Any herbalist, like myself, can agree we love a good tincture. A blending of extracts and herbs, infused together to produce a long lasting effect to whatever ails you.
I have made my fair share of tinctures in life. They take time, patience, and a whole lotta love. Herbal tinctures are literally the essence of the herb, magnified ten-fold to give you the benefits you need from that herb. Rarely do I use other people’s tinctures, mainly because we all know that big Pharma has done some serious tinkering in today’s tinctures we like to call “medicine”. Add all the sugar in the world to make it taste better, that in the end becomes habit forming and really, it only puts a band aid on the problem.
Tinctures are the original medicines. Doctors, witches and the like would take herbs, and create tonics by dissolving them in alcohol. Whether be whiskey or vodka, it was something that would literally boost the effect of the herb. I am grateful to be among some really great people who have decided to come back to basics, walk away from the big pharma guys, and retreat back to nature, where all our cures are hiding.
Over the last week I came across a little store called Tom’s Tinctures. I will admit, I became intrigued by it because Tom is my Father’s name, and my Dad was always the first person in the bathroom when I was kneeling before the porcelain god when I was sick. So, I started looking into his tinctures. As many of my readers know, I have been battling insomnia for many years. My body clock doesn’t like to tell time, so it’s hard for me to be in a pattern where I’m awake during the day and sleepy at night. I can go days without sleeping at night, and during the day taking naps in lieu of eating lunch. It makes for my physical appearance to be almost drawn and murky, and all I want to do is sleep. Every few months I go on a Red Bull kick, having 1 8 oz can every morning. The moment I feel I need more than 1 a day, do I immediately go off of it. Quite honestly, I HATE that I feel the need to HAVE this every morning. I have tried oil pulling, drinking warm lemon water, coffee, green tea, you name it, I’ve tried it.
Over the past year, though, I came across the miracle plant Kratom, and I have found that when mixed into a tea in the morning, I can get a good burst of energy. The problem is, the tea is VERY bitter and I REALLY don’t feel like drinking bitter tea first thing in the morning. Then I came across Tom’s energy tincture called “Gold Rush”. With a series of FIVE energetic Kratom strains, raw cacao and turmeric, I was anticipating that this could be my saving grace.
The tincture comes in a little brown bottle, something quite rustic and charming looking. I opened up the bottle to smell it, and it hardly smelled! I was so impressed! When working with a plant like Kratom, we are so privy to the taste of it and how our gag reflexes take over if it stays in our mouth too long. With the hint of Cacao in the smell, I was looking forward to trying it.
After giving the bottle a good shake, I produced a full size serving from the tube and placed it under my tongue, allowing the saliva and cells mix in with the tincture. The initial burning sensation was quite obvious…The alcohol content was there but not profound. See, in cough medicines, most companies put a similar amount of alcohol, but mask it with so much sugar, sometimes I wonder if it counters the alcohol a bit. I’m no chemist, but I will say tinctures always worked better for me than any OTC cough syrup.
I put another serving under my tongue, and 30 seconds later swished and swallowed what was in my mouth. The taste was NOT bad at all. The turmeric and cacao definitely helps with this. Within about 5 minutes, I felt a slight energetic pull to become more focused. Usually I get that whenever I take any energetic Kratom. However, with the tincture, it was a different feeling. Although this doesn’t give off the euphoric feelings many strains of Kratom can give, the Gold Rush tincture definitely has its energetic benefits. The first dose lasted 6 ½ hours, until I felt the need to do it again.
All in all it is a GREAT product from a man who truly loves what he does and take time and patience in the quality of his product. I am looking forward to trying to Earth Syrup tincture, Gold Rush’s sleepy counterpart, but in the meantime, Tom’s Tinctures definitely has a customer in me!