Fine Medicinal Herbal Extracts Since 1989


Our mission is to offer the finest full potency extracts
made from the freshest, highest quality plants available.

Taking Liquid Herbal Extracts

medicinal herbsLiquid Herbal Extracts can be taken on an ongoing long-term basis (tonic use) or for specific symptoms associated with colds and other minor conditions (acute use). Liquid herbal extracts have a strong taste when taken directly from the bottle. We suggest taking extracts in a small amount of warm water or juice (about 1-2 ounces). If alcohol poses a problem, try dropping your extract in hot tea to evaporate off some of the alcohol (note that 1 ml of an alcohol extract contains about as much alcohol as a ripe banana).

1ml = 20-30 drops
5ml = 1/6 ounce
15ml = 1/2 ounce
30ml = 1 ounce
60ml = 2 ounce
100ml = 3.5 ounce

One dropperful (one squeeze) of extract is equal to 1 milliliter (ml) and there are approximately 30 milliliters per ounce. Tonic protocol generally suggests you take 2 ml of extract 2-3 times per day. At this dosage, 1 ounce of herbal extract will last 5-7 days. The recommended adult dosage is listed on each label for each particular herb or compound.

It is recommended to use herbs six days on and one day off, six weeks on and one week off, six months on and one month off. Each period of rest from herbal usage allows the effects of the herbs to become integrated with the physiology.

Dosage and results may vary depending on the individual so we recommend seeking the advice of a qualified practitioner for any serious medical condition.

Children’s Dose

It is important to use common sense when dosing a child with herbal medicines, whether they are in the form of a tea infusion, an herbal extract, or a concentrated standardized preparation. 

Take into account the child’s weight, age, whether they have a strong or less tolerant constitution and consider their sensitivites to medicines in general.  It is wise to start with a low dose and work up to a theraputic dose over a three day period.  Children respond quickly to treatment because usually their bodies are warmer, the energy circulates more rapidly and their vital energy is strong.

The drops of herbal extract may be given in juice, tea or water in whatever dilution is necessary. And for a guideline...

 Clark’s Rule for determining
dosage for a child.

Divide the child’s weight in pounds by 150 to give the approximate fraction of the adult dose to give to the child.
Example:  For a 50 pound child give 50/150 (or 1/3) of the adult dose.  Therefore, if the adult dose is 30 drops 3 times per day, the child’s dose will be 10 drops 3 times per day.

How Many Milligrams of Herb Does An Extract Contain?

Here is a guideline to help you figure out how much plant material is represented in each dosage. The weight to volume ratio indicates how much plant material and menstruum (water/alcohol) was used to extract the vital constituents of the plant. 1:2 means one part plant material to two parts menstruum. You can locate the weight to volume ratio (herb/menstruum ratio) on a bottle of Snow Mountain Botanicals herbal extract and follow the guidelines below for approximate milligrams of herb.

Weight to volume Milligrams of herb in 1ml of extract
(about 1 dropperful)
Dried Herb Ratios Fresh Herb Ratios Example: If you have a fresh Echinacea extract that is 1:2, and you take 1 ml, you are consuming approximately 125mg of Echinacea. If you have a dried Ginkgo extract that is 1:5, and you take 1 ml, you are consuming approximately 200mg of Ginkgo.
1:1 1000mg 1:1 250mg
1:2 500mg 1:1.5 187.5mg
1:3 333mg 1:1.75 156mg
1:4 250mg 1:2 125mg
1:5 200mg  

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