Wow, I would never ever think of putting it directly into my mouth out of the dropper lol! Yikes, I can only imagine how that must have felt lol! That reminds me of the time someone posted about putting the Eyebright tincture directly into their eye from the dropper, not that it would ever harm them or their eye but good Lord, I'm sure it felt like fire for a while lol!
I put 2-3 droppersful in a shot glass with just a splash of water and I also usally put 5-6 droppersful of Hawthorn Berry tincture with it because for me it seems to cut down on the hotness, that or I'm just used to it by now.
I'm not suggesting that people need to add the Hawthorn Berry or that everyone will think it actually cuts down on the hotness because as I stated, that's just how it works for me. ;-)