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What are Resonances?

Though mostly what I practice would be classified as classical homeopathy, I recently have begun working a little bit with resonances.  What is appealing about the resonances is that they are simple in designation and form.  Whereas classical homeopathy treats the individual, resonances treat the disease or trauma.  So, for instance, there are resonances for spina bifida, birth trauma, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s.  Resonances can be used alone or in conjunction with homeopathy.

My experience with the resonances is still new, but in general, the response has been positive.  Some more positive than others.  Some simply sleep better [some a lot better], and some have had physical complaints abate with use of the resonances.  Almost everyone also is on a homeopathic constitutional remedy as well.  The resonances simply provide a second route of healing.

So, for instance, one person who is using a resonance reports very sound sleep, and longer sleep, with the resonance.  In addition, the frequency of dosing for the constitutional homeopathic remedy lessened with the use of the resonance.  However, the discontent and cognitive activity that were the hallmarks of the time to re-dose with the constitutional remedy do recur, resulting in a redose, then improve again with the redose.  So there does seem to be a symbiotic relationship.

The story below is like that.  Catherine had been on a constitutional homeopathic remedy that had done wonders for her–it had increased her cognition, resulting in greater contentment and ability to be alone for longer periods and without constant entertainment.  Catherine also had improved immune function and better sleep–her sleep medication was half what it once was.

When I heard about the resonances, I asked Catherine’s mom if she wanted to try the Birth Trauma resonance for her daughter [her daughter’s birth was traumatic and the source of her physical problems].  As with the person described previously, Catherine continues to benefit from her constitutional homeopathic remedy, but she also is  benefitting from the Birth Trauma remedy.  Initially, she noticed that Catherine was able to fall asleep quickly.  The constitutional remedy was helping her sleep through the night, but the nightly Birth Trauma resonance was helping her fall asleep quickly, whereas it used to take 2-3 hours.  That’s serious moola in the Mama Resources Bank!  But the benefits heightened, as her mother describes:

Catherine has suffered from constipation pretty regularly (no pun intended, hee hee) for most of her life.  We have tried many things including Miralax, increased fiber, increased liquids, essential oils, etc, etc  with varying levels of success, but mostly not.  The last year I have had to give her a laxative suppository once or twice a week and an occasional enema just to keep things moving.  We started giving Catherine this remedy about a month ago.  Since then, she has been able to have a Bowl Movement on her own about 80 percent of the time.  Before this, she was never able to get things moving without a suppository.  Further, Catherine has favored her left hand to the near exclusion of her right for the last four years since she discovered she had hands.  She occasionally moves her right hand, but only when I limit the movement of her left hand and not with any sort of accuracy.  Since using this remedy, Catherine has started using her right hand to bat at toys and reach for things in her field of vision.  She still is not able to grasp with either hand, but this newfound interest in her surroundings with BOTH hands is so exciting.  I am happy for her to be able to explore so much more and am anxious to see where this will take her.

Pamela has been incredibly patient with me as I have stubbornly dragged my feet into the world of Homeopathy.  She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and endlessly patient.  Spirit Homeopathy is so perfectly named for this incredibly gifted practitioner.

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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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How Do I Get Better Sleep Naturally?

One of the first benefits people notice from a constitutional homeopathic remedy is improved sleep–even if that was not the reason for seeking treatment!

Here are a couple of other ways to improve sleep aside from homeopathy:

The Brazilian Toe Massage.  It takes about 15 minutes, brings all the energy down through the meridians, and really helps calm the mind and body.  It’s useful day or night, but I definitely make it part of my kids’ nighttime routine.  And if I catch myself thinking in the middle of the night after being woken by an outside source, I use this technique to calm my mind and bring sleep back sooner.

So … you can do it physically or energetically.  To do it energetically, visualize it–imagine the receiver’s toes, hold your fingers as though you are actually doing the treatment for the person, and go through each of the steps as though your fingers really were on the person’s toes.  I don’t know if it works on animals!

[I learned this technique from Sandy Wand, a Donna Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner–well, expert, really.]

Lavender essential oil.  Lavender is well-known for its soothing [and cleansing] effect.  Take advantage of it by putting a drop on the crown of your head before heading to bed.  [This tip thanks to Cynthia Slon.]  And Mountain Rose Herbs has a nice article explaining the different types of lavender essential oil they offer.

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Insistent Nurslings

I support breastfeeding and co-sleeping when that is what works for the family; occasionally a nursing relationship becomes complex in the toddler and preschool years if the whole relationship becomes about nursing:  The nursling wants to nurse every time s/he sees the mother, insists on it, throws a fit if s/he cannot nurse then and there, etc.
I have helped families dealing with such a situation, so I’m offering a little bit of insight here.  Although it is not exclusively the purview of milk remedies, older children who still are wanting to nurse frequently often benefit from a milk remedy.  [I learned this from Lou Klein.]  Milk remedies are made from the milks of animals–lioness, mare, dolphin, for instance.
There is a more specific picture, I find, for toddlers and preschoolers who need the remedy Lac Maternum.  They will want to nurse upon seeing the mother, and nursing often ends up defining the relationship.  Even patient, generous, breastfeeding-committed mothers become exhausted in such a relationship, not to mention that the relationship feels one-dimensional.  [My early awareness of this remedy’s existence was courtesy of Pat Deacon.]
The pregnancy that carried a child who benefits from Lac Maternum often seemed idyllic to the mother.  She will describe the pregnancy as being so amazing, that she spent a lot of time meditating, walking, etc.  This part gets a little “out there,” so beware:  Apparently, the issue, then, for the child is that the space is so open that s/he doesn’t come fully into his or her body and cannot individuate or needs the comfort of that attachment to the mother to comprehend connection to the physical world.
Say what?!  Here’s what it might look like in a child …
One boy I helped, G, was a year old when his parents asked for my help.  He woke frequently at night to nurse, couldn’t nap outside her arms, and wanted to nurse every time he was reunited with her–even if she’d simply left the room for just minutes.  She was exhausted, as you can imagine [she had two older children too!].  I inquired about the pregnancy and, sure enough, she described the amazing pregnancy she’d had–meditating, etc.  I suggested Lac Maternum 30c.  G did incredibly well on the 30c … for 24 hours:  He woke only twice at night, napped by himself, was much more contented.
Since it lasted him only 24 hours, I suggested Lac Maternum 206c next.  Yes, you read that correctly–206c.  There was no 200c, only 206c.  G’s response was magical–much greater contentment, easier time with visitors, blossoming relationship with his mother that was not confined to nursing, asking to sleep in his crib, and eventually sleeping through the night.  His parents reported that G was much happier and that G’s progress opened up possibilities for their family and a lovely new family dynamic, not to mention better sleep for his mom!  G took doses as needed from then on, approximately monthly for several more months, and of course with each dose, the difficulties dissipated more while the joys increased exponentially.  Such a blessing!
In another case, a girl, D, was on the cusp of her 4th birthday.  D wanted to limit her nursing according to her mother’s wishes, but she just wanted to nurse soooo badly!  If she couldn’t nurse, she’d ask to just hold her mother’s breasts.  Her mother worked outside of the home, and immediately upon returning home was greeted with an eager nursling.  D’s younger brother nursed even less than she did!  What struck me about D was that she did not have favorite anythings–except nursing.  No favorite color, game, etc.  And her mother had enjoyed long meditative walks, frequent meditation, etc. during pregnancy.  D took Lac Maternum 206c, after which she blossomed with a brightened confidence that showed itself in independence [playing on the backyard swing by herself, for instance], had a better appetite, and became less and less interested in nursing.
D’s mother left on the longest business trip of the D’s life [one week, overseas] just one week after D started the remedy.  This did affect D’s swift progress, but I’m glad she had the benefit of the remedy when she was going through the difficulty.  And, on her fourth birthday, D officially and happily weaned and never looked back.
One of my goals on this site is to share with you others’ stories of healing with homeopathy in their own words, to share the uniqueness of each homeopathic journey.  Here is one such story of someone who asked for help with her daughter, L, who was a very insistent nursling.  By the time L was 3 years old, it became physically and socially awkward to nurse L in some public places.  L responded by throwing tantrums when her demands to nurse were not met at the grocery store, family gatherings, etc.  Here’s the summary, in her mom’s words [italicized, parenthetical notes are mine]:
Our family has used homeopathy for over 10 years, the majority of it being pretty basic: Arnica for trauma & bruises, Calendula for stings & scratches. After reconnecting with Pamela a few years ago, and finding out she studied homeopathy, she has become our go-to person for various ailments.
Awhile back, I asked Pamela for help with weaning L.  Pamela noted that young L reminded her of a cat, with a Cheshire cat grin.  [As confirmation, kittens were L’s favorite animal, too.] And Pamela and I discussed how difficult L can be, beyond the typical “terrible two” behaviors.   It was obvious she has a strong personality but our whole family had been negatively affected by L’s intense outbursts and unreasonable demands. Pamela felt that I should try Lac Felinum (Cat’s Milk) as a remedy for L. We tried it and it worked! After a dose, L was much more reasonable and cooperative, and not prone to terrible outbursts.
[Initially, L’s outbursts centered around demands to nurse.  Not long after she began the Lac Felinum, she weaned herself.  Lac Felinum has continued to be beneficial to L, however, when L became exceedingly uncooperative or clung so to her mother that L was unable to enjoy even her favorite activities.]
More recently, Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.
We feel very fortunate to have had Pamela’s homeopathic assistance over the years.

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Homeopathic Remedies Deliver Unconditional Love

In our efforts to bring full and complete healing to our daughter, we are working with Cynthia Slon, an amazing telepathic intermediary.  She is helping us apply unconditional love to further our daughter’s healing.  As part of that work, Cynthia told us that Spirit recommended that we watch an interview with Anita Moorjani, who had a near-death experience while in a coma.

While Ms. Moorjani was outside her body, she experienced unconditional love and understood that the reason for her physical pain and disease was that she had lived a life of fear.  Although she enjoyed being free of pain and discomfort in the other dimension, she also came to understand that if she returned to her body embracing the unconditional love that she’d felt on the other side, she would be fully healed very quickly.  As you might imagine, she did choose life, and she did heal completely and quickly, and now she shares her message of unconditional love with the world.

It got me thinking …

I had been noodling on why homeopathy helped my daughter so much more than the many other modalities we’ve tried, and I had decided that even though she typically receives her doses as seldom as once a month, the vibration of the remedy stays with her and she can continuously access it.

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Then I listened to Anita Moorjani and Cynthia Slon, and I began to wonder … perhaps homeopathic remedies are effective because they deliver the unconditional love that is the essence of the vital force of the elements of Creation offered in the homeopathic remedies?  I posited this to Cynthia, and she gave me this nugget of wisdom:

Unconditional love is the highest, most expansive vibration capable of creating matter.

I had to write it on my hand so that I could read and re-read it to absorb it!

And here is my thought process … Isn’t God the source of unconditional love?  And Creation is an expression of His love, including His creation of humans.  So all of us are embodiments of unconditional love.  We simply need to let it flow.  The same is true of the stars, the minerals, the fish, the flowers, the insects, and every other expression of vital force … mother’s milk, water, sunlight, moonlight …

When Creation offers itself to a homeopathic remedy, perhaps it offers that vibration to be used as a means of unlocking unconditional love, of letting it flow so that it can create, bridge, restore, heal.

That’s such a beautiful thought, I feel like I need to include a break here to absorb it and let you do the same!

Then I tried re-routing the line of thinking … What is unconditional love?  God is unconditional love.  It is the Source of Creation.  And the Source is energy, which underlies all matter.  So if unconditional love is this pure energy, perhaps that is what gets distilled into homeopathic remedies.

And that brings me back to Cynthia’s statement:  Unconditional love is the highest, most expansive vibration capable of creating matter.

Like Maya Angelou, so touched by knowing that God loves her, I am overcome with gratitude that Creation would give to us so generously, so that we might heal.  Imagine the generosity, the Grace.

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Amazingly, the very afternoon that I began thinking about this, I received what I took as confirmation.

I really enjoy Oprah and her Super Soul Sunday show.  She recently interviewed India Arie, an interview which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I don’t even remember why, exactly, but I felt connected to Ms. Arie, like we had a lot in common and could sit and chat for hours … even though she’s a musician and I’m a homeopath!  Perhaps the way she feels about her music is how I feel about homeopathy … butI digress.

Oprah invited Ms. Arie back to Super Soul Sunday for a second show, and a quote from that show appeared on the OWN Facebook feed:  “Love is the most powerful energy in the universe.”

No wonder homeopathy is so powerful–homeopaths [generally] meet a person where they are, without judgment.  This is a place of unconditional love.  Then the remedy is given, embodying and delivering unconditional love for the unburdening of the receiving person, animal, or plant.

That is one beautiful process, and I am honored to be a part of it.

But my thought process on this is still going … so I’d be glad to hear your thoughts on the matter too!

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Homeopathic Help for Recovery from Surgery

If you are looking for my National Center for Homeopathy webinar on recovery from surgery, it is available for viewing on YouTube.  Webinar attendees also requested access to the slides for reference:  Surgery Webinar Slides.

Sometimes we use homeopathy simply to support healing during allopathic treatment.  Surgery is one such time.

When you’ve decided to undergo surgery, homeopathy can speed healing or the surgical site while controlling pain.  To me, that’s a win-win.

Here’s my easy protocol for supporting recovery from surgery using homeopathy… People have found it helpful for recovery from vasectomy, breast surgery, knee surgery, etc.–all of which they were able to do without the use of conventional painkillers and with speedy recoveries that surprised them and their medical doctors.  [You also can purchase surgery recovery assistance from me here.]

Remedies

You can order the Helios surgery combo here; in the Order section, just request the Surgery combo in 200c & 30c, 4g, granules.  Then use it as described below.

To put a Surgery combo together for yourself, here’s what you’ll need:

~ 2 sterilized containers for water, such as 4 oz. dropper bottles, water bottles with a pop-up spout, or covered jars if you are careful to use a sterilized teaspoon for each dose.  [You can reuse one bottle if you sterilize it again when you are switching from 200c to 30c.]

– Any or all of the following remedies that are pertinent to your surgery in both 200c and 30c:  Arnica [bleeding, swelling], Bellis Perennis [deep tissue injury], Calendula [fight infection], Hypericum [nerve repair], Staphysagria [incisions].  If your surgery also involves ligaments or tendons, you might add Rhus Tox and Ruta to your mix.

If it is for dental surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, and Ruta.  For joint surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphysagria, Rhus Tox, and Ruta.  If the surgery involves broken bones, you could add Symphytum 6c, 12c, or 30c to each of the bottles described next.

~ Put 5-10 pellets each of all of the 200c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water.  When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix.  Label it “Surgery 200c” or something similar.  You will use this in the first 2 days of recovery.  One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.

~ Put 10 pellets each of all of the 30c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water.  When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix.  Label it “Surgery 30c” or similar.  You will use this after the first 2 days of recovery, when you are no longer using the 200c.  One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.

Dosage for Minor Surgery

Before Surgery:  Take one dose of Arnica 200c to limit bleeding during surgery.

Immediately after Surgery:  Take one dose of the Surgery 200c.

Recovery from Surgery, First 2 Days:  Initially, you will have painkillers and anesthesia in your body from the surgery, making it harder to use your discomfort as a guide.  So, about 2 hours after surgery, take another dose of Surgery 200c.

From then on, you likely will be able to use your pain as a guide.  Typically, in the first 24 hours after surgery, people need 2-5 doses of Surgery 200c.  You should need less in the second 24 hours than you did in the first 24 hours.

One reason I like to recommend using the pop-up spout water bottle for the remedy is that it is easy to use at night, and it is important to stay on top of your dosing at night too.  Take it when you need it, but if you need it more than every 2 hours, use the allopathic pain medication given to you by your physician.

Recovery from Surgery, Third Day onward:  You should switch to the Surgery 30c on the 3rd day of your recovery, taking it as needed.  Again, you may start with 2-5 doses in the first day, every 2 hours at the most.  Stay on top of it at night, and taper as needed.  Within a few days, you should no longer need the Surgery remedy combo.

Beware Shortened Recovery

One “problem” with supporting recovery from surgery homeopathically is that healing is faster and better than expected.  You’re probably wondering why that is a problem!  It can be an issue when a person [or animal] is supposed to restrict movement for a certain amount of time based on conventional ideas about how long healing takes.  In other words, a two-week movement restriction that is imposed based on expectation of conventional recovery might be too long for someone [or a pet] that is being supported homeopathically.

This is why I suggest that you ask your doctor [or vet] about any restrictions on movement:  Instead of sticking to a time-frame, ask what signs would indicate adequate healing that would make movement permissible.  Or, if they need to see the surgery patient, schedule your appointment a little sooner than they normally would.  So, if they normally would see the patient for a follow-up after two weeks to verify adequate healing and thus permit movement, schedule for a week or 10 days instead.

One Person’s Experience

…Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.

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  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
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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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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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“As Needed”: What does that mean?

In general, the dosing concept followed in homeopathy is the “minimum dose.”  That means we give the lowest potency at the least frequency required to effectively treat the issue at hand.

True to its individualistic approach, even the dosing will be different for different people and different situations.

For a chronic issue, generally [but not always] my goal is to select a potency that will last at least 2-4 weeks between doses.  In that scenario, you would take one dose of the remedy when you receive it.  You should keep track of [1] the benefits you experience from the remedy and [2] when you take the remedy to help you realize when it is time to re-dose.  [There’s more info on tracking your progress on the Getting Started page.]

So you’re tracking your progress.  You notice that after you take the remedy, your symptoms improve.  Jot down what gets better [e.g., sleep is more restful, pain reduced 80%, didn’t get sick when the rest of the house did, was able to do schoolwork that previously seemed impossible].  Enjoy that improvement!

If you notice a sag in your progress [e.g., sleep not quite as restful, a little more pain, trouble with schoolwork], jot that down too.  There is an ebb and flow to healing, so sometimes we experience a dip and then progress again.  Sometimes, the dip remains a dip, even after a few days.  At that time, it typically is time to re-dose.

Typically, we develop a pattern with a remedy and potency — one person might need to re-dose every 12 days while another person tends to need another dose every 21 days.  If you feel you need to re-dose sooner than I advised you, contact me before re-dosing because we might need to adjust the potency.

Meanwhile, enjoy the healing!

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