Halloween Hangover

pumpkin barfingWell it’s that time of year again, when my kids are all a buzz about trick or treating. As someone who tries to lead a healthy lifestyle, Halloween is always a conundrum. I don’t want to be a “grinch” and squash all of their excitement by telling them (again) how awful sugar is and how it lowers their immunity and is just pure poison… BUT I also don’t want to deal with the aftermath I have come to call the Halloween Hangover. So what’s a mom to do?

Here are 4 things I’m going to put into action, starting Halloween eve, in order to help their little bodies manage the onslaught of the sugar frenzy, cold night and late evening ahead.

  1. Go to bed.I know it sounds corny and very obvious but sleep really can be the best medicine. When we are over tired and don’t slow down, our bodies don’t have time to heal. Did you know that our bodies repair themselves every day at certain times of the day? When we are tired, we are more susceptible to illness because our immune systems are tired too!
  2. Fill them up.Starting from breakfast, I’m planning on serving them nutrient dense foods that will fill their bellies up with the good stuff. Things like cooked soaked oats in the morning with some whole milk or cream, lunch with fruits and veggies and a hearty hot meal maybe pea soup made with bone broth for dinner. I figure it may help balance out the sugar coming later.
  3. Recycle it.Last year we found a local dentist’s office that was collecting candy and sending it to the troops. My kids got $1/lb for their loot. .
  4. Go natural. If the kids (or me) do overindulge and have a hard time with the overload, I may give them a dose of a homeopathic remedy called  Nux-vomica in a 30c strengthIt is known as the “hangover” remedy and can help the body detox. If my kids seem like they are coming down with something after being out in the cold, I would try another homeopathic remedy calledAconite (again in a 30c strength) which can help give their system a boost. Both of these remedies can be found at your local health food store.

If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate, join me at the Halloween Harvest Festival on Saturday Oct 31st from 12-4 @ Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studios 4205 Park Blvd, 92103.  I’ll have samples of my new winter “thyme” salve and homeopathic remedies for the flu!

For more information about homeopathy or to set up a free 15 minute consultation, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com.

 

A Visit from the Flu Fairy

ID-10014938According to the CDC, the flu season can start as early as October and go through May. The height of the season for the US is between December and February. I think I have already experienced a short visit for the flu fairy. Nothing major, a sore throat, really tired and then the never ending congestion. My homeopath said that she’s heard from clients from the east to the west with the same symptoms.

If you’ve had a visit from the flu fairy, here are some homeopathic remedies you could try at home for flu symptoms.

  • Arsenicum album Burning pains anywhere in the body. Diarrhea and vomiting, restless, very chilly.
  • Bryonia Most symptoms made worse by any motion. A great thirst for large amounts of cold drinks. Very irritable, wants to be left alone. Hard, dry cough made worse by any movement.
  • Gelsemium Exhausting flu-feel like run over by a truck, thirstless, chilly, dull, out of it, muscle ache throughout body.
  • Influenzinum Prevents the flu, relieves flu symptoms and treats after effects of the flu. (This is the one that has been helping the most so far this season.)
  • Rhus-Toxicodendron Extreme muscle aching and stiffness. Flus that come from overexertion or getting cold or wet. Better with continued motion, anxious, restless.

All of these remedies (except Influenzinum ) should be available at your local health food stores. You can buy Influenzinum 9c on line or locally at Kemp Homeopathics in South Park or Arcana Pharmacy in Carmel Valley.

Here’s more flu remedies to check out from National Center for Homeopathy.

Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

If you haven’t had the flu yet. Here are some things you can take to boost your immune system.

  • Elderberry syrup which has been proven to both boost the immune system and shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms significantly. For more information, check out Naturally Nicole. She has a great blog with studies backing up this statement. Here’s an easy 3 ingredient recipe you can make at home. I’ve also made them into gummies which my kids gladly eat.
  • Probiotics can help build that healthy gut.
  • Wellness Formula (adults) and Wellness Herbal Kids (for kids) by Source Naturals

*If you are pregnant, nursing or under doctor’s care, please seek advice from your healthcare provider before adding new supplements to your diet.

Stuck finding a remedy and don’t feel good? Call into for my flu clinic starting Tuesday Oct 20th Book Appointment

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Upcoming Events/Workshops.

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Build Your Own Natural First Aid Kit

ID-100282785 (2)Although summer travel may be over, it is still a good idea to have a first aid kit handy for everyday bumps and bruises. Not to mention for those camping trips where all of a sudden someone gets an earache out in the middle of nowhere. True story. It’s also nice to know there could be an alternative to using Infant’s Motrin or Children’s Tylenol.

There are thousands of homeopathic remedies to choose from. Here are some of my favorites to have on hand.

Aconite is a great remedy for the beginning of an illness especially if symptoms appear after being exposed to a cold wind.

Arnica Montana is great for bumps and bruises. It can be an anti-inflammatory.

Arsenicum Album is great for food poisoning especially if there is diarrhea and vomiting going on at the same time.

Gelsemium is great for exhaustion when you feel like you’ve been run over by a truck. Also useful for the flu.

Nux-vomica is great for the day after overindulgence in food or drink. It’s also helpful for indigestion.

Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your regime.

Looking for more info or want to put together your own kit?

Join us Saturday September 26th 1:30-3:00 at Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studio 4205 Park Blvd, 92103.

You will go away with your own kit of the most useful remedies as well as a detailed booklet of how and when to use them.

Cost: $20 per person
Click here to register

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com.

Homeopathic remedies reference Homeopathic Self Care by Robert Ullman and Judy Reichenberg-Ullman

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The Heat is Still On

Stuart MilesLabor Day has come and gone but the summer heat is still with us. My kiddos started back to school this week and whoa is it hot! I picked up my little kindergartener who was a red, hot sweaty mess.Their school sent out some information about heat exhaustion so I decide to pass on some natural tips that may help during this heat spell. Here are some homeopathic remedies you could try to beat the heat.

Belladonna is indicated when there is a bright red, hot and dry face. The symptoms may come on suddenly and violently. There is intense body heat. There may be throbbing or pounding headaches, especially on the right side. Worse heat of the sun, light, noise, touch and being jarred. Better with bed rest. Desires lemons or lemonade.

Glonoine is indicated when there is a bursting, expanding feeling in the eyes, head and organs. There may be violent throbbing and rushes of blood to the head. Symptoms come and go with exposure to the sun or from bad effects from the sun. Worse from heat on the head and becoming overheated. Better open air and cold drinks or cold applications.

Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

Cell Salt #9 Natrum Mur 6x can help with the body’s water regulation. Follow the dosing instructions on the bottle.

Hydrate!!

I haven’t tried this recipe yet but my son wants to for Homemade Sports Drink. I’ve also been adding a pinch of celtic sea salt to my water to help with better hydration. The celtic sea salt  helps give my body trace minerals which can help hold more of the water within my body.

Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your regime.

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help,contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com.

 

Homeopathic remedies reference Homeopathic Self Care by Robert Ullman and Judy Reichenberg-Ullman

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5 Great Travel Remedies

Beach at SunsetI just got back from a short vacation and as I was packing my bags, I made sure I had my travel remedies packed up and ready to go. You never know when you may need a little support and it’s always nice to have something handy instead of trying to track down a health food store when away from home. Here are my 5 go to remedies when I’m away from home.

 

Aconite Napellus-Great remedy to use at the very beginning of an illness especially if you have been exposed to a draft.

Apis Mellifica-Great remedy for bee stings, or bug bites where there is swelling, stinging and redness.

Arnica Montana-Great for bruises, bumps, sprains or strains. It’s one that I have with me all the time just in case.

Arsenicum Album-This remedy is helpful for food poisoning especially if you have vomiting and diarrhea.

Nux-Vomica-This over indulgence remedy can be helpful if you’ve had too much rich food, alcohol or just done too much.

I’m also sure to pack Rescue Remedy which is a natural stress reliever. I use it on the plane and give the pastilles to my kids before take off.

I use 30c potency for my travel kit. Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help,contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com.

 

Bladder, Yeast & Hormones Oh My!

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Urinary System Health

The basics of our urinary system include: kidneys, bladder, and urethra. The bladder, in a woman’s body, sits lower than a man’s and the urethra is also about 1/5 as long which can make us more susceptible to urinary tract issues.Unless you’ve had issues, urinary system health may not be something that crosses your mind. If you suffer from urinary tract issues then it may be something that always crosses your mind. Here are some simple tips on keeping your urinary system healthy:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Go to the bathroom when you have to go, don’t hold it
  • Add cranberry juice or cranberry supplements to help support healthy bacteria
  • Avoid horseback riding or other activities that put pressure on your urethra and bladder
  • Wear cotton underwear or nothing at night to allow for air circulation
  • Urinate after sex
  • Do kegels

If this condition comes up once in awhile, you could try one of these remedies at home. With urinary tract infections, you need to make sure to get treatment if things don’t resolve themselves quickly as they could lead to more serious problems with your kidneys.

Bladder Infections (Cystitis)

Cantharis- Very rapid onset of bladder symptoms. Intolerable pain with tremendous urgency and frequency. Intense stinging, burning pain on urination. Urine is scalding and comes out drop by drop.

Staphysagria- Bladder infections that occur after intercourse. Symptoms come on after suppressed anger or embarrassment. Urging and pain after urination.

Reference Homeopathic Self Care by Robert Ullman & Judy Reichenberg-Ullman

I suffered from chronic bladder infections for a long time before I found homeopathy. I’m excited for my upcoming workshop March 19th Bladder, Yeast & Hormones Oh My! Click here to register.

Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help,contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com.

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Hormone Help Naturally

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What are Hormones?

Hormones, simply put, are chemicals that communicate with different parts of the body allowing one part to communicate to another. They travel through our blood stream when signaled by the brain and are responsible for many important functions such as blood sugar and fluid regulation, growth and fertility. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones produced by the ovaries. The Luteinizing Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation.

Sometimes our hormones get a little off and we need help getting them back in balance. Homeopathy can help provide some support. Here are some common remedies to try for occasional issues.

Emotional Ups & Downs

Sepia Irritability, short temper, feel better with exertion, low sex drive. Any demand by family is met with anger. Can feel guilty and weep with no reason. May feel irritable and overwhelmed. May prefer to be alone. Chilly and worse from cold.

Pulsatilla Weeps easily, wants company and consolation. Changeable moods, may feel lonely and want attention. Warm blooded and aggravated by heat. Feels better outdoors. Not very thirsty. Can be highly emotional.

Lachesis Left sided complaints. Very talkative, jealous, intense, passionate people. PMS with headaches and irritability which goes away once her period starts.

*Rescue Remedy is a great natural stress reliever that can be used to support you during times of emotional stress. Tulsi tea is also another great natural stress reliever.

Menstrual Cramps

Colocynthis Cramps that feel better doubling over. Pain is better with heat and hard pressure. Can feel irritable and get feelings hurt easily. Pain so intense, she vomits. Ovarian pain.

Magnesium phosphorica Pain relieved by heat and pressure. Menstrual pain before the period. Feels better when the flow begins. Flow is dark and too early. Great weakness, irritable, better with hot baths and doubling over.

Nux-vomica Cramps extend to the whole body. Menstrual pain with urge for a bowel movement. Cramping after anger, rich foods or too much alcohol. Irritable, impatient, type A personality. Flow is profuse, early and lasts too long.

Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help,contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming events.

 

 

Is Homeopathy for You?

file000386523502My journey to homeopathy happened out of luck. I had tried for years to get relief from chronic bladder infections. I was on and off antibiotics for years. The most frustrating part was that I would have a lot of pain and discomfort but when I went to the doctor they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I was desperate to find a solution and was lucky to find homeopathy. I could have tried other natural modalities but for some reason, homeopathy was what I chose.

That experience happened more than 12 years ago and I’m excited to report that not only do I not suffer from that chronic condition anymore, my entire health has improved due to homeopathy. Being exposed to homeopathy has broadened my horizons in many ways. I ask questions of my healthcare provider so that I am informed and knowledgeable about my body and what goes into it.

I used homeopathy before, during and after both of  my pregnancies. I give it to my children when they need support.

Although homeopathy is often times lumped into the “all things natural group,” homeopathy has it’s own system of medicine that uses diluted substances to stimulate the body’s own healing response. It has been in use for over 200 years. It’s widely used in many countries. There are over 2500 remedies to choose from. In classical homeopathy, we use one remedy at a time to treat symptoms. Homeopathy is holistic in nature in that it treats the whole person, not just your symptoms. Unlike some medicines that can suppress the body’s symptoms, homeopathic remedies help to stimulate the body’s own response to heal. In addition, homeopathic remedies are:

  • FDA approved
  • Safe for infants and pregnant women
  • Non-toxic
  • Low cost

There are two different approaches to using homeopathy: acute care and constitutional care. My blogs have focused on acute care, short term conditions that most people can solve with home prescribing. Constitutional care is indicated for longer term chronic conditions (like my bladder issues) and it usually needs the guidance of an experienced practitioner.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about homeopathy or to decide if it’s right for you, I’d be happy to chat! 760.519.0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com

 

 

Try these Quick Tips to Stay Healthy

file15112832564922015 has been a great experiment in staying healthy while literally everyone in my household is sick. My son (who I slept with all week in the same bed on vacation) got the flu with a possible touch of the stomach flu. My husband (who I sleep with) got the stomach bug that is making its rounds. My daughter and I have a slight cough but were the ones holding up the fort right now! Here are some of the things that I’m trying along with thinking healthy, strong thoughts and washing my hands!

Go to bed. When we are over tired and don’t slow down, our bodies don’t have time to heal. Did you know that our bodies repair themselves every day at certain times of the day. If we don’t slow down, they won’t get a chance to recuperate. When we are tired, we are more susceptible to illness because our immune systems are tired too!

Go with your gut. Eating quality, nutrient dense foods the majority of the time can help to keep you in balance when you do over indulge. According to John Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, 70% of the cells in our gut make up the body’s immune system. So by eating well, we feel better and keep our immunity strong too.

Supplement wisely.* I’m not a huge fan of taking a bunch of supplements, There are a few that I take during this time of the year to give my body support. I don’t take them year round so my body doesn’t get used to them.

  • Elderberry syrup which can support your immune system. Make your own here 
  • Probiotics that can help build that healthy gut.
  • Wellness Formula (adults) and Wellness Herbal Kids (for kids) by Source Naturals
  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil

*If you are pregnant, nursing or under doctor’s care, please seek advice from your healthcare provider before adding new supplements to your diet.

Go Natural. Try homeopathy to keep your body in balance.

  • Influenzinum 9c  Prevents the flu, relieves flu symptoms and treats after effects of the flu

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help,contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming events.

 

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Fevers, Flus & Coughs-Oh My!

file000429427902Happy New Year and welcome to the season of the sniffles. We just returned from Orlando and along with his Harry Potter wand, my son brought home a fever, flu and cough. He started out with a fever on the day we were traveling home. I dosed him Aconite Napellus 30c every couple of hours to help boost his immune system. It’s my go to remedy at the beginning of any illness.I don’t normally give anything for a fever but since we were traveling, I wanted to make him as comfortable as possible. He also had a cough, so I gave him Chestal, which is a combination of several different homeopathic remedies that help with coughs. It was my first time using it and I think it worked great.

Once we returned home, his fever was gone and he just had a cough. The next day,however, the flu symptoms were in full force. He had a high fever, cough and lethargy. I didn’t dose him but was ready with Belladonna in case his fever got really uncomfortable. His fever broke around midnight when he woke me up and said he was hungry. I thought great that’s a good sign since he hadn’t had an appetite the day before. I gave him a small snack, turned around and he threw up. Ok, new symptoms! He had been coughing and then threw up. So, I don’t know if the vomiting was from the coughing or from the stomach bug my husband had caught. I gave my son a dose of Gelsemiun 30c after he threw up again because he was dizzy and droopy which are key signs for Gelsemium. He perked up after I dosed him. It’s been a few days now and he is on the mend. I’m really glad I had all of those remedies on hand to give his body a boost.

There are several remedies for the flu. Here are some you could try at home for flu symptoms. Here’s more to check out from National Center for Homeopathy.

Arsenicum album Burning pains anywhere in the body. Diarrhea and vomiting, restless, very chilly.(This is a good one for the current stomach flu that is going around.)

Bryonia Most symptoms made worse by any motion. A great thirst for large amounts of cold drinks. Very irritable, wants to be left alone. Hard, dry cough made worse by any movement.

Gelsemium Exhausting flu-feel like run over by a truck, thirstless, chilly, dull, out of it, muscle ache throughout body.(This one really helped my son.)

Influenzinum Prevents the flu, relieves flu symptoms and treats after effects of the flu.(This is what I’ve been taking to prevent the flu!)

Rhus-Toxicodendron Extreme muscle aching and stiffness. Flus that come from overexertion or getting cold or wet. Better with continued motion, anxious, restless.

All of these remedies (except Influenzinum ) should be available at your local health food stores. You can buy Influenzinum 9c on line or locally at Kemp Homeopathics in South Park or Arcana Pharmacy in Carmel Valley.

Here’s information on dosing from the National Center for Homeopathy.

I’m always happy to help you navigate through your symptoms and remedies. If you need some help,contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming events.