Thursday, January 16, 2014

Remove Alcohol From Essiac Extract

Essiac tinctures are used to treat cancer.

Essiac extract or tincture is an herbal remedy, primarily used to treat cancer, which was first formulated by Rene Caisse in the mid 1920s. Burdock, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and Turkish rhubarb make up the main ingredients of essiac tincture, with the inclusion of red clover later added to the formula by Caisse herself. Tinctures of essiac usually contain alcohol as the menstruum (solvent) used in extracting the essence of the herbal combination. For those who cannot tolerate any amount of alcohol, such as children or pets, remove the alcohol before ingesting this herbal remedy.


Replacing Alcohol With Water

1. Take the bottle of essiac extract (tincture) that you have purchased or made yourself using alcohol as the menstruum for the essiac herbs. Remove the dropper cap and set aside.

2. Fill the double boiler with water and bring to a rolling boil. Place the tincture bottle in the top of the double boiler.

3. Leave the tincture bottle in the double boiler for 10 to 15 minutes. This will remove the majority of the alcohol in the tincture, which will burn off. Remove the bottle from the double boiler and set it aside.

4. Replace the alcohol lost in the tincture with boiling water from the double boiler. Pour the boiling water into the measuring cup, then use this to add the boiling water to the dropper bottle, being careful not to overfill the bottle. The boiling water will evaporate most of the remaining alcohol in the bottle, which the boiling process lowered by 50 percent or more.

5. Refrigerate the essiac extract as it no longer contains alcohol to preserve it. When using the dropper to administer the medicine, do not contaminate it as it can grow bacteria in the bottle due to the lack of preservation.

Replacing Alcohol With Vegetable Glycerin

6. Take the bottle of essiac extract (tincture) that you have purchased or made yourself using alcohol as the menstruum for the essiac herbs. Remove the dropper cap and set aside. Pour the tincture into a measuring cup and record the amount of tincture on a notepad. If you have made the tincture yourself, note how much alcohol was originally used in the tincture on the notepad as well or estimate this amount by doubling the amount of tincture in the bottle.

7. Pour the tincture into a stainless steel or glass pot. Measure out the vegetable glycerin to an equivalent amount of the alcohol recorded on the notepad using the measuring cup. Add this to the tincture in the pot.

8. Warm the mixture over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until you have reduced the volume of the mixture down to about that of the original amount of tincture recorded on your notepad (use the measuring cup to do this). This process removes the alcohol in the tincture by evaporating it and replacing it with the glycerin, which has a higher point of vaporization than alcohol.

9. Pour the mixture into the measuring cup and allow to cool before transferring it back into the dropper bottle. Seal the bottle tightly with the dropper top and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Use the tincture as you normally would.

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