50ml Licks Herbal Liquidizer
This product is to be used in accordance with local, state, and federal laws
This is intended for use by adults over the age of 18 years old
Contains: USP Propelyne Glycol
Organic Derived Poly Ethylene Glycol
Natural and Artificial Food Grade Flavor Molecules (flavored versions only)
Licks can be used with herbal concentrates, oils, or with dry herbs. The liquid you make can be used by itself or you may add other ingredients as per your preference and/or device. Giving instructions or a formula for making specific products is impossible due to many different changing variables along with preference.
The following is a very detailed outline of the product along with some advice pertaining to the procedure of liquidizing your favorite concentrate or herb.
The Herbal Liquidizer revolution is upon us. Many of our lives have changed or are about to be changed forever, due to this concept of liquidizing your favorite herbs (plant products) or herbal concentrate (solid essential oils). The power of extracting your favorite essential oils into viscous non-toxic liquid form is one you are now able to harness with little to no effort. There is no high tech, high dollar machinery needed. Licks is a DIY product that has many uses and is forever evolving. Due to the hundreds of uses and applications "instructions or recipes" are hard to give specifically for what you are using it for. Let's leave it at that, but you can go to the bottom of this page for general instructions of use and recipes that may be used.
Licks can be used to extract your essential oils from the plant matter of your choice or it can be used as an emulsifier of concentrates with other products from solid to liquid. As a DIY product Licks can be used to make just about any product you could imagine that you may want as an infused with your favorite herbs. It can be used to make a liquid that is glycol based and can easily be combined with other glycol based products.
Commonly used herbs: Peppermint, Lavender, Hibiscus, Rosemary, Oregano, Ect.
Some herbs may have super antioxidant, anti inflammatory qualities. Also weight control, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer prevention qualities.
First and foremost Licks is nontoxic. Some of the competitors products contain at least one or more glycol compounds that is not organic. Licks is actually comprised 100% of organic compounds The carrier in the Licks Solution is (USP) propylene glycol. This accounts for a small amount of the solution but is necessary for the integrity. The majority of the solution is made of similar glycol chains being proprietary to Licks as it only forms in the process of making the actual Licks Solution. Once Licks is ready to bottle, the solution in a whole is as stable as it was once before the chemical change when being processed. The unique dual functionality of Licks comes from this proprietary mix.
Separation issues often arise because the fatty acids are present and/or the solution is high in plant waxes.
The founders of Licks has been working with this product since 2013. They worked very hard to overcome all the obstacles and issues of the original formulation that was put together years and years ago. Dual functionality was on top of the list. They wanted a product that was a solvent and an emulsifier that can be used with dry herb or already made concentrates. It is very possible but the right isotope had to be created that could have dual function outcome with all the desired finished qualities.
After doing a lot of research as well as strenuous trial and error, a final product was discovered and it almost felt too good to be true. At this point the lab initiated the outreach program to connect with "like-minded" individuals that had no history of extracting essential oils from plants or working with oils. This was done to see how DIY this product actually is. The subjects were given very little direction with no real formula and just ideas about how it can be used. A few had more and more questions with total success. Many took it upon themselves to figure out the recipe and process without any advice. It would be a lie to say everyone made out okay but it was few and far between when we saw negative results or issues that were not corrected easily.
The official launch of Licks was done in 2015. By the end of the year Herbal Liquidizer Company was on a global distribution level. Today Licks Herbal Liquidizer Company can proudly say it has sold thousands of bottles globally to every continent except Antarctica to include dozens of countries with thousands of happy and satisfied consumers.
What do I do with Licks?
Even though Licks is a DIY product you must make sure you follow all laboratory safety procedures. Included in procedure there must be proper laboratory safety equipment to be used. Safety goggles, lab coat, heat resistant gloves are just a few suggestions. Be sure to follow safety protocol first before using Licks.
Customer service is the number one priority and we get a lot of questions. Mostly they are asking for instructions or "a recipe" for Licks. The complexity of uses with an unlimited amount of products and ways to use Licks make it so there are no single recipes or instructions. That would be completely impossible to give. What we can do is assist in the process of liquidizing your herbs or concentrate. What we outline are not specific instructions but help to make your liquid.
We have put together some Licks Kits that will help further your exploration of this product. Kits typically come with a 50 ml flask, 4" blunt tip syringe that reaches the bottom of the flask, and 316L stainless steel mesh (for mixing and straining liquid)
It has been brought to our attention that some recommend using a microwave. We are asked a lot if a microwave can be used. The oil captured within the solution has a flashpoint (point at which the compounds in it burn away). The microwave reaches temperatures that are just much too high and too much of a risk to recommend using. The microwave has a negative impact on the solution. If you are trying to extract a full spectrum of the compounds, the microwave will help burn them off before you ever have a chance to utilize the essential oil compounds you want to extract.
Emulsifier (mixing products together)
More times than many you may have wanted to blend your essential oils into a product. What you need to take into consideration is the density of two products you are mixing together. Most of the time you will have your concentrated essential oil ready to go. Whether or made it using Licks or your own technique it will work either way. Another thing to take into consideration when mixing your concentrate into another product is how "fatty" is your concentrate. Does it have high lipids or acids in it that need to be dissolved first? The Licks does the job of dissolving the product first, then with the same solution emulsifying it into another product.
To dissolve your essential oil concentrate:
-Start with the smallest amount of Licks it takes to liquidize your product. 1:1 by volume is a good start and work from there. You can always add more Licks to it but you cant take it out if you add too much. Your final solution will be made to your preference. If its too strong or too thick you can add more Licks to it or you can add other glycols like PG or VG in order to weaken it or to thin it out.
-To start the dissolving process place in a heat resistant container like a Pyrex flask
-Place on a heat source as heat is the catalyst but not always necessary
-Avoid using heat above 160°, as not to compromise your product. Heat can destroy the useful compounds you may have captured that would otherwise just "burn" away. 100° is a good temperature. It may take some time. Low and slow is the moto we like to use.
-You will notice it to start to break down in the liquid
-Continue to mix thoroughly until your product is absorbed into the Licks and it has become a smoothly mixed product.
-You can use the stainless steel mesh to strain the liquid and help it break down even more, exposing more surface area of the concentrate to the solvent of Licks.
-Some products as outlined above may need a more or less viscous solution to be able to be mixed into it. There is no one recipe for every single product or type of product. This just outlines general directions on "how to".
-Again in the emulsifying process, heat is the catalyst so both products may need to be warmed up to even temperatures then mixed together to get it to mix properly in most cases when combining products together such as VG or PG
-The better the essential oil concentrate is dissolved in the Licks the better end results you will have
-All results may vary from one to another depending on variables. Take note to consistent variables in order to better the process through time. Concentrates vary greatly and herbs vary greatly. Slight changes to the process may be required depending on your sample.
Essential Oil Extractor
-As with essential extraction from dry herbs you may want to use a heat resistant container. Heat is not a necessary part of this but may accelerate the process. When we give advice on extracting essential oils we like to use the term "low and slow" in this process as well.
-The content of lipids and fatty acids that the plant produces will vary from plant to plant species to species.
-Part of the extraction includes stripping the plant of the "sugars"
-Sometimes just the sugars are desired so a cold extraction process may be desired in this case
-Depending on how viscous to make your Licks solution, you should take into consideration the "feel" of the plant along with what you are going to use your essential oils for.
-The "feel" of the plant is reference made in layman's terms. If the plant feels sticky and thick of crystals or such that you are trying to extract then a longer process with possibly more Licks or just some warmth to be added may be suitable.
-The next thing to take into consideration is how potent do you want your final solution to be?
-Most or all of this process contains a lot of preference rather then strict directions or recipe
-Make sure you grind your product up real good. The more surface area that Licks is exposed to the faster and better it will extract the essential oils of that particular plant product.
-A large ending amount with a low percentage of product can be obtained in a single step.
-Mix Licks with the product. Add some warmth with a heat element or hot water bath for accelerated stripping. Going to high of temperature may result in the "burn of" of compounds you are trying to capture. To stay completely safe avoid using heat above 160°.
-Higher temperatures can be used we know and each compound within the plant has its own specific temperature in which it heats up and disappears at.
-To make a more concentrated product you want to use just a small amount of plant product to begin with.
-Go through the process and then strain it real good. Take that solution you just made and add fresh plant product to that. Repeat the process until you have washed and strained all of your product with the same liquid, using it over and over again until you get a rich solution.
-You may do this as many times as you wish and can make your concentrate very very thick. This will be a true full spectrum extract.
-The more times you wash and strain the longer it may take for the next batch to be processed. Sometimes adding some fresh Licks to "clean" the stainless steel screens and container also adds to the stripping functionality through the process.
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