Yes, there is a difference between raw herb powders and concentrated herb extracts!
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Concentrated Herb Extracts
How The Process Begins
- The herb is selected and identified to ensure the herb is the correct botanical name.
- The quality of the herb is evaluated to confirm only the highest grade of herbs are used.
- Herbs are processed to maximize the therapeutic value.
- Water is used as the main solvent in most TCM herbal extraction practices.
- Once the extraction is completed, the liquid is recovered, condensed, and further dried.
- Second to the last step is a method completed on the granules to ensure they don't stick together.
- The last step is to complete the quality control on each batch - testing for heavy metals, microbes, uniformity, and moisture content.
What is concentrated extract powder and how do I use it?
Concentrated liquid is used to make extract powders. The liquid is decocted using a low-temperature distillation process. Once decocted, the extracted fluid is piped into a circulating vacuum condenser for further concentration. Because many chemical constituents are heat sensitive, heat damage is minimized by evaporation under vacuum to reduce the boiling point to between 70-75 degrees centigrade. Finally, all batches are combined and blended with the essential oils collected during the initial extraction process of making the concentrated liquid.
The concentrated liquid is passed through a fine mesh filter before being spray–dried into extract powder. Individual herbs can vary significantly in the amount of physical substance they yield during extraction. Many do not have the needed substance to form a powder as described above, and a carrier such as dextrin is required.
How to brew concentrated herbal extracts
Place your granules in a heat proof mug.
Add a small amount of boiling water to the granules in the mug.
Stir, until it become a thick paste. Similar to the consistency of cake batter.
Now that it is thoroughly, mixed add more water to thin the mixture down to a tea to drink
Drink and relish that you are doing something great for your body
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- Vijayan Arun, V.B. Liju, John J.V. Reena, B. Parthipan, C. Renuka. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 2007, 6(4), 589-594.