Alcohol in Remedies

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Much like pharmacy medicines, a preservative is a necessary part of homeopathic remedies, particularly in warmer climates.

It is also an integral part of the action of the remedy, ie how it works, as our remedies are made much like a herbal medicine, the first stage being preparation in alcohol.

Through dilution and succussion, which is the magic and often misunderstood homeopathic process, the alcohol becomes a part of the action of the remedy.

The alcohol in our remedies is as low as permissible (a mix of 10% 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 quite small, particularly for babies and children.

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.