The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

 

I had another brand new patient explain to me yesterday, “You know, Dr. Ally, I’ve been putting off starting treatment with you because I was afraid you’d make me give up my use of Cannabis.”  I smiled at the other end of the Skype line as I looked into his eyes.  I saw both his courage and his shame vying for space on his face.  I thought how beautiful he is to be able to admit such a thing to me after knowing me for less than an hour.  He’ll use that courage, I ruminate.

“Actually,” I respond in the usual way, “I would encourage you to continue with your normal usage as if we’ve not met or spoken today. You’re not going to give up something until you feel something juicier emerge and rise up in your life to displace the drug use.  I’m pretty confident that as your self-love, creativity and joie de vivre leaps forward through Heilkunst Medicine, you’ll naturally put more and more time and space between yourself and your vices.  I’m also pretty sure that the drug use isn’t the only addiction you employ in your life.”

 The patient looked back at me with shifting eyes, however, and now I could see the fear.  I acknowledged, “I know you’re afraid.  You wanted me to tell you to get off the drug for your health or Heilkunst won’t work, but you’ve been bucking false authority your whole life and you wanted to put me in the position to be precisely the same archetype for you telling you what to do.  You’d only rebel against this, so I won’t be that person for you.  I want to plumb a different relationship with you, letting you know that either way, I’m not attached to the outcome.”

I see him take a breath before I continue,” You see, I can’t just meet that old expectation.  We both know that a true, permanent cure is not an outside in phenomenon.  It naturally comes from the inside out.  Yes, I will start the process of detox for you by putting the homeopathic remedy ‘Cannabis’ into your ‘Drainage and Organ Support Dropper’, however, it won’t be me ultimately picking up that bag of pot, rolling the joint or choosing to smoke it or not.  A reinfection with the drug is entirely your own choice.  However, I will send you a few resources for you to look over regarding the longer term effects are of pot on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are.”  

<Here’s what I sent here.>

Now he was looking at me like a curious child, the fear had ebbed, “Ok, I will just try and take it day by day and see if I can try and avoid my habit.”  I knew he was having trouble with the concept with the number of “trys” he’d used in his sentence, “Actually to reiterate, I don’t want you to apply your will to quit or diminish just yet as you don’t yet trust yourself.  It’s ok, it will come.  If you try to quit now, you’ll probably not succeed, and you’ll feel like crap, a failure again, beat on yourself and that is the last thing we want at this juncture.  That is an old, karmic pattern, my friend, and it is that loop that we need to jimmy you out of first.”

He smiles, “I can see that you have trust that I can change.  Why does that scare me so bad?”  I feel a tears rent at the back of my eyes, “Because, Love, you’ve not felt a huge number of self-marshalled successes to date in your life.  So your inner trust and faith is a little tarnished.  I know because this was also true for me too.  Way back awhile ago, I was just like you.  I was you.  I used to live to eat, now I eat to live and I’ve cultivated a life so full of self-love, beauty, connection and creativity that food no longer has the same pull for me.”

“Wow,” he exclaims, “Thanks for sharing that.  I just assumed that since you treat others that you’ve always had your shit together.”  I think, ‘if he only knew.’  As I look at the homeopathic prescription I’ve created for him thus far, I ask him if there is anything else he’d like me to help him detox from and I tap the keys of my computer in answer, “Coffea, Alcoholus, Tabacum, Arsenicum, Sacc. Alb., Nat. Mur., Nux Vom.,” for his other addictions to coffee, alcohol, commercial tabacco (which contains arsenic) on rare occasions, sugar, salt and I add Nux the homeopathic helper for addictions.  I add all this to his Drainage and Organ Support Combo. dropper and feel a sense of completion in that realm.

His Emotional Support will have remedies for nurturing (mother’s milk) and self love (increasing his inner value), along with some carefully chosen Flower Essences which I know will gently shift his mind from lack of self-honour to a greater sense of grace.   I will also look forward to addressing his timeline of emotional and physical traumas as this will decidedly get the chronic (tonic) diseases out of the way, naturally providing him with more free will.

As we finish up, he lets me know the session wasn’t as daunting as he thought.  I smile wide and let him know that he did just great and that I’ll get his remedies off to our pharmacist later this afternoon and that they’ll be shipped out to him tomorrow morning.  

I also let him know that he can call my office anytime and I’d be happy to connect with him should he need before our next follow-up session in a month’s time.  I consciously radiate love and care towards my new patient and hold in my mind’s eye his perfect transformation with ease and gentle, but illuminating, healing reactions.  

I see his future, healthy, effulgent self come more to life, animating him with new possibilities.  He’ll find his inner and then outer connections.  He’ll be more potent with his choices and subsequently carry them through.  I see it in this new connection I’ve made with this other human being on his evolutionary path to greater freedom, his path to cure.

 

 

 

 

The Anatomy of Stress … How We Use All 3 Jurisdictions of Heilkunst Medicine to Solve It

Stress is feeling impotent to execute a plan or desire.  It is the ultimate in feeling thwarted against the capacity to discharge an expectation into a state of realization.  In health, it feels like, “Ah, I did it!  I put the effort in and there it is, a big beautiful bouncing baby project, isn’t she lovely?!  I’m so proud!  Now I can finally bask in the glory of utter fulfillment!”  As a healthy person, I will have perfect trust and faith that my effort will ultimately lead to fulfillment of a desire; it is just a matter of time and it will.  I can trust in my healthy will and wisdom to get me to this state of full actualization.  Right?!

However, if your history with stress indicates that the arrival point never seems to come to fruition, it’s outside your reach, some insidious force seems to pervade that sabotages the whole damn thing, leaving you feeling like a bloody failure.  This cyclical pattern is just playing itself out yet AGAIN!!  Guilt, victimization, and self-hatred mounts and you do your very best not to take it out on those you love.  It is so hard, though, as the frustration seems to leak from your nostrils and ears.  You feel yourself seething with it below decks.

 

Also, you notice that weird things are starting to occur in your body; you haven’t slept through the night in months, your hair may be falling out in the shower, you’ve been having mild gallbladder attacks or kidney stones , your sex drive is dried up and mostly gone, you’re suffering heartburn, and your craving for sweets is off the charts, you’re peeing like a racehorse way too frequently. What the heck is going on?

 

You feel the anger and frustration mounting.  Perhaps it is a pattern around finances, the full realization of one’s inner value in the external ambient.  Perhaps your inner milieu wants that juicy job sailing tourists around the world, but for now you’re stuck as a palliative care nurse (true story, btw).  The prevailing feeling being that you trained for that job and you’re resigned to remaining at it until you can magically conjure the readies to make the transition. Perhaps you’re still living out of your parents’ expectations.  On paper, though, it feels like you may never garner the gumption or resources to make the leap.  For now, your feet are stuck in cement.  Argghhhhhh!

Although you have the pictures of sailboats plastered to your walls at home, it still feels like a far-off pipe dream.  What about all those affirmations, “I am sailing the world, I feel the ocean breeze on my face, I am cutting the jib!”  And then, the reality of waking at winter’s dawn to catch the bus in the dark and cold invades your spirit with the most brutal of realities.  You feel raw, sore, and jagged inside.  What happened to that wee kid in you that used to race with the wind on your bike, build forts, and dream about becoming a rock star?!

You ask yourself, over and over again, what am I missing?  How come everyone else seems to be realizing their dreams, but I can’t seem to get past token actions of having bought the organic sunscreen?  Am I not deserving enough?  Haven’t I done my time?  When is it my turn to fully actualize my essential self and my dreams?  Does this sound familiar to you?  Are you tired of hearing the tirades of angst in your head?

We’ve got you!  We lived this matrix prior as well.  We know that stress is the #2 killer (just after allopathic drugs) in North America.  We’re going to help you get out of the pain and suffering that has you secretly rocking back and forth, sucking on your thumb in that broom closet or bathroom stall when you think no one’s looking.  We see you and we also have the tools to help.

 

There are 3 jurisdictions of Heilkunst Medicine.  The first is Regimen (nutrition, hydration, dormition, recreation, coition).  Basically, you must stop messing around!  Cut out the refined sugars and carbs, and eat more for your blood type.  This is really critical.  We have other blogs (3 Streams in Heilkunst) on why this is, so go read those if you need further justification.  Start drinking 2.5 – 3 litres of pure spring water per day (ABC’s of Healthy Regimen).  

 

Start exercising for your blood type (Exercise for my Blood Type) and playing at a sport you love.  I’m a “B” blood type and I love weekly hikes up into the hills where I live, yoga several times per week, and my meditation practice. Also, start winding down earlier in the evening, reading that self-help book or perhaps a novel about 45-50 minutes before bedtime and lights out.  It is really important that you kill the lights and computer stimulation so that your autonomic nervous system can depart gracefully into sleep.

Sex is brilliant!  If you’re not thusly conjoint with a resonant beloved partner, sex on your own is pretty delicious too.  Love on yourself in the same way, using the same gestures that you would have your supreme lover engage with you.  The idea being that you can’t wholly plumb love in your ambient until you’ve nailed down those delicious romantic gestures from inside.  Love and romance is fostered from the inside out.

 

Also, the crazy thing is that while fever invokes a healthy immune function in a child, sex actually is the healthy expression of rage, anger, and stress in an adult.  The more you teach your body, through pleasure, how to feel tension, charge, discharge, and then relaxation in its cells and the autonomic nervous system, the more it will recall this same gesture in everyday life.  If you’re having trouble, though, executing through intimacy we can help with character analysis and resonant remediation.

The second jurisdiction of Heilkunst Medicine, is medicine proper.  It’s peeling back the timeline onion of your stress-riddled adulthood, which no doubt stemmed from how you were raised as a child (Sigmunda would agree).  In many cases, it is also anchored in your childhood, the genetic miasms, chthonic fears and ideogenic beliefs.  It can take a bit of time, in conjunction with pathic remedies like lycopodium (key rx for impotence), aurum metallicum (working with little reward), sepia (‘if someone asks me for one more thing …’), staphysagria (repeated patterns of victimization), lachesis (guilt, resentment, shame) and ignatia (long term grief and disappointment).  

We also employ brilliant flower essences like cherry plum (where your back is seemingly against the proverbial wall), white chestnut (for you cycling through the same old patterns over and over again), larch (for a lack of confidence), etc.

 

The third jurisdiction is therapeutic education, or Anthroposophical (study of man) Orgonomy (addressing armour/beliefs).  This is the area where we help you to stop reinfecting yourself with the old states of mind that no longer serve you.  This occurs more in tandem, or after, the diseases are mostly cured and your timeline resolved. Going after your character structure for why you felt you needed to live feeling thwarted and impotent in the first place is part of an illusion of belief.  Poverty consciousness (not just about money) is, after all just a state of mind, albeit a powerful one.  It can be cured just like the others.

Start, perhaps, by taking a look, at the following resources and see how they impact on you:

Florence Scovel Shinn – http://bit.ly/Flossy

Emilie Cady – http://bit.ly/HEmilie

Neville Goddard – http://bit.ly/TheLawandPromise

 

Conscious creation plays a very big part in replacing the subconscious program of feeling victimized by stress-filled circumstances.  You are ordained with the capacity to self-rescue yourself from the habitual armouring, perpetuating chronic beliefs that you’re not enough.  It is not about more doing or effort!  It IS about having the health to identify where you’re wrong thinking patterns exist and having a deep desire to change them.

 

The final frontier of Heilkunst Medicine (or Romantic Science), the complete medical system, is the realm of using your very own God-imbued wisdom to excavate you from your mired beliefs.  This is not the illusory or superficial “law of attraction,” although the gesture came from same roots, with medicine and regimen, you can more permanently exact the life that you’ve always wanted for yourself by “BEING” the answer you want to “BE” in the world starting now, right this minute, impressing this new data onto your subconscious and employing it as the change agent on your behalf.  Your ambient will buck up to this new expectation, it is the LAW of RESONANCE.  The thing is, do you have to strengthen your muscles of FAITH to hold the charge?  Are you ready?

Here’s a testimonial from a  patient who was suffering with chronic stress and anxiety.  Here’s one who suffered from performance anxiety.

My new book, soon to be released on Amazon, speaks more liberally to this process:

 

Sleep Baby Sleep

Practical Tips for Helping Baby to Sleep

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Attachment Parenting: is the latest buzz-term amongst natural parenting advocates.  At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic, we’re big proponents of attachment parenting which includes wearing baby in a sling by day and, by night, nursing on demand and co-sleeping or bed-sharing.  Parents of various native tribes around the world raise their babies this natural way. When baby is born, it takes months (possibly even a year or more) for him to realize that he’s actually a separate entity from you and so he prefers as much of a womb-like existence as possible in order to thrive,  with constant doses of warmth, comfort, nurturance, sustenance, and a clean habitat.

Bowen, Massage, or Chiropractic: are great modalities to help with sleep.  I’m a Bowen Practitioner and can attest to how many babes lose sleep due to a misalignment from the birth trauma, affecting literally the way their head is screwed onto their neck and shoulders.  I’ve done minor soft tissue releases on babies and had parents report that baby sleeps soundly from then on.  At home, you can rub your baby’s feet with coconut oil before bed, helping baby to relax and promote digestion, along with releasing any withheld gas that can cause baby to have a sleepless night.

Aromatherapy: is very helpful as mentioned in prior sections.  One drop of lavender oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil (such as coconut oil) works well for massaging baby’s feet.  You can also use the same ratio for a humidifier, vaporizer, or diffuser.

Cherry Pit Pillow/Pack: is an old European household remedy for colic and sleep.  You can buy these small pillows from eBay or look for them at a reputable eco baby supply store, where more natural methods of healing are promoted.  Simply heat it on a pan in the toaster oven for 10 minutes to heat up the cherry pits.  When placed on baby’s belly, the cherry pits release a soothing, moist heat, helping bubbles of gas to diffuse.

A Wool Soaker: is a great way to help baby stay dry from a leaky diaper during the night.  Sheep’s wool is designed to keep the rain from permeating to the animal’s skin through absorption, while the lanolin closer to the skin prevents the water from reaching the epidermis level, acting like a natural rain repellant.  The company “Pooters Diapers” states, “When baby’s diaper becomes wet, the wool soaker wicks the moisture away from the diaper by absorbing it.  Lanolin … keeps the urine from leaking back out of the wool …”.  Baby is more likely to sleep through the night if her clothes stay dry and more comfortable.

Source:  http://www.pootersdiapers.com/wool-soakers/

Homeopathic Remedies for Sleep

There is typically a reason for baby to wake during the night.  As his parents, it is up to you to go through a mental checklist to determine why this is.  Co-sleeping babes do best with an easily accessible breast for nourishment and comfort.  Most moms learn to sleep through baby’s latching on to the breast and subsequent drifting back off to sleep.  Occasionally, baby will be wet and need to have a diaper change before sleep can be restored.  

When baby is 4-7 months, teething can be the issue as he matures.  A nightmare or night terror can be the cause for his waking.  At other times, it can be due to the fact that there is a full moon!  Here are some safe homeopathic remedies to use for specific issues.  If this doesn’t help, it’s because there is a deeper issue, like vaccines or a genetic miasm (inherited predisposition to disease) in the way, preventing baby from getting a deep, restorative sleep.  Let us know if the latter scenario is the case as we bring years of training to be able to solve the root cause of baby’s ills, so that you can all sleep like babies!

Aconite: is a great remedy for when baby has been exposed to a dry northeast wind during winter, aggravating a high fever of even 105 degrees Fahrenheit, along with an earache.  Baby might be just fine upon going to bed, however, he wakes shrieking around midnight, clearly in pain.  Look for restlessness, dry body heat, and increased thirst.  Baby may be writhing in pain with extreme sensitivity to touch, suffering burning or even violent pain.

Arnica: is a good remedy for when baby seems to have his internal clock mixed up; drowsy without being able to nap during the day, but able to sleep during early evening and then wakens with a hot head at night, with fear that he will suffer pain again.  Older children will complain of feeling exhausted upon waking with terrible dreams about animals, death, and even mutilated bodies.  During sleep, children who need Arnica will groan, murmur, talk, snore, and pass stool and urine involuntarily after having toilet trained.  

Belladonna: is one of our chief remedies for right sided earaches and for waking violently with pain and high fever at midnight, as mentioned in the prior section.  Baby will be restless, agitated, and typically screeching in pain.  Belladonna with solve this state outright.

Chamomilla: is a great remedy for fussy babies who need to be constantly rocked or nursed to sleep.  Look for right-sided earaches, red face, a more low-grade fever, around 102 or 103 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a Cham. state, baby will give you the impression that there is absolutely nothing you can do to appease her as she’ll reject absolutely everything that you offer, pushing it and you away.

Coffea: is derived from coffee.  In homeopathic terms (like cures like), an over-stimulated baby needs a stimulant to calm down.  I used to keep a tin of organic coffee in the freezer for my own children to take a wee sniff from.  Actually, I still have the same tin at my office (I don’t drink coffee) for babes I see in person who are suffering an over-stimulated melt-down.  All I do is open the lid of the tin of coffee in my office and watch for baby, and mom or dad too, to take a couple of whiffs of the aroma. Within a couple of minutes, baby is completely calm, gurgling, and usually drifting off to sleep.  If you’re nursing, you can take the homeopathic remedy to promote sleep for your baby as it transfers through the breast milk.  We will never recommend drinking coffee while breastfeeding as in this volume, you’ll actually create the opposite result by aggravating baby’s delicate nervous system and making them wired on caffeine with disastrous sleep results.

Nux Vomica: is for what I call the jack in the box syndrome.  It will seem that you just get baby off to sleep and he keeps popping awake all night long for no rhyme or reason, like he’s woken by the least noise or movement.  In proper ascending potencies, Nux. will also help detox baby’s organ system of any prior medications or antibiotics should the situation arise, helping baby sleep more soundly.  

Medications, and vaccines, administered at birth can play havoc with baby’s central nervous system and digestive organs, making it difficult for him to settle properly into sleep.  Nux. is one of the remedies we use when clearing the actual drug nosodes from baby’s system based on natural homeopathic law. A nosode is the homeopathic term for the remedy made from the exact drug administered, taking “like cures like”, or the similimum, up to “exact cures exact”.

Pulsatilla: is a great remedy for right-sided ear infections, as mentioned above, with a more low-grade temperature around 103 degrees Fahrenheit.  Your baby will be profoundly clingy and needy with a desire to be carried everywhere, consoled, and kissed, but is less capricious and contrary than the Chamomilla state described above.

 

Flower Essences for Sleep

To help yourself and baby to sleep, we recommend Bach’s “Rescue Sleep” and “Rescue Sleep Liquid Melt”.  I recall certain stressful days with my own baby where I was still measuring my own sense of self by how many things I was able to tick off my list.  Being attached to certain outcomes with an infant or toddler creates a sure disaster.  When children out number the parent or parents, you’re bound to be pinioned under your children’s expectations over and above your own.  This is just how it is, for now.  It will get easier, but for now, you answer solely to your child’s needs, dropping most of what you desire to do or find fulfilling.  You’ll get back there.  

Often, when I had a yearning to do something, or I had a deadline, or place to be by a certain time, I would be rendered a high-strung anxious mess by the time bedtime came around with unresolved feelings of failure that turned up as left-over anxiety, resentment, or even anger from the day.  I learned first hand that this is a disastrous state of mind to try and put a baby down to sleep, when I was feeling electrified with unresolved impatience.  I’ve often referred to infants, babies, and toddlers as being the canary in our adult coal mines, picking up on every miniscule bit of angst, mirroring every bit of it for our not so pleasurable viewing.  They will literally torture you with your own mirror.  

Bach’s Flower Essences, including Walnut, in the case I just described above, in addition to the remedies below, can help you and your child calm, relax, and let go to sleep; enabling you both to face another day with refreshed eyes, letting go the unnecessaries, focusing more on simply “being” than “doing.”

Here are the remedies contained in “Bach’s Rescue Sleep” Remedy, captured right from their website:

White Chestnut: To help ease restless mind.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock.

Clematis: For the tendency to “pass out”, and unconsciousness, being ‘far away’ and not present mentally.

Cherry Plum: Fear of mind giving way, verge of breakdown, anger.

Impatiens: For irritability, tension, and fidgety.

Rock Rose: For frozen terror and panic.

Source:  http://www.bachflower.com/bach-rescue-sleep/

 

Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential oils, or aromatherapy, for baby is safe provided you stick to the oils recommended in this book and use them according to the dilution that we’ve suggested.  In the early evening, I used to prepare a warm bath for my baby (be sure to use only natural cleansers for baby’s tub!) with a drop of lavender.  Usually their dad did the bathing as this was their time to connect and give me a moment to clean up the kitchen after supper, or to just sit and have a moment to orient myself in the world, to make note of some grocery items needed, or to just ponder my own feelings with some chamomile tea and my journal.

After baby was out of the bath, their dad would give them a baby gentle massage over their little bodies, putting them on the floor while they lay on a cotton receiving blanket or on their changing table.  I taught him how to always massage baby’s belly in a clockwise motion to encourage the release of gas bubbles and good digestion, by following the large intestines natural route to the rectum.  When massaging baby, the pressure should be about the same as you would use to rub your eye-ball when your lid is closed.  This is a good way to remind our stronger, more burly hubbys what the pressure should be.   Baby will love the wonderful time to bond and relax through touch with their daddy.  

Massage Oil Blend

1 drop of Lavender

1 drop Geranium

1 drop Roman Chamomile

and 30 ml of Sweet Almond, Olive, or Coconut Oil

Blend all of the ingredients together well, using on babies 3 months and older.  As mentioned above, you can use a drop of lavender or chamomile in their bath with some raw goat’s or cow’s milk to help promote sleep.  I would also wear lavender oil on my own clothing or skin while nursing baby before bed.  I still do this when a cranky baby comes in for a consultation with their mom, to promote comfort and security for both of them.

I’ve always used essential oils in a room diffuser, vaporizer, or even a pot of steaming water that a child can not reach.  One drop of lavender, Roman chamomile, or geranium in about 3 cups of water works well.

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What’s in Your Remedy Kit for Labour Day Weekend?

We’re approaching Labour Day, which many people consider to be the last long weekend of the summer. People tend to try to pack a lot in to this weekend, whether the last time up to the cottage, or other forms of “weekend warrior”, or just plain partying.

Here are some of the remedies which you may find useful to have with you this weekend:

  • Arnica – for any strains or sprains you may suffer in a sporting or recreational accident, or merely for “overdoing” it, and pushing yourself too hard.
  • Nux Vomica – for the other kind of overdoing it, and you end up with a hangover to deal with the morning after.
  • Walnut (Bach Flower Remedy) – to help with all aspects of the transition back into another school year. Getting the kids ready for the first day of school, and keeping your composure while the entire house routine is turned upside down in preparation.
  • Natrum Muriaticum – If you are acutely feeling the emotional “loss” of the summer, and aren’t feeling ready to let it go yet.
  • Hornbeam (Bach Flower Remedy) – If Tuesday morning comes, and you’re having a really hard time responding to the call of the alarm clock, this can help put a little mental focus and energy into your morning.

What else would you carry with you in your remedy kit this weekend?

First Aid Homeopathy At The Cottage

When I first came to homeopathic medicine about 15 years ago, my only motivation was to serve my own family during simple first aid situations, as well as minor coughs, colds, and ear aches. I figured I could allow the Doctors to get on with more important cases if I could effectively deal with minor cuts, scrapes and fevers at home. While I began my homeopathic adventure with the Tylenol in one hand and the homeopathic remedy in the other, I soon found myself in awe of this curative medicine based on 200 year-old principles. I loved the speed with which a cut healed, a detached retina re-attached (that one was also under an Allopathic Physician’s care), multiple fevers broken and tummy aches addressed safely and easily.

Since then, I’ve amassed many tales of homeopathic cures that even took me to a children’s camp in the wilds of Quebec (ok it was only 30 minutes from a hospital).  As the Medic for Camp Ten Oaks, I treated a young girl for chronic headaches that cleared up overnight with out re-incidence with Bryonia (headaches over the eyes). I treated another young boy for a bee sting with Apis (bee venom) , Ledum (puncture wound) and Silicea (to push the stinger out) that was difficult to locate the next day. I also had a teenager flare the most amazing high fever that reacted very well to Belladonna (quick onset, lots of redness, worse right sided). The latter patient slept easy in my MASH unit that night so that I could triage her symptoms, but she and I both slept through the night. She got up the next morning out of very wet bed-sheets and went on her way, fever-less, to join her cabin for breakfast.

Some of you may be heading to your own cottage, or camp, this summer and you can pack some of the same homeopathic remedies as I did in order to easily and simply apply the law of cure, “Like Cures Like,” in order to address your own first aid issues. You may be as surprised as I was at their effective, curative action, without causing an ounce of harm. Thankfully they are just as safe to administer to a 1 day old babe as they are to your 100 year-old Grandmother! You can swing by most health-food stores or some more holistic pharmacies to source your homeopathic remedies for your home, camping trips, or weekly forays to the Cottage. To order more extensive homeopathic kits, you can follow the link from our website to order yours and some reference materials to get you started:

In conjunction with a good course in First Aid and CPR, here are a list of the 10 most common conditions and the must-have homeopathic remedies for you to stock your first aid kit with. Remember that these do not replace emergency medical care at your local hospital, or generally resolve chronic constant diseases treated by your health care Practitioner, but they can allow you to easily and successfully resolve cuts, scrapes, bug bites and bruises at a minimum.

Successful homeopathic treatment is best provided by a skilled Physician, however, a selection of remedies work for a variety of common ailments which are suitable for personal use. Homeopathic first aid remedies are most often dispensed in strengths (dilutions) of 6C, 9C, 12C and 30C, with 6C for acute or sudden onset conditions and 30C for slightly longer term, generalized conditions.

The following is a brief list of some of the most common first aid conditions and the corresponding homeopathic remedies you can choose from for your personal or family’s first aid kit.

Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
To avoid infection from open wounds:

Moderate to severe bruising. Arnica Montana
Take 30C every 2 hours orally, up to 6 doses, then 3 doses a day for 3 days. (Never use
Arnica on an open wound as it will aggravate it).
Wound feels cold and numb. Soothing feeling with cold compress. Ledum Palustre
Take 6C every 2 hours, up to 6 doses, then 3 doses a day for 3 days.
Wounds with shooting nerve pain. Hypericum Perforatum
Take 30C every 2 hours for up to 3 days.
Minor Burns & Scalding Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Avoid touching burnt or scalded area as much as possible.

  • Hold under cold running water to cool skin surface and reduce pain.
  • Apply Urtica ointment to soothe the wound.

Caution: If a burn surface is larger that 3-4 inches in diameter, see a healthcare professional immediately.

Blistering burn or scalding. Searing pain. Applying a cold compress provides soothing relief. Arnica Montana
Take 30C every 15 minutes, up to 3 doses, followed by:
Cantharis
Take 30C every 15 minutes, up to 6 doses.
Continuous stinging and burning pain. Urtica Urens
Take 30C every 15 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Insect Bites & Stings Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Insect bite and sting pain, swelling and at times infection.

  • Remove bee or wasp stinger with sterile tweezers.

Caution: If sting is inside the mouth, nose, ear, or if it’s in or around the eyes, rinse with cold water to reduce swelling and see a healthcare professional immediately.

Stung area is swollen, bruised and painful. Arnica Montana
Take 30C every 5 minutes, up to 10 doses, followed by:
Ledum Palustre
Take 6C every 8 hours, up to 3 days.
Stung area is red, feels hot and swollen. Apis Mellifica
Take 30C every 15 minutes, up to 6 doses.
Nosebleeds Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Nosebleeds due to injury or after blowing the nose violently.

  • Hold head slightly up in a seated position while pinching the lower part of the nostrils firmly for about 10 minutes, then release slowly.

Caution: If bleeding persists, see a healthcare professional.

Nosebleed after an injury. Arnica Montana
Take 6C every 2 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Nosebleed brought on by blowing the nose violently. Phosphorus
Take 6C every 2 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Heat Exhaustion Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Heat exhaustion is caused by excessive fluid loss in hot weather.

  • Lay down in cool place.
  • Take frequent sips of salty sea water (1/2 teaspoon of sea salt per pint of water).
Nausea, severe headache aggravated by movement. Bryonia Alba
Take 30C every 5 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Throbbing, splitting headache, hot face, sweaty skin. Glonoinum
Take 30C every 5 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Motion Sickness Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Caused by travel in car, boat, train, plane etc. Children are especially vulnerable.Homeopathic remedies can be taken up to one hour prior to journey to prevent motion sickness. Nausea, dizziness and faintness, chills, sweating, worsens near tobacco smoke. Tabacum
Take 6C every 15 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Queasiness, chills, headache at back of head or over one eye, worse from food, tobacco smoke and coffee. Nux Vomica
Take 6C every 15 minutes, up to 10 doses.
Splinters Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
To reduce chance of infection and tetanus, bathe the area with Ledum mother tincture.

  • Remove splinter with sterile tweezers.
Stinging burning pain.
Applying a warm compress may draw splinter closer to the surface.
Silicea
Take 12C, 4 times a day, up to 14 days.
Blisters Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Bubbles of fluid under the skin caused by friction or burning.

  • If blisters burst, bathe with Calendula and Hypericum solution.
Itching, burning blisters. A cold compress provides soothing relief. Cantharis
Take 12C, 4 times a day until pain subsides.
Red, swollen and itchy blisters. Rhus Toxicodendron
Take 12C, 4 times a day until pain subsides.
Eye Injuries Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
The eye is delicate and easily damaged by pressure, injury and foreign objects.

  • Wash dust and grit from the eye with cold water.
  • Bathe with a mother tincture of disolved Calendula & Hypericum solution in water to prevent infection.
  • If still painful after removing object, bathe eye with Euphrasia solution every 4 hours.

Caution: All eye injuries should be examined by a healthcare professional. If eye has been penetrated or chemically contaminated, call an ambulance or other emergency care provider. Use a “donut” bandage to protect the eye while moving patient.

Black eye or bruising around the eye after injury. Arnica Montana
Take 6C every 2 hours, up to 4 doses.
Black eye. Persistent pain that is soothed by applying a cold compress. Ledum Palustre
Take 6C every 2 hours, up to 10 doses.
Injuries to the eye or the eye orbit, including broken cheek bones Euphrasia and Symphytum
Take 6C every 2 hours, up to 10 doses.
Sprains & Strains Key Symptoms Remedy & Dosage
Sprains caused by over-stretching of ligaments may be helped by binding with tensor bandage for support. Injuries can range from mild to severe which can also affect the muscle and skeletal systems. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness and pain whenever joint or muscle is used.

  • Provide support to injured area in the most comfortable position.
  • To reduce swelling apply a cold compress soaked in cold water and 10 drops of Arnica tincture.
  • If the ankle is sprained, provide firm support and apply Arnica cream.
Pulled tendons and ligaments accompanied by pain and stiffness. Arnica Montana
Take 30C every 30 minutes, up to 10 doses, followed by:
Ruta Graveolens
Take 12C, 4 times a day until pain and stiffness subsides.
Torn muscle, hot swollen joints, pain is worse at the onset of movement and wears off with continued movement. Arnica Montana
Take 30C every 30 minutes, up to 10 doses, followed by:
Rhus Toxicodendron
Take 12C, 4 times a day until pain and stiffness subsides.

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