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.


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