The Cintamani Difference
The Cintamani Apothecary contains some of the highest quality tonic herbal extracts currently available on the market. Every herb is Certified Organic or Beyond Organic, meaning the cultivation practices exceed current "Organic" Standards or are considered Tao Di, or grown in "the original way" they have been cultivated for centuries. All our herbal extracts are laboratory tested (many of them 3rd party verified) to ensure that they are free of poisons or contaminants, and we are happy to provide Certificates of Analysis upon request. As herbalists with a consulting practice, it is incredibly important for us to offer herbs to clients that will be completely and fully beneficial, without adverse effects from pollutants, excipients, or fillers. After years of being unsatisfied with the quality of herbs available on the market, it became apparent that I needed to do something to change that, and thus Cintamani Tonics was born.
This extract company was created out of a necessity for all people to have access to premium grade, verifiably clean, holistically nourishing tonic herbal extracts.
When you purchase Cintamani Tonics you can have full confidence that these herbs are very fresh and will maintain potency for a significant amount of time. We do not purchase these herbs from a warehouse in the US, China, or India. We contract the producers in China and India to craft the herbs specifically for Cintamani Tonics. The organic cooperatives will then source the raw material and create the tonic extracts. Once the processing is complete the herbs are shipped directly to me. This allows for ultimate freshness that is not generally available. For this reason, our herbal extracts can be shelved for many years in their light-tight, air-tight containers and maintain potency and efficacy.
Cintamani Tonics exclusively carries 10:1 (or stronger) powdered extracts and dual extracts created in North America, China, and India. "10:1" describes the concentration level of the extract ~ meaning our extracts are 10 times more powerful than raw herb powders, delivering therapeutic dosages and benefits. In the long run, these extracts tend to be significantly more cost effective than herb powders, and also more effective in their life-enhancing, therapeutic actions. Our Medicinal Mushroom line features strictly pure fruiting body extracts to convey the full intelligence of the mature mushroom. No mycelium powders here. And all our mushroom extracts are standardized to contain at least 30% polysaccharides, delivering verifiable potency for maximum benefit. And our unique low-temperature-purified American Shilajit products offer full spectrum fulvic and ionic minerals that can help potentiate the effects of all our other herbs.
Water Soluble Powdered Extracts
Most of the extractions are created with a hot water method. Essentially, a very large and concentrated tea is brewed using giant pressure cookers. Many of the tonic herbs are roots or barks, and need to be cooked to allow the specific beneficial compounds to be drawn out from all the woody fiber. This herb fiber is then removed from the tea, and all of the water is evaporated, leaving behind the purely water-soluble components of the herbs in powder form. Our Dual Extracted Mushrooms are taken through a second extraction in which the mushroom fruits are tinctured in organic grain alcohol, the alcohol and water solutions are combined, and the solvents are evaporated, creating a broad spectrum powdered dual extract. These extracts are basically instant tea powders that offer great versatility and ease of consumption. Simply add a teaspoon to hot water and you have a perfectly concentrated tea. And since there are no fillers nor excipients, the herbs are super easy to absorb and digest.
Commitment to Sustainability
We aim to provide clean and pure extracts, not just because they are better for us; organic and traditional farming practices are also better for the environment. Without the need for toxic pesticides nor extractive fertilizers, the Tao Di herbs we choose offer a pure expression of vital life force, with higher concentrations of beneficial compounds. We purchase herbs from small family farmers who have have honed their traditional cultivation practices over generations, providing consistently exceptional quality & purity. Supporting these small farmers is a crucial piece of Cintamani's sourcing ethos.
We strive towards Zero Waste. We choose recyclable & biodegradable materials wherever possible.
Dual Extracts & powdered Formulas are sold in recyclable amber glass jars with recyclable metal lids.
10:1 Hot Water Extracts are mostly sold in biodegradable resealable kraft/bioPLA pouches.
We use paper foil seals instead of plastic jar seals.
Shilajit products are sold in reusable / recyclable miron glass (lids are not recyclable).
Orders are wrapped in 100% recycled kraft paper.
Shipping materials include 100% recycled boxes & labels, as well as biodegradable mailers and tape.