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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.

The only unless product we offer is the product that sits in your cupboard unused.

How to Use Tinctures

Using Tinctures

Using Extract Powders

Using RAW Pollen Powders

Using Capsules & Tablets

General Advice

Using and Taking Tinctures

Tinctures are an easy and effective way of using herbal medicine.

There are many ways to use tinctures—I once made chocolate bars infused with them—and the right way to use them is the way that works best for you.

Practically speaking, there are only two common methods people use to take tinctures:

• Adding the tincture to water (or other liquid) and drinking;

• Dropping the tincture directly in the mouth and either simply swallowing or holding the tincture under the tongue and absorbing it sublingually.

To take a tincture, all you have to do is fill a glass up with several ounces of water and use the dropper to measure out and dispense the amount of tincture you are taking. Then drink. Once you give it a try you will see that it is very simple process.

You can also add the tincture to more than several ounces of water, or to another drink. Twelve Rivers MycoMedic Tincture is a good addition to coffee.

You can minimize the taste of the alcohol present in tinctures—good for people who are averse to the alcohol content or the taste of it—by first place the measured out tincture in an empty glass and then poring several ounces of boiling water into the glass with the tincture in it. The hot water will help dissipate the alcohol out of the tincture and it will taste considerable less alcoholic.

Many people choose to simply squirt the dropper of tincture right into their mouths.

Some will then wash it the tincture down with a little water, others will simply swallow it, and some people prefer placing the tincture under the tongue and holding it there for several minutes. This sublingual method allows the medicinal compounds present in the tincture to enter the general blood supply directly through the capillaries in the mouth.

But again, whatever method works for you—and in the particular moment—is the best method to use them.

How to Use and Take Tinctures

Using and Taking Extract Powders

Many of the products we offer, either as single extracts or as formulas, are offered as Extract Powders. This is true of our Medicinal Herbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, and our Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen™.

Extract Powders offer several important advantages:

• Incredibly potent — Example: Our Ultra-Pure unstandardized extracts are a 50:1 concentration;

• They have a long, stable shelf life;

• High digestibility;

• Ready-to-use — This is particularly important for Medicinal Mushrooms, such as Reishi and Chaga, as when they are unextracted—even if they are powdered—they are essentially completely indigestible. As an Extract Powder, they are ready-too-use and completely digestible;

• Value — Encapsulation (the process of making powders into capsules) is expensive, and with Extract Powders, we pass the savings onto you. We use the same extracts in our capsules as we do with the powders, and by choosing these, you receive more product for less money.

To use Extract Powders, all that is needed is to combine them with a warm-to-hot liquid, stir to dissolve, and drink. From there, just as with tinctures, the possibilities are endless.

At RAW Forest Foods, our primary—and favorite—method of using our Powdered Extracts is to do exactly as above: Add half a glass or mug full of hot water, measure in the extract, stir to dissolve, and drink.

Most powdered extracts taste like, well, powdered extracts. 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.

The earthy, sometimes slightly bitter flavor of the Extract Powders lends itself well to combining with coffee or a coffee alternative (Dandy Blend® is our preferred roasted coffee alternative). Make yourself an herbal latte by first making a strong mug of Dandy Blend® with 12 — 16 ounces of boiling water, add in the Extract Powders, and then add in steamed milk or some other type of milk or creamer.

Several of our Extract Powders are very bitter. These are the Elephant Mountain Ginseng Formula, Elevated Tongkat Ali Extract Powder, Himalayan Shilajit Extract Powder, and the Reishi Mushrooms Buddha Blend. A bit of sweetener will take the bitter edge off. These are all very popular products, yet we want to mention their particularly strong flavor.

How to Use and Take Tinctures

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

All you have to do to use RAW Pollens is to combine them with water and drink.

All of our RAW Pollen Powders (RAW Brassica Flower Pollen, RAW Green Tea (Camellia) Flower Pollen, Sacred Lotus Flower Pollen, and RAW Pine Pollen™) have a pleasant flavor, and you can just add them to your water bottle, shake up well, and drink it as you normally would drink water—sip, gulp, or chug, whatever you like. It doesn't matter.

And this is how we most commonly use our RAW Pollens at RAW Forest Foods: Just adding them to our water bottles and drinking throughout the day. RAW Pine Pollen™ works great before and during a workout and our RAW Green Tea Flower Pollen works great as a post-workout recovery drink.

The RAW Flower Pollens have a tendency to clump up (Brassica, Green Tea, and Lotus), even though they are all cracked cell wall just like our Pine Pollen. Most people are not bothered by this, but if you are, try either blending them in a blender, or adding them to a blender bottle (commonly used for mixing protein powder). This will get them nice and smooth—fully dispersed into the water.

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 sometimes herbs can be really bitter. Capsules help.

Most people will already have some familiarity 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 huge 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. As stated above, “The only unless product we offer is the product that sits in your cupboard unused.”

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

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

Again, with all of our capsules, just measure out 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, preferable with no food having been consumed in the previous several hours (3+) and before anything is consumed for the next 30 minutes. This greatly increases digestion and absorption of the products and you will notice a difference.

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 health is not supposed to be a drag. It isn't supposed to hurt. And this is true with using these types of medicinal extracts.

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.


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