Tincture and Essence Definitions

Tinctures

A tincture is an alcohol extraction of a plant, usually used for medicinal purposes. The extraction solvent is usually sugar beet ethanol.

Examples: St. John's Wort Tincture, Horse Chestnut Seed Tincture.

Essences

An essence is an alcohol extraction of a plant, usually used for food or cosmetic purposes. The extraction solvent is usually sugar beet ethanol.

Examples: Rose Essence, Peppermint Essence, Ginger Essence.

Extracts

An extract is an alcohol or water extraction of a plant. Both tinctures and essences are a type of extract. Tinctures and essences are often both extracted in exactly the same way - the terminology used is indicative of their primary end use and not the method of extraction.

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