Glycerin is a sweet, syrupy colorless liquid that is produced by the hydrolysis of vegetable or animal fat. It is valued as a solvent in the preparation of herbal remedies made from oils and tinctures. It’s sweet taste and non-alcoholic properties make it ideal for preparing remedies for children As a solvent, it has the added advantage of serving as a preservative.

Synonym: Glycerol

This video gives a great overview of the properties of glycerin.

References

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  4. German Commission E, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1993
  5. Rosemary Gladstar (2014), Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care
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