Always follow the instructions listed on the label. Extracts for oral use, with dropper closures, should be placed in 2 or more ounces of water as indicated on the label. For enhanced absorption, extracts are generally best taken between meals.
Unless otherwise directed by our staff, liquid, extracts can be taken up to 30 minutes before eating or 2 hours after eating
How many servings are in a 1oz bottle?
The servings per bottle are listed in the supplement facts panel. For a 1-ounce bottle with a dose of 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb (0.7 mL), there are 40 servings per bottle.
For one serving, squeeze the rubber bulb one time with the glass pipette in the extract, squeeze and release the bulb once.
We advise strongly not to exceed the labeled use instructions.
This will vary by the product. The individual product label, staff or website will provide you with specific use instructions and cautions.
Products marked “Not for long term use”, should be taken as follows: take a 1-2 week break every 6-8 weeks.
Allowing your body to focus on a few areas of concern is preferred, therefore, we generally say 5 single extracts together or 3 compounds.
Our products do not require refrigeration because of their self-preserving character. They do need to be stored away from direct light heat sources like your oven and stove. They can however be stored at room temperature, even during the hot summer months.
Yes. Many of our clients have had success using our product line for pet use. Since our formulations are designed for humans, we do encourage contacting us so that we can recommend a custom dosage for your pet’s unique needs. A member of our staff would be happy to assist you and can be reached during these hours. Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm CST (314) 645-2165
Yes, but the added foods in a smoothie or other beverage may slow or decrease absorption. Feel free to add extracts to juice, slightly cooled tea or other beverages. It can also be mixed in smoothies,
This is a typical reaction with resinous extracts mixed with water. The cloudiness that you see is a result of the resinous quality of extracts that cause it to adhere to the glass, in fact that reveals the high quality of the product. Often these same herbs can leave a ring in your glass that can be cleaned with alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Some of the herbs with this effect are, myrrh, guggul, boswellia, grindelia, elecampane lomatium, yerba santa, turmeric, milk thistle and propolis.
Call (314) 645-2165 for specific minimum ages and servings. Some extracts are not intended or appropriate for children.
INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS
Most glycerites last around 3 years and extracts around 5 years. Specifics for individual products can be found on the bottle, either stamped on the bottom or written along the edge of the label.
The batch date and code is on the side of the label. Following is the Best By date, which is the recommended date for consumption of the product. The batch number represents the date of manufacture.
All our products are vegetarian, and some are vegan, with the exception of beeswax. Beeswax is an ingredient in our balms and creams.
The herb to menstruum ratio is the weight of herb (in grams) to the volume of menstruum or solvent system (in mL) used to extract the herb. This varies however that information can be made available to you.
How much herb was used to make a single serving of extract are labeled on a per serving basis, this tells you how much herb was used to make a single serving of extract. The extraction rate is another representation of the herb to menstruum strength ratio.
Our glycerin is derived from corn. While the FDA considers glycerin to be a carbohydrate, it is not a sugar and has an extremely limited effect on blood sugar. As far as the chemistry, there is nothing left in glycerin that reflects the source material. Glycerin is chemically changed from the starting fats used to make it and highly purified to 99+%. So chemically, all glycerin is the same.
Yes, it is certified organic and is derived from sugarcane.
The amount of alcohol in individual liquid extracts can vary from 20% to 90% depending on the herb being extracted and its content of alcohol and water-soluble constituents. The amount of alcohol you consume in a dose of liquid extract is exceedingly small and when diluted in water, the percentage of what you are consuming becomes extremely small. For example, to fully extract Cayenne’s pungent resins and orange-red pigments requires at least 80% alcohol. A Cayenne extract made with a lower amount of alcohol will contain smaller amounts of Cayenne’s resins and pigments, and therefore will be of lower quality than the higher alcohol extract.
We use USP 190 proof alcohol, which is fractionally distilled and does not have any residual sugar, since this process is equivalent to about 13 separate distillations. A molecule the size of sugar cannot make it’s way into the end product. USP alcohol standards do not allow residual sugar.
Yes, we use only appropriate amounts of diluted, food grade essential oils that are generally recognized as safe and commonly used as food flavorings. However, we do not recommend ingestion.
Some herbs, due to their high-water content and ability to dry well, produce a stronger extract when using the herb in a dried form. This determination is made based on the nature of each individual herb.
It is certified organic, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Yes, our alcohol-free products are indicated as such on the label.
Our black dropper bulbs are made of natural rubber (latex).
Cheryl’s Herbs responsibly uses wildcrafted herbs in their natural habitat according to specific guidelines. Our wildcrafters are required to adhere to Good Collection Practices to ensure high quality consistency for our raw ingredients and to help protect the viability of plant populations and avoid overharvesting.
Our herbs are collected as close as local farms and local mountains, and as far as every continent.
First, alcohol is the only edible solvent that will extract and preserve many of the naturally occurring herb constituents that are poorly soluble in water, such as essential oils, resins, balsams and many alkaloids. Second, alcohol is an excellent natural preservative, which maximizes the shelf life of the extracts. Third, alcohol is a great carrying agent, which facilitates the absorption of the herb’s constituents into the bloodstream. Alcohol is the best food-grade solvent for extracting and preserving many of the naturally occurring herb constituents that are poorly soluble in water.
Our water is steam distilled.
Yes, we only use ethanol (potable alcohol), distilled water and vegetable glycerin as solvents.
Most are cold processed A few of our extracts are made with heat to maximize extraction of desired compounds. Our infused oils are also made with extremely low heat (105°F).
SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONS
No side effects are expected or typical. All our products carry cautions where appropriate.
The plants have a high safety profile when used appropriately. We would not make/sell the product if that was not the case.
Our primary source of cautions is the Botanical Safety Handbook second edition.
Our products indicate on the label pregnancy and nursing cautions. Also contact a member of our staff for clarification if necessary. (314) 645-2165 CST Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
If there is no drug interaction listed on the label, then to the best of our knowledge there is not adequate support for a potential interaction caution. However, we always recommend that you speak with your physician about any supplements that you want to take.
Sensitive individuals such as the elderly may want to reduce the amount used, especially to start. You can always start with a few drops several times per day to get a sense of an extract and see how you respond.
Our product line has an extremely high safety profile when used according to labeled instructions. We do, however, sell some products that are not appropriate for children. If there is any question whether an herb may be appropriate for a child, please call. (314) 645-2165 CST Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Our customer service team is available from 10am-6pm CST Monday to Saturday and would be happy to help. Just call us at (314) 645-2165 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t remember your password, simply click on the “forgot password” link on our sign in page. You’ll be prompted to enter your email address and we’ll send you an email with a link that will allow you to create a new password for your account. If you’re still having trouble accessing your account you can contact our customer service team by calling (314) 645-2165
If your order has not yet shipped, adjustments will be possible. Our customer service team is available from 10am to 6pm CST, Monday to Saturday and would be happy to help. Just call us at (314) 645-2165.
Our customer service team is available from 10am-6pm CST, Monday to Saturday and would be happy to help. Just call us at (314) 645-2165
Due to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) guidelines, we are not able to bring any used materials back to the facility. We encourage you to recycle locally.
To open a wholesale account, please create a user account online and indicate that you are either a wholesaler or professional by selecting this option during the sign-up process. A Cheryl’s Herb team member will be in touch to confirm your information and approve your wholesale account. See the link on our website
You can enter coupon codes during the checkout process.
We currently accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Apple pay and Google pay. When you have placed your order, the payment is processed.
When completing an order, you have the option of checking out as a guest or you can create an account. If you choose to create an account, you will be able to keep your order history all in one place on your dashboard.
We offer free shipping on orders over $50.
We ship within the Continental U.S.A, Hawaii and Alaska. Unfortunately, we do not ship internationally currently.
Most of our products are packaged in amber glass bottles to protect the product from UV radiation (such as sunlight).
Once a tracking number has been allocated to your order, you’ll receive confirmation of this, via email, directly from UPS and USPS.
We want you to be happy with the products you purchase. If you are not satisfied return the product within 30 days of purchase, for a replacement or refund of the sale price this excludes open items. Please call Customer Service at (314) 645-2165
A liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution made by extracting (pulling or ‘washing’) the herb’s chemical constituents out of the inert herb fiber (cellulose) with a solution of alcohol and water or glycerin and water. Vanilla extract is commonly known liquid herbal extract.
Homeopathy uses highly diluted preparations of mostly plants that are intended to exert their influence on an energetic level. Herbalism uses physiologically active preparations of plants. There are generally no detectable amounts of plant extractives left in homeopathic preparations.
A full spectrum extract or whole herb extract is one where the entire desired plant part is extracted and the final product represents this whole herb. The phytochemical profile is not quantified. A standardized extract can be any one of several types of extracts, including a whole herb extract, where one or more of the natural constituents is quantified and declared on the label. In some instances, standardized extractions are manipulated to maximize the standardized constituent to the exclusion of other constituents in the herb and thereby may no longer represent the same broad spectrum seen in whole herb extracts.
We are required to keep botanical names current and thus change the names on labels as needed.
Some herbs make better extracts when used dry and some when used fresh. It depends on the herb and on the menstruum, a substance that dissolves a solid or holds in suspension, or solvent being used. Some herbs that work best as fresh herb tinctures are better as dried herb glycerites.
No, because alcohol is not an effective solvent for minerals.
Herbs contain a large number of naturally occurring chemicals (constituents) that have some type of biological activity. This activity, phytochemicals, are usually made as defensive chemicals by the plant as opposed to the primary chemicals that are used as macronutrients by the plant and in our food. Herbs work in a similar fashion to many pharmaceutical preparations. In fact, some pharmaceutical medicines are still obtained from plants. For example, the malaria medicine quinine is extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree, and the pain medicine morphine is produced from the opium poppy.
The FDA considers herbal supplements foods, not drugs. Therefore, they are not subject to the same testing, manufacturing and labeling standards and regulations as drugs. This prevents us from making statements that claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
Many factors contribute to the effectiveness such as the quality of starting herb, the preparation or process used to create it and the individual’s response to the herb.
The body does not need to break down a liquid extract, allowing more of the medicinal properties to be absorbed into the system. This makes an extract much more powerful than a capsule or tablet. Cheryl’s Herbs does not sell capsules.
The process of soaking the leaves of a plant or herb in liquid, typically boiled water.
Decoctions is a method of extraction by boiling, for 10 to 60 minutes, herbal or plant material to dissolve the chemicals of the material, which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes. (Unlike roots which are attached to a root system rhizome grow underground or right at ground level like ginger or bamboo).
Essential oils are typically made by steam-distilling the aromatic components of an herb into a very highly concentrated, oil-like liquid. Alcohol spirits are dilutions of essential oils that aid their internal use by the act of dilution. While some alcohol spirits are made from just diluting the essential oil in alcohol, we make spirits with an extract of the herb so that it more broadly represents the plant material.
Simply put it depends. There is an exhaustive list of possibilities to factor into and individual’s reaction therefore we suggest appropriate cautions for pregnancy can be found on our labels or you can contact a member of our staff
This depends on the specific herbs and is too complex to list here. Appropriate cautions for pregnancy can be found on our labels.
The difference between western herbalism and Chinese herbal medicine is the philosophy. Chinese medicine prefers herbal formulas where the herbs work together synergistically to treat various patterns of disease in the body and treat the root cause of imbalance. Traditionally, western herbalism treats symptoms based on a single herb or remedy. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health and lifestyle management that incorporates diet, exercise, life activity routines, psychotherapeutic practices, massage and botanical medicine. Ayurveda focuses on prevention, applying techniques of self-care to restore health balance quickly and effectively.
Response time to herbs can vary due to several factors such as the condition of the person. As a result, it could be as expeditious as 30 minutes or may take 2-4 weeks depending on the herb. Occasionally an herb will not work for a person and other herbs or actions need to be pursued.