Are alcohol based tinctures safe for children?
As a mom and an herbalist, I want to make sure that I’m doing what’s best for my family, and that means natural remedies. But are certain natural remedies not safe for children? What about alcohol based tinctures, are they safe for little ones? With so many prepared herbs available as alcohol tinctures, you want to know the answers to these questions.
The good thing is, that there is a lot of evidence out there to help you make an informed decision in this area. There are several reasons why alcohol based tinctures are better than other extraction methods. And there are plenty of professionals in the field, like midwife, herbalist and Yale trained Dr. Aviva Romm who have something to say about the issue.
We’ve been told that drinking is harmful, especially for kiddos, but are a few drops from a tincture really going to harm them? How much alcohol are they really even getting from a tincture, and how should you use them to ensure a balance of safety and efficiency? If not alcohol tinctures, than are there other options? You may be surprised to find out that common everyday foods like bananas, kombucha and even orange juice contain small amounts of alcohol.
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