Herbal Remedies: Capsules and Tinctures vs. Teas and Extracts

Herbal Remedies: Capsules and Tinctures vs. Powders, Teas, and Extracts

Herbal remedies in capsules or tinctures are sold at a premium and may not meet your needs.

Capsules and Tinctures

Capsules, tinctures, loose-cut whole herb teas, powdered herbs, and extracts – what’s the difference between these different herbal remedies?

Let’s say you want to try Cistus incanus, so you buy a Cistus incanus tincture. How much Cistus should you take each day? The answer is complicated. The amount should depend on your weight, your medical history, and the problem you’re trying to address. In any case, the amount of Cistus incanus tincture you take probably won’t come close to what you need.

Tinctures are made by soaking a plant in alcohol. If you let the alcohol evaporate from the dropper, you might be left with 90 milligrams of extract. A one ounce bottle of tincture might hold less than 3 grams of active extract. By the dropperful, you’re taking ineffective amounts of Cistus incanus and paying a premium (up to 30 times the cost of Cistus loose-cut tea).

Let’s say you try Cistus incanus capsules instead. Two capsules contain around 1 gram of ground plant matter. It takes about 13 grams of ground plant matter to make a daily tea. That’s 26 capsules per day. If those capsules contain an extract vs. ground plant matter, you may still need 8-10 capsules a day. Either way, that’s a lot of capsules.

Whole Herb, Powders, and Extracts

Let’s look at more effective herbal remedies. Loose-cut whole herb and powdered herb are different grind levels of the same plant. If you want to make a slow brew decoction and see the plant’s stem, leaves, and flowers, you may prefer the loose-cut form. If you want a faster brew, a single serving, or a fine grind, you may prefer the powder form.

Another advantage of powder is that it’s a much smaller form factor and more transportable. If you’re traveling, you could easily take 1-2 weeks’ worth with you. If you’re making tea with powder, we suggest using a fillable teabag, a fine mesh tea ball, or a fine mesh French press.

Extracts, in turn, are created by extracting active phytoconstituents from the plant matter and then drying the extract. Each plant has its own extraction method. Most of our extracts are ratio extracts, which capture the full spectrum of what the plant has to offer. For example, a 20:1 ratio extract is created by using 20 kg of plant matter to get 1kg of extract.

Why We Sell Herbal Remedies in Bulk

Rather than offering hundreds of of herbal remedies, we sell only those teas, extracts, and powders that we believe best support immune system health, detox/cleanse support, energy support, mood support, joint health, stress relief, hormonal balance support, and cognition and brain health. We believe we sell the healthiest teas, extracts, and powders in the world.

In our online store, you’ll find Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra), Cistus incanus, Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi), Semen cuscutae, Cistanche tubulosa, Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi), Polygala tenuifolia, Terminalia chebula, Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony), Vaccinium uliginosum (Bog Blueberry), Rosa Rugosa, Torilis japonica, and Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon).

We offer herbal remedies — powders, extracts, and whole herbs — in bulk. Bulk purchases offer the most effective amount of each herb (the amount you actually need) and save you money. When you buy in bulk, you can also create custom blends. For example, you might want to mix Ocimum sanctum with Phyllanthus niruri. You can use the amounts of each that make sense for you.

Herbal Remedies: Do the Research

We recommend that you do as much research on herbal remedies as you can — and do the math. Capsules and tinctures usually cost more (sometimes much more) than whole herb teas, powders, and extracts. Capsules and tinctures also don’t usually provide the serving size you actually need.

Learn more about different botanical form factors by visiting the National Institutes of Health website or by checking out the valuable resources on our site.

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2 thoughts on “Herbal Remedies: Capsules and Tinctures vs. Teas and Extracts”

    1. Hi Kristin, thanks for the questions. We have put lots of information on our Cistus FAQ page
      “There are no studies that we are aware of that address the issue of using Cistus incanus while pregnant or breastfeeding. While Cistus incanus is generally safe, it’s best to consult your OB/GYN or pediatrician.”
      Cistus is safe for our canine friends. Please adjust the amount used to be in line with their body weight.

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