What is a Tincture?

What is a Tincture?

We have released our first ever tincture! And we are getting a lot of questions around what even is a tincture and how does it differ from our tea products. 

Put simply, a tincture is an extract of plant material dissolved in alcohol. Called an extract because the plants (or herbs) are soaked in alcohol in order to extract all the therapeutic power that the plant holds. 

Similar to tea, where we are soaking the herbs in hot water to extract the therapeutic power; but with a tincture we are soaking the herbs in a stronger solvent (alcohol) for a much longer period of time. 8 weeks to be exact. 

So, tea or tincture? Let’s break each down.

Why use a tincture?

Absorption: When we dose with a tincture, we recommend dropping the dose under your tongue. This is called the sublingual route. This route bypasses the digestive tract, avoiding any breakdown and achieving a higher dose rate. This is why we don’t need to take very much, and a little goes a long way. 

Convenience: Tinctures are the quickest way to achieve the full bioavailability of botanicals. If our stress starts to heighten while driving, before an exam, on a walk, at work - we can discretely take a few drops and reset

Stability: Because tinctures are extracted using alcohol, this gives it a long shelf life with no change in its potency over time. 

Why use a tea?

Mindful Ritual: Making a tea slows us down. We are able to connect with the herbs, see them visually, watch them expand. It’s a pretty perfect mindful ritual. 

Hydration: Sipping tea throughout the day keeps us hydrated in a deeper way than just sipping water on its own. Herbal teas (and greens and blacks) are full of nutrients, minerals that nourish our cells. 


We at Living Apothecary incorporate both into our lifestyle. Tucking our tincture into our bag for long travel days when tea isn’t an option. While ending our day with a mindful cup of loose leaf tea. 

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