Chinese Licorice (Gan Cao) Extract 5:1
Other Names - Gan Cao 甘草 Extract 5:1, Latin name: Radix glycyrrhizae, Glycyrrhiza uralensis
Typical Preparations - Powdered Herbal Extracts are very easy to take, and can be easily imbibed in the following ways:
- THE SMOOTHIE: Blend up into a superfood herbal smoothie.
- THE SHOT: Mixed with water, fruit juice or milk and made into a herbal shot.
- THE TEA: Brew individually, or blend with complementary herbal extracts, into a tea.
- ENCAPSULATE: Pack into capsules, or wrap in an edible wrapper and swallow.
Note - Extracts are more potent than dried powdered herb alone. You can determine each Powdered Extract's potency by the numbers in its title. For example, Horsetal 4:1 is four times as strong as the original Extract, while Oat Straw 10:1 is ten times its original strength. Extracts are one of the most potent and effective ways of using herbs.
Cosmetic Usages - Powdered Extracts are also great for use in toners, rinses, lotions, conditioners, or any other recipes that contain water. Because they have a shelf life of up to two years they are great for those who formulate in small batches, and unlike herbal infusions, you can be sure of the exact potency of the herbs in your formulas. If you are looking for a convenient, and efficient way to incorporate herbal properties into your recipes, try working with Powdered Herbal Extracts.
To incorporate a Powdered Extract into a formula, first determine what percentage of the original extract you'd like to add. After you've determined the percentage, divide the amount based on the Extracts strength.
- Determine 5% of your total weight. (5% of 480 grams = 24 grams)
- Divide the 5% by the strength of the Extract. This Extract is 5 times as strong as plain Chinese Licorice Extract, so you would divide it by 5. (24 grams / 5 = 4.8 grams)
- The conclusion is that you would add 4.8 grams of Chinese Licorice Extract 5:1.
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