How to Start Using Homeopathy for Natural Healing with 6 Common Remedies

Health & Wellness on 09.03.12
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Homeopathy has its skeptics, but scientific evidence supports the idea that it really does work by triggering the body's own natural response to heal itself. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide, and it's no surprise this number is growing annually as alternative forms of medicine treat a wider range of problems than can be cured with common over-the-counter drugs.

One essential that can always be found in my diaper bag is a basic homeopathic kit. I use the remedies to soothe not only physical ailments, such as bee stings and sprains, but also emotional issues, like anxiety and irritability. The remedies we use are very tiny sugar pellets, which contain additional diluted substances found in animals, plants, and minerals. They dissolve easily under the tongue, even in an infant's mouth, where they are then absorbed right into your bloodstream. There are liquid versions available too, which some may be more comfortable using with a small baby. Homepathic treatments have no known side effects, are safe to use during pregnancy, and are non-addictive.

Common kits have a collection of single remedies, but many brands also offer premixed remedies to specifically treat various conditions such as allergies or motion sickness. Natural food stores, like Whole Foods, offer a wide selection of both single or premixed-multi remedies. Here are six single remedies my family uses regularly:

1. Arnica. Derived from the arnica montana plant, this is helpful to reduce muscle soreness, swelling, bruising, trauma, and shock. Arnica can be used after an accident (including a minor one like a toddler who tripped) and even to recover from a strenuous workout.

2. Camomilla. Taken from the chamomile flower, camomilla soothes teething, especially the type that is accompanied by a red cheek and irritable (or colicky) children. Chamomile also helps with feelings of restlessness and sleep issues.

3. Aconite (aconitum napellus): Especially effective when taken at the first sign of a cold or fever, aconite also treats anxiety and fear (perfect for those back to school jitters). It is also helpful for eye injuries, after dental treatments, and for headache relief.

4. Silica. Sourced from the mineral flint, silica is useful for expelling foreign objects like splinters, and can also treat earaches and swollen glands. Nursing mothers who produce too much milk may find it helps slow production.

5. Pulsatilla. This is the number one remedy for those nagging childhood ear infections. Pulsatilla improves any thick yellow-green discharge from the eyes, nose or throat. I've even used this to heal my dog's conjunctivitis.

6. Nux vomica: Nux vomica helps with all sorts of stomach issues, including vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and gas. It's also helpful after any over-indulgence -- like too many birthday sweets or too many glasses of wine (for parents).

Have you had success using homeopathy?

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