HERBAL TINCTURES

Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts. Our tinctures are extracted using neutral solvents (grain alcohol or vodka) and are produced from herbs grown or foraged right here on Apple Acres Farm. While tinctures are more concentrated and can provide better nutrient and phytochemical uptake, teas and stronger (non-alcoholic) decoctions can be made with the same herbs.

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We aim to harvest our herbs when their phytochemical compounds are at their peak. Each tincture is then produced in small batches to ensure high quality and efficacy. See below for more information on the dual-extraction method we use for mushroom tinctures.

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We take great care to ensure we are sustainably harvesting these valuable herbs, particularly our wild medicinal mushrooms that are an  important component of the forest ecosystem. As a result, our supply is dependent on the natural abundance of each mushroom, which can vary year to year.

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Herbal tinctures can be a healthy addition to a daily wellness routine thanks to their ability to support our bodies natural healing response. The effects of each tincture will depend the amount and frequency taken as well as the individual taking them. While Heather is a PhD and Wild Mushroom Expert, she is not a medical professional. Therefore, we recommend consulting a qualified medical professional for advice on appropriate use for your personal needs.

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Chaga Tincture

The chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) has become widely popular in recent years due to it's well documented medicinal benefits as well as it's mild, earthy, and slightly nutty taste (it makes a nice medicinal tea as well!). Chaga has shown activity against uterine and cervical cancer as well as the following medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-tumor

  • Antiviral

  • Blood sugar moderator

  • Immune enhancer

  • Liver tonic

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Birch Polypore Tincture

Birch Polypores (Piptoporus betulinus) are bracket mushrooms that primarily grow on dead birch trees. They make a wonderful immune tonic though they have a slightly bitter taste if consuming as a tea.

 

These annual mushrooms have shown activity against melanoma cancer and along with the following medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antiviral

  • Immune enhancer

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Turkey Tail Tincture

Turkey Tail mushrooms (Trametes versicolor) are well-researched and are known adaptogens that act to balance the immune system. They have shown activity against a variety of cancers including breast, cervical/uterine, gastric/stomach, leukemia, liver, lung, and prostate and are also associated with the following medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Antioxidant

  • Anti-tumor

  • Antiviral

  • Immune enhancer

  • Kidney tonic

  • Liver tonic

Turkey tail - a medicinal wild mushroom
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Artist Conk Tincture

Artist's conk (Ganoderma applanatum) can be found growing on the trunks of decayed living or dead hardwoods. Like other medicinal mushrooms they are available year-round yet their peak season is autumn. This mushroom offers a canvas-like appearance that has been used for art, hence its common name!

This mushroom contains phytochemicals that have been shown to have following medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-tumor

  • Supports lungs and respiratory system

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Hemlock Varnish Shelf Tincture

The Hemlock Varnish Shelf mushroom (Ganoderma tsugae) is a member of the Reishi family that grows on Hemlock trees. It is a very distinctive shelf mushroom with it's red varnished upper surface.

 

As with other Reishi mushrooms, the Hemlock Varnish Shelf has shown to have the following medicinal properties:

  • Anti-cancer

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Anti-tumor

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Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tincture

Tulsi is a wonderfully fragant plant that attracts a variety of pollinators to it's beautiful tiny purple flowers. Our chickens are also quite fond of it's seeds!

 

The medicinal properties of Tulsi include:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-fungal

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antiviral

  • Balances stress hormones

  • Blood sugar moderator

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Propolis Tincture

Bee Propolis (aka bee glue) is a resinous mixture produced when honey bees combine their saliva and beeswax with foraged substances from tree buds, sap flows, and flowers. It has been used over the ages thanks to it's various medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anticancer

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Anti-tumor

  • Relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies

  • Blood pressure moderator

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The Dual Extraction Process

Our mushroom tinctures are dual-extracted to get the full spectrum of compounds. The dual extraction process captures both the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble compounds of each mushroom.

 

We begin by grinding or finely chopping the mushrooms before adding to grain alcohol or vodka in order to proceed with the alcohol extraction. After four to six weeks we prepare a hot water extraction that we then combined with the alcohol extract to achieve a 60 proof tincture.

The duel extraction process is considered to be the most effective method since it extracts the full spectrum of beneficial components from the raw mushrooms.

Tincture Usage

Tinctures can be taken directly by the dropper or diluted in tea, water, or foods. If taken directly, you may wish to take it under your tongue or on the tongue if you find the taste agreeable.

The dosage recommended for wellness purposes is one dropperful per day.

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These products and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Reported uses for these herbal remedies are not FDA approved.