We recommend using a ratio of 1 tablespoon per quart water. To make an infusion of leaves or flowers, pour just-boiled water over the herbs and let stand until cooled (even better if overnight). For tougher parts of the plant such as roots, berries or bark, we recommend a decoction. To do this, bring the mixture of herbs and water to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes, let cool and strain. For some herbs, this process can be repeated up to 1-2 more times to get a milder tea.
What is an herbal extract?
Using a solvent (usually alcohol or glycerin) can extract certain plant constituents into a solution, called a tincture. Traditionally, the plant stays in solution for at least 2 6 weeks, and then pressed/strained out. The resulting tincture can then be used therapeutically, taken internally or applied externally.
Alcohol/water extracts are one of the most common ways to use medicinal plants. Such an extraction is a traditional way to pull out and concentrate the medicinal components of a plant, and the amount of alcohol that you ingest in taking your herbs winds up being small, though it improves absorption of the herbs in the body, so that they can help more quickly.
Alcohol, specifically ethanol, is the same whether it comes from cane, grain, potatoes, grapes or other sources. But, because it’s derived from cane doesn’t mean that there is sugar in the alcohol…the ethanol is distilled away from the other cane ingredients and is pure. We like cane alcohol as opposed to grain alcohol because, even though they both are pure, the latter makes folks with Celiac’s Disease nervous because of the grain origin.
What are the benefits of custom herbal formulas?
People have different constitutions (essentially, how we tick), and a plant that works for one person isn’t necessarily the best for another. Also, the root of one person’s gut issues may differ from another. Having a customized approach can help tailor a formula to each person’s individual needs. This can also help save resources and minimize side effects.
Why should I get a consultation?
A consultation with our clinical herbalists can reap amazing benefits on many levels. Beyond the quiz, our herbalists can help you to the most supportive combination of formulas herbs right for you. Plus you get the consult and an herbal program for the price of one!
What if I don’t agree with my quiz result or I feel like I fit more than one gut type?
This is an excellent example of when a consultation with one of our herbalists may be warranted. The herbalist will ask some follow-up questions to help narrow in on the best support for your gut. Alternatively, the herbalist may recommend a combination of different formulas to ultimately craft a unique fit just for you.
Where do you source the herbs from?
We currently source our herbs from two respected providers of organic herbs in the US, though we will be sourcing as many herbs as possible from small growers and will feature each grower on our site as they join the team.
Do you have any alcohol-free formulas?
Currently, there are alcohol-containing formulas in all of the kits. In the future, we will make alcohol-free versions of our liquid formulas.
Can I take herbs if I have multiple allergies, including seasonal and pollen?
Many folks with allergies do fine on herbal formulas, but there is the theoretical potential for cross reactivity if you’re allergic to a plant related to any in the blends. If concerned, consult with an herbalist, pharmacist or your doctor.
Are there any side effects or precautions to be aware of before starting the herbal protocols?
Individual hypersensitivity reactions are possible, and people who are pregnant or have inadequate renal and hepatic function should be cautious when taking any supplements or herbs. More common side effects of herbs include things such as digestive upset or headache. In the former case, you can try taking your herbs with food. In the latter, you would stop the formula causing a headache. We urge a medical doctor’s or pharmacist’s consultation before starting any new products if you have any medical conditions or are pregnant or nursing.
Can you purchase a combination of products from specific gut types?
Yes, schedule a consultation with one of our herbalist, which includes a custom kit, tailor-made for you.
Is there anything that will interfere with my medications?
It depends on the medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before combining any herb or supplement with medications.
How long will it take for me to feel the effects of my custom blend?
This varies person to person. You may notice you’re feeling improvement within a week or two, but true healing in the gut takes several months.
Can children use tinctures that contain alcohol?
These kits are not designed for use in children. Note that the dosage instructions given with our kits are specifically for adults.
How often should I take my tincture?
There will be instructions shipped to you that refer to each formula.
If I cancel my consultation, is there a fee?
The consultations are charged on the spot, but we can offer you a refund, if you to cancel at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time.
Should I consult my doctor before taking these herbs?
It’s recommenced that you consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new health program. This is especially important if you have any preexisting medical conditions or are on any pharmaceutical drugs.