Frequently Asked Questions

Our Company & Products

What makes Apex Botanical tinctures different from other herbal tinctures?

Our tinctures are made with the highest-quality herbs we can find. Each herbal tincture is made at a concentration of 1:4 to ensure potency and effectiveness. The concentrations of alcohol in each herb varies based on the medicinal properties of each plant. The concentration of alcohol used was determined based on the chemistry of the active ingredients.

Where do your herbs come from? Are they organic or wild crafted?

We source our herbs from multiple suppliers, with the aim of providing the very best final product. We aim for certified organic or wildcrafted where available, but that is not always possible for harder to find herbs. Some herbs (Cryptolepis for example) are native to West Africa where organic certification is non-existent. In these cases we’ve spoken at great length with the suppliers to verify that they are in fact organically grown, even if there is not documentation. Most of the herbs that are used in the Buhner protocol are not native to Canada so the vast majority are imported. 

Ultimately, the herbs come from their native habitat, which will vary widely. The more common western botanicals that we carry are all organically sourced and certified however there is not clear documentation for the rest of the herbs so we decided against making that claim across our website. Despite that we have gone to great length to ensure that we’ve sourced the highest quality possible herbs that we are confident in selling to our customers.

Are there other herbs available that are not listed on this site?

Yes, we have over 160 different herbs in our dispensary, including all the most common western botanicals.​ If you are interested in a specific herbal tincture that is not listed on our website, please contact us at

Can you make me a custom blend?

Yes! Please contact us at with details of what you’re looking for. Please note, fees may apply based on the complexity of your desired bend.

Do you sell powdered herbs?

Currently we don’t sell any powdered herbs. We believe that tinctures are better absorbed, more tolerated by the gut and more clinically effective than their dry counterparts. We may add powdered herbs to our website in the future if the demand is present. Please email us if you have interest.

Do you use dried or fresh herb?

Our tinctures are primarily made using dry herbs. There are only a few herbs that are best prepared fresh because their constituents are present in higher concentration. Based on that, we will use fresh herb when applicable and it will be noted within the product description. 

Do you offer larger sizes?

We offer 50ml – 500ml on our website, however if you require larger quantities please contact us at to make a request. We will be able to accommodate based on our inventory.

Do you offer wholesale prices to practitioners?

Yes we do. Please contact us at to request a price list. Official proof of license will be required.

Do you have an affiliate program?

Yes we do. You can sign up here. You will make 10% commission on every sale that you refer. Please note, the affiliate program cannot be used for your own personal purchases.

Herbal Tinctures

What does a 1:4 ratio imply and how does it compare to 1:2 or 1:5+?

The ratio describes the concentration of a tincture. We use a 1:4 ratio, meaning 1 part dried herb (in grams) to 4 parts menstruum (the combined alcohol and herb). A ratio of 1:5 has more liquid to the same amount of herb and is therefore more diluted. A ratio of 1:10 or higher is very diluted and requires very high daily doses and is not recommended. Tinctures made at 1:2 are often too concentrated for Lyme patients and commonly induce Herx reactions that can be very intense. Most tinctures on the market are made at 1:5. We’ve chosen to use 1:4 to ensure greater potency while  still being very safe and tolerable.

Does higher alcohol content mean less/more potent herbs?

Using the correct alcohol percentage to extract the specific medicinal constituents of that herb is of highest importance when making a tincture. Using more or less alcohol essentially reflects the chemical nature of the compounds that we want to extract into the liquid portion. A tincture made at 40% versus one made at 80% is not twice at strong. It simply implies that for the first herb, 40% alcohol will optimally extract the medicinal qualities. For the second herb, 80% is the concentration for optimal extraction. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our tinctures are made using the correct concentrations.

Please note that not all herbal tinctures on the market are made with the appropriate alcohol concentration so use our site as a reference or conduct your own research to make sure you’re purchasing the best formulated tincture possible. 

What's the difference between taking a liquid tincture and consuming dry herb?

Liquid tinctures are absorbed faster and more completely. Doses are easily controlled which allows you to start slow and increase gradually and liquid tinctures are also better tolerated by the gut, leading to less nausea or upset stomach compared to taking dry herbs.

How do I take my herbal tinctures?

Herbal tinctures are generally taken on an empty stomach (1 hour before and after meals). They can be taken directly or added to 1oz of water if the taste is hard to swallow. Dosing of herbal tinctures will vary from 1 drop once per day up to 1 tsp 3 times per day. When taking anti-microbial herbal tinctures, starting at a lower dose and increasing slowly is the general rule of thumb. Speak with your primary care provider to determine the correct dose for your needs.

How to I store my herbal tincture?

Store your herbal tincture in the brown glass bottle it was shipped to you in, at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

How long should I take an herbal tincture?

This will vary considerably based on your state of health, the infection you’re trying to treat and other the medications or treatments you are concurrently taking. Most people with chronic tick-borne infections take an herbal tincture for between 3 months and 2 years.

How do I evaporate the alcohol from my herbal tincture?

It is not required that you evaporate the alcohol content of your herbal tincture but if you find it too hard to tolerate, or if you are providing the tincture for a child, you can evaporate the alcohol by warming the tincture on the stove in an uncovered pot. The alcohol evaporates before the liquid boils so take it off the heat just before starting to boil. Boiling the herbal tincture will decrease its potency. Note: if you’ve evaporated off the alcohol, store the herbal tincture in the fridge and consume within a couple weeks.

Are herbal tinctures safe for children?

Generally speaking, it is safe for children to consume herbal tinctures, but it ultimately depends on each person and each herb. Consult your primary care provider with any specific concerns you might have.

Are herbal tinctures safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

Generally speaking, it is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to consume herbal tinctures, but it ultimately depends on each person and each herb. Some herbs are strictly contraindicated in pregnancy and should be avoided. Consult your primary care provider before consuming any herbal tinctures.

Will my herbal tincture interact with medications or supplements?

Interactions of herbal tinctures with medications or supplements do exist. We strongly recommended consulting your primary care provider or pharmacist before taking any herbal tinctures from


What is the conversion from ml to oz?

Conversion for our current bottle sizes:

25ml = 0.85oz
50ml = 1.7oz
100ml = 3.4oz
250ml = 8.5oz
500ml = 16.9oz

Conversion of most common oz sizes:

1oz = 29.6ml
2oz = 59.1ml
4oz = 118.3ml
8oz = 236.6ml
16oz = 473ml

Can you ship herbal tinctures internationally?

Yes! All orders will be sent by tracked international air and typically arrive within 6-14 business days. Customs may hold your package and shipping times could be increased, however we have had very few instances of this so far. Additional custom fees may be added to your package upon arrival. This cost is at the sole ownership of the purchaser. If for some reason your package is denied at customs, it will be returned to us and your order will be refunded in full.

Unfortunately we cannot ship to the following countries: Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Korea and Dubai. 

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