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Integrating Our Products Into Your Daily Routine Can Be Easy and Fun

With a dedication and practice, using our products (including Tinctures, RAW Pollen Powders, and Capsules and Tablets) can be incredibly easy and they can easily become an integral part of your daily routine.

Many of our products are available in a variety of forms, done with the goals of:

  • Catering to everyone’s particular and specific needs. Some people like capsules more than powders, or tinctures more than capsules;
  • Maximizing certain properties of certain herbs. For example, tinctures are best at leveraging the the Phyto-Androgens naturally present in Pine Pollen;
  • Preserving the nutritional profile of our RAW Pollens—including RAW Pine Pollen™, whether in powder, capsule, or tablet form;
  • Facilitating ease of use. Some herbs are bitter and some people don’t like—using capsules is a fantastic option when the taste of some herbs and certain formulas are unpalatable.

In short, we offer our products in a variety of forms because our goal isn't you purchasing them—it's you using and benefiting from them.

Using and Taking Tinctures

Tinctures are a liquid extract of an herb or combination of herbs, traditionally made by soaking the herb or herbs in alcohol or another solvent. Alcohol based tinctures—as we offer at RAW Forest Foods™—are highly bioavailable, fast-acting, and have a long shelf life. Perhaps most importantly, tinctures offer a convenient and effective means of incorporating herbal medicine into your daily routine.

There are many ways to use tinctures, and the right method is simply whichever one works best for you. In practice, there are two common methods for taking tinctures:

  • Adding the tincture to water (or another liquid) and drinking it;
  • Dropping the tincture directly into the mouth and either swallowing it immediately or holding it under the tongue for absorption sublingually.

To take a tincture, simply fill a glass with several ounces of water, use the dropper to measure and dispense the desired amount of tincture, and drink. It is a simple process that becomes even easier with practice. You can also add the tincture to more than several ounces of water, or to another drink—out Twelve Rivers MycoMedic Mushroom Elixir Tincture is particularly well-suited to coffee.

If the taste of alcohol in tinctures is a concern, you can minimize it by first placing the measured tincture in an empty glass and then pouring several ounces of boiling water into the glass with the tincture. The hot water will help dissipate the alcohol and reduce its taste.

Alternetly, many people choose to simply squirt the dropper of tincture directly into their mouths, while others may choose to wash it down with water, swallow it immediately, or hold it under the tongue for several minutes. This sublingual method allows the medicinal compounds in the tincture to enter the bloodstream directly through the capillaries in the mouth.

Ultimately, the best method for using tinctures is whichever one works best for you and your specific needs at any given moment.

How to Use and Take Tinctures

Using Extract Powders

An extract powder is a concentrated form of an herb (or mushroom) that has been dried and ground into a fine powder. It is made by extracting the active ingredients from an herb using a solvent, such as water or alcohol, and then removing the solvent to leave a concentrated extract, which is then dried made into a powder.

Many of the products we offer are available in the form of extract powders, as single herb extracts and formulas, and including medicinal herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and our Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen™.

Extract powders offer several advantages, such as their potency (e.g., our Ultra-Pure unstandardized extracts are a 50:1 concentration), extended shelf life, high digestibility, and ready-to-use convenience (especially important for medicinal mushrooms like Reishi and Chaga, which are indigestible in their unextracted form).

Extract powders also offer value, as encapsulation can be costly and we pass the savings on to you through these products.

To use extract powders, simply mix them with a warm-to-hot liquid, stir until dissolved, and drink. Our preferred method is to add half a mug of hot water, the desired extract powder, and stir until fully dissolved before consuming.

Most extract powders taste like, well, extract powders. Earthy. It is not a bad taste at all and most quickly get used to it—and even enjoy the flavor. Some are exceptionally good tasting, like our TapRoot Deep Jing formula.

Many of the extract powders we offer have an earthy, slightly bitter flavor, that pairs well with coffee and coffee alternatives. To create an herbal latte, begin by brewing a strong mug of the drink of your choice (our favorite is Dandy Blend®), then add the desired extract powder and stir until fully dissolved. Finish by adding steamed milk or a milk alternative for a creamy texture and flavor. The earthy, sometimes slightly bitter taste of extract powders can be balanced with sweeteners for those with particularly strong flavors.

Several of our extract powders, including Elephant Mountain Ginseng Formula, Elevated Tongkat Ali Extract Powder, Himalayan Shilajit Extract Powder, and Reishi Mushrooms Buddha Blend, have a distinct, bitter flavor that some may find unpleasant. Despite their popularity, we believe it is important to highlight this characteristic. If you prefer a less bitter taste, adding a sweetener may be helpful.

How to Use and Take Tinctures

Using and Taking RAW Pollen Powders—Including RAW Pine Pollen™

To use RAW Pollen Powders, simply mix them with water and drink. All of our RAW Pollen Powders have a pleasant taste and can be added to a water bottle, shaken well, and consumed throughout the day. RAW Pine Pollen™ has a strong pine flavor, while the RAW Flower Pollens taste more sweet and floral.

At RAW Forest Foods, we simply add them to our water bottles and drink them throughout the day as we would normally drink water.

RAW Pollens As a Pre and Post Workout

  • RAW Pine Pollen™ is especially effective as a pre-workout before or during a workout;
  • RAW Green Tea Flower Pollen works especially well as a post-workout recovery drink.

RAW Flower Pollens may clump together (such as Brassica, Green Tea, and Lotus), but this can be remedied by blending them in a blender or using a blender bottle.

And of course, if this is too much trouble, our RAW Pine Pollen™ is available in capsules and tablets.

How to Use and Take Tinctures

Using and Taking Capsules and Tablets

Sometimes all of the above is too much work, and herbs can be bitter. Capsules help.

Most people will already be familiar with using and taking capsules and tablets, and little—if any—further explanation is required in their use. And because using capsules and tablets is already familiar to many, the transition into using medicinal herbs and other Phyto-Therapeuatics is straightforward, devoid of any learning curve in their use.

Capsules and tablets offer a single considerable advantage over all other forms of products we offer:

  • Ease of use.

Capsules and tablets make it easy to integrate Phyto-Therapeutics into your daily routine. And this ease increases the likelihood that you will benefit from them.

Following the directions printed on the label, count out how many capsules you'll use and then take them with a glass of water. Of course, you are already very familiar with this.

Our RAW Pine Pollen™ Tablets are a bit different, and these are chewable. While you can take them whole like any other capsule or tablet, these make what we call a Superfood Candy. They work great for keeping in the car or a desk drawer.

Again, with all of our capsules, measure how many you want to take and take those with a glass of water.

How to Use and Take Tinctures

General Advice in Using and Taking Our Products

All of our products are best taken on an empty stomach, preferably with no food having been consumed in the previous several hours (2+) and before anything is consumed for the next 30 minutes. This dramatically increases digestion and absorption of the products, and you will notice a difference.

Above All Else: Be Sure to Make it Fun

Regardless of how you choose to use your medicinal herbs, fungi, and pollens, you want to make sure it is enjoyable—even a little celebratory. Taking care of yourself and increasing your health is not supposed to be a drag, and it isn't supposed to hurt. And this is true with using our products.

By finding enjoyment in taking care of ourselves, we not only add more joy to our lives (one of the most potent medicines known), but we also increase the likelihood that we will keep the activity up. So, whatever you do, be sure to make it fun.


All information provided by RAW Forest Foods, including throughout this website, is for educational purposes only and is not intended as—nor should be misconstrued as—any recommendation, medical diagnosis, treatment, cure, or advice.

We advise all customers to consult their qualified healthcare practitioner before undergoing any lifestyle changes, including using dietary or nutritional supplements—from RAW Forest Foods and elsewhere.

All products offered by RAW Forest Foods are not for use by those who are pregnant or nursing, children under the age of 18, individuals with a known medical condition, or those allergic or averse to any ingredients contained within them.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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