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Variables in Determining the Strength of Herbal Pharmacy

1. Time – within reason, the longer the better. The specific time duration depends on the solvent.

2. Heat – Warmth increases movement. Warming a carrier oil, honey, water or sometimes even alcohol increases extraction

3. Agitation – either continuous or intermittent

4. Surface to Volume Ratio – Within reason, the smaller the herb particles, the more surface area is exposed to the solvent. If the herb becomes too fine a powder, like powdered sugar, it can pack tightly and have the opposite effect.

5. Marc to Menstruum Ratio – Within reason, the more marc the better. However, there is a limit to how much a solvent can dissolve and hold.

6. The quality of the herb.

7. The quality of the solvent.

8. The care and mindset of the person creating the pharmacy.

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