Hormone balance is a common health concern, and like many other issues, it often can be managed naturally. One way to use herbal remedies to do this is via tinctures.
The use of plants for healing purposes goes back centuries and forms the origin of much of modern medicine. While natural remedies have always widely been in use, their popularity is increasing as people seek safer, more gentle alternatives to pharmaceutical medications.
Hormone balance is a common health concern, and like many other issues, it often can be managed naturally. One way to use herbal remedies to do this is via tinctures. A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract made from herbs that are taken orally. Tinctures are typically made by soaking herbs in alcohol for several weeks to extract the active components (phytochemicals) of the plants. Fresh or dried leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and berries may be used to make tinctures.
They can be made from a single plant or a combination of plants. After a few weeks, the herbal mixture is strained and the herb parts are removed, leaving behind the concentrated liquid. Alcohol is used because it is an excellent food-grade solvent and can extract herbal constituents (such as resins and alkaloids) that are poorly soluble in water.
Another benefit of using alcohol as a solvent is that it is an excellent preservative that retains the freshness and potency of medicinal plants and greatly increases the shelf life of the tincture.
For more on tinctures and how to use them, please see our guide: What You Need to Know About Herbal Tinctures and How to Use Them
Here are four herbal tinctures that can be used to help balance hormones for men and women.
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