Dosing & Sensitivities
Herbal Liquid Dosages
Always start with the lower dosage and increase it if necessary.
Infants – up to 3 years
Babies are born with a healthy immune system unless the mother has neglected her well-being during pregnancy. Breast feeding is the best thing you can do for your child. We advise all new mothers to eat well, rest, RELAX, and breast feed your baby. The baby will receive the herbs through her breast milk if necessary. Herbs are generally safe for babies but require a low dosage, 2 - 5 drops per dosage, 3 - 5 times per day. The most common ailments; colds, fevers, stuffy nose, cough, bronchitis, ear ache and colic are safely and effectively treated with our herbal formulations.
We always recommend the minimum effective dosage at this age.
Children – up to 10 years
Children who are eating healthy, organic meals, getting good exercise, have a happy home, and laughing a lot will generally have strong immune systems with good hearts and minds. We recommend a low - medium dosage, 5 - 15 drops per dosage, 3 - 5 times per day. You might have to dilute the dosage in a bit of juice of water for them. Children, overall, have been more compliant than adults, and have a natural affinity for this type of healing.
Adults – up to old age
Adults can take the regular dosage, 20 - 40 drops or 1/2 tsp. - 1 tsp. per dosage, 3 - 5 times per day.
Grandmas and Grandpas can take the regular dosage as adults, if in good health. Otherwise it is better to start them on the lower dosage and gradually increase it if needed.
Certain herbs have the ability to increase or decrease the effects of some pharmaceutical drugs. Your doctor and health care provider should be notified if you are taking any medication and/or herbal medicine to minimize adverse reactions. Consult with your health care providers before taking any herbs if you are pregnant.
The medical and herbal communities investigating herb-drug interactions have focused on these primary health issues:
- Blood anti-coagulants and anti-platelets ( Warfarin or Coumadin)
- Blood pressure, heart conditions
- Diabetes, insulin levels and blood sugar metabolism
- Hepatitis C and interferon
- Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
St. John’s Wort is the most frequently named herb for causing drug interactions. It is best not to use this herb if someone is taking prescribed medications or undergoing chemotherapy.
Blood thinners, such as Coumadin, are reported to have a greater frequency of interaction with herbs. Blood coagulation tests should be done regularly when combining herbs with blood thinners.