Our Story

Back in 1980 prior to developing the TincTract® process for making completely alcohol-free liquid herbal products, L. Carl Robinson had determined that liquid delivery of herbs was far more efficient than what dried herbal products were capable of, however, he asked two additional questions – "Why is alcohol still the primary solvent used for liquid herbal tinctures/extracts in the liquid herbal products industry?" And, "Why are the process methodologies used for making liquid herbs so antiquated and not current to known science proven concepts?"

Going back to high school chemistry, Carl recalled that alcohol (i.e. grain based ethanol) possesses the intrinsic effects of denaturing and rendering inert many organic compounds, many in fact that are present in herbs, and the fact that different compounds, to retain their intrinsic biological nature, require different methodologies to effectively extract them from a raw material is required. That is, after all, the basics of extractive fluid chemistry.

Out of these considerations, Carl conceived of and developed a multi-step serialized process that utilizes the non-alcohol solvent glycerin for making liquid herbal concentrates. It's a process that goes way beyond typical tincturing or fluid extraction methodologies. He would name this unique technology the TincTract® process.

Simply put, the proprietary TincTract® process is geared towards removing heat sensitive water soluble compounds as well as compounds requiring more dynamic processes, all being done in an all in one serialized process.

A multi-step totally alcohol-free liquid processing approach had never before been done in the liquid herbal products industry to the degree Carl had developed, and the TincTract® process, through its generational enhancements and improvements, still holds the distinction of being the most thorough liquid herbal extraction technology in the herbal products industry.

What are the benefits of a botanical that has been subjected to the TincTract® process?

There Are Many:

• No alcohol is used at any time in the making of a 'Genuine TincTract® Made' product. None! Ever!

This means the components extracted from a botanical are not subjected to alcohol's denaturing and/or inert rendering effects. For instance, aromatic compounds are denatured, and many rendered inert when alcohol is used resulting in diminishing or loosing their efficacy, but such is not the case with glycerin where the compounds remain whole and active.

And, many polysaccharides, especially the linked and cross-linked ones, are denatured (crystalized) and rendered inert by alcohol as seen in chitin matrix of mushrooms and mycelium for instance, but are able to be TincTract® extracted with glycerin and not crystalized or rendered inert.

• The glycerin used in a Genuine TincTract® Made product possesses micro-encapsulating properties.

This means that actives and constituents are less affected by REDOX (Reducto-Oxidative), i.e., oxidation, than products made with water, alcohol, or water and alcohol. This also contributes to the long shelf life and stability a Genuine TincTract® Made product is known for. For instance, due to the micro-encapsulating properties of a Genuine TincTract® Made product, there is little to no unwanted complexifying of actives or constituents during the shelf life of our products, and once opened for use, do not require refrigeration.

• Genuine TincTract® Made liquid herbal products are gluten-free!

There is an emerging controversy in the liquid herbal products industry concerning the fact that single pass distilled alcohol being made from grains also contains pass-through gluten particulates that can set off gluten sensitivity issues. What is known is that only grain alcohol that has been double, and even better, triple distilled, can be deemed to be completely free of pass through gluten factors.

Some companies using grain alcohol may utilize the cheaper single distilled variety as the double/triple distilled variety is much more expensive. To be sure, many reputable alcohol-based liquid herbal products do use the double/triple distilled variety of alcohol, but it is those that don't that one has to be careful of regarding this issue. Because no alcohol is ever used in a TincTract® process, all the resulting products are 'absolutely' gluten-free!.

• Genuine TincTract® Made liquid herbal products retain the intrinsic taste quality of an herb, in many instances, even that of the raw fresh herb.

This is indicative that the biological viability remains intact, so much so that a finished TincTract® made liquid herb possesses a taste quality remarkably similar to the fresh harvested botanical itself. No other liquid herbal processing technology possesses this quality in the industry and it has become a hallmark of our 'Genuine TincTract® Made' products.

• Genuine TincTract® Made liquid herbal products are the most 'concentrated' glycerin-based herbal extracts of a 'whole' herb based nature available in the marketplace.

The generational improvements and enhancements (now in its 11th generation) to the proprietary TincTract® process have resulted in the recommended per dose amount going from generation one's 1 teaspoonful down to the current 11th generation's ¼ teaspoonful. This means that on a per dose basis 'Genuine TincTract® Made' products are one of the most economical liquid herbal products for day-to-day use in the market today.

• All 'Genuine TincTract® Made' products are FDA cGMP inspected, Kosher certified by an OU recognized kashrus certifying organization, and are Halal compliant and Vegan certified.

Our 'Genuine TincTract® Made' products are not only in our Cedar Bear retail brand product lines, but are white/private labeled and contract manufactured for other retail brands, and is included as ingredients in other companies products – that's how effective and trusted Genuine TincTract® Made products are.

Are the Founders Still Involved Today?

Absolutely!

Carl, as Cedar Bear Naturales® originating Founder and our in-house Clinical & Formulary Herbalist, holds the position of Chairman/CEO, while his wife and business partner, Jhoane, is President of the company.

Jhoane, a literary & traditional herbalist, and co-founder of Cedar Bear®, is the majority owner of the company, making Cedar Bear® a woman owned endeavor, and she is the President, also making our company a woman run business.

In all of this, what makes Cedar Bear® especially outstanding is that it is an herbal products manufacturing endeavor founded by real herbalists and continuing to be administered and run by real herbalists.

Cedar Bear® – a company founded by herbalists,
owned by herbalists, run by herbalists, and carrying
on the tradition of real herbalism.

Cedar Bear Naturales® is one of very few companies in the
greater herbal products industry to hold that distinction
.