WHY, HOW, WHEN AND WHERE TO-USE-HERBS IN LIQUID FORM
We use herbs in liquid form because they are more easily digested and absorbed. In this way they work the way they are supposed. Remember, the true taste of an herb is your guarantee of it being genuine. If you prefer however, herbal fluid extracts can be added to juice for flavoring.
Herbal extracts are not concentrates, they are dilutions. This is just like the dilution you make when you put a tea bag into a cup of hot water. When you make a dilution, like a tea, you have a water extract of an herb and this is very easy to digest, much easier than eating the contents of the tea bag. The extracts are made with water and grain neutral spirits (a natural alcohol). When the extract is kept in the liquid solution for 2 to 4 weeks, we get far more out of an herb than if a capsule of powdered herb is in the body soaking for 8 to 24 hours. Alcohol is used because it readily dissolves all of the oily, waxy, enzyme and hormonal portions of an herb. Water alone cannot do this. In this way, we get everything the herb has to offer to build better health naturally.
ABOUT HERBAL EXTRACTS AND ALCOHOL
Dr. William Donald Kelly, a noted U.S. author of many works on regaining health, shares with us the process of our pancreas manufacturing a small amount of alcohol at all times so we don't freeze. This is a natural and ethical use of alcohol by our bodies. When an herbal extract is made with a pure grain neutral spirit (a spirit produced from grains, not a synthetic gas, and devoid of any other material dissolved in it other than water), is taken in a quantity of drops rather than a glassful, the alcohol functions as a carrier for the herb. Indeed, in many cases, an actual complex is formed where the alcohol combines with the herb to form this herb + carrier team. This same alcohol carrier principle is how a mouthwash works, or, an extract of iodine (tincture) when placed on a cut. Many brands of underarm deodorants also follow this principle. When mouthwash is used internally for a mouth bath, a certain amount of the mouthwash is absorbed through the tongue and surrounding structures in the process of cleaning the breath. A tincture of iodine is used externally to kill germs. If an individual cannot tolerate underarm deodorant, then they should be advised to use herbal tablets, teas, capsules, powders, or the like, in place of the type of herbal extract we describe here.
HOW TO USE
Herbal extracts are taken on or under the tongue, mixed with fruit juice or used externally, as indicated. When used internally, they are carried through the tongue or stomach walls almost directly into the blood stream and thus, bypass the nearly 27 feet of tortured digestive tract.
When applied externally to the skin, herbal extracts are rapidly absorbed and enter the blood stream within seconds. They go where they are supposed to go and do what they are supposed to. They are absorbed especially well from the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands, the insides of the thighs, the temples of the forehead, the spine and back of the neck or any other places where you can feel the pulse beat of the heart.
This gives the practitioner and the user a great deal more flexibility and is very helpful for babies and grownups who cannot or will not swallow anything.
It should also be emphasized here that an herbal extract can be applied to the entire spine, from the tip of the coccyx (tail bone) upward and on to the neck, to work with great rapidity and efficiency.
Dr. Eugene C. Watkins B.S.Ed., M.S., N.D.
The Center for Building Better Health Naturally, Inc.
Recommended Dosages for Pure Herbs Extracts
All Pure Herb Extracts are formulated to be taken three times a day. There are approximately 400 drops per ounce, so a 4-ounce bottle will contain approximately 1600 drops. At 40 drops three times a day, or 120 drops per day, a 4-oz bottle should last approximately 13.3 days.
Adult Standard Dosage
Remember that herbs are not "medicine"—they are food! Asking the question, "How much of this herb should I take?" is very much like asking, "How much broccoli should I eat?" It depends on how much of the nutrients contained in that particular herb your body needs to repair damage and build new cells. Refer to the detailed information on each extract for the recommended adult dose. Typical recommended dosages may range from 10 to 80 drops of each herb in your program taken three times each day. However, unless otherwise stated, the suggested adult dosage for Pure Herbs extracts is 40 drops taken three times daily.
Dose for Children
Approximately 1/3 of an adult dose
Infants and Small Babies
Work with one drop on the tongue at a time wait a few minutes before you give more and do not exceed 5 to 10 drops at any given time.
External use is especially good for small children and adults who can not swallow anything. Use whatever is necessary to cover the area, such as the soles of the feet the length of the spine, back of the neck, on the chest and/or abdomen. The herbs will be absorbed within seconds and enter into the bloodstream.
Dose depends on the size of the animal. For every 10 pounds of the animal's body weight, use four drops of the extracts three times a day.
For dogs, the herbs can be put into whole milk yogurt and they will enjoy it.
For cats, take the dropper and gently squeeze it into a cat's mouth, as it will be very small amount. (Note that you can combine the different herbs together into one dropper.)