You may have started to hear more about tinctures now that people are looking for ways to stay healthy through the winter. We'd like to help you figure out how you can incorporate medicinal mushroom products into your daily wellness routine by sharing a few questions we often get asked.
How are North Spore Tinctures Made?
We use a double extraction technique to make all of our tinctures. To begin our tincture process, we dehydrate the mushroom fruiting bodies and soak them in 151 proof alcohol for one month. Then, the fruiting bodies are separated from the alcohol solution and decocted in hot water. After the decoction, we dispose of the fruiting bodies because their nutrients have been extracted. Our final tincture is made when we combine the alcohol and water solutions to reach an final alcohol content of 30%.
Why do you use fruiting bodies instead of mycelium?
The tincture making process extracts all solutes from the object going through the double extraction. When mycelium is used to make tinctures, the final product is more than just mushroom extracts. Mycelium is grown on grain and, therefore, your final tincture will include some residual grain extracts as well. We choose to use fruiting bodies, and spend more resources taking the cultivation process one step further, in order to be sure the only solutes in our tinctures are the beneficial extracts you're looking for.
Where do we get the mushrooms we use?
All of the mushrooms we use in our tinctures, with the exception of Cordyceps, are cultivated in our facility or wild foraged from the woods of Maine. We cultivate the Shiitake and Lion's Mane, forage the Chaga, and both cultivate and forage the Reishi and Hen of the Woods. We work closely with a forager from Peru who supplies us the Cordyceps we use to make tincture.
What is the dosage of North Spore tinctures?
We recommend you take 1 dropper-full (~1 ml) 1-3 times daily or as needed. Tinctures are meant to be used as a dietary supplement so be sure to check with your doctor or herbalist before you begin a tincture routine.
How do you take tincture?
Tincture's are meant to be taken orally and you can ingest them any way you choose! You can put the tincture directly under to your tongue or add it to your beverage of choice.