Teas are considered to be a water-based medicinal. The process of drying the herbs causes the cell walls of the plant material to "break down", thereby easily releasing the nutrients when rehydrated. Granny Good's teas are actually prepared through an infusion process, rather than a "dunk the tea bag" preparation. Infusions require longer steep times to be sure that all of the qualities of the plants are extracted fully into the water. The result is the most potent, nourishing tea possible.
Dosages for teas are found on each package label and dosages for different herbal blends vary however, a typical dose is 2-4 cups daily, iced or hot.
The actual amount of alcohol ingested with each dose of tonic (tincture) is very small. In fact, it is about the equivalent of 1/85th of an 8oz. glass of wine! For those who are refraining from the use of alcohol, you may put a dose of tonic into just-boiled water to allow the alcohol to evaporate for 10-15 minutes before taking.
We at Granny Good's believe that the idea of standardizing herbs in any form is not only virtually impossible but it undermines the very reason why so many people today are turning to herbal medicinal alternatives. Scientists and researchers are searching for active ingredients in each herb that can be standardized. In too many cases, this standardization would require these active ingredients to be boosted with a chemical process or an extraction with things such as benzene, causing other natural plant constituencies to be altered or lost. The result of this would be a product that more closely resembles a pharmaceutical than a natural organic herb. There is no need to interfere with Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom of offering us all the whole plant grown naturally without the use of artificial or chemical growing agents, harvested at it's peak of potency and extracted properly.
Tonics (tinctures) are best taken in a dose placed into about 1-4oz. of water or an organic juice (preferrably not citrus) in between meals. In chronic situations, the tonic may be placed under the tongue and absorbed sublingually for a faster action.
Tricky question. Some herbs are safe to take for long periods of time and can provide slow but steady action. Others work more quickly and should be taken regularly (for about 2 weeks) but with a break of several days before beginning a regular regime again. Nutritional herbs may be taken on a daily basis for overall optimal health. Medicinal herbs, for the most part should be taken for a period of about 2 weeks and then a break for a few days and then begin the cycle again.
The taste of an herb is a good part of it's healing energy and ability. When you experience a bitter taste for example, this is part of what causes the herb to be effective once you have ingested it. Research has shown us that this "bitter" taste activates the organs involved in digestion, assimilation and elimination. That is another reason why a tonic is more effective than a capsule-you can't taste what's in the capsule! The taste of a tonic can run from bitter to salty and even sweet but you are tasting Mother Earth at her finest and your sense of taste may eventually become accustomed to the tonic and you will welcome the unusual flavor as you observe the result!
Some herbs are safe for children, others are not. The mildest herbs are more appropriate for children as a child tends to respond more quickly and also tends to be more sensitive. If a tonic is chosen to give to a child, you may add drops to a small amount of apple juice to improve taste. Do your homework and be sure the tonic you have chosen is suitable for children. Generally, dosages for children are about 1-2 drops per year of age. After age 12, an adult dose may be administered. Consult our expert Herbalist for further information.
A dry herbal tea will last for many years if kept in a cool dark place (inside a cupboard). Tonics will also last for many years as the alcohol keeps the herb at its peak of potency if once again, it is stored in a cool dark place. Salves have a shelf life of about 9 months to 1 year though if stored appropriately they too may last for many years. Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative and it also helps to sustain the life of our salves. Body care products have a shelf life of between 6-9 months as we use only 100% pure, natural ingredients with no chemical additives, colors or preservatives.
Both are excellent. Your choice depends on which you prefer. If you enjoy sipping tea throughout the day, make a gallon and put it in the fridge. A gallon should last several days. If you need a fast-acting solution, choose a tonic.