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Tingle Tingle: When Nerves Need Repair

from the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk
from the website of the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk

Hypericum is great for nerve repair, old or new.  Think of it instead of Arnica for injuries to nerve-rich areas, such as fingertips, toes, and tailbones. But it is useful way beyond that for any nerve injury, new or old.

Specs

Select your potency, if you have a range of potencies available.

–30c for mild injury, 200c for a serious ow, and 1M for a really bad one, plus plans to go to ER if you can feel the pain traveling up your nerve paths toward the middle of your body

Put one dose of Hypericum in a cup of water.  Swath the injured area with the remedy water.  If it still hurts after a few minutes, take an oral dose of the remedy water.

Repeat as needed.  Or use my new MUSCLES Gel, which has an ingredient that nourishes nerves [as well as ingredients to reduce inflammation and nourish connective tissue and soft tissue].

Old Injuries & Surface Injuries

I’ve helped a couple people with really old nerve injuries near the surface by using a topical application–one with no nerve feeling from the knee-down since knee surgery one year prior, and the other with no feeling on the side of his thigh [except the occasional horrific pains] since a tennis injury 12 years prior.

Dissolve a dose of Hypericum 200c in a handful or two of water [1/8 cup, 1 T] then apply it topically to the whole affected area.  Be generous:  apply liberally and extend a bit beyond where the nerve-loss sensation is.  Typically a benefit will be perceptible within 10-15 minutes, and one application typically is sufficient.  So wait another day to decide whether you’re going to apply again–it can progressively improve for 24 hours, too.

But Wait, There’s More!

I have found that when a plant is beneficial as a medicinal, the homeopathic form amplifies those benefits.

Does St. John’s Wort ring a bell?  I remember when it was all the rage for depression. In fact, it has been used for a whole host of issues in traditional medicines, many of which have been studied for scientific verification.

St. John’s Wort is the common name for the flowering plant, Hypericum Perforatum from which the homeopathic remedy is made.  Among the many uses for St. John’s Wort, apparently early studies indicate … that it can be beneficial for nerve pain!

via mayoclinic.com
via mayoclinic.com

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Herbal Medicinals Get Amped with Homeopathy

Though we describe homeopathy as the principle of curing symptoms and disease using the concept that Like Cures Like, there is one itty bitty but important exception, in my experience:

CalendulaForms
Calendula Tincture, Homeopathic Calendula, My First Aid Spray

Herbal medicinals that are beneficial in plant form see their benefits amplified in homeopathic form.  Arnica is used as a component in massage oil, for instance.  Calendula tincture is widely regarded for its assistance in healing wounds.  Echinacea is an immune booster.

So if you find yourself disappointed with a tried-and-true medicinal’s performance in a given situation, consider the homeopathic remedy made from that medicinal.

I will give you an example.

My youngest, probably 3 years old at the time, tripped and fell chin-first into a sharp corner of a short table we used for kids’ crafts.  I keep a homeopathic combination in a spray bottle that I call First Aid Spray–it is useful for cuts, bumps, that kind of thing.  I pulled it out along with some gauze and dabbed the cut on my son’s chin for a while then held him through a nap.  The cut was closed and not swollen, so when my son was up-and-at-’em after his nap, I thought all was well.

However, when I brushed his teeth that night, I saw that the gum inside his mouth (inside where the cut was on the outside) was injured too, and it didn’t look great.  I took him to the doctor the next day; she suggested an Echinacea-Calendula wash and some oral herbals to boost his immune function but by day’s end, his gum looked infected and certainly no better.

So in a moment of inspiration, I grabbed my First Aid Spray, which contains three homeopathic remedies including Calendula, pulled his lip down briefly to let the gum dry out a smidge (therein allowing the remedy water to be more readily absorbed into his gum), and spritzed.  It typically takes the sprays 10-15 minutes to show results.

Within 10 minutes, his gum was no longer swollen or red, and the puffy white gash that had been on his gum just looked like healed gum tissue.

Here’s another example…

I’ve long used Ecinacea to support my immune system.

Echinacea Goldenseal Tincture, Echinacea Propolis Throat Spray, Homeopathic Echinacea 30c & 200c
Echinacea Goldenseal Tincture, Echinacea Propolis Throat Spray, Homeopathic Echinacea 30c & 200c

Way back in 1995 I likely had undiagnosed [my doctor told me it was in my head] mononucleosis.  Eventually, I insisted on testing and she found the titers for mono, indicating that I had had it and my immune system had tried to fight it off.  Having worked full-time during that period, I ended up with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and my immune system got finicky.  I typically needed 9 or more hours of sleep, but after that, if I ever got 7 hours of sleep or less, I’d get sick [like flu sick].  If I ever had coffee, even decaf, my lymph nodes would swell up and I’d be down for the count.  So I looked for immune boosters and ended up figuring out that if I took Echinacea Purpurea or even Angustifolia [but it had to be the root] and Golden Seal [a nice boost but the Echinacea was more mandatory, the Golden Seal merely helpful] at the very first sign of illness [typically a certain feeling in my throat], I could ward-off the illness.

I’d been using Echinacea [except during pregnancy and nursing] for at least 10 years, then, before I ever used homeopathic Echinacea.

I was sick.  Really really sick.  The most bizarre aspect was that no matter how many covers I put on, I could not get warm.  There I lay, with layers of clothes and layers of blankets, shivering in my heated house!  When I talked to my homeopath-at-the-time, John Melnychuck, he suggested I take homeopathic Echinacea.  I think he said this super-chilliness reminded him of typhoid, actually, and that I should take the homeopathic Echinacea.  I do not even know why I had that remedy, but for some reason he had sent me some previously so I did.  Within 15 minutes of taking it, my body was able to regain its temperature and I was swiftly well again.  I was absolutely amazed.

By the way, I now use an herbal Propolis Echinacea Throat Spray [now called Soothing Throat Spray] at that very first sign of throatly discontent–mainly if I catch a chill–and the results are generally quite good.

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Homeopathy 101: Dosing Timing

The last installment of the Homeopathy 101 series, describing homeopathy in general and how I typically use homeopathy for self-care.

Previous posts:

#1 – History

#2 – How remedies are made

#3 – Tools for selecting a remedy

#4 – Process for selecting a remedy

#5 – Selecting a potency

#6 – Forms of dosing

Generally speaking, both for constitutional and acute dosing, my goal is to keep as onward and upward a trajectory as possible.

The sooner you start treating homeopathically, the swifter and more complete the cure can be.  However, homeopathy can help even when an ailment is well under way–sometimes it is more palliative in those situations, sometimes it simple stalls progress of the ailment then slowly treats, and sometimes it parts the clouds after days and days of the flu with nausea/diarrhea/fever/mallaise [yes, I have been there, while pregnant; my thanks to Oscillococcinum for clearing the clouds].

So my goal, as in life, is for the progress to be as onward and upward as possible.  That means a trajectory as close to this as possible, where time is on the horizontal axis and wellbeing is on the vertical axis:

DosingOnwardUpward

For acute prescribing, my general guidelines work like this:

Take a dose.  Take a moment to make a note of when you take the dose.

Make note of the improvement–quality, quantity, and length of time.

If the remedy helps, you have the right remedy.

If the remedy doesn’t help at all, you might have the wrong remedy.

If the improvement lasts two hours or longer, stick with that remedy and potency.  You will know when to re-dose if you have a long plateau [time of no improvement] or a dip / regression in your improvement, as shown below.

DosingIllustrationChart

If it helps the teeniest tiniest bit, you probably need a higher potency.  I call this a ping.  A ping is something like, “It took the edge off the pain for a few minutes but that’s it.”  With pings, my experience is that you really will not get significant benefit from the remedy unless you go up one stop in potency [i.e., from 6c to 30c, 30c to 200c, or 200c to 1M].  If you do not have a higher potency, you can either try to palliate or stall progression of the ailment using the potency you have or by using a loading dose [one dose every 10-20 minutes for one hour] or you can try to increase the potency of the remedy by dissolving a dose of the remedy in 2-4 oz. of water and plussing [shaking / pounding] it 10-30 times before each dose-sip.

Here’s an example of a ping:  A friend’s young daughter was ill on Christmas Eve day.  She was just laying on the sofa all day.  She had flushed cheeks and fever.  I suggested homeopathic Belladonna but my friend thought she had only 30c so she tried to work with that, but the only visible benefit was that her daughter sat up for the first time all day.  Locating some 200c in the cabinet, my friend gave that a try, and by the next day, her daughter had recovered and was well enough to fully participate in Christmas Day festivities, attend church, etc.

If the improvement lasts less than two hours, chances are that you could [but do not need to] go up one stop in potency if you have it on-hand [i.e., from 6c to 30c or 30c to 200c].  If you do not have a higher potency, you can continue working with the potency that you have.  It’ll just take a bit longer to get to cure.  I read a story of a beekeeper who had a systemic reaction to a bee sting and pulled out his remedy kit [all in 6X potencies, which is really low] to take with him on the drive to the hospital.  One dose of Apis 6X seemed to last him about 5 minutes, so he took one dose every 5 minutes while they were en route to the hospital.  By the time he arrived at the hospital, he was fine!

On the other hand, here is an example of the relevance of potency in dosing, though in this example the potencies differed by two stops, which is much more dramatic:  I fell down the stairs while carrying my daughter.  Of course, I tried to take the brunt of the fall, but she did hurt her ankle.  I hurt my arm, wrist, ankle, knee, and thigh.  At least I wasn’t pregnant that time.  Sigh.  Anyway, we were each under the care of different homeopaths at the time.

My homeopath advised me to take some Aconite immediately for the fright, then Arnica 1M.  I took a few doses over a few days and was quite fine within a few days, though I made sure not to over-do it either–to make sure that the actual tissue healed as fully as it felt it was healing.  My daughter’s homeopath believed that only 30c remedies should be used in acute situations.  It took my daughter two weeks to regain full functionality.  We both recovered, but at different rates.

In the rare circumstances where you took too high of a potency, your symptoms might get temporarily worse.  This is termed an aggravation.  Typically, aggravations last a short time and are followed by significant improvement.  For this reason, some homeopaths actually seek to aggravate–I do not!  If you don’t want to ride-out the aggravation, you can either take the same remedy one or two stops down [i.e., from 200c to 30c or 6c, from 1M down to 200c or 30c].  If you do not have a lower potency, put a dose of the remedy in 16 oz. of purified water.  Take a sip-dose and wait a smidge [like 10-15 minutes].  If that does not bring down the aggravation, you can dump out the water, refill it [the remedy’s energy remains in the few water droplets that cling to your vessel] to dilute it some more, take a sip.  Keep dumping and diluting then sipping until your aggravation subsides.

So, you can see that you can use the means by which remedies are made to add or reduce potency.  Pretty cool, huh?

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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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A Working Example: I Hurt My Foot

We’re in the middle of the Homeopathy 101 series and I injured myself.  So I’m gonna use this as a working example!

My Trusty Arnica Spray!  It is the only remedy I keep in this all-white natural plastic spray bottle, so that we recognize it quickly and easily when we really need it quickly and easily!
My Trusty Arnica Spray! It is the only remedy I keep in this all-white natural plastic spray bottle, so that we recognize it quickly.

Last night, I dropped an iPad from my chest straight down on its side onto my bare foot.  I was surprised by how much it hurt.  And that I was the only one in my house who knew where to get the first aid remedies!  First, my eldest son grabbed the Arnica 200 spray that I keep around.

Here is a side-story:

Earlier yesterday, my daughterfot hurt, so I pulled out the Arnica spray.  She had been hit with a trapeze bar near her temple.  The area was starting to look bruised.  It was a red circle with a bruised, raised site of impact in the middle.  A dousing of the Arnica 200 spray did the trick and quickly.

But, I did notice that it was running low, so I refilled it.  Glad Spirit had me do that.

Because later in the day, she ran into my youngest while she was in her walker and he was in the swing.  They both were howling, which is unusual, but the injuries were just sporting pink circles.  No bumps or bruising.  Arnica spray for both of them and they were fine.

With all 3 of these injuries, the spray was sufficient–applying it immediately helped, and actually within minutes the appearance of injury began disappearing.

Foot Injury Remedy ComboSo, that evening, when I dropped the iPad on my foot I turned first to the Arnica spray [which was thankfully refilled!].  It helped but I could still see bumps and it still hurt immensely.  I wasn’t able to bear weight on it at all.  So I hopped over to the first aid drawer and pulled out these remedies & potencies:

Arnica 1M [Arnica for bruising/swelling, 1M because the 200c spray hadn’t helped]

Hypericum 1M [Hypericum because it was close to a nerve center and microdose of 1M because a bad injury to a major nerve center can be serious]

Rhus Tox 200c [Rhus Tox for ligaments/tendons because they are plentiful in the foot and 200c for a considerable injury]

Ruta 200c [Ruta for connective tissue and 200c for a considerable injury]

I just popped them into my mouth one at a time then hobbled over to the sofa and raised my foot, spraying it occasionally with the Arnica 200 spray over the course of the next hour.

The intense pain subsided within 10-20 minutes, but it did throb, the bruising was apparent but the swelling had gone down, I could wiggle my toes [so I figured I hadn’t broken anything], and occasionally a spike of pain would shoot into my toes.  That last bit worried me, but I took solace in the fact that the pains as shooting toward my toes rather than up toward more central nerve centers.  I also asked my husband, who does Reiki, to feel the energy of it as to whether it was worrisome and I should go to the ER [he said it sure hurt a lot but didn’t seem to be worrisome at that point].

Within an hour I could bear weight on it and walk up the stairs.  But as I got ready for bed, I realized I couldn’t bear weight on it for long, and even just standing while bearing weight primarily on my other foot was increasing the pain and throbbing in my injured foot.  I had prepared an overnight bottle of remedy water, just incase, so I took a dose before bed since the pain had worsened, albeit from bearing weight on it.

Foot Injury Remedy WaterIn 4 oz. of water in a glass swing-top bottle that I marked with washi paper tape as my signal to everyone else in the family that it was not drinking water, I had included the following remedies:  Arnica 1M [just a few granules because the swelling had all but disappeared], Hypericum 30c [reduced the potency because it did not seem like I had a major nerve injury after all], Rhus Tox 200c, and Ruta 200c [the latter two because my guess was that I had mainly injured ligaments/tendons/connective tissue].

I also sprayed my foot one more time with the Arnica 200 spray before heading to bed.  Putting my sock on was not as bad as I thought, and while I initially made sure the weight of the covers wasn’t resting on that foot, over the course of the night, my injury did not disturb my sleep.

Foot Next DayWhen I awoke, I was impressed with how well it felt., but by the time I got dressed and got my kids downstairs and their clothes on, etc., it was hurting again.  It also was so tender to the touch that I could not wear my slippers.  I had sprayed it with the Arnica 200 spray before putting on my sock, but at this point, I took a sip of the water remedy combination.  That helped tremendously again, and I could wear slippers again.  Midday, I removed my sock to take a photo for y’all, and the bruising is mild and dispersed.

With the 1M of the Arnica, I’ll probably only take one more dose of that remedy combination.  Then I’ll probably make a new combo with all of the remedies in 30c and add Calendula for that yellow bruising stage [to make sure it clears effectively].  I’ll take that a 1-3 times a day for probably another 2-3 days before it is resolved quite completely.

You might get some additional updates along the way.  ;]

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Homeopathic Corpse Reviver

The other day, my dog soaked in the sun and the fresh air, came inside, made his way upstairs to me, and sat down.  He was panting in the middle of Winter, and every once in a while, he would just stop breathing.  His eyes were glassy and seemed difficult for him to keep open.  For a long time, I sat with him, loving on him, thinking that this was our good-bye.

He is 8 years old in a breed that generally lives 15 years or so, but a year ago he had a severe reaction to a vaccine.  He almost died, but I treated him homeopathically for the vaccine injury.  Still, his health has not been optimal since then.  Cynthia Slon had recently warned me that his aura was detaching from his body.  Not a good sign.  But at least it prepared me for the day where he sat with me trying to have what I thought was his last breath.Doggy Love

But on that day, he was holding on.  So after some time, I fetched the Homeopathic Corpse Reviver from my collection.  I gave him a 6c, and he stopped panting and walked around for 5 minutes after that.  But then the breathing issues started back in.  So I gave him a 200c.  That was the end of that.  It’s probably been a month, and he has had only one short episode of panting and coughing since then, which quickly resolved on its own.

The No. 1 Homeopathic Corpse Reviver is made from vegetable charcoal and called Carbo Vegetabilis.  It’s available at many health food stores and in the Helios self-care kits, where the Accidents & Emergencies kit has a 200c.

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What’s in Your Wallet? Homeopathic First Aid for Your Wallet

wallet remediesIf everyone in the world knew how to use and had access to these few remedies, our world would be an easier place!

If you aren’t already familiar with how to dose using homeopathy, please read the As Needed post, which explains how to implement the homeopathic Minimum Dose.

If you carry just a single dose of remedy in your wallet, you can make one dose into many doses simply by dissolving it in a water bottle.  Ideally, you will use purified water and a bottle with a sports spout to minimize the addition of backwash.  Each teaspoon or little squirt or sip you take is a dose of the remedy.  If you have a topical injury [e.g., burn, sprain, bruise], you also can apply some of that remedy water to your injury.  Works like a charm, usually within 10 minutes [hence my new product line, 10 to 15!] — you might not even need to take the oral dose!

Onto the remedies…

Trauma–emotional and physical

These are the most crucial.  If I only carried one, I’d carry Arnica.  Two, Arnica and Aconite.

Shock, fright.  Something happens, you are shaken and cannot truly calm down.  Aconite.  Also called Aconitum Napellus.  One dose of 200c typically is sufficient, especially if you take it soon after the event.  If you only have 30c, you may need 2-3 doses.

Swelling, bruises.  You fall, you are in an accident, and you sustain an injury.  Arnica.  Also called Arnica Montana.  If it just hurts, take nothing or a dose of 30c.  If you are thinking, “This could be pretty bad,” take a dose of 200c.  Do not take another dose unless the previous dose gave you improvement which subsequently waned.  And certainly seek medical care when necessary!  If your injury was to a nerve-rich area, such as fingers, toes, or tailbone, turn to Hypericum where you normally would turn to Arnica.

Owies–emotional and physical 

If you have space for a few more remedies, consider these, especially if you are prone or have kids who are prone …

Sprains and Strains.  If you or your kids are active in sports, it would be worthwhile to either just take Arnica 200 with you [or send it with them] or to make a little combination of Arnica, Rhus Tox, and Ruta.  Arnica for swelling and muscle injury, Rhus Tox for ligament/tendon injury, and Ruta for connective tissue/tendons.

Stings, bites.  Apis for red, hot, swollen stings [like bee stings] and Ledum for hard puncture wounds [like mosquito stings and even injuries at the site of injections].

Cuts.  Calendula supports healing and is known to fight infection.  Staphysagria is helpful for healing incisions or other clean cuts similar to incisions.

Burns.  My favorite is Cantharis, which always has worked if I take it immediately after the burn.  I also really like Hawaiian Moon Aloe for small kitchen burns and sunburns.

Sorrow.  Ignatia for ailments from grief [when you are so sad, you just cannot get a grip].

Ruh-roh–I think I’m gonna …

Food poisoning.  Arsenicum Album is the most common remedy for food poisoning from bad meat.  If you are terribly sick, you probably want to use a 200c, as needed.

Overdoing it.  Too much rich food, too much drink, even too much work.  Nux Vomica!  Way too much coffee or tea leave you feeling sick?  Chamomilla does the trick [you’ll probably need the 200c if you’re that sick]!

Carry ’em

Key Fob Kit .  Remedia makes a great little key fob that holds 3 vials of remedy.  Choose from their selection [Arnica 200, Ledum 200, and Nux Vomica 200] or get empty vials and fill them with your choice of remedies.

Little Envelopes.  I like to use what are called “coin envelopes” to slip 1-3 doses of remedy into a small space, like a pocket, wallet, waterproof iPhone case [mine pictured here], etc.

Here's a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.
Here’s a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.

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The Sooner The Better

The sooner you get to an issue, the better.  Pretty much always, and with every modality.  For acute issues and issues that have become chronic.

This is why I am a huge proponent of treating children [yes, even babies] who are having a tough time.  And one reason I carry remedies with me at all times.

Many issues result from some sort of trauma.  The sooner you remove that traumatic layer from your body and psyche, the better!  You will still remember it and be informed by it, but it will no longer have a hold on your body or your emotions.

We can even take a simple example like a baby who enters the world with a physical issue.  The resulting accommodations–logistical, emotional, in parenting–can change the parent-child dynamic, the child’s expectations of the world, etc.  The longer they persist, the more likely they are to be internalized by the child, etc.

It is exactly like habit formation—it is easier to prevent a bad habit than it is to break one.

And it’s a bit like making a snowman out of a snowball.

Prevent Trauma from Taking Hold

I like to keep Rescue Remedy [a Bach Flower Essence] and homeopathic Aconite [for fright, shock, trauma] with me.  I find Rescue Remedy and EFT helpful for milder situations, and Aconite 200c tends to be what I use if I’m so upset that I’m shaking or my child is so upset s/he cannot catch a breath to speak.  It resolves the fright so that we can deal with the situation at hand calmly, which has lovely practical implications!  It also heals the fear immediately so that it doesn’t have a chance to get a foothold.

I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!
I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!

The cause of the emotion, and the emotional state itself, are clear in that moment and the moments that follow.  That makes them exceedingly easy to treat right then.  But if you let “time heal all wounds,” without addressing the actual emotional injuries as well as any physical injuries, the physical injuries might heal while the emotional ones simply fester.  You might be able to look back and say, “It all started after that incident.”  And you might be able to recall the emotions that arose then.  But often we simply don’t recall all of those details or are simply in the habit of ignoring our emotions.

Prevent Sickness or Ailments from Taking Hold

There are numerous proponents of leaving fevers/colds/coughs/flu’s to do their thing, but if you simply do not have the wherewithal to do that, the earlier you treat them, the better your results are likely to be.  If you’re really in-touch with your body, you’ll know when you’re just a bit too fatigued or you have a vaguely sore throat, and you can boost your immune system with vitamin C and the like.  Homeopathically, you can take something like Ferrum Phosphoricum 6x or 6c or 30c when you are feeling those early symptoms.  If it comes on suddenly and with vigor, you could take a small dose [5-10 granules] of homeopathic Oscillococcinum to try to stop it in its tracks.

For physical ailments, I carry Arnica 200c with me at all times–I even put it in a waterproof iPhone case for the beach and pool!  It doesn’t cover everything, but it is the one thing most likely to help in most situations where you are in an uh-oh state!  In fact, recently on a family trip to the beach, my husband was stung by something when a wave rushed in while working on a sandcastle.  He took the stinger out immediately, and I gave him a dose of Arnica 200.  At that point, we had no idea what it was, only that it wasn’t good.  It helped tremendously, even though Arnica is not the most oft-described remedy for assisting with stings, bites, or the like.

Prevent a Chronic Issue from Worsening

For chronic issues, the sooner you address them, the better, in my opinion and my experience.  Chances are that you will need the help of a healer with that, so start asking around for some referrals!

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Fingers, Toes, and Tailbone Injuries: Hypericum is their Arnica!

When you injure a nerve-rich body part, like your fingertips, toes, or coccyx [tailbone], think of Hypericum.

from the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk
from the website of the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk

Hypericum is great for nerve repair in general, so in those nerve-rich areas, grab the Hypericum!

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Homeopathic Remedies for Burns, How to Select a Potency

We’ve used homeopathy successfully a couple of times to treat pretty bad burns.  Here’s a good example of selecting potency and how the healing process goes:

My son stepped on a firecracker that was extinguished but it turned out that it was still hot.  I gave Cantharis 30c and had him put it on a bowl filled with ice.  It felt better for an hour then the pain came back and 3 blisters were forming.  Since it was bedtime, I gave a 200c with the hopes that it would last him through the night.  The pain did subside, and when we awoke in the morning, there were 3 little white dots surrounded by a slightly pink area.  It never hurt again and cured completely on its own with no further intervention.

LEARN IT THE EASY WAY

Here’s what you can learn from our experience … the nuance of selecting a potency.

In general, remedies in the “c” potencies are those first considered for physical ailments.  The lower the potency, the faster its action.  Sometimes, though, the remedy is effective but doesn’t seem to have staying power in a lower potency.  You have two choices at that point:  repeat the remedy at that potency, or go up in potency.  In this case, because my son was in good health overall, the Cantharis 30c  was effective but lasted only an hour, and we were headed to bed which made hourly re-dosing unlikely, I gave the 200c next.

I once read an article about someone who kept bees.  Recently interested in homeopathy, he had a kit of remedies in the 6x potency [“x” potencies are even lower than “c” potencies].  Having been stung by a swarm of bees and realizing he was having a systemic reaction, he grabbed his kit for the long drive to the hospital.  He had to take a dose of the remedy every 5 minutes while en route to the hospital, but by the time he arrived 20 minutes later, he was quite fine!

Here is another example:  When my daughter was little, I fell down the stairs while carrying her.  We were being treated by different homeopaths at the time.  I took Arnica 200c [for bruises, trauma, and ailments from falls] and Aconite 200c [for shock and fright].  My daughter’s homeopath insisted that I treat her with 30c only.  I was fine the next day.  My daughter was fine, eventually, but it took a week.

That does not mean that a higher potency is always better!  If you give too high of a potency, even with the right remedy, you can cause an aggravation–a worsening of symptoms.  So you have to get a feel, through experience, of what level of injury responds to 6c, 30c, or 200c for you.  In general, in our family, I evaluate it like this for acute [temporary] issues:  hmmm=6c, ow=30c, wah=200c.  When I’m using a 200c, I’m wondering if it’s bad enough that it requires immediate medical attention.  If I’m thinking about a 1M, I definitely am also thinking about a trip to the E/R.

There are several remedies for burns.  I went with Cantharis, which is what is in our homeopathy kit from Helios.  It is beneficial for burns that are better from cold applications and have a raw, burning feeling.  Here’s a little article to help you choose a remedy for burns if ever you should need one.

An update from one year later!  

I burned my finger this morning, so I took photos as a means of illustrating.  I burned it twice, actually, before I treated it, both on the apparently slightly misplaced silicone pad.  After the second burn, I put some Hawaiian Moon Aloe on it.  That takes care of most minor burns amazingly well, including sunburns.  It didn’t take much more than the slightest edge off this time, so I applied it thicker.  Still burned, and I could see little blisters forming.  So I took Cantharis 200c, at which point the burning sensation faded, and by evening there is only a spot left with no pain.  The photo timeline:

12:43 ow
12:43
ow
12:44 trying aloe
12:44
trying aloe
12:47
12:47
12:55 took Cantharis 200
12:55
took Cantharis 200
better look at the burn
better look at the burn–blisters showing up
1:29 better
1:29
better
1:56
1:56 better but still tender to the touch
7:18 feels fine
7:18
feels fine

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