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What is the shelf life of tinctures and salves?
Tinctures have a shelf life of 7 years or more, as long as they are stored out of sunlight and heat. The tincture should taste like alcohol, not vinegar. Salves last at least 2 years, as long as they are stored out of sunlight and heat. Salves can melt in the heat and high temperatures can make the oil rancid.  When a salve turns bad it will lose its color and fragrance.

How do I use a tincture?
You can squirt the tincture directly under your tongue and the medicine will absorb into your bloodstream. Or you can put the tincture drops into water and drink it. This is a more diluted and milder method, where the tincture is absorbed through your digestion. You can even put the drops in hot water and most of the alcohol will evaporate and the medicine will stay in the water making an instant tea. Both methods are equally effective.

How much tincture do I take?
Bear Wallow Herbs lists a range of doses on each tincture label. Since each person and situation is unique, the dose varies. Each individual should use the lowest effective dose and repeat that dose as needed. It is usually best to start with a low dose and increase as needed. If you are using the herb for prevention or for changing a long term chronic issue, you will want to take the tinctures three times a day. Most tinctures are best taken before food. For acute symptoms that come on suddenly, it may be necessary to take a large dose and take another dose every 15 minutes.

How long will a 1oz bottle last?
A 1oz bottle is usually enough medicine for a month, if you are taking 15 drops, 3 times a day. There is a general rule in herbal medicine that the time to heal is relative to how long the problem started. If you have been experiencing symptoms for a year, it make take a month to see changes (5 years may need 5 months of herbs).

Can I take a few different herbs all at the same time?
Yes, it is okay to mix different herbs and take them together. I have combined some of my favorite herbs for you in the Stress Less and Sleep Well formulas.

Do I pay sales tax on my order?
Sales tax is only applied to California customers.

How do I place an order online?
1. To order an item, click on "Add to Cart" button. A pop-up window will show that the item has been added to your cart.
2. When you are ready to check out, click on the "Your Cart" button and then click "Show Cart".
3. You may register with Bear Wallow Herbs, which will allow you to leave product reviews, or you may checkout as a guest.
4. You must enter your billing and shipping information. The shipment method will be filled in for you.
5. Click "Confirm purchase" at the bottom and wait while the site redirects you to PayPal. PayPal uses Secure Credit Card processing. Your financial information is encrypted.

You do not need a PayPal Account to order from Bear Wallow Herbs' website. You can pay with any credit/debit card by clicking "Don't have a PayPal account?"

Can I pay with check or money order?
Yes. Please call or email me your order before sending check or money order. I will tell you your order total and my business mailing address.  (530)925-5829 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What shipping do you use and how long does it take?
All orders are mailed United States Postal Service Priority Mail.
You will receive an e-mail from Bear Wallow Herbs confirming the receipt of your payment. You will receive another email from USPS with tracking info. Orders are usually sent the following business day. If I am out on a harvesting trip, it might take me a few days to get your order sent. I'll let you know when I can send your order when I confirm receiving your payment. International shipping is no longer available.

Can I send an order as a gift?
Yes, there is an option to ship to a different address than your billing address. Let me know if you want me to include a note saying who the gift is from.

How much does shipping cost?
Orders less than $50, shipping is $6.95.
Orders over $50, shipping is $12.35.

Any other questions?
Please feel free to contact me directly. Cara Saunders (530) 925-5829 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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