Organic Grape Alcohol: Why We Use It In BW Herbal Formulas instead of vegetable glycerin.



Byron WhiteAdvantages of using Organic Grape alcohol over vegetable glycerin in herbal formulas.

Important, Please read… more information

In our last blog I discussed the use of vegetable glycerin and the side affects it can have and why we chose to use Organic Grape Alcohol.

All the information about vegetable glycerin and alcohol I shared comes from research and years of clinical experience and testing and using the best ingredients needed to get very sick people well.

Clinical experience is everything, when it comes to getting well. What works in the trenches, working with very ill people and helping them to regain their health. All the experience I personally share, comes from over 30 years of practice, and helping over 25,000 people personally with chronic illness regain their health. We discovered what worked and what didn’t in helping people. So lets talk about some more details on what works.

Organic Grape Alcohol – The best choice

The special organic grape alcohol used in our formulas, as I described in the last blog, is organic grape alcohol. It is important, I believe to use an organic form of alcohol to avoid toxins and reactions that can be found from grain alcohol and vegetable glycerin.

The Organic Grape alcohol we use is USP. This is the standard in the industry, whether it is grain, other forms of alcohol, or glycerin, it is USP. USP, United States Pharmacopeia, means it meets or exceeds governmental requirements.

Alcohol as a base is used in most formulas, including herbal and homeopathic formulations, in this country and in other countries.

I handmade and used herbal formulations made with alcohol as a base for the formulas all during that time, and can tell you that in my experience it is the best base to have in a herbal formula, bar none. The bottom line is getting the person well.

There are occasions to use apple cider vinegar and teas for specific reasons, but grape alcohol is by far the best I have used in terms of results, tolerance, no toxicity and positive effects.

Vegetable Glycerine can ‘Mask’ the taste of the herbs and can interfere with the herbs functioning and health giving benefits!

The tongue has taste receptors (taste buds). A person can comment, “this is bitter or this is sweet, perhaps sour or spicy”. These taste receptors do other things besides just allow us to taste things. Bitter herbs, sensed by the tongue begin a series of processes in our digestion. When a sweet taste is used to mask the tastes, it also masks the functioning as well and can prevent the herbs from working as intended in the body. This is reason enough not to use vegetable glycerin or other sweeteners in herbal formulas.

Lungs also have bitter receptor sites! Bitter herbs improve asthma!

Scientist have discovered that human lungs are able to ‘taste’ bitter flavors in the same way we taste food with our tongues.

The bitter receptors in the lungs are the same as those in the mouth except they are not found in clusters and do not send any signals to the brain.

The breakthrough discovery is having a massive impact as they found that bitter compounds open lung airways far better than current drugs!

We don’t want to cover up the taste of the herbs! It is one of the main reasons we do not mask any tastes in our formulas.

Vegetable glycerin manufacturing often uses alcohol to extract the herbs:

How do most manufacturing companies that use glycerin make their herbal formulas? They use alcohol. That is right, alcohol is used first, to do the extraction of the herbs and then they remove the alcohol and replace it with glycerin. Why do they use alcohol? Because it is a better extractor of all the natural components of the herbs! Alcohol is superior when it comes to extracting the constituents from the herbs.

Homeopathic companies also use alcohol as a base in their formulas.

Most homepathic companies use alcohol as a base as well, in their formulas or in some part of the process and have since the beginning.

Benefits of using alcohol based formulas

We use a special pure organic grape alcohol to prepare our herbal extracts because it functions very well in extracting the plants ingredients and as a preservative.

The properties enable it to effectively mobilize the constituents that are active in plants from within the plants cell wall and bring them into the herbal solution. There is 100% absorption and 100% bio availability.

This is so important, especially if one’s digestive functions are impaired or one needs a response from the herbal preparation quickly. Liquid herbal extracts work quickly.

Because they do not need to move through the first pass of the liver for digestion, they enter the bloodstream immediately and affect their receptor sites within the body within minutes after consumption.

Pure grain alcohol also acts as a wonderful preservative. A liquid herbal extract will remain stable for over 5 years, while crude herb capsules and tablets tend to degrade very quickly. Effectiveness of herbal tablets and capsules containing dry crude herbs is minimal.

Research shows that small amounts of alcohol provide the human body with several benefits:

  • Carries the herbs in extract formula into the blood, tissues and liver.
  • Can have a supportive effect on the vasomotor center of the heart, increases blood flow to the arteries and decreasing the risk of coronary disease and dysfunction.
  • Peripheral circulation in the body can be increased.
  • Is neutral in taste which allows the various tastes of herbs to activate the receptors on the tongue. When taken, bitter, sweet, sour, salty, spicy, activating healthy responses in the body.
  • Helps prevent fluid retention
  • Supports secretions of the fundus gland in the stomach
  • Supports the defensive abilities of the immune system
  • Lowers the carcinogenic potential of nitrosamines in food.

Three of my mentors, God Bless them, they were true healers, taught that the use of alcohol among its other gifts to the body, in small doses would help carry the herbs into deeper reaches of the body. They also taught and is commonly taught in herbology, that alcohol is very good for herb extraction, preserving the minerals and nutrients in a viable state and essence of the life force of the herbs.. This has been my experience as well.

  • Tinctures remain potent for many years.
  • Small quantities of tinctures are effective, sometimes as little as one drop, making them more portable and potable.
  • Tinctures act very rapidly, especially when administered under the tongue.
  • Certain herbal alkaloids and resins are extractable only into alcohol. Not water.
  • A very small amount of plant material produces a tincture consisting of many medicinal doses.
  • in addition, organic grape alcohol is hypo-allergenic and guaranteed 100% free of genetic modification.
  • Grape sugars are unique in all the plant world and because of their unique actions, organic grape alcohol does a superior job of extracting medicinal plant constituents. The results are an herbal extract that is especially safe, fast acting, effective.

For more information on our formulas:

Please check out our previous blogs and website,

Best wishes, Byron White


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Vegetable Glycerin Toxicity Used In Herbal Formulas Creates Health Problems

Hello Everyone,                                                       

Byron White

I am often asked about the use of vegetable glycerin in herbal formulas and in food and cosmetics. There are concerns about its use and the following article discusses why we do not use or recommend the use of vegetable glycerin formulas or products.

To your Health- Byron White


Vegetable glycerin is being used as a base and/or extraction method, in some herbal formulas and other products, but is it the best way to go in creating formulas and products?   

In my experience and in research, it is not a suitable option.  Please read on to learn why…


6th of July, 2012:
FDA Notification to Industry
Products using oils, glycerin, or protein that were derived from the Jatropha plant may have toxic effects.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying the regulated community that oils, glycerin, and proteins commonly used in the production of human and animal food, medical products, cosmetics, and other FDA-regulated products may contain toxins if they are derived from the Jatropha plant.


Why BWF’s use grape alcohol instead of vegetable glycerin?

  We use organic grape alcohol in our formulas for several reasons. It is free of toxins and gluten and is well tolerated by sensitive individuals. It also offers excellent extraction of herbs and absorption qualities when the herbal formula is taken internally.

Vegetable glycerin in products can be toxic, made from GMO vegetables (corn and beet are common GMO’s), and have multiple side effects… because of vegetable glycerin’s possible toxicity and side effects as well as clinical experience, we don’t use it in any of our formulas.

In my clinical practice, results are what matter and when we tested vegetable glycerin based formulas with people with chronic illness they ‘never tested well’, often being beyond balance. People would tell us they have allergic or toxic reactions to other formulas with a glycerin base. There are many forms and sources for vegetable based glycerin, some more toxic than others.

Those with Lyme disease and other chronic illness, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, viral infections, chemical sensitivity, liver problems, biotoxins, neurotoxins, environmental illness, mold, fungal and candida may be more prone to reactions.

Vegetable glycerin in my experience is not a good extracting agent for most herbs and does not support the absorption of the herbs in the body as alcohol does. It is most often used in essential oil products and not in herbal formulas for this reason.

We avoided the use of vegetable glycerin in our formulas for these reasons see below…


  •   Some  vegetable glycerin, such as propylene glycol, have been associated with severe side effects.  Kevin Woodward states in his book “Veterinary Pharmacovigilance,” propylene glycol is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, cattle and other animals.
  • Allan B Wolfson and his co-authors, in the book “Harwood-Nuss’ Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, say “ingesting propylene glycol at high doses of the substance, can result in central nervous system disorders, renal failure and even fatalities in humans”.

Mucous Membrane Irritant

  •    D. R. Price in the book “Do You Have Kitchen Disease,” states that vegetable glycerin can cause irritation to mucous membranes.
  • Shirley Price and Len Price state in the book,  “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals,” vegetable glycerin irritates the mucous membranes of the genitourinary, respiratory and alimentary tracts, which may cause diarrhea, aches, irritation of the upper airway, wheezing, swelling of the tongue and gastroenteritis.

Genetically Modified (GMO)

Have the vegetables used to make the vegetable glycerin been genetically modified? Often this is not listed on the products, but recommend you find out before ingesting them. GMO’s can be very detrimental to your health and beet and corn are common sources.

Allergic Reactions…

Vegetable glycerin can cause allergic reactions, especially if you are sensitive to oils. Vegetable glycerin compounds can contain sulfides. Sulphides can cause breathing problems, such as asthma. Some products contain preservatives that are added to extend their shelf lives. Other symptoms reported, include itching, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, shortness of breath and hives.

Skin Reactions

   Vegetable glycerin and glycols are known skin irritants, according to the book “Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine.” When vegetable glycerin comes in contact with your skin, it can and often does cause skin allergies.”

Other Precautions and concerns:

Vegetable glycerin can irritate your respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract. If inhaled, it can irritate the mucous membranes in the lungs and cause wheezing, swelling of the tongue and upper respiratory tract infections. Does this sound like something you would like to be ingesting or giving to your child?

Oral vegetable glycerin has been known to upset the stomach and result in nausea and contributes to inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, called gastroenteritis. As a practitioner or person using the formula with glycerin, it also makes it more difficult to know what is a reaction coming from the glycerin and what is a response to the formula, not to mention the effects from the toxicity.

In case of severe reactions to vegetable glycerin:

Glycerin can be hidden in your food or personal care products under other names. Suggest avoiding herbal formulas and products containing vegetable glycerin, glyceritol or glycol alcohol.

An allergic reaction can, if vegetable glycerin is taken internally, have more severe symptoms. If you are suffering from an allergic reaction, suggest contacting poison control immediately or head to your nearest emergency room.


Chi Master and Energetic Formulas changes

Hello Everyone,


Byron White

Well summer is almost here…this year has gone by so fast…
BWF’s wishes you a wonderful summer!

Working with the energetics of the body is very important and is often neglected in
medicine, but is often crucial in helping someone to regain their health. Decreased energetics or blockages in the flows of the body can create many symptoms. Please check out out yin/yang/chi survey on our website! After you fill it out, you will be able to see how much you need of yin, yang and chi..can be quite revealing.

It is so important that we decided to increase the size of our Chi master formula from 1 ounce to 3 ounces and put it into a spray bottle making it easier to use on the body and for spraying in the mouth!

Working with the energetics of the body is so very important, that we also decreased the
cost of of our energetic formulas, Yin energy, Yang Energy, Em matrix. We want everyone to be able to use these formulas. A teleconference on this and our other support formulas will be coming soon for practitioners, so please check back here and watch your e-mails for our next event.

Best wishes,
Byron White


These formulas are NOW available to practitioners from Byron White Formulas. Its an exciting time! There are many great things happening, including our new shopping cart that will be online soon as well as new formulas soon to be released…

You can now purchase these formulas through us…so, please contact us asap to set up a account, if you do not have one with us, already,so there will be no interruption of getting these formulas for your patients.

Best wishes,
Byron White and team

Practitioners can now order A-BAB, A-BART, A-L, A-FNG, A-TULA direct from Byron White Formulas!

Hello Everyone…
As you may have heard, we are now the sole distributor of all of our formulas. You can now purchase A-BAB, A-BART, A-L, A-FNG, A-TULA directly through us, along with all of our other formulas!

If you have not ordered from us before please contact us and set up an account, so we can continue to provide you with these formulas, uninterrupted.

We look forward to talking with you and continuing to provide you with the highest quality formulas available and ongoing support and education.

Best wishes,
Byron White