I love extracts because they pack a powerful punch and are so easy to add to any routine. In this extract, I include a steam distillation extract, alcohol extract, and a glycerine extract. This is the most complete form of bamboo in an extract.
Alcohol is effective at extracting alkaloids, flavonoids, resins, and essential oils. It extracts a wide range of herbal elements although it is not great at extracting water-soluble elements like silica. If you are looking for the benefits of silica best to use the glycerine extract or the tea.
There are over 9000 flavonoids identified in bamboo most of which are deeply seated in the bamboo and challenging to extract. We do our bamboo extractions slow and with heat. This allows us to pull out as many components as possible. These compounds are deep in the bamboo and a fast extraction process will only result in a small number of these magical components. The alcohol tincture is best at extracting the anti-cancer, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic, anti-viral, as well as antioxidants compounds.
Glycerine is a clear, odorless liquid made from vegetables in this case coconut oil, and it can be used to extract herbs in a non-alcohol format. It is sweet but is not processed lay the body ike a sugar so also good for people with blood sugar issues.
Alcohol works great for some components of herbs and in general, is a highly effective way to deliver herbal medicine. Glycerine is a bit subtler but I like using it with bamboo because it tends to extract water-soluble elements and vitamins a bit better than alcohol. This is important as silica is a water-soluble element.
Hydrosols are water distillates that contain all of the essences of the plant dissolved into water. Hydrosols have the unique ability to extract both fat and water-soluble elements and so really act as a whole plant extraction. This is not a by-product, as many hydrosols are, and the product contains all of the essential oils within the liquid. The product is 100% bamboo and can be used in a variety of ways.
The bamboo hydrosol extract can be taken internally as you would a homeopathic remedy. The silica in bamboo acts as a binder of nutrients and so the teas, the glycerin extract, the powder, and the hydrosol can be used as a delivery system for other nutrients. In this case 1+1=4. Bamboo historically has been used in formulation with other herbs to make them more bio-available so you can do the same by adding these extracts to others. Of course on their own, they are also very powerful. Bamboo is safe for all ages and for pregnant women.
The recommended dosage is 1/2 of a dropper under the tongue and leaves for 30 seconds or more 2-3 times a day. Alternatively, add 2-10 drops into a beverage. The 1oz bottle should last about 10 days.