How to include an ALCOHOL-BASED INFUSION PRACTICE in your Pathology Prevention plans. 

   There are three primary reasons for the widespread use of water-alcohol extracts, including tinctures. Such preparations have several advantages over purely water¬based extracts:

  1. Most herbal constituants, both water-soluble and alcohol-soluble, will dissolve in an extract. The only constituents that will not dissolve are the insoluble cellulose of the cell wall and any constituents bound to it.
  2. Alcohol is a preservative. Infusions and decoctions are wonderful growth media for bacteria and molds and thus have a very short or nonexistent shelf life. An alcohol content of at least 20% will greatly extend the shelf life of an extract.
  3. The process used to make tinctures or fluid extracts will concentrate the medicinal properties in a smaller volume of liquid.