For many centuries, herbs were widely cultivated and harvested for numerous reasons. One of the more popular reasons is for the herbs’ medicinal properties. Now, a huge variety of herbs are prepared and formulated in to provide means of treating/preventing ailments. From lab testing, the concept of herbal extract came about.
The most commonly known form of herbal extract is liquid. The liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution, developed by extracting the herbal plant alkaloids from the herbal mash of a specified formula. The extracted liquid preserves different herbal compounds contained in an herbal liquid, that then can be applied internally for a larger effectiveness, as it flows to the bloodstream quicker. Most liquid herbal extracts are made with grain alcohol and/or glycerin contents.
In formulating the herbal extract, the extract is prepared from any mixture of herbal bark, leaves, seeds, roots, flowers, and others parts. They are then blended together, where the extracting liquids like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin are applied as a form of solvent to remove the vital nutrients from the plant and its parts for usage. The extraction usually takes at least two weeks.
Once a finished herbal extract is created, it will be readied by squeezing the removed solution under a strong pressure, separating the liquid herbal extract from the pulp. To create a powerful liquid herbal extract, many manufacturers prepare 28 to 42 ounces of the dried herb, coupled with aqueous solvent for a gallon of liquid. The aqueous solution is usually composed of water and grain alcohol.
Many people wonder why alcohol is added into the extract. It is usually because alcohol is the safest, most effective, and the most easy-to-change form of extraction. Alcohol acts as a solvent to remove the herbal alkaloids from the pulp. With the application of alcohol into the herbal extract, the herbal compounds will also enter the blood stream faster, compared to other alternatives.
In these days, most people choose herbal extracts rather than tablet, powder, and capsule forms. This is mainly because the extracts, unlike the other forms, digest faster in the intestinal tract because of its alcohol content. The herbal alkaloids are digested into the bloodstream starting as early as in the mouth.