Extracts represent naturally occurring phytochemicals (plant produced compounds) that have been removed from the inert structural material of the plant that produced them. The greatest advantage of using herbal extractions over the raw herb itself is that once extracted from the plant matrix, the phytochemicals bypass the need for digestion and are far more readily absorbable. Liquid extracts tend to be more potent and more convenient. There are a variety of extraction methods including water, glycerine, vinegar or various alcohol spirits. Each solvent will attract different phytochemicals. Our herbal extracts are made with organically grown or wildharvested herbs, both fresh or dried. For a more gentle extract, please see our "glycerite" listings (alcohol-free).