Some people find that the alcohol in a tincture causes too much of a burn or irritation within their mouth, especially when held under the tongue. This makes sense as these are delicate tissues.
Still other people do not find this a problem at all. But this video blog post is for the former.
Different tinctures have different alcohol ratios. Our Pine Pollen Tincture, for instance, is 50% alcohol. This higher ratio is used specifically for the better extraction of the hormonal components.
We’ve certainly heard from a number of customers that this one burns their mouths too much.
Most of our other tinctures are in the 30-40% range, which is more palatable.
Some other companies’ extractions use pure alcohol! While I can easily handle the 50% ABV (that’s alcohol by volume), 90-100% is not what I call a good time.
The burn can easily be mitigated by watering down the tincture. Not directly, as in pouring water into the tincture, but doing so right when you’re using it.
Our Mushroom Alchemy Tincture is roughly 30% ABV. Let’s say you are taking this and Pine Pollen Tincture. Squirt the Mushroom Alchemy in your mouth first and then the Pine Pollen. Mixing them (assuming the same size dose) makes the overall ABV 40%. When 50% may be too much, 40% might be okay for some.
This is exactly the method I use when I take something in a pure alcohol tincture, like the Nettle Seed from another company I talk about in the video.
There are no problems with combining any tinctures like this.
If you don’t have multiple tinctures, or even that lower amount is still too harsh, the same idea can be applied to using water. Put a little bit of water in your mouth first, and then squirt the tincture or tinctures in.
This way, you can still hold it sublingually and absorb it through the thin cell walls there, but without so much burning sensation.
Lastly, I’ll note that your mouth may adapt to handling the alcohol more over time.
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