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About Tincture Alcohol 

Lab Alley sells tincture alcohol online at discounted prices in small package containers, bulk 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums. The company ships different types of tincture alcohol and ethanol concentrations to individuals and businesses in America that make plant extracts, herbal oil products, botanical oil infusions, nutraceuticals, adaptogenic tinctures and extracts.

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Many tincture manufacturers in the United States use alcohol (ethanol/ ethyl alcohol) to make herbal tinctures. They dilute high-proof alcohol such as organic alcohol, grain alcohol, 190 proof ethanol or 200 proof food grade alcohol to use in herbal tinctures. Tinctures sold in retail stores and online in the United States come in small bottles that normally include a long stem glass pipette used to measure out drops. Medicinal supplement manufacturers buy "Tincture Grade Alcohol" from Lab Alley to make herbal oil supplements in a liquid form. Most of these nutritional or medicinal oils are derived from culinary herbs such as oregano or plants.  

What Are Tinctures?

Tinctures produced in the USA using high proof ethyl alcohol may contain extracts from a single root, tree bark, culinary herbs and spices or medicinal plant.  Sometimes a combination of bioactive compounds are extracted from different plant species to manufacture nutraceuticals and adaptogenic tinctures. Extracts, botanical oil infusions and botanical macerations obtained from plants by using solvents such as "tincture grade alcohol" are blended with carrier oils (digestible oils and indigestible oils) such as coconut oil, fish oil and olive oil and then packaged in small amber glass bottles. People make tinctures at home for their own health benefits and personal wellness. To learn how to make your own tinctures, click here.

Tinctures are alcoholic extracts of plants. They are concentrated. They have been used for a long period of time but recently have become more popular. They can be used discreetly, and they can usually fit in a bag for on the go use. When making a tincture, alcohol or vinegar can be used to extract the properties of the plant, flower, leaves, roots, barks, or berries. Herbal tinctures are like dietary supplements, in a concentrated liquid form. The health benefits of the tincture will depend on the herb or herbs used, and the frequency/ amount it is taken. Tinctures can be taken with a dropper and put directly in the mouth, or they can be diluted in tea or used in food.

Tincture Grade Alcohol

Tincture grade alcohol is basically 200 proof ethanol/ethyl/alcohol/ethanol in it's raw form or in a diluted solution. This is referred to as food grade alcohol. It is pure "absolute" ethanol that is not denatured with any toxic poisons.  Tincture grade alcohol is 200 proof food grade alcohol or diluted (with distilled water) and sold or prepared in less concentrated non-denatured solutions such as 140 proof or 190 proof ethyl alcohol. 

The herb being used and the botanical compounds that need to be extracted  dictate what type of solvent and/or ethanol proof is best suited for the tincture processing application. It is important to use the appropriate alcohol strength. Stronger is not always better when tincturing. For water soluble constituents it is best to use a lower percentage alcohol. But other constituents might require a higher level of alcohol for extraction. Some common alcohol strengths for different herbs being tinctured include 67.5% to 70% alcohol by volume. This solutions is made from 200-proof food grade alcohol and is used to extract the most volatile aromatic properties. This concentration draws out more of the plant juices. Another alcohol strength is 85% to 95% alcohol by volume, which is also a diluted version of 200-proof food grade alcohol. This strength is good for dissolving gums and resins but it is too strong form most plant material.

70% Alcohol Solutions For Tinctures

Some experts claim that you must buy a solvent alcohol such as non-denatured ethanol that is at least 70 percent, or 140 proof in order to dissolve plant material into concentrated herbal extracts and for tincturing processes. Some commercial tincture manufacturing facilities in the U.S. purchase high proof alcohol (190 and 200 proof) for tinctures and then dilute the non-polar solvent with distilled water to create a menstruum solution that contains 70% ethyl alcohol.

Do-it-yourselfers in the USA typically buy only one or two gallons of 140 proof (70%) non-denatured food grade ethanol from Lab Alley when they are just getting started with making tinctures at home or at their small business. The Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, located in Ithica, NY has published a very informative "Tincture Ratio Chart" online that explains herbal pharmacy, tincture preparation and proper ratios of herb weight and menstruum volume. To easily learn how to actually make a 70% ethanol solution, take the easy way out and watch a video produced by King's College London titled "Making a 70% Alcohol Solution." 

Herbal Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are great for a variety of people. They are liquid extracts that can be made from herbs. They enter the bloodstream quickly and directly. The effects are usually quicker than other means of ingestion. Some herbs will not have immediate effect. The ones that help with relaxation or are used in a nutritive nature may take a few weeks to experience the best results, similar to a multi-vitamin.

Herbal tinctures and some teas are made from similar combinations of herbs. For people that do not care for the taste of tea a tincture could be a great replacement while getting all the benefits. It is convenient to be able to carry it in a purse to have on the go. Herbal tinctures are also safe for pregnant and nursing women. One drop has approximately the same amount of alcohol as eating a ripe banana. Therefore, it is safe for pregnant women. But there are some herbs women should stay away from during pregnancy and lactation. If you are interested here is a list of herbs to avoid during pregnancy and lactation.

Alcohol For Commercial Tincture Manufacturing Services In The USA

Tinctures made with alcohol are manufactured commercially in the USA for sale to consumers in retail health food stores, nutritional centers and vitamin shops. Liquid herbal extracts are becoming very popular in America. To learn more about purchasing alcohol for tinctures, call Lab Alley at 440-653-8151 or email To learn more about buying solvents for plant, oil, botanical and rerbal extraction online in the United States, click here.

Some commercial tincture manufacturing services, natural liquid product contract manufacturers and private label tincture suppliers in the U.S. develop high-quality herbal tincture products that are purchased by consumers for medicinal, nutritional and recreational uses.  Liquid herbal extract and supplement manufacturers order high proof tincture grade alcohol from Lab Alley in 5 gallon pails online. This grade of alcohol is ideal for manufacturing tinctures and oil products, medicinal plant extracts, botanical oil infusions and macerations. Large scale botanical extraction services that make safe medicinal edibles and tinctures buy 55 gallon drums of high purity food grade alcohol (200 proof) from Lab Alley. 

How To Make Tinctures

When making a tincture at home there are a few things to keep in mind. It is important to know what kind of alcohol you have, I would recommend using 200 proof food grade (tincture grade) alcohol. You should also know what part of the plant you will use. Different plants, roots, flowers, etc. need to be prepared in different ways for the best result. You also need to have acceptable equipment. For tinctures, sterilized dark amber glass bottles are the best choice to store the finished product. By storing it in dark glass the herb will be protected from ultraviolet light. The glass is the best container choice because plastic will interact with the alcohol in the tincture. When labeling the container and the jar it is necessary to put the common name, Latin name, plant part used, plant source, type of alcohol, batch number, date, and any special instructions. This will help keep everyone safe and it will help you if you ever want to recreate the tincture again. If you are interested in a free label template click here.

There are two main ways to tincture herbs; the percolation method and the folk method. In the percolation method it requires more tools and it can be complex, but it is much faster. To read more about the percolation method click here. The folk method is slow, but it is simpler. This method can take 6 to 8 weeks. To read more about the folk method, click here. When making a tincture it is very important to properly label the container. The more details you put on the label the better. Some common details you should include is the name of the herb used, the parts of the plant used, if it was a dry or fresh herb, the date of creation, the type of alcohol and its concentration.

How Herbal, Medicinal and Botanical Tinctures Are Consumed And Used

Medical herbal, medicinal and botanica tinctures are a popular form of medicine. Because it is a liquid concentrate it provides a simple and rapid dosage. If you are someone that does not like smoking, then tinctures might be what you’re looking for. Tinctures can be taken under the tongue and they take effect quickly. All you have to do is fill a dropper with the liquid and drip it into the mouth. Hold it in the mouth for a few seconds then swallow. To get rid of any bitter taste all you have to do is rinse the mouth with water. Tinctures are also one of the safest medicine delivery systems. They provide controlled dosing and they are discreet. They are odorless and they usually resemble pharmaceutical medicines. Tinctures have many different potencies and bioactive compounds. Each type of tincture has distinct health benefits.

Tinctures are also very versatile, they can be added to food and drinks, taken orally, and applied to the skin. The preferred method is to administer it sublingually. This is because there is rapid absorption. They transmit active ingredients into the bloodstream through the lining of the mouth. Another method is ingestion. It is similar to an edible, because it is either swallowed or added to food. This method delays onset by about two hours, but it produces stronger effects. The last way of administration we will look at is topical. The most beneficial use for a topical tincture is when you’re looking for a drying or astringent effect. A good example of this would be treating acne or skin irritation.

What Size Container is Proper for Different Applications

Lab Alley provides multiple options and sizes for tincture grade alcohol. They have fast shipping in the USA. You can order as little as a pint or as large as 55 gallons from lab alley. Depending on who you are and what you are looking to do will alter what you need to order. If you are just getting started in the industry and your are trying tincturing for the first time then I recommend buying 100% (200 Proof) Food Grade (Tincture Grade) Alcohol For Sale In 1 Pint Bottles . This will give you enough to get started and begin the process. With this size it will be easy to lift and pour. If you are an individual with some experience under your belt, I would recommend ordering 100% (200 Proof) Food Grade (Tincture Grade) Alcohol For Sale In 1 Gallon Bottles. This option is perfect for people who know what they are doing and are experienced in the process for making a tincture. With the 1 gallon product you will have to be more careful when pouring it. Lab Alley’s gallon bottle is designed in such a way that you should not have trouble keeping your area clean. For a small business I would recommend ordering A Case of 4 One Gallon Bottles of 100% (200 Proof) Food Grade (Tincture Grade) Alcohol . With the case of four one-gallon bottles you will be able to produce more, and it will still be manageable to pour the product. Storage will be simple, and you will not have to deal with a mess.

For industrial/ commercial extraction and manufacturing facilities I would recommend A 5 Gallon Pail of 100% (200 Proof) Food Grade (Tincture Grade) Alcohol . This would also be manageable for a small business that is on the bigger side of things. Another option for industrial/ commercial extraction and manufacturing facilities would be 100% (200 Proof) Food Grade (Tincture Grade) Alcohol In Bulk 55 Gallon Drums. For the 5 gallon pail I would recommend pouring it laying on its side on a table with the open hole at the top, slightly roll the pail clockwise until you have enough liquid in your container. This is a low viscid material which means it is easy to pour. To watch a video to learn how to pour from large containers click here. For manufactures and industrial/ commercial extraction facilities, it is important to have proper equipment to move and handle the 55 gallon drum. There are many different types of equipment used to move drums. A few options; single fork mounted forklift drum gripper, a vestal pallet straddling drum lifter, a manual drum lifting truck, and a portable drum lifter, to name a few.

How to Store Flammable Liquids

Flammable liquids have specific standards for storage. Only containers that have been approved for storage may be used. For amounts that are one gallon or less, the original container may be used for storage and handling. Flammable liquids cannot be stored in areas used for exits, stairways, or walkways. Outside of approved storage no more than 25 gallons of flammable liquid can be stored in a room. You should handle and store flammable liquids with great care. Ethanol has specific storage requirements because of the associated hazards. Pure ethanol should be stored in a temperature controlled chemical storage building, this will prevent excess evaporation. It should be stored in a dry area with low humidity.

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