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Habanero Tincture
A tincture is typically an extract of plant or animal material evaporated in ethanol (ethyl alcohol). Solvent concentrations of 25–60% are typical but may run as high as 90%. In chemistry, a tincture is a liquid that has ethanol as its solvent. In herbal remedy, alcoholic tinctures are made with various ethanol concentration levels, at least 20% alcohol, for preservation purposes. More solvents for producing tinctures consist of vinegar, glycerol (also called glycerine), diethyl ether, and propylene glycol, not all of which could be used for internal intake. Ethanol has the advantage of being an outstanding solvent for both acidic and basic (alkaline) constituents. A tincture utilizing glycerine is called a glycerite. Glycerine is usually a poorer liquid than ethanol. Vinegar, being acidic, is a better solvent for acquiring alkaloids but a weaker solvent for acidic elements. For individuals who decide not to ingest alcohol, non-alcoholic extracts provide an alternative for preparations meant to be taken internally. Low volatility elements such as iodine and mercurochrome can also be turned into tinctures.
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