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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:

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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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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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How to Improve Your Immune System

Here is my experience in preventing illness in general, which I honed with a daughter who had a challenged immune system and trouble managing mucous:
Really good constitutional homeopathy can be incredibly helpful with preventing illness and making the illnesses we do get very mild.  Of course, if we can’t beat it easily, we also have treated acute illnesses [e.g., flu] with homeopathy, which lowers the duration and the intensity.
Clear the air and bedding in the room daily. Most people make their beds as soon as they awaken. The risk is that you’re just closing up a warm, often damp environment which is a perfect breeding ground for germs. So open up your sheets then open the window. If you can open your windows wide for an hour to air-out the rooms, great. Otherwise, just open them a tiny crack and leave them like that all day. Next to constitutional homeopathic work, this is probably what made the single biggest difference in how often we got sick.
Salt lamps also help to clear the air, but they can only clear the air around them in a sort of dome, so the bigger the lamp, the farther it can reach, or you’d need multiple lamps. I also have found they are most effective when left on 24 hours daily. They are a subtle glow, so they work like a nightlight for kids; adults tend to have a harder time with them.  If you live by the salt air, that makes a huge difference, too.  You’d be surprised what the body begins excreting once it’s gotten some salt air.
And we run a cool mist humidifier in the bedrooms at least at night, year ’round. I knew it helped us, then I recently read that moisturized nasal passages prevent germs from entering the body.The next thing is for you and your children to learn that very first sign that you are getting sick–is it a glimmer of congestion? That your throat feels dry even if you drink something? Whatever that very early sign is for you, boost your immune system right then. Here’s how we do it:
For the kids, I put Wild Harvest Orange Flavor Echinacea + Goldenseal [half-dropper for my 3 y.o., full dropper for my older kids] into a glass then fix Emergen-C in there for them. For the little ones, I typically split a regular Emergen-c packet between two glasses or use Emergen-c Kids; for my older son, I use a full packet of Emergen-C. My kids like Pink Lemonade and sometimes Tropical flavors of Emergen-C. The Wild Harvest elixir is the only one I have found that has a mild enough taste for my kids. Emergen-C is made with the kind of vitamin C that is not bad for your teeth or hard on your stomach, from what I understand, and our experience is that if we drink too much of it, the worst that happens is we get neon pee. Of course, the kids think that is fantastic!

My husband and I fix a glass of Emergen-C and take 2 VitaBiotic with the Emergen-C. If it doesn’t work on that first dose, chances are we are getting sick and we just let that happen. There are occasions, though, when it will be effective for several hours then symptoms will reappear. If that happens, we repeat the Emergen-C + VitaBiotic. We also do this preventively when we get the feeling that we are susceptible. I don’t take it a whole lot, though, overall, because I’m a less-is-more kinda gal.

We do use Vitamin D3 in the Winter, also, since we live someplace with minimal sunshine for many months. The most tasteless we’ve found is DDrops by Carlson. They make various IU levels–50IU for babies, 1000IU for kids, 2000IU, and 4000IU.  It hides extremely easily in drinks, though most of the family is not bothered by the taste. The kids generally like taking it, waiting for the drop to fall on their tongue seems to be funny!

There are some people who say you should only take supplements in their most natural state, because that makes the vitamins most bioavailable … and for Vitamin D, they say it should be in Cod Liver Oil that is processed at low temperatures etc.  A lot of people espouse the use of Butter Oil with the CLO.  You can check out Green Pastures for more information on their product, which is what I use in capsule form.  If you have taste-tolerant children, and I don’t but was able to do this successfully anyway for a time, you can put the CLO/BO in the fridge and then roll it into a ball with a tiny spoon and give it to them like a pill [I used a smidge of Mexican Coke to help them wash it down!].
After Outings, we use CleanWell wipes and spray, though now that our immune systems are stronger, I’m using those only after we’ve been to the stable, etc. because I want to challenge our immune systems as much as possible. But, back when I did need more help, I used those after every outing. And, I was adamant that the first thing we did after we got home from a public place was to wash our hands for the full 15-20 seconds.  We have Rainbow Light Vitamin C gummies in the car too. They are not overly high in sugar but are tasty enough for my kids. When they were more susceptible to illness, I would give everyone 2 gummies after we had been someplace with a lot of people [grocery store, school, mall, etc.] so they’d get that immediate immune boost.  We rarely use them like that now.We occasionally take a whole-foods-based multi-vitamin, too. My kids like Shaklee brand. But, I only gave it on school days or when I knew that some of their friends had been sick, etc., not every day.For our family, fresh air does make a difference–so if I were to make one change, it would be that we take a walk every day, rain or shine!Here are some general immune boosters, mainly for those who are able to handle more unusual tastes:

We generally follow a whole foods diet, and we try to stay low on sugar–sugar is an immune buster for sure. Here’s a resource http://www.nourishingourchildren.org/Alarm.html. Adequate water helps rid the body of toxins too!

Take a probiotic [the best I have found here come from my Naturopath so I cannot recommend one OTC though a lot of people take those just fine]. I read that fermented vegetables have way more probiotic goodies in them than the pills you take. Beet Kvass is a good immune booster and a natural probiotic. One year when we took that regularly, it made a huge difference in our immune health. It’s easy to make. You can google a recipe, but the basic is that you peel and chop chunks of beets into a half-gallon jar. Add 1/4c [?] of whey from yogurt, salt, and water. Let it ferment for 2 days. My husband and I drank a glass a day. http://thenourishingcook.com/how-to-make-fermented-beet-kvass/ for a recipe.

Properly prepared bone broth also is a massive health booster. For chicken, you need to cook it for 24 hours and for beef 72 hours. That way you get all the goodies out of the bone. Some kids do not care for soup [mine!], so try cooking grains like quinoa or rice with the broth to sneak a bit in. http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/broth-is-beautiful for recipes. [And if you like Cioppino, Sally Fallon’s fish broth used in her Cioppino recipe is all yum!]

And for homeopathic self-care for acute ailments, the Helios homeopathic kits are very handy–they contain the remedies and reference material all in the case.  With Helios remedies, one pillule=one dose, so those little vials go a long way.
Be well!

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