My Go To Remedy

DSC_0361If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take one homeopathic remedy with me, I’d be sure to pack Aconite Napellus. Also known as wolfsbane or monkshood, aconite is a plant that has been used medicinally for years. It’s even referenced in a potion in Harry Potter.

Prepared homeopathically, aconite can be a great remedy to use at the beginning of illnesses especially after exposure to cold wind or drafts. It is the first remedy I think of when my kids come down with something suddenly, usually in the middle of the night. Just last night, in fact, I gave my son a dose because he woke up screaming in pain because his cheeks hurt. When I pressed near his ear, he howled even louder which made me think, ear pain. I got out the Aconite 30c and gave him 2 pellets. He fell fast asleep and no pain in the morning.

I have used it for the beginning stages of croup (first 12 hours) and for colds or flus before symptoms have really taken hold. I know my son’s preschool teacher keeps some on hand and doses it when she is feeling the start of an illness. With the guidance of my vet, I have even used it on my dog when she came down with kennel cough and it worked like a charm.

It’s helpful for physical ailments and emotional ones too such as panic attacks, extreme anxiety, restlessness, fright or shock, claustrophobia, fear of flying, fear of being in a crowd, and fear of death.

This remedy should be available at your local health food stores.

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

If you or or someone you know wants to learn more about homeopathy or to set up a free 15 minute consultation, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming events.

 

Holiday Ho Hum

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The holiday season can be a time of cheer and bliss for some and for others it can be a ho hum time of the year. I know I was feeling a little off last week and couldn’t figure out why. I didn’t have to cook, I was on vacation for the whole week and yet I felt a little blah about the whole holiday. Everyone was talking about gratitude and I just couldn’t get into the spirit. And then I realized, this feeling sometimes happens to me around this time of the year. Nothing is wrong, but nothing feels quite right either. I don’t feel as happy as I think I should or as I think others feel. I think this feeling gets magnified when everything around me is all bright and sparkly. 

So what to do? I am not a professional psychologist, but some things I have tried for myself include: exercise, talking with a friend, making a gratitude list, getting out of myself and helping someone else, change of scenery, a nice hot cup of tea or a homeopathic remedy.

If you or someone you know has the holiday blues,* consider trying one of these homeopathic remedies.

Ignatia Used for a recent grief or loss, may have uncontrollable crying, loss of appetite and extreme sadness. High-strung and emotionally reactive. Upset after hurt or disappointment.

Natrum muriaticum Good for old grief from the past that may not have healed. Feelings hurt very easily. History of grief or disappointment in relationships. Wants to be left alone when not feeling well.

Pulsatilla Cries easily, wants to be around others, especially when sick. Likes to be consoled by others. Highly emotional, temperament changes very quickly, Likes to be outside in open air.

Sepia Irritable, weepy. Can feel indifferent towards family or spouse. Wants to be left alone. Depressed and crying. Better with vigorous exercise or activity.

*If your blues continue throughout the year, please seek guidance from a professional.

All of these remedies should be available at your local health food stores.

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

If you or or someone you know wants to learn more about homeopathy or to set up a free 15 minute consultation, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming events.

The “F” Word

file000403840597The flu has hit my house! (Ok technically, it’s the “I” word for influenza but I was going for the effect.) My little guy came to my room early this morning with a tummy ache. Honestly, I thought he was constipated (and was hoping that was all it was) because his lower abdomen hurt and I thought that made sense until he started coughing and gagging and then I realized oh he’s got the stomach flu.

As the day has gone on, his symptoms have become more clear. He has a headache, a bit of a fever, he’s blah on the couch and he slept for 2 hours. Sure signs for him that he is sick because he’s usually really active and never naps.

So the million dollar question…what remedy am I going to give him? NONE for now at least because I think his body can work this out. I will watch his fever and keep him hydrated as much as I can without inducing more vomiting. For myself, however, I just took a dose of Influenzinum 9c  as a preventative because all he wants to do is cuddle up with me. I will continue to do this once per week during the flu season. Below are some other homeopathic remedies that may help  for the flu depending on your 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.

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 locally at Kemp Homeopathics in South Park or Arcana Pharmacy in Carmel Valley.

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

If you or or someone you know wants to learn more about homeopathy or to set up a free 15 minute consultation, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming events.

 

Aaachoooooo

file000107727382As the weather starts to cool down (finally), I’m hearing more sneezes and going through more tissues in my house. So it’s that time of year, when we get to slow down and pay attention to our bodies. It’s darker and cooler and I don’t know about you, but I want to be home, drink tea and read a good book. However, I know that is not always an option.

Although, there is no substitute for good old fashion rest and soup, these homeopathic remedies could help to ease cold symptoms.

Aconite (Monkshood) When symptoms come on suddenly, often after exposure to cold weather or cold, dry wind. High fever that comes on suddenly. You may feel very fearful, anxious and restless. Symptoms are better with open air, and sleep and worse with cold, dry wind.

Allium Cepa (Red Onion) Lots of watery nasal discharge, nose runs like a faucet. Nasal discharge burns and irritates the nose and upper lip. Eyes and nose run, as if person has cut an onion. Symptoms are better with being outdoors and worse in a warm room, damp, cold weather.

Ferrum Phosphoricum (Iron Phosphate) Great in the very first stages of a cold when symptoms aren’t as clear. High fever, flushed face especially with round red spots on cheeks or very pale. Symptoms are better with cold applications, lying down and worse at night.

If you are feeling like you (or someone in your family) are about to get sick, try this drink. Ferrum phosphoricum 6x, (potency) 3 pellets in some warm water and sip throughout the day.

Nux Vomica (Quaker’s button) Cold that comes on from overwork. Cold comes on from over indulgence in rich foods or alcohol. You may have sniffles and feel irritable, impatient, competing, type A personality. Symptoms are better with rest, allowing nose to run and worse with anger, and business worries.

All of these remedies should be available at your local health food stores.

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

If you or or someone you know wants to learn more about homeopathy or to set up a free 15 minute consultation, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events for upcoming talks.

 

 

Healthy for the Holidays

DSCN9987Sometimes the holidays can be such a frenzied time with different schedules, parties, shopping and eating things you don’t normally eat. Although it can seem like the worst time to try and be healthy, I like to think of it as an extension of what I do normally. When I’m off balance, physically from overindulging or emotionally from the stress of “getting it all done,” my body usually gives me some clear cues. Below are some ways to keep your body in balance during this chaotic time.

 

  • 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. By eating well, we can keep up our immunity too.
  • 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!
  • Get some sun. Vitamin D can be a great immune system booster. Here you can find valuable information about how to safely get some rays. Fermented cod liver oil can be a great source of Vitamin D.
  • Get moving. Exercise and moving our bodies can really help us physically and emotionally. Yoga can be a great way to stay healthy all year long. It gives our bodies some time to slow down but also a time to detox. Twisting poses can help with digestion and keeping things moving in your system.
  • 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.

*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 Rescue Remedy, a natural stress reliever, made from flower essences. They have all different types of formulations even one for pets too.

Here’s to a healthy and happy holiday season!

If you or or someone you know wants to know more about homeopathy or to set up a free 15 minute consultation, contact me at 760 519-0703 or sam@homeopathicsam.com or check out my Calendar of Events.

Help for the Halloween Hangover

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Well it’s that time of year again, when my kids are all a buzz about trick or treating. My son is already wearing his Halloween costume. Not only in hopes of getting candy early, but who doesn’t want to be a ninja as often as possible?

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. Wahoos has a deal where you bring in the candy and they give you a free kid’s meal.
  4. Go natural. If the kids 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 strength. It 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 called Aconite (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.

Here’s to striving for some holiday balance to keep our bodies healthy!

 

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