Good question! – The shelf life of extracts does vary greatly, and this is always something to be carefully considered whenever you buy from any online vender. We ship out hundreds of orders a day, and as a result, we constantly rotate our stock, ensuring the absolute freshest botanicals, no matter what time of the year you order.
A good rule of thumb for any raw botanical product, extract, tincture, mixture, blend, concoction or anything else is this: You cannot harm your product by keeping it in an airtight container, away from light, and chilled. Freezing isnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t necessary, but it will always extend the shelf life of any of your products.
Since many herbal products have alkaloids and volatile oils, the #1 best thing you can do for your products is to keep them sealed. Airtight containers will not only extend the shelf life of your botanical products, but it will ensure the strength and potency of the product as well. Refrigerating your products never hurts them either, but it certainly isnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t required, except in the case of seeds.
If you want to keep your products potent for an indefinite amount of time, an airtight container, out of the light, in the freezer (except in the case of seeds), would keep them fresh indefinitely, but personallyÃ¢ï¿½Â¦I donÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t like to freeze any of my botanicals, because they never seem quite the same once I defrost them.
That being said, here is a general list:
1. Dried Herbs: Dried herbs need to be in an airtight container away from the light. They donÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t need to be refrigerated, except for Kava Kava products, which should always be kept in the fridge. Dired herbs as well as Kava Kava have a shelf life of approximately 2 years, but fresher is always better. Buy your products from a company who sells a great amount of products, because just like a busy restaurant, you know their stock is fresh.
2. Seeds: Seeds, most of all, need to be kept in the fridge. They should be kept away from the light, and it wouldnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t hurt to out them in an airtight container, but keeping them chilled is the best thing you can do to extend the time where the seeds will remain viable. Kratom seeds only remain viable for a few weeks, where seeds like Rivea Corymbosa will remain viable for many years. DO NOT Freeze your seeds; that could kill them!
3. Resins: Resins donÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t need much care at all. If you kept them sitting in the light, on a table, outside of any package whatsoever, they would last for months. Putting them in an airtight container would be the best thing you could do to preserve your product, and putting them in a fridge wouldnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t hurt as well, but itÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s not necessary.
4. Liquid Extracts: All of our liquid extracts are made from pure alcohol. Alcohol is one of the best preservation mediums, so our liquid extracts have a solid two years shelf life, but can still be almost as effective as the day they were made several years later.
5. Elixirs: Elixirs have much less alcohol in them, and are made with fermented grape juice as the carrier medium. Elixirs should always be refrigerated, and that will give them a shelf life of 9 months to a year. If itÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s opened and not refrigerated, the shelf life can be as little as just a few weeks.
6. Dry Extracts: Our dry extracts are made with purified water and pure ethanol. This means that there are no contaminants in them, helping to increase their shelf life. But dry extracts need to be kept out of the light and in an airtight container (such as a Ziploc bag). That will give them a shelf life of about 1 year. If you keep them in an airtight container, out of the light, and in a fridge or freezerÃ¢ï¿½Â¦your shelf life extends into years.