The recommended dosage is a dropperful (about 30 drops) twice per day or as directed by your medical professional. Feel free to use more or less than this as you see fit.
The best option is to squeeze this under your tongue and let it sit there for 15-30 seconds before swallowing.
The taste is horse-like…just kidding! It is described as sweetish, bitter and astringent, with mucilaginous properties. Some people may find it off-putting but many people enjoy it.
One dropperful is the typical dosage for many herbal tinctures, but there are exceptions. Sometimes larger amounts like teaspoons and tablespoons are advised. Other times you only want to use one drop.
Ideally, you want to hold the tincture under your tongue. This is known as taking it sublingually, meaning under the tongue. Because the cell walls are thin in this area and the tincture will absorb quickly and straight into the bloodstream.
Taking tinctures allows you to taste the flavor of the herb. As previously covered, this allows you to know more about the quality of it and clues your body as to the effect it should have. For instance, the bitter nervine quality of Blue Vervain begins with tasting the bitter flavor.
For people who want to avoid alcohol, you can use the following method:
Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water. This means if you make a boiling cup of tea (or even just hot water), the alcohol will largely evaporate off, leaving only the herbal components behind. You can then drink the hot water or tea to get the benefits. Now, depending on the temperature of the water and how long you let it sit, more or less of the alcohol will evaporate. In either case, trace amounts are likely to remain.
If you need to avoid alcohol completely, you can look for glycerites or acetracts from other companies, make them yourself, or just stick to herbal powders instead.