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Too much or too little? Get the lowdown on drop dosing.

What is drop dosing? Thanks to a question from one of our followers, let’s talk about herbal remedy dosing. Amongst the herbalism community, this is a topic up for debate, which goes to show that there may not be a right or wrong approach. Healers from many different modalities of healing, for many years, have been using different sized doses of herbal medicine to help their clients reach healing. Because so many factors go into play when determining an appropriate dosage for a person, it’s hard to say that an herbalist should stick to a strictly drop dose mentality or heavy dose mentality. Each human is highly individual in their mind, body, and soul, so let’s discuss a bit more about this. Here are some of the topics we will be covering:
  • Differences in smaller doses vs larger doses
  • Benefits and downsides to both approaches
  • Neither is wrong, better or worse...just different.

 The term “drop dosing” refers to a very small amount of drops of herbal medicine, which would typically be recommended with tinctures, spagyrics, or sometimes plant essences. Depending on the plant, person, condition, preparation, and many other factors, an appropriate dosage will be decided. Herbalists also come from different walks of life, and educational backgrounds, so their views on how much to suggest to a client can widely vary. 

Drop dosing would typically be used in Spagyric tinctures because of their highly concentrated nature. You only need a few drops! This method is more like the vital force of the plant interacting with the vital force of the person. The vital force of the person responding, shifting, and changing due to the presence of the vital force of the plant. It’s definitely more gentle. A lot of herbalists prefer this method because they feel you’re not forcing or imposing the will of the herb onto the body, it’s more of a gentle nudge. The body should take the hint from the plant and come to healing on its own. There is a very subtle distinction between the two dosing forms.
Larger amounts of the plant, or in a high dose situation, will lead to a biochemical interaction with the body. Active chemical constituents will start binding to receptors in the body, leading to change in the body. The plant, in this case, will have a more physiological cascade effect. The plant is acting on the body rather than the body gently responding and shifting to the suggestions of the plant. Some herbalists see this as a little too forceful or aggressive and not acting in accordance with the vital force of the body. On the other scale, drop dosing can be seen as too gentle of an approach where the bioactive constituents aren’t getting the chance to work with the body and in turn, won’t have the desired medicinal effect.
Being that there are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding how much of a remedy a person should take, sometimes adjustments need to be made after trying the recommended dosage. For example, imagine there are two people needing help with insomnia and the same blend of herbs is given to both. The first person wakes up groggy and was highly affected by the recommended 10 drops, so a decreased dosage should be used going forward. The second person feels almost no effect from 30 drops, so an increased dose should be taken in the future. Same remedy, different people, different results. One body responds to drop dosing and the other body needs a bigger nudge from the plants. 
Neither drop dosing nor larger dosing is right, wrong, or better, they’re just different. Different trails leading to the same beautiful view on top of the mountain, if you will. People have been using drop dosing and higher doses of plant medicine for a really long time, and both are getting the desired results. Both have provided healing, and that’s what matters. Plant medicine is highly personal.

 

 

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What is drop dosing? Thanks to a question from one of our followers, let’s talk about herbal remedy dosing. Amongst the herbalism community, this is a topic up for debate, which goes to show that there may not be a right or wrong approach. Healers from many different modalities of healing, for many years,  have been using different sized doses of herbal medicine to help their clients reach healing.  Because so many factors go into play when determining an appropriate dosage for a person, it’s hard to say that one can stick to strictly drop dose mentality or heavy dose mentality. Each human is highly individual in their mind, body, and soul, so let’s discuss the differences in smaller doses versus larger doses, some benefits and downsides to both approaches, and why neither is wrong, better or worse.

  • Differences in smaller doses of herbal medicine vs larger doses
  • Benefits and downsides to both approaches
  • Neither is wrong, better or worse...just different

 

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What is drop dosing? Thanks to a question from one of our wonderful followers, let’s talk about herbal remedy dosing. We don’t want to give too much or too little of a tincture, spagyric mixture, or flower essence, right? So how can we be sure a person is taking the appropriate dosage? 

 

The term “drop dosing” refers to a very small amount of drops of an herbal medicine, which would typically be recommended for a spagyric tincture because of their highly concentrated nature. With drop dosing, essentially, the vital force of the person responds, shifts, and changes due to the presence of the vital force of the plant, in a gentle way. 

There are a wide variety of herbalists, coming from many different backgrounds, and there can be some controversy when talking about suggested dosages. Some feel that drop dosing is not enough of a plant’s biochemical constituents to affect the body, and some feel that too much of a plant can be forceful to the body and not helpful. Because we are multifaceted, individual beings (and so are plants), herbal medicine is highly personal.

There are many different things that are taken into account when figuring an appropriate dose of a plant medicine. Depending on the person, plant, preparation, and many other factors, an herbalist may suggest 4 drops or 4mL. 

Head to the blog to learn more!

 

 

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In addition to FB and Instagram posts, these could (and should!)  be shared on Instagram stories, Pinterest, TikTok, and maybe even Twitter? It’s super easy to post the same info among all social outlets, so I would totally suggest that! Here are 3 photos with blurbs to be posted on IG + FB. Again, all photos are mine and original, taken specifically for this project!

 

So what is the difference between drop doses and larger doses? Depending on a multitude of factors such as the person, plant, condition, preparation, and other things, an herbalist may suggest a small drop dose of a spagyric tincture. In this case, the vital force of the plant will gently urge the vital life force of the person into equilibrium. In another case, an herbalist may suggest a higher dose of 4mL to allow more of the biochemical constituents of the plant to bind to receptors in the body for a bigger physiological effect.

For one person, a few drops of a tincture will aid in restful sleep without the negative effects of grogginess, and for the other person, they’d need 2mL to achieve their desired state of sleep. Even though they were taking the same tincture, they each require very different dosages. Sometimes the body needs a gentle nudge in the right direction, and sometimes it needs a bit more! It’s a totally normal process to change dosage depending on how it interacts with the individual.

Some herbalists prefer drop dosing, some prefer larger doses, and some are right there in between knowing that not all cases are the same. 

If you want to learn what Sajah has to say about it all, this week's blog episode is linked in the bio. Love and light to you all ☀

 

 

The term “drop dosing” refers to a very small amount of drops of herbal medicine, which would typically be recommended for a spagyric tincture because of their highly concentrated nature. With drop dosing, essentially, the vital force of the person responds, shifts, and changes due to the presence of the vital force of the plant, in a gentle way. 

What a beautiful, reciprocal, relationship to have with a plant. Working together to achieve healing to all cells. 

Which is your favorite plant to work with?  

 


So, what’s the consensus among herbalists and drop dosing? Because there are so many different forms of herbalism, and herbalists from many different walks of life, we’ve found some who adhere to many different beliefs. Some work with only spagyric tinctures and typically use a drop dosing approach, some do better creating medicine with a larger dosing scale, some don’t stick to one or the other and take each client as its own case and make a dosing suggestion in an individual way, and then adjust the dosing based on how the person responds. 

We don’t believe there to be a better or worse way to handle herbal medicine dosing, they’re just different!

What do you think? Where do your beliefs fall in line? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Click the link in our bio to read more!

 

 

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I have also created a super quick, simple Tiktok. The more eyes on your brand, the more clicks to the website, the better! Let's get plant medicine more normalized in this modern society!

 

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