Alcohol in Remedies

Much like pharmacy medicines, a preservative is a necessary part of homeopathic remedies, particularly in warmer climates. Many products, including herbs and flower essences, have an alcohol base and these products are regulated by the TGA.

This small amount of alcohol is also an integral part of the action of the remedy, ie how it works, and while some practitioners and brands have chosen to change to other preservatives, with our homeopathics we want your remedies to work as intended and we can’t guarantee that will be the case if we change from the traditional format.

The alcohol in our remedies is as low as permissible – a mix of 15% grape alcohol and 5% brandy (for taste) – but high enough to stop your remedy growing floaties if someone touches the dropper to their mouth and puts it straight back in the bottle.

To maintain the integrity of the product, do ensure that if the dropper touches the mouth it is rinsed in boiling water before returning to the bottle.

The amount of alcohol per dose is small, particularly for babies and children. For example 20% of one drop is the amount ingested for a baby under 6 months old. See below if you would like to dilute or perhaps purchase remedies in sucrose pilules, the other traditional format.

Dose of a remedy

1 drop for under 6 months of age

2 drops for under 12 months

4 drops for over 12 months

Diluting the Remedy

If you are concerned about giving the drops to a baby too often, you can reduce the alcohol further as follows:

  • Put your drops in 1/4 glass of water
  • Stir vigorously with a teaspoon (this activates the remedy in the water)
  • The water is now your remedy
  • Give 1/2 teaspoon (0-12 months) or 1 teaspoon (over 12 months) and repeat for each dose

Most remedies are available in pilules.

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