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Homeopathy 101: Forms of Dosing

Part of the Homeopathy 101 series, wherein I’m giving the deets on how I typically handle self-care using homeopathy.

Previous posts include

#1 – History

#2 – How remedies are made

#3 – Tools for selecting a remedy

#4 – Process for selecting a remedy

#5 – Selecting a potency

[And, after this one, #7 – Timing for dosing]

Before getting into the nitty gritty on dosing, it’s worthwhile to look at a few mediums for dosing.  To optimize response to the remedy, I choose different methods based on the situation and person [or animal or plant] getting the remedy.  The three most common forms of dosing are dry, wet / water, and olfactory.

Dry Dosing

Foot Injury Remedy WaterThis is the most typical form of dosing — you dump the little pillules into the cap, then into your mouth, and voila, you have a dose.  The homeopathic remedies in the blue vials made by Boiron and sold in most health food stores in the U.S. do contain lactose, so for those with strong allergies, remedies [or kits] from places like Helios are a better choice since they use sucrose in their pillules.

Pro’s:  Dry doses are highly portable and simple.

Water Dosing

Probably the second most common form of dosing, I generally use 1-3 dry doses in a bottle of 4-16 oz. of purified water.  Distilled is ideal, but I just use water as pure as I have handy as long as it isn’t carbonated.  Just drop the pillules into the water, shake or stir, and your remedy water is ready.

Each sip of the remedy water = a dose of remedy.

You can use glass, a glass jar, a glass bottle, or a plastic water bottle.  I wouldn’t use a metal vessel to hold your remedy water.  I always mark the vessel so it is obvious that it is actually remedy, not plain water [in my house I tend to use paper tape around a glass swing top bottle].

Because water transmits energy so well, be especially careful to keep your remedy water out of direct sunlight and, ideally, away from radiation or heat. The remedy water is good as long as the water is good.  In an acute situation, you are not going to be using the water for too long, so you likely can keep it at room temperature.  [Use your best judgment!]

Pro’s:  Flexibility, extendability, and sensitivity.  I’ll explain …

~ In acute situations, you can extend one dose into many doses just by putting it in water.  You also can put multiple remedies into the water for complex acute situations such as recovery from surgery or injury, extending each of those remedy doses and simplifying the administration of multiple remedies.

~ For sensitive people who tend to aggravate from remedies, water dosing reduces the likelihood of aggravation.  As you’ll learn in the next installment on dosing, water dosing also permits a certain amount of flexibility in increasing and decreasing potency.

~ It also makes nighttime dosing simple, even if you’re only using a single remedy.  A lot of people skimp on nighttime dosing during an acute, and that can slow-down your progress.  Sipping remedy water at night is a simple solution.  [Or prepare a dry dose ahead of time by putting a dry dose into a small cup on the nightstand.]

Olfactory Dosing

This is basically just taking a smell of the remedy in its open glass vial.  But it is a little bit more than that.  My sense is that in olfactory dosing, we let the energy of the remedy in through our mucous membranes in the nose.  So the person taking an olfactory dose has to be truly open to receiving it or the whiff won’t be strong enough, etc.  My experience is that it tends to work well with toddlers.  In my experience, it isn’t necessarily as strong or long-lasting as a dry dose, but there are some pro’s.

Pro’s:  Extendability, sensitivity, flexibility.

~ One dose goes a long way when all you need to do is smell it.  However, I think the glass vial is important:  I am not sure how well it would work for most people if the remedy was in a paper envelope or if a single dose was dropped into the cap of a Boiron vial.

~ For highly sensitive people, this is a respectable dosing modality because the person need only let in the amount of remedy truly needed.  That adds to its flexibility as well, particularly for highly sensitive people.


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