A friend reached out to me today & asked me if herbs were standardized. Standardization takes place in laboratories; isolating compounds from substances so that they can bottle it and make the potencies all the same. My friend is in nursing school and they mentioned this in class. Very interesting.
However, the medicinal action with high quality liquid tinctures is going to be generally the same. Are there some herbal sources that are better than others? Definitely. This is why I'm so particular about where I pick my herbs, thus it's important to find a company that sources organic or wild crafted & ethically harvested plants.
Wild Crafted means to be grown wild, without the use of pesticides & herbicide. My Elderberries; Those were wild crafted. I picked from a naturally occurring wild source. The definition of ethically harvested is to take only what you need of the plant, leaving some to go to seed or to keep growing for the next crop.
So called "standardized herbs" are meant to give the impression that they are all the same from bottle to bottle. Often in order to isolate that "favorable" compound from an herb (like lobeline from lobelia, a lung herb) , some companies & laboratories must use harmful solvents to isolate that compound. This is not good. Not to mention the fact that the company might be completely ignoring or deeming "inert" compounds that naturally also occur in the plant. Something that they may know nothing about because they aren't familiar with the historical use of the herb & they probably have no first hand experience with the herb to begin with.
Herbs, plants, & foods are complex. They are put together the way they are for a reason. Usually when mankind starts fiddling with this, they inevitable mess it up. Tinctures incorporate all parts of the plants chemical constituents, as nature intended them to be.
The idea that herbs can't be standardized is irrelevant as it completely misses the point. Herbs are mineral rich, and have active compounds that can support the body to arrive at balance faster; with the help of a good diet, sunshine, fresh air & water. Herbs are food, & as the father of "modern medicine" said, "let food be they medicine & let medicine be thy food". This is the point.
The real blessing of herbs to mankind is that they are wild, & can truly never be standardized; & that is just the way I like!