Thirty (30) drops of an EPE made with 60% organic grape alcohol and mixed into 2 ounces of filtered water contains only 0.59% alcohol – 1/65th of an 8-oz beer or 1/85th of an 8-ounce glass of wine. If you multiply this by the number of EPEs you combine, you can see what a tiny volume of alcohol you are consuming with your protocol.
There is an erroneous belief that you can evaporate the alcohol from liquid herbal extracts by mixing into hot water, but the truth is that the difference this makes is insignificant, because the alcohol will remain intimately mixed with the hot water. Alcohol and water are azeotrope chemicals; therefore, they are extremely difficult to separate once they have been combined. While many EPEs are heat stable, meaning that adding them to hot water will not harm them, some are damaged by heat and their potencies can be reduced by adding them to hot water. Furthermore, essential oils and other non-water-soluble aromatic compounds found in certain EPEs can be evaporated by hot water.
The bottom line is that the alcohol in EPEs is only 1/3 of the finished product – the remainder is 1/3 fresh plant tissues and 1/3 glycerin. So, it is simply and mathematically incorrect to think that you are consuming a total of 60% alcohol! I sure hope this puts to rest all concerns regarding alcohol consumption from EPEs.
Interestingly, adult plant extracts made only with alcohol and plant tissue (no glycerin) are higher in alcohol concentration – 50/50. Still, though, this is not even remotely a high amount of alcohol ingested. The alcohol ingestion is really only a concern when the extracts are made with 90% alcohol, meaning only 10% of it is water.
Adult herbal extracts vary from 20 to 90% alcohol depending on the plant species. EPEs, on the other hand, use 60% alcohol on all plant species extracts in a 1:10 concentration. This concentration is a classical mother tincture Ø (script form), also referred to as a “souche” (stock), established by the French Pharmacopoeia; it has been shown to be the most reliable alcohol concentration required for the solvency of many bioactive compounds from embryonic plant tissue. This was established in 1975 and then reaffirmed in 2005. Exceptions include: Propolis blend, which is delivered at a 1:5 concentration, and full strength fresh unpasteurized Silver Birch sap.
The temperature-sensitive nature of certain extracts, as described above, is precisely why all EPEs should always be stored away from direct sunlight in a dark, dry, cool place – between 55-70 Fº or 12-24 Cº is ideal; they should never be refrigerated.
While on this topic, I want to remind readers of yet another reason EPEs should be sipped versus being gulped down: it is due to the hydrochloric acid of the stomach that will destroy most plant enzymes. So, by sipping (essentially taking them sublingually), you ensure that you’ll receive all the benefits of EPEs. You don’t gulp a fine wine, right? This is no different. Fortunately, EPEs in general are pleasant tasting, so it easy to sip them over a period of 5 minutes. Adult plant extracts, however, often taste vile or are extremely bitter due to their astringency.
How are PSC® EPEs made?
Equal amounts of fresh plant tissues, alcohol, and glycerin
They contain 1/3 organic fresh plant tissues harvested from the wild in the spring, 1/3 organic grape alcohol 60% (of which 40% is water), and 1/3 organic Red Palm tree leaf glycerin. So, as described above, the amount of alcohol is only 1/3 of the total extract.
They are macerated for one month, after which they are pressed, and all remaining raw materials are burnt; the ashes, which contain the oligo-elements, are then returned to the extract and filtered. Literally nothing is wasted.
Each batch is tested for fingerprinting, microbiology, pesticides, toxicology, purity, and potency. Then, every EPE is allocated a batch number and an expiration date. Shelf-life is five years.
EPEs and Pregnancy?
Although there are many EPEs that are safe to use during pregnancy, we recommend that no EPEs be used during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and wish to use EPEs to maintain a strong and healthy pregnancy, please consult with a qualified physician who is knowledgeable in herbal medicine to guide you in the safe use of EPEs during pregnancy.