Note to readers: This is the first post in a series where I delve into uses and indicates for a single remedy. These posts are not intended to be comprehensive, but rather, to be focused on uses for acute scenarios only. For chronic conditions, please work with a qualified homeopath.
Arnica is what I call the Gateway Homeopathic Remedy. Most people that I talk to have at least heard of, if not used, Arnica in some form. And that’s great, because if you only learn one homeopathic remedy in your life, Arnica is the one to know. I carry it with me everywhere I go - it’s THAT useful.
A member of the Compositae (aka Daisy or Sunflower) family, the Arnica Montana plant grows high in the mountains, amongst the mountain goats, who instinctively know the benefits of the plant and are seen eating Arnica after a fall. This is because Arnica is exceptionally useful cases of trauma of all sorts - head injuries and concussions, bruises, and sprains caused by accidents or falls....
I get more questions on potency than just about any other topic on my Facebook group - Homeopathy with Jenna - so I thought I would do a post on it!
There are three aspects of potency we need to consider - the first is what is written on the vial of homeopathic medicine (and what does that mean), and the second is how does that affect the person taking the remedy, and lastly how does that affect how often the remedy should be dosed.
Let's start with the easy part - what is written on the vial. When you go to a health food store in your town or if you buy one of our kits, you will see the remedies are most often sold in a 30C or 200C potency. Occasionally you will see a 30x or a 6c in the store as well. To explain this, it's important to understand how homeopathic remedies are made.
An illustration of how homeopathic remedies are made from plants.[/caption]
First, the raw material (e.g., the plant) is turned into a mother tincture by crushing the plant and adding an...
When treating acutes (colds, coughs, flu, etc) it’s best to give one remedy at a time - the one remedy that fits the disease picture aka the simillimum, as we call it in homeopathy. However, in times of accident or injury, often times more than one remedy is needed, and it can be difficult to remember which remedy to take when, particularly if the patient is new to homeopathy!
For this reason, many homeopaths have begun experimenting with custom made blends that are easy to make up and even easier for the injured person to take.
Like any mother, with my first baby, I watched each milestone come and go, and when my oldest child, Morgan, crawled late, walked late, and talked late, I thought it was really no big deal that he was also late to potty train. We figured he would potty train when he was ready, so we never pressured him.
When he was an infant, we did do Elimination Communication (aka Infant Potty Training) with him until one day when he was about 7 months old and he would not go anywhere NEAR that little red potty anymore, whereas previously he was using the potty like a pro (with our help, of course!).
I noticed throughout his toddlerhood that he had a tendency to not have a bowel movement while at daycare, and this would cause him to occasionally go a couple of days between bowel movements. No big deal, he was healthy still. I lost track of his exact pattern of having a bowel movement until one day, about three weeks after his little brother was born, and he was in...
Have you heard about homeopathy, but you aren’t sure what it is?
You’re not alone!
Homeopathy is one of the most mis-understood systems of medicine out there. And, even though it is the second largest system of medicine in the world, most people in the United States and many other western, developed countries, still have no clue what it is.
So, what exactly is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a distinct, comprehensive, and deep system of medicine originally developed by Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. It uses minute doses of specially prepared medicines, colloquially called remedies, to stimulate a person’s own vital force to heal itself.
Homeopathy is distinct in that it is its own system of medicine. Is it distinct in both theory and practice from all other systems of medicine - most notably allopathic, mainstream medicine, but also from naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, osteopathy, essential oils,...