Beauty Dictionary: Tincture

Got a problem? There's a tincture for that.

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

Unless you're an herbalist, this week's beauty dictionary term might seem quite like a foreign language. But, thanks to a growing trend of natural and homeopathic treatments, it's a term to know for sure. Get the scoop on this beauty-meets-wellness definition.  

The word: tincture

Also known as: liquid extracts of herbs (although sometimes they can come in a solid form)

What it does: They might sound like an old-school remedy, but tinctures are actually still quite common today. In fact, many can be used to treat everything from health concerns to sleep problems and even skin issues. But, what exactly are tinctures you might ask? Well, in essence, they're small amounts of potent herbs that have been dissolved in a liquid such as alcohol so you can take them almost like "medicine." (In some cases, they won't be consumed orally, but more often than not, they will be!) Because they're so potent, you really only need a small dose to see results. Often times, you really only need a few drops. Most likely, you're going to find tincture in all-natural or wellness shops to help with minor health concerns. 

Shop it: 

The Organic Pharmacy Cellulite Tincture ($26)

the organic pharmacy cellulite tincture

Yes, you can even take a tincture to help with cellulite. This particular mixture contains fat burning-Garcinia and circulation-boosting Horse Chestnut and Gotu Kola.

Herb Pharm Stinging Nettle Blend Extract ($38)

herb pharm stinging nettle blend extract

This herbal remedy is ideal for anyone suffering from allergies. Nettle leaf is the star ingredient here, which aids in respiratory health as well as joint pain and UTIs. Fancy.

Naturopathica Burdock Radiant Skin Tincture ($29)

Naturopathica Burdock Radiant Skin Tincture

But your health isn't the only thing tinctures can help with. They can work wonders on skin. This one contains antioxidant-rich, purifying burdock to help clear skin.

Have you tried a tincture? Which is your top pick? Let us know!

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Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
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