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Elixirs – Tinctures
Throughout human history, tinctures of plants and herbs have been an important component of nutrition in every culture. In various forms of preparation, herbs have been, and will be, used especially for purposes of healing and the retention of health. Numerous traditions and stories about herbal recipes and the secrets of these plants have generated a fascination in the effects of the herbs on people throughout history. Around 384 BC, Aristotle was preparing elixirs made of plants. Hildegard von Bingen was also well-known for her healing tinctures. Tinctures are made of liquid extracts of herbs and herbal mixtures. In fresh or dried form, these herbs are marinated in a liquid and pressed out after several weeks or months to extract the valuable ingredients in a concentrated form.
In this, ethanol-water mixtures, glycerin or vinegar serve somewhat as extracts. In this manner, the manufacture of a durable, substantial herbal essence has succeeded through which the desired ingredients, like flavonoids, bitters, alkaloids, etheric oils and glycosides can be extracted in a concentrated form. These natural plant ingredients, which have exhibited anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, can induce numerous positive effects on human bodies Herbal elixirs, which offer vitality, energy and happiness, which strengthen digestion, induce relaxation, relieve stress, improve sleep and support the immune system, are especially beloved.