What is a Tincture and why is it beneficial?

A tincture is a concentrated extraction of plant material into alcohol.

Each of our tinctures is crafted specially for the characteristics of each herb that we work with. Our process takes into account the volume of plant material used and its unique profile of constituents. Oil-soluble components are extracted into alcohol and water-soluble components are extracted into water. The proper balance of alcohol and water as well as the proper ratio of liquid to plant material is needed to achieve a potent, balanced, and supportive blend. Another important aspect of these infusions is time. Each tincture steeps or "macerates" for a period of at least 6-8 weeks before we strain, press, and bottle the infusion.

Tinctures offer several benefits. Preparing the herbs into this type of infusion allows us to gather plants at their freshest and most vibrant and preserve them in a manner that is shelf-stable for years to come. In addition, the balance of alcohol and water draws out the virtues of an herb in a holistic way. This extraction process allows nutrients to enter solution and be in a simplified form that our bodies can readily absorb. The energetic qualities of alcohol also help to warm the body's core and increase blood flow, this facilitates the components of the Tincture moving throughout the body. All alcohol used in our preparations is USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO.

What is an Elixir and why is it beneficial?

An Elixir, sometimes also referred to as an Oxymel, is a concentrated extraction of plant material into Apple Cider Vinegar and Raw Honey.

We prepare our Elixirs with fresh plant material, finely chopped to increase surface area and the effectiveness of the extraction. Minerals and vitamin compounds extract very well into Apple Cider Vinegar making the constituents of an Elixir preparation different from any other infusion. These blends are steeped for a period of 4-6 weeks before being strained and bottled.

Apple Cider Vinegar is highly regarded for its many characteristics which support the body. It is associated with antimicrobial action, soothing muscle cramps, clearing congestion in the sinuses, and supporting digestion and metabolism. Apple Cider Vinegar products which contain "the mother", are considered to be prebiotic with enzymes, proteins, and beneficial bacteria. Raw Honey is also a powerful ally for the body and immune system. Honey is associated with being antimicrobial, soothing to mucous membranes, and antioxidant to name a few. All Apple Cider Vinegar used in our preparations is Certified Organic. Both the Raw Honey and the Apple Cider Vinegar used in our preparations come from small, local, family-owned businesses. The two are less than 5 miles away from our farm.