All Aldaron Essences formulas are available in your choice of traditional brandy-preserved and no-added-alcohol glycerin preserved. Here are some points to consider when choosing.
Why do flower essences need preservative?
Why use brandy as a flower essence preservative?
Brandy is the traditional choice for preserving natural products such as flower essence dosage bottles, herbal tinctures, and the like. Brandy was the original method of preservation used by Dr Bach (the English bacteriologist who discovered and developed the 38 Bach flower essences in the 1930's).
It has superior preservative properties, is excellent as a carrier to help absorption (such as through the skin and mucous membranes), and has a highly compatible level of vibration with the flower essences themselves. It's my personal choice for preservative. It works well and "feels" right.
How much brandy is my dog getting?
Are there any negatives to using brandy?
Brandy - pros:
- excellent preservative qualities; unless outside contaminants are introduced, an unrefrigerated formula bottle will stay safe and useable for up to 3 years. (Since most formulas are blended after order, the expiration date is generally 3 years from your purchase date.)
- excellent carrier properties and absorption for topical use.
- believed to be the soundest choice vibrationally for this subtle energy therapy.
Brandy - cons:
a very small percentage of dogs may have a digestive or behavioral reaction to even small amounts.
Vegetable Glycerin - pros:
some dogs find it more palatable than brandy (this is quite variable, though!).
can be a good choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs
Vegetable Glycerin - cons:
While an effective preservative, less so than brandy. An unrefrigerated formula bottle kept free from contaminants will typically stay good to use for 12-18 months. (Expiration date will be 18 months from your purchase date.)
Glycerin must be used in greater amounts to be an effective preservative, so formula cost is a bit higher.
Not recommended for topical "misting" use with dogs, since glycerin will become sticky in hair, although it will absorb into bare skin.
Less efficient carrier, slower absorption via skin and mucous membranes.