Alcohol for Herbalists and Apothecaries

Herbalism and Home Apothecaries

There has never been a better time for individuals to become familiar to the recently forgotten ancient wisdom that was plant science and plant medicine.  Finally, individuals seeking to compound their own natural preventative remedies and herbal treatments for simple ailments like rashes, coughs, topical pain relief, and much more have the ability to seek safe ingredients from reputable suppliers.   

What is herbalism?

Herbalism is the practice of utilizing plants and plant extracts to craft remedies (medicines), treatments, or preventative supplements.  The person who practices herbalism recipes is known as an herbalist. 

Herbalism is also referred to as

  • "Phytotherapy"
  • "Herbal Therapy"
  • Herblore
  • "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (CAM)

How is alcohol use in herbalism?

Alcohol is used in herbalism recipes that call for making an extraction or a tincture of a specific herb or botanical.  Many liquids can be used as the menstruum (the liquid component of a tincture) like water, ethanol, glycerin, fats, or oils.  There are benefits and drawbacks to each method however ethanol (alcohol) extraction typically offers the quickest and cleanest herbal extraction.

Where to buy alcohol for herbalism recipes?

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Why is Culinary Solvent perfect for herbalism recipes?

Culinary Solvent contains only pure ethyl alcohol and zero additives.  Pure ethanol performs fast extractions and is know to be safe for human consumption.  Culinary Solvent's 100% ethanol allows the herbalist to dilute the strength of their tincture menstruum 

What is an apothecary?

 An apothecary is the place where an herbalist stores their creations of herbal based remedies and treatments usually in the form of tinctures and topical salves.