Issues & Solutions for Children
Altered Dosages – Many commercial products are not
available in appropriate pediatric doses.
We can reformulate existing products so that they dose is suitable for
the age and weight of the patient.
We’ve found this to be especially helpful when children receive
medication during school hours where it is not permitted to administer half
tablet or dump out a partial capsule.
Alternate Routes of Administration – Just as we can
alter the dose of a medication, we can also alter how it is administered. If patients cannot swallow capsules or tablets,
we can create liquid suspensions that can be mixed with beverages or food. Medicinal transdermal creams can be applied
topically, bypassing oral dosing completely.
Gummies and Lollipops –
Gummies and lollipops are
often a welcomed alternative for pediatric clients who may already be taking
numerous pills. Gummies are a
convenient way to include tonics in a children’s lunch box. Lollipops can provide extended topical
application to the oral cavity. Both
preparations can be flavored to match the patient’s taste preference. Quercetin gummies and lollipops are a
favorite of our clients to lower histamine levels. We also make ‘Fever-be-Gone’
gummies containing an herbal tincture blend for colds and flus, and vitamin
gummies for children who refuse to take their vitamin supplement.
flavorings can be added to some pre-made products, and those products that we
compound; this can make a huge difference for a non-compliant or pediatric
client. We use essential oils,
vegetable glycerin, honey or honey-mint bases to sweeten a tonic, plus
pharmaceutical grade flavorings such as orange, tangerine, cherry, chocolate,
marshmallow, crème de mint, and bubble gum.
Room Sprays – Room sprays are a simple combination of
water, essential oils and flower essences.
Essential oils are strong anti-microbial and sanitizing agents as well
as aromatherapy agents. Parents may use
room spritzers to calm agitated or restless children prior to homework or
bedtime or in the car.
Cubes – can be used for drug or supplements that have
a bitter aftertaste. Drugs or herbal ingredients are mixed with
dark chocolate and poured into serving molds. Our gourmet
chocolates are also gluten and casein free.
Masking Syrup –
made with dark chocolate and coconut or olive oils, allows
parents to prepare at home a delectable treat for bitter
medication or supplements.
Allergy Tonic has been formulated with a proprietary blend of herbs (see
listing below) used Traditionally for Cold, Flu, Congestion, and most Allergy
conditions (air-borne or food based). The tonic is initially prepared using a
non-grain alcohol-water extractant (gluten- free). Upon completion, the alcohol
is removed via a low-heat process, and stabilized with either honey and/or
glycerin. Flavoring may be added with essential oils of Orange and/or
Tangerine. The final product is considered Gluten Free and Alcohol Reduced.
The same formula may be used with patients of any age: infants, children, teens
Dosing is wide range: Generally 2-4 droppersful per adults (12yrs+), 1-2
droppersful per children 6-12yrs, and infants 5-30 drops. Tonic may be mixed
with any foods or beverages. Frequency ranges from 2-6 times daily. When
symptoms are their worst, dose more frequently. As symptoms improve, you may
decrease the frequency. Most herbal concoctions are not “long-acting”; frequent
dosing is often more effective than larger doses during acute episodes.
NOTE: 1-dropperful equals 25-30 drops.
The Clinical effects of this tonic are many. It acts as an
expectorant to rehydrate, thin and mobilize “old” mucus from any
membranes (from the tip of patient’s nose to the tip of their tail). This
reduces the likelihood of repeat infections from microorganisms (viruses, molds,
fungi, bacteria) embedded in the “old” mucus. The tonic also tonifies
all mucus membranes, reducing their tendency to “leak”. These herbs are also
anti-microbials, reducing infections from molds, fungi, viruses and
bacteria. The constituents of this combination serve as mild diaphoretics
(bringing fever to the surface), and mild diuretics (eliminating
water-soluble toxins). They reduce inflammation and swelling. Most
importantly, the constituents work to stabilize the Mast cells,
reducing their fragility and tendency to rupture, thereby reducing the Histamine
Histamine is a stress hormone. By Nature it is intended to be
part of our Early-Warning-System, summoning all the other immune components,
signaling “Invader Alert! Invader Alert!” By reducing the Histamine load, we
can minimize symptoms associated with histamine (itchy eyes & skin, runny nose,
redness, stuffiness), and reduce the adverse behavioral changes: irritability,
agitation, restlessness, inattentiveness, and changes in sleep patterns (shorter
and shallower sleep). NOTE: commercial antihistamine preparations (Benadryl,
Claritin, Zyrtec) work by blocking histamine from its receptors, NOT by reducing
histamine load. Physical symptoms may improve (less mucus drainage, itchiness,
stuffiness), but the behavioral symptoms do not improve (restless, irritable,
ALLERGY TONIC formula contains: STINGING NETTLES, EYEBRIGHT, GOLDEN
ROD, ELDERBERRY FLOWER & BERRY, LEMON BALM in a HONEY base, flavored with
Tangerine & Orange Essential Oils. This preparation is available upon the
written recommendation of your practitioner.
to Consider for Children
Matricaria recutita (German chamomile) –
Chamomile is a gentle herb with a broad range of uses making it useful for
almost every childhood complaint. It
can sooth an upset stomach and help fight against colds and flues. Chamomile also acts as a mild sedative and
can calm agitated or cranky patients.
Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) – With a
light lemon flavor, lemon balm has an uplifting effect on patients of any
age. It can ease gas or digestive upset
and also exhibits some anti-viral activity.
(Marshmallow) – Marshmallow’s soothing, mucilaginous properties makes it a
soothing remedy for irritated mucus membranes. Children find its mild taste palatable and the texture of the slippery
mixture fun to drink.