Vegetable Glycerin

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Vegetable Glycerine

Excerpts from The ABC Herbal

Glycerine (or glycerol) is a natural component of all fats and oils. When fats are digested in the body, they are broken down into fatty acids and glycerine. Hence, glycerine is a non-toxic, natural food substance. It is also a good solvent of herbal constituents and a preservative. To top it off, glycerine is also sweet tasting but does not cause blood sugar problems.

Because glycerine is slightly sweet, it helps mask the disagreeable taste of many herbs. Other most pleasant tasting herbs are actually delicious when prepared in glycerine. So, by carefully selecting herbs for both taste and efficacy, it is possible to make herbal preparations which not only work, but taste great. That way, you don't have to fight your children to take them.

You can make a glycerine tincture by filling a jar 1/3-1/2 full of herbs (1/2 full makes the brew stronger). Add just enough hot water to get the herbs wet and fill the jar to about 1/2 inch from the top with glycerine. After closing the jar tightly, place it in a crock-pot with a small towel underneath to keep the jar from breaking. Fill the crock-pot with water up to the top of the jar (not touching the lid), and leave it on the lowest setting for 3 days, keeping the glycerine hot but not boiling, and add water as necessary. Strain herbs through cheesecloth, squeezing out excess glycerine. Store in a tightly-sealed jar or tincture bottle, being sure to label. See the How To page for more information.

Cosmetics, lubricants, food ingredients, soaps and sweetener. (Approx. 1 to 2 tablespoons = 1/4 cup sugar)

Shelf life and Storage:
Store at 65 to 75°F in a dry and odor-free environment for a minimum shelf life of 12 months in unopened containers.

Where it Comes From:
This glycerine is Kosher, non-GMO, and Halal Certified. It is generated exclusively from vegetable-based sources and has many uses. It is a product of Malaysia.

Nutritional Information:
Calories (per 100 grams): 432

Customer Reviews

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shelf life?
by Anna on Mar 28, 2014

what is the shelf life for this product if stored in a dark, cool place?

    Re: shelf life?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 1, 2014

    The shelf life for vegetable glycerin if stored properly and left unopened is a minimum of 12 months. Thanks!

Glycerin for coloring lip balm
by Tirzah Nelson on Jan 28, 2014

I started making lip balm tinted with your beet powder and it was not a bright color. I don't know where I got the idea, but I started adding glycerin to my lip balm and the color was really bright and beautiful. The trouble is I was using just normal glycerin from the grocery store (the kind used for icing on a cake.) It's probably not good for on your skin, so I want to use the vegetable kind. I'm not sure if vegetable glycerin will help with the color of my tinted lip balm though. Do you have any ideas?

    Re: Glycerin for coloring lip balm
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 31, 2014

    I haven't used glycerin in lip balm before but I would assume that it would have the same effect of the store-bought glycerin. Thanks!

by Mary on Dec 29, 2013

Is the vegatable glycerin from a soy based product?

    Re: ingredient
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 30, 2013

    Our Glycerin is not a soy based product it is palm based. Thanks!

food grade?
by carl on Dec 9, 2013

Is this glycerin food grade?

    Re: food grade?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 11, 2013

    Yes our Glycerin is food grade as well as kosher. Thanks!

vegetable glycerine
by Julie on Nov 15, 2013

I'm going to try making non-alcohol vanilla extract. Have you used it for this purpose? And if so do you have a suggestion on how many bean to use per 16 oz.? Thank you!

    Re: vegetable glycerine
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 20, 2013

    Here is a great recipe I found!
    16 ounces food-grade vegetable glycerine
    8 Vanilla Beans


    Pour the vegetable glycerine into the glass bottle.
    Cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise. Use the sharp edge of your knife to scrape the seeds away from the bean pods.
    Add the seeds and bean pods to the vegetable glycerine.
    Cap bottle and put in a dark place to steep for 6 weeks.
    If desired, add additional vanilla bean pods to the vegetable glycerine as you use them in your kitchen.

Smaller bottles?
by Dawna on Oct 22, 2013

Do you sell smaller bottles? I ask because the 1 gal drastically affects the shipping cost to Canada. It adds an extra $10 and $50 (total) is a lot of money right now.


    Re: Smaller bottles?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Oct 23, 2013

    If you click the arrow beside the gallon and price box, it will give you the option to purchase a quart or a pint of glycerin as well. Thanks!

by Kass on Nov 5, 2012

Is it possible to use vegetable glycerin as a replacement for alcohol in making tinctures? I live in a dorm, but would like to make some for my mother's migraines.

    Re: Glycerin
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 15, 2013

    Yes, we actually suggest using Vegetable Glycerin as a replacement for alcohol. It won't be as potent of a tincture but it will work.

Can glycerin be used like sugar in cooking?
by Ann on Sep 16, 2012

Hi, simply love your site and ALL the GOODness you are sharing with us - thank you and bless you for giving the Lord such glory by what you guys do!

I am about to place an order and thinking of glycerin for tinctures. Am now wondering since it is sweet, can glycerin be used like sugar in cooking?

    Re: Can glycerin be used like sugar in cooking?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 25, 2013

    Yes, you can use it instead of sugar but be sure to do some research on the amount you should use because it won't be as much as sugar since it takes less of the vegetable glycerin to sweeten!

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