Why is alcohol an inactive ingredient in Boiron’s liquid dose medicines?

Boiron’s liquid doses contain a small quantity of alcohol which is extremely low and presents no risk of adverse effects to babies or other young individuals of small weight. It is less than the alcohol amount that occurs naturally in some foods, including apple juice.1 Alcohol is not an added ingredient, but originates from the liquid tincture of the homeopathic medicines. Pure pharmaceutical grade ethanol (USP) is used in our manufacturing, which is derived from sugar beets and safe for human consumption. Neither the product’s formula nor Boiron’s manufacturing process have changed; however, labels and packaging are frequently updated to comply with regulations.


  1. Gorgus, Eva, Maike Hittinger, and Dieter Schrenk. “Estimates of Ethanol Exposure in Children from Food Not Labeled as Alcohol-Containing.” Journal of analytical toxicology. Oxford University Press, September 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5421578/.