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4 Creative ways to use tinctures with kids

4 Creative ways to use tinctures with kids

What if you didn’t have to stuff medicine down your child’s throat?

What if they loved the taste of medicine?

This is what’s possible when you use herbal medicine and homeopathy. Herbs can taste great when you incorporate these simple tips.

What is an herbal tincture?

  • Tinctures are a combination of herb, water, and alcohol used to preserve the botanicals in them.
  • Tinctures are a safe, quick, and easy way to take herbal medicine and reduce our conventional medications for years to come.
  • Tinctures are typically created with alcohol or glycerine. When you purchase a tincture made with alcohol they are hydroethanolic extracts; which means they are made with a mixture of water and alcohol for the desired optimization of the final product.
  • Read more about tinctures and dosing for children here.

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But still, this is not the ideal medicine for diabetics or babies under three months due to the alcohol preservative. With babies, you could use glycerine tinctures.

What is a glycerite tincture?

  • Glycerin is used to prepare “alcohol-free” tinctures, and to preserve and sweeten the taste of liquid extracts called- glycerites.
  • Glycerine is considered a weaker solvent, so it may not be as strong as using the other extracts but is certainly safer for our children.
  • Children under 1 year of age may prefer glycerine tinctures for their sweet taste.
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How to give tinctures to children?

  • #1 Start with Herb Pharm tinctures, as they have a whole line of children’s tinctures made with glycerine and they give you the EXACT dosing on the labels
  • #2 Always dilute the tincture in water or juice and check the dosing below
  • #3 Always use the safest botanicals with your children
  • #4 Check with your doctor before administrating any new medication
  • #5 Always watch for allergic or idiosyncratic reactions

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4 Tips for giving tinctures to children

  1. Babies can receive the tincture through the mother’s milk during breastfeeding or in a bottle. (check to dose below)
  2. Toddlers love taking tinctures with a fun straw or a syringe. (see the picture of my daughter giving my son a tincture)
  3. For pregnancy and young children, you can pour boiling water over the tincture to dissipate the alcohol. Let cool completely and add juice for children to disguise the taste if needed.
  4. If you are using a full-strength tincture or the taste is not great, add Elderberry or Lemon Balm Glycerite to sweeten the medicine.

What is the dosing of a tincture for a child?

The dosage depends on the weight and age of the person being treated. To treat an acute condition you can take a tincture 1-3x day.

Age — Dosage

  • Younger than 3 months — 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months — 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months — 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months — 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months — 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years — 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years — 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years — 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years — 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years — 30 drops
  • 12 and older —30-60 drops

Concerns when using botanicals with children

Always watch for an allergic or idiosyncratic reaction when using botanicals. If either parent has an allergy to a botanical, do not offer this herb to your child.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • redness of the skin and/or cheeks
  • itchy skin
  • blotching

If you see these signs, stop offering the tincture immediately.

Conclusion

Tinctures can be our children’s new medicine. When used properly, with correct dosing your child can reduce their medications by integrating natural remedies like tinctures into their diet.

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What is a tincture?

What is a tincture?

What if there was a way to reduce your medications and use natural remedies?

By the end of this post, you’ll know what a tincture is, how to use them and the EXACT dosing you need.

Tinctures, what are they?

  • Tinctures are concentrated, a liquid extract made from herbs, water & alcohol.
  • They are quick acting and a convenient way to take herbs. Most tinctures are hydroethanolic extracts-that are a combination of water and alcohol.
  • The combination optimizes the extraction of the plants with both water and alcohol-soluble constituents are desired in the final product.
  • Tinctures have a long shelf life, frequently lasting many years. The alcohol content preserves the tincture from bacteria and fermentation, even when left at room temperature. Store in a cool dark place and keep out of reach from children.

Why use tinctures?

  • Tinctures are a safe, fast, effective way to use herbs and seek their medicinal benefits.
  • They are not, however, used when the nutritional aspect of herbs is being sought. For this, one should use teas, infusions, decoctions, and syrups.

What is a glycerite tincture?

  • Glycerin is used to prepare “alcohol-free” tinctures, and to preserve and sweeten the taste of liquid extracts called- glycerites.

Children under 1 year of age, may prefer this for its sweet taste. Some of the children’s tinctures Tara creates combines a glycerine with a tincture to sweeten the taste.

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Are tinctures safe for babies?

  • I would use glycerine tinctures with children under 6 months of age.
  • And.. even children over 6 months may like an elderberry or lemon balm glycerine added to their tincture to sweeten it and make it taste good.
  • Alternatively, if you are breastfeeding. You can take a full dose of the herb and it will pass to your baby through the breastmilk.

Are tinctures safe for toddlers?

  • Tinctures are part water, part alcohol. When you give your child 7ml, they will receive 50% water and 50% alcohol. When added to water and juice they receive even less.

Tips for giving tinctures to children

  • Babies can receive the tincture through the mother’s milk or in a bottle.
  • Toddlers love taking tinctures with a fun straw or a syringe.
  • For pregnancy and children, you can pour boiling water over the tincture to dissipate the alcohol. Let cool completely and add juice for children to disguise the taste if needed.

When to take a tincture?

  • Most tinctures you’ll take in the morning and evening.
  • If you are taking medications, consult with your doctor as some tinctures interfere with the absorption of medications.
  • Bitters should be taken 15 minutes before a meal to aid digestion.

Tincture Dosage For Children

  • The dosage depends on the weight and age of the person being treated.
  • An adult dose is 60 drops. To treat an acute condition you can take a tincture 1-3x day.

Age — Dosage

  • Younger than 3 months — 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months — 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months — 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months — 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months — 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years — 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years — 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years — 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years — 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years — 30 drops
  • 12 and older —30-60 drops

How do I take a tincture?

  • To take a tincture, you would drop the suggested amount in a 1/4 cup of water and drink. In emergencies, you may place the tincture directly on your tongue.

How do store tinctures?

  • Ideally, they are kept in a cool location away from direct heat and light and keep away from children.

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4 Creative ways to use tinctures with kids

 

Conclusion

I believe tinctures will be our new medicine. They can aid digestion, reduce unwanted symptoms, and reduce antibiotic use. Tinctures can also ease anxiety and depression.

They are quick and effective, place a dropper full in your water bottle and feel confident knowing you are supporting your body throughout the day.

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¹ https://herblore.com/overviews/childrens-dosage-guide

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