Herbal Extracts are dietary supplements, or a combination of dietary supplements, extracted in liquids such as distilled water and neutral grain spirits. Neutral grain spirits are an alcohol distilled from grain.
An herbal extract can be made with something which allows an herb to dissolve in it. This can include most common liquids, such as distilled water, vinegar, wine, glycerin (sugar and fat compound most commonly derived from animal tissue) or a neutral alcohol. When you put an herbal tea bag into a cup of hot water, the color, taste, and aroma which dissolve into the water make an herbal extract (or water extract). However, some parts of the herb in the tea bag do not dissolve in water. Water will not dissolve the oily, waxy, detergent, enzymatic or hormonal content of the herb. Vinegar, wine and glycerin will dissolve a small amount of this.
The fact is, a combination of distilled water and a neutral grain alcohol is the best fluid known for dissolving all parts of an herb. A water and neutral alcohol extract provide a dietary supplement in a “predigested” form. It should be noted that when you get the full strength of an herbal supplement, a little goes a long way. So don’t over consume. The concept of moderation is the key. Extracts are intended to to be used to supplement the diet in an easily absorbable form.
Most people are not aware that they may be carrying around as much as ten pounds of rather disgusting debris coating the surfaces of their digestive canal: stomach, small and large intestines. This debris forms a barrier between the food which is eaten and the absorption of nutrition. This means the digestive system needs some help. When you take a look at the digestive canal of an adult, you see a tube or pipe about 26 feet long which is often clogged or very slow to empty due to debris. Worse yet, if not eliminated, this putrid barrier film can itself be constantly reabsorbed back into the body. Not only is this barrier of debris bad for absorption of commonly eaten foods, but also herbal powders, herbal capsules and vitamin tablets. An efficient method is needed to get dietary supplements absorbed through this barrier film and dissolve the barrier itself. Not only can liquid herbs cross the debris barrier, they do so rapidly and help to dissolve the barrier in the process. This eliminates the problem of having to take several tablets and/or capsules per day to finally get something through the debris barrier and dissolve it.
Depending on the quantity taken, a neutral grain alcohol performs different functions when introduced into the body. In minute quantities (drops), it acts as a carrier for whatever is dissolved in it. The distilled water, herb(s) and neutral grain alcohol in a finished product, form an association or complex which can actually show up as a lower amount of alcohol than you started with. The dissolved dietary supplement substances, in this kind of liquid, are very easily absorbed by the body. In larger quantities, alcohol acts as a stimulant. By the glassful, alcohol acts as a depressant to body functions and an intoxicant. This constitutes abuse rather than use.
Dr. William Donald Kelly, author of many books on natural ways to become healthier, tells us that the human pancreas ( principal digestive organ of the body) actually produces a small amount of natural, neutral alcohol on a constant basis so that we will not freeze. As a further observation, most mouthwashes and deodorants utilize a fairly high percentage of alcohol which acts as a carrier for mouth and breath cleansing substances or deodorant. In many cases, these are extracts of cleansing and aromatic substances and the alcohol acts as a carrier. If a person can use a mouthwash or underarm deodorant, they can probably use an herbal extract without a problem. If they cannot use a mouthwash or underarm deodorant without a problem, then they should probably use capsules, tablets and/or teas.
A fair question might be how much neutral grain alcohol should an extract contain? Roughly, a mixture of one-third neutral grain alcohol and two-thirds distilled water will dissolve enough of the herb so that a person gets the proper nourishment in a few drops of the extract. When you add more distilled water, then you need more extract to do the same thing. An extract could be made with so much distilled water that you would have to consume bottles of the extract to achieve the same nutritional value you could get in a few drops of a one-third neutral grain alcohol extract.
- Dr. Eugene C. Watkins B.S.ed., M.S., N.D.
At Pure Herbs, Ltd.™ our commitment to quality and personalized service is what sets us apart. We take satisfaction in our ability to provide quality extracts and unsurpassed service to our Distributors. We are also pleased to be able to supply our Distributors with statements, invoices and checks in a timely matter. Because of our commitment, we purchased our largest building, 26,000 sq. ft. in the year of 2000, enabling us to purchase larger quantities of the finest herbs available to try to ensure your continuous supply. Purchasing larger quantities and having a facility large enough to store them, enables us to keep quality extracts at an affordable price. Emphasis on quality extracts along with loyal Distributors has been the key to our success.
CLARITY OF EXTRACTS
Some of our liquid herbal extract products are naturally "cloudy" in appearance due to the character of the herb or herbs dissolved or suspended in them. No matter how long they set, they will never appear completely clear. Note: these dissolved or suspended particles make the product do what it is supposed to.
Occasionally, there will be some sediment of the herb or herbs around the sides of the bottle or on the pipette (eyedropper). The reason is that with some herbs or herbal combinations their particles float in the extract liquid during the filtering process and later settle somewhat. Temperature and pressure changes can also influence this occurrence during and after making an extract. Also, it should be noted that herbs and good herbal extracts contain some natural oils, and some of these oil droplets may appear on the surface of the herbal extract. If these particles and natural oil droplets were removed, the extract would not be as strong. This is part of your guarantee that we put as much herb or herbs as possible into your extracts. Always shake herbal extract bottles to experience its full taste and effect.
COLOR AND TASTE OF HERBAL EXTRACTS
Herbs come from nature, and just as no two apple crops from one year to the next, or even any two apples from the same tree taste exactly the same, so it is with crops of herbs. This is part of the endless and wonderful variety which nature provides for you. You may, therefore, notice slight differences in color or taste from one year to the next. It’s something like your mother’s potato soup. She can use her recipe and the same ingredients two days in a row and the soup is always different, but always good.