Liquid herbal extracts are preferred because they are easily and quickly digested and absorbed. Dr. A.B.Howard shares with us that: "herbal extracts are not concentrates, but dilutions. This is just like the dilution you make when you put a tea bag into a cup of hot water. When you make a dilution, like a tea, you have a water extract of an herb and this is vey easy to digest, much easier than eating the contents of the tea bag."
The Pure Herbs, Inc. extracts sold by Galactic Gold Herbal Products are made with water and grain neutral spirits (a natural alchohol). Dr. Howard continues: "When the extract is kept in the liquid solution for 2-4 weeks, we get far more out of an herb than if a capsule of powdered herb is in the body soaking for 8-24 hours. Alcohol is used because it readily dissolves all of the oily, waxy, enzyme and hormonal portions of an herb. Water alone cannot do this. In this way, we get everything the herb has to offer, to build better health naturally."
This natural alcohol (made from grains), also functions as a carrier. It unites with the herb and carries it into the body. Remember, when you take an herbal dose, you are getting drops of alcohol, not glasses of alcohol! Its action is swift, since it doesn't have to go through the entire digestive process. Also, when you take encapsulated herbs or teas, you don't know how old the herbs are, how long they were sitting on a shelf at a store or the warehouse before it was sent out for distribution. With time, these powdered herbs loose their potency and aren't as effective. You don't have this problem with alcohol based herbal tinctures, as long as they are not stored in direct sunlight.
Take the herbal tincture in water, or mixed with a little juice, drops under the tongue or applied directly to the skin when external application is indicated.
If you cannot tolerate any amount of alcohol, mix the extract with a small amount of water, let it sit overnight and by morning the alcohol should be evaporated. Or, you can add the tincture to hot water and it will instantly evaporate.