Frequently Asked Questions
Our Company & Products
Our tinctures are made with the highest-quality herbs we can find. The vast majority of herbs are certified organic. Each herbal tincture is made at a concentration of 1:4 to ensure potency and effectiveness. The concentrations of alcohol in each herb varies based on the medicinal properties of each plant. The concentration of alcohol used was determined based on the chemistry of the active ingredients.
We source our herbs from multiple suppliers, with the aim of providing the very best final product. We aim for certified organic or wildcrafted where available, but that is not always possible for these harder to find Lyme herbs. Some herbs (Cryptolepis for example) are native to West Africa where organic certification is non-existent. In these cases we’ve spoken at great length with the suppliers to verify that they are in fact organically grown, even if there is not documentation. Most of the herbs that are used in the Buhner protocol are not native to Canada so the vast majority are imported.
Ultimately, the herbs come from their native habitat, which will vary widely. The more common western botanicals that we carry are all organically sourced and certified however there is not clear documentation for the rest of the herbs so we decided against making that claim across our website. Despite that we have gone to great length to ensure that we’ve sourced the highest quality possible herbs that we are confident in selling to our customers.
Yes, we have over 100 different herbs in our dispensary, including all the most common western botanicals. If you are interested in a specific herbal tincture that is not listed on our website, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! Please contact us at email@example.com with details of what you’re looking for. Please note, fees may apply based on the complexity of your desired bend.
Currently we don’t sell any powdered herbs. We believe that tinctures are better absorbed, more tolerated by the gut and more clinically effective than their dry counterparts. We may add powdered herbs to our website in the future if the demand is present. Please email us if you have interest.
Our tinctures are primarily made using dry herbs. There are only a few herbs that are best prepared fresh because their constituents are present in higher concentration. Based on that, we will use fresh herb when applicable and it will be noted within the product description.
We offer 25ml – 500ml on our website, however if you require larger quantities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a request. We will be able to accommodate based on our inventory.
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The ratio describes the concentration of a tincture. We use a 1:4 ratio, meaning 1 part dried herb (in grams) to 4 parts menstruum (the combined alcohol and herb). A ratio of 1:5 has more liquid to the same amount of herb and is therefore more diluted. A ratio of 1:10 or higher is very diluted and requires very high daily doses and is not recommended. Tinctures made at 1:2 are often too concentrated for Lyme patients and commonly induce Herx reactions that can be very intense. Most tinctures on the market are made at 1:5. We’ve chosen to use 1:4 to ensure greater potency while still being very safe and tolerable.
Using the correct alcohol percentage to extract the specific medicinal constituents of that herb is of highest importance when making a tincture. Using more or less alcohol essentially reflects the chemical nature of the compounds that we want to extract into the liquid portion. A tincture made at 40% versus one made at 80% is not twice at strong. It simply implies that for the first herb, 40% alcohol will optimally extract the medicinal qualities. For the second herb, 80% is the concentration for optimal extraction. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our tinctures are made using the correct concentrations.
Please note that not all herbal tinctures on the market are made with the appropriate alcohol concentration so use our site as a reference or conduct your own research to make sure you’re purchasing the best formulated tincture possible.
Liquid tinctures are absorbed faster and more completely. Doses are easily controlled which allows you to start slow and increase gradually and liquid tinctures are also better tolerated by the gut, leading to less nausea or upset stomach compared to taking dry herbs.
Herbal tinctures are generally taken on an empty stomach (1 hour before and after meals). They can be taken directly or added to 1oz of water if the taste is hard to swallow. Dosing of herbal tinctures will vary from 1 drop once per day up to 1 tsp 3 times per day. When taking anti-microbial herbal tinctures, starting at a lower dose and increasing slowly is the general rule of thumb. Speak with your primary care provider to determine the correct dose for your needs.
Store your herbal tincture in the brown glass bottle it was shipped to you in, at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
This will vary considerably based on your state of health, the infection you’re trying to treat and other the medications or treatments you are concurrently taking. Most people with chronic tick-borne infections take an herbal tincture for between 3 months and 2 years.
It is not required that you evaporate the alcohol content of your herbal tincture but if you find it too hard to tolerate, or if you are providing the tincture for a child, you can evaporate the alcohol by warming the tincture on the stove in an uncovered pot. The alcohol evaporates before the liquid boils so take it off the heat just before starting to boil. Boiling the herbal tincture will decrease its potency. Note: if you’ve evaporated off the alcohol, store the herbal tincture in the fridge and consume within a couple weeks.
Generally speaking, it is safe for children to consume herbal tinctures, but it ultimately depends on each person and each herb. Consult your primary care provider with any specific concerns you might have.
Generally speaking, it is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to consume herbal tinctures, but it ultimately depends on each person and each herb. Some herbs are strictly contraindicated in pregnancy and should be avoided. Consult your primary care provider before consuming any herbal tinctures.
Interactions of herbal tinctures with medications or supplements do exist. We strongly recommended consulting your primary care provider or pharmacist before taking any herbal tinctures from ChronicLymeTreatments.com.
Conversion for our current bottle sizes:
25ml = 0.85oz
50ml = 1.7oz
100ml = 3.4oz
250ml = 8.5oz
500ml = 16.9oz
Conversion of most common oz sizes:
1oz = 29.6ml
2oz = 59.1ml
4oz = 118.3ml
8oz = 236.6ml
16oz = 473ml
We currently ship to Canada and the United States! We hope to add international shipping in the near future.
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