture – Care By Design.
  • #4: THC Mood Magic Tincture – Yummi Karma.
  • #5: THC Tincture – Proof High-THC.
1 Mar 2021

What is the best way to get high from tinctures? ›

Taking All The Tincture In

Remember to let your tincture drops absorb for about 30 seconds under your tongue into your sublingual artery, which should result in a good body high in about 15 minutes.

How do I choose a tincture? ›

Choosing the Best Tinctures

Tinctures that contain high amounts of CBD and lower amounts of THC will provide medicinal and relaxation benefits without a “high” feeling. Tinctures that contain higher amounts of THC will also provide medicinal and relaxation benefits, but they will also produce mind-altering effects.

Can you take tinctures on an empty stomach? ›

Dosing is simple and consistent with the use of the measured eye dropper. Patients only need to measure out the tincture, drop the dose on their tongue and swallow. Effects start to kick in around 30-60 minutes later. It's best to take the tincture on an empty stomach to ensure consistent results.

Can you take tincture straight? ›

Tinctures can be taken straight by the dropper or diluted in tea or sparkling water. Some tinctures may also be used to add flavor to cocktail recipes.

Are you supposed to drink a tincture? ›

Many tinctures are made to be taken by mouth, using a dropper to place some liquid on the tongue. Use only the directed dose of a tincture, which varies depending on, among other factors: the tincture's concentration.

How do you measure mg of tincture? ›

Using the amount of alcohol and the ratio to the THC, you can find out how many mg of THC a standard dropper (1ml) contains. For a tincture that uses 375ml of alcohol, you'll need to divide the total THC by 375. So, you're left with 2800/375, which comes to around 7.5mg/ml.

How much liquid is 20 drops? ›

There are approximately 20 drops in 1 milliliter. These measurements should be considered estimates.

How many drops are in a 30ml tincture? ›

One (1) 30ml bottle = 30 dropper-fulls of Tincture. 1 dropper-full of Tincture = 35-40 drops*

How do you determine the strength of an herbal tincture? ›

Multiply the total volume of menstruum by the concentration of alcohol you want. This number is the volume of alcohol (if the alcohol is grain alcohol). If the alcohol is not grain alcohol, you are probably using it at it's bottled strength so you don't need to add water.

Why are extracts better? ›

Aside from being more convenient to consume, liquid extracts are preferred by herbalists and aturopaths for several key reasons: they are more potent; they can be digested by the body at a much faster rate; they have as longer shelf-life; and dosages can be easily customised.

How long should you let a tincture sit? ›

Let your tincture sit for a minimum of 2-6 weeks. Tinctures can keep almost indefinitely (~10 years) as long as the alcohol preserves it. You do not have to decant right at 2-6 weeks. To decant, take out a cheesecloth or jelly strainer bag and a new, clean jar.

How many drops are in a tincture dropper? ›

1 dropper full = approx. 35 – 40 drops.

Are tinctures the same as edibles? ›

Edibles allow you to simply eat a piece of food, whereas tinctures allow you to control your dosage at a drop-by-drop level. Again, deciding between the two will come down to what's more important to you.

Does tincture get you drunk? ›

Though tinctures are essentially cannabis-infused alcohol, you do not get drunk since only a tiny amount is consumed. Cannabis tinctures are highly therapeutic.

How do you use herbal extracts? ›

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How do you use liquid extract? ›

4 Ways to Take Your Liquid Extracts
  1. Diluted in water or juice. Fill our WWH Signature Dosing Cup with water or juice of your choice. Add your suggested amount of your extract to the dosing cup and drink. ...
  2. Boost Your Morning Smoothie.
  3. Add to Your Daily Tea.
  4. Add to Applesauce.

What is the difference between herbal extracts and herbal tinctures? ›

Extracts, also called fluid extracts or liquid extracts, are herbal formulations that are similar in form to tinctures but differ primarily in concentration. Usually, liquid extracts are more concentrated than tinctures.

Can you mix herbs in a tincture? ›

Unlike teas, which require us to prepare leaves and flowers separately from roots, barks and berries because of their structure, with tinctures all parts of the plants can be combined and tinctured at the same time. Powdered herbs can also be tinctured in the same blend as cut and sifted herbs.

What is extraction tincture rate? ›

When producing a 1:5 tincture, the percolation method provides a total extraction of the herb. It takes 5:1 solvent to solute ratio to achieve this.

How long should tincture sit under tongue? ›

Long story short: You may as well try holding your CBD oil or tincture under your tongue before swallowing it—you could find that you feel it working slightly faster. Anecdotally, says Dr. Birdsall, experts recommended that you hold it there for at least 60 seconds.

Is tincture stronger than tea? ›

Although many of the plants used—including dandelion, holy basil, and ginger—can also be made and consumed as teas, tinctures differ in that they're much stronger; a medicine dropperful of a tincture is more potent than a full cup of steeped tea.

Is tincture the same as essential oil? ›

Tinctures Are Made from the Whole Plant

Essential oils are the concentrated extract of these pure plant oils and are extracted using a steam distillation process that separates out these pure plant oils from the plant material and water found in the plant (these are known as hydrosols).

Are tinctures effective? ›

Tinctures can be an effective, powerful way of absorbing THC, depending on your rate of metabolism. The use of sublingual absorption will be quicker than digestion and enable you to get a quicker, steady higher rather than eating an edible.

Is CBD oil a tincture? ›

While people may interchange the terms “CBD oil” and “CBD tincture,” they are different products. The main difference between the two is the method of extracting CBD. For oil, manufacturers use carbon dioxide, but for tinctures, they utilize alcohol.

How do you make a herbal tincture? ›

How to make Herbal Tincture - YouTube

How often can you take an herbal tincture? ›

Tincture Dosage:

Typical dosage for an average, adult range from 1-5 dropperfuls (not drops), one to four times per day. Exact dosage is recommended on the bottle, by an herbalist or other qualified healthcare professional (1 dropperful =~1 mL).

How do you use herbal tincture? ›

To use a tincture, fill a dropper or small syringe with the liquid and drip it into the mouth, just under the tongue. Hold the tincture in the mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with water to get rid of the bitter taste.

How many tincture drops in a teaspoon? ›

A squeeze is about 20-30 drops, or 1ml. A teaspoon is roughly equivalent to 5ml. The most commonly used dose for tinctures is 20-40 drops or 1-2 squeezes.

Can you take tincture straight? ›

Tinctures can be taken straight by the dropper or diluted in tea or sparkling water. Some tinctures may also be used to add flavor to cocktail recipes.

When is the best time to take tinctures? ›

Most herbal tinctures or extracts should be taken on a relatively empty stomach, up to 30 minutes before eating or between meals after 2 hours from the last time you ate anything substantial. This will allow for better absorption.

Should tinctures be refrigerated? ›

Alcohol-based tinctures have an unlimited shelf life and do not require refrigeration if stored in a cool, dark location. Tinctures that are vegetable glycerine-based do not need to be refrigerated and can last from 3-5 years. Vinegar-based tinctures are recommended to be refrigerated, and can last up to a year.

Is extract and tincture the same? ›

The difference between extracts and tinctures is the amount of herb infused in the alcohol or glycerin. An extract is considered 1 part herb to 1 part alcohol or glycerin. A tincture is considered 1 part herbs to 3 parts alcohol or glycerin. Infusions are necessary with some herbs due to their delicate nature.

How much tincture oil should I take? ›

25ml. If you're looking for a more therapeutic and potent high, try taking . 50ml in the morning and night for the first few days, and then at the end of the week, try upping your nightly dose to . 75ml.

Can you take multiple tinctures? ›

Yes. Often there is a synergistic effect when taking herbs with one another, they can potentiate one another to work even more effectively together.

What does tincture mean in medicine? ›

A tincture is a trace or indication that reveals the presence of something. In pharmacology, a tincture is type of medicine extracted from a plant in an alcohol solution.

How do you measure mg of tincture? ›

Using the amount of alcohol and the ratio to the THC, you can find out how many mg of THC a standard dropper (1ml) contains. For a tincture that uses 375ml of alcohol, you'll need to divide the total THC by 375. So, you're left with 2800/375, which comes to around 7.5mg/ml.

How much liquid is 20 drops? ›

There are approximately 20 drops in 1 milliliter. These measurements should be considered estimates.

How many drops are in a 30ml tincture? ›

One (1) 30ml bottle = 30 dropper-fulls of Tincture. 1 dropper-full of Tincture = 35-40 drops*

Can you drink water after taking a tincture? ›

if you vape cbd, consume it orally, or use it topically, it is completely fine to drink water normally without disrupting absorption. however, if cbd is consumed sublingually via a tincture, you should give the tincture at least 30-60 seconds for full absorption before drinking anything.

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