Firstly, many people simply do not like to use alcohol as they strive towards healthier living. Others may not use alcohol for religious reasons, because they are in recovery or are pregnant or nursing. Furthermore, alcohol is not for children. These products address all those concerns. Secondly, and most importantly, alcohol-free extracts allow you to taste the plant, not the alcohol ! This taste is extremely important in that it gets your body ready to receive the gifts that the plant has to offer. Tasting the herb is part of the overall herbal experience and healing process. Alcohol-free extracts enable you to truly appreciate all of the plant's gifts.