The question you may be asking yourself is, “Should I take Nettle Root Tincture or Powder?”
In this article we’ll discuss some of the differences between these two and whether you will want one, the other or both.
The fact is that different methods of preparation bring out different benefits and can change how well an herb works.
About Nettle Root Tincture vs Extract Powder
The quality of our nettle root tincture is about the best it can be. The roots are wildcrafted from pristine areas along the coast of Oregon and Washington. Organic cane alcohol and distilled water are used. The tincture is then spagyrically prepared.
Our nettle root extract powder is a hot water extract made from wildcrafted nettle roots. It is important to note that this one comes from China. While that may be off-putting to some, we have independently tested it for things like heavy metals and it has passed very well, getting an A grade.
Besides that you may be wondering if one is better than the other, as far as extraction methods are concerned. The answer is…I don’t know.
Looking across the studies there seems to be a wide range of extraction methods using water and alcohol (as well as other things I wouldn’t advise like hexane or methanol).
While there does appear to be some research on the different extraction methods for nettle leaf, with the root it is another matter. One small thing I did come across is the following:
“A 10% hydroalcoholic extract can decrease binding of DHT to SHBG by up to 67%, and slightly lesser effects are seen with aqueous extracts.” –Examine.com
So in the end, which one should you use? My best answer at this point is three-fold:
- If you’re more likely to take the powder or the tincture, over the other one, then go with what you’ll consume. They don’t help you if they simply sit in a shelf somewhere.
- Experiment with both and see if one of them works better for you than the other. This may change from person to person.
- Take both! We often recommend that people take both pine pollen powder and tincture for more well-rounded benefit. It may be a similar case with nettle root. If you’re aiming for help with something like urinary issues stemming from BPH this may be the best route.
About Raw Nettle Root Powder
You could probably get some benefit from simply eating the roots, or taking a ground up powder of the root as a supplement. But you’re not likely to absorb as much as you would with the other methods, where they are extracted in some way.
But if you are planning to make your own nettle root tincture, or tea, or even some other method of extraction, then this is what you’d want to start with. It is not recommended to make a tincture out of our extract powder.
Better yet, since nettle grows in many places the world over, you can find some, harvest your own roots (not to mention the also beneficial leaves and seeds) and then make your own herbal extracts.