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.
Concentrated extract powders are convenient to use. Since the herb has been processed, there is no brewing time. Simply add the concentrated to a heat-resistant mug and pour boiling water over the powder. Stir until fully dissolved. If you are using a new herb (one you haven't used before), start slowly and increase the dosage up to your tolerance. The reason there are no set dosage amounts is due to the fact that each person is different. When discussing herbs with your doctor, he or she will inform you of the dosages for your given health issue. In very general terms, most concentrated powder dosages should not exceed 9 grams per day.
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