Herbal Extracts are an herbal food or combination of foods, diluted in liquids
such as distilled water and grain neutral spirits, that can be applied
externally right over the area where required. Grain neutral spirits are an alcohol distilled from grain
and are also known as a neutral alcohol. Some people choose to make their herbal
extracts with a cheap synthetic spirit made from things such as explosive
ethylene gas. Unless you ask, you might not know from reading their labels.
Because we care about you and your health we use a neutral spirit made from
A frequently asked question is what herbal extracts are and why do they contain
a natural or neutral alcohol. Herbal extracts are herbal plant foods that have
been diluted in a liquid that dissolves and or suspends them. They can be
applied externally right over the area where required.
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 alcohol is the best
fluid known for dissolving all parts of an herb. A water and neutral alcohol
extract provide an herbal food in a "predigested" form. It should be noted that
when you get the full strength of an herbal food, a little goes a long way. So
don't overeat. They also can be applied externally right over the area where
concept of moderation is the key. Extracts are intended to be used to supplement
the diet with herbal foods in an easily absorbable form. Most people are not
even 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 the needed nutrition. This means the digestive
system needs some help. When you take a look at the digestive canal of the
adult, you see a tube or pipe about 26 feet long which is often clogged or very
slow to empty due to debris or 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 powders in capsules, herbal pills, and vitamin tablets. An
efficient method is needed to get herbal foods absorbed through this barrier
film and dissolve the barrier itself. Otherwise, herbs will not nourish and act
like the health food books say they should. Herbal extracts solve this puzzle.
Not only can they 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 "114 tablets and capsules per day to finally get something through the
debris barrier and dissolve it." As a matter of fact, an herbal extract can be
applied externally right over the area where required. This, of course, would be
difficult to do with a capsule of powdered herbs or a tablet.
Depending on the quantity, a neutral alcohol performs different functions when
introduced into or put on the body. In minute quantities (drops), it acts as a
carrier for whatever is dissolved in it. The water, herb's) and 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 herbal food
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. A person can tell the difference.
Dr. William Donald Kelly, author of many books on natural ways to become more
healthy, tells us that the human pancreas (principal digestive organ of the
body) actually produces a small amount of a 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. 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 them
without a problem, then they should probably use capsules, tablets or teas.
A fair question might be how much neutral alcohol should an extract contain?
a mixture of one-third neutral 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 alcohol
With kindest regards,
Dr. Eugene C. Watkins B.S.ed., M.S., N.D.
The Center for Building Better Health Naturally, Inc.
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 settlement of the herb or herbs dissolved or
suspended in the liquid around the sides of the bottle or on the pipette
(eyedropper). The explanation for this is that, with some herbs or combination
of herbs, their particles float in the extract liquid during the filtering
process and later settle some. Temperature and pressure changes can and do
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. Both the
particles and natural oil droplets could be removed, but then 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. This same occurrence can also be observed
in natural juices where some settlement occurs. Shaking the juice or herbal
extract prepares it for use with 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. Rest assured, all of our herbal
products do measure up to our known and established standards of quality and
excellence before they are
approved for use. This is so you can rely on them and have what you
expect from them when you use them.
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