After my Instagram stories sharing my traveling homeopathy kit I had questions as to what was in it!
It’s something I’ve been adding to my holistic repertoire and it’s quite fascinating. It’s also interesting the various opinions on it and whether it’s helpful or completely useless. Doctors are divided because some of the theories behind homeopathy don’t line up with the principles of chemistry and physics. Scientists argue that a medicine with no active ingredient shouldn’t have an effect on the body.Homeopathic remedies do not cause side effects or interfere with medications, and they are safe for newborns and during pregnancy, which has been a huge reason I’ve used them. We all know when babies get sick it’s hard to know how to help them. It has helped us get through several illnesses in the past including influenza and a cold with wheezing Elliott suffered with this past winter. Even if it’s all placebo I’ll take my n=1 results.
”The alternative medical system of homeopathy was developed in Germany at the end of the 18th century. Supporters of homeopathy point to two unconventional theories: “like cures like”—the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people; and “law of minimum dose”—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Using minute doses of plant, animal or mineral substances, Homeopathic remedies stimulate a healing response in an individual’s system to bring gentle and rapid relief to physical, emotional and mental symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals, such as red onion, arnica (mountain herb), crushed whole bees, white arsenic, poison ivy, belladonna (deadly nightshade), and stinging nettle. Homeopathic remedies are often formulated as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue; they may also be in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets. Treatments are “individualized” or tailored to each person—it is not uncommon for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments.”
There are some people highly educated in the use of homeopathics, which I would strongly encourage consulting with if you need to treat anything. Jennie Hoglund, CCH is an incredible resource out of the Twin Cities. I often use this website to search for remedies based on symptoms (https://www.homeopathycenter.org/find-remedy )
I also strongly encourage purchasing a book to help as you get started.
- Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund B. Panos MD, Jane Heimlich and Dr Robert Mendelsohn
- The Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions by Andrew Lockie
- The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro
- Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman
- Easy Homeopathy by Edward Shalts, MD
My general rule is if after I dose for about 3 doses if I don’t notice improvement it likely wasn’t the right remedy and I try another one. You do not want to touch the pellets as the remedy is coated on the outside. You dissolve the pellets under the tongue and avoid food or drink for 10 minutes before and after. They can be dissolved in water as well. Less is more with this so you often stop when symptoms are about 80-90% improved. https://www.homeopathycenter.org/find-remedy
You can buy premade travel kits by Helios or I pieced mine together. I have remedies from Jennie Hoglund and from Boiron.
What’s in my kit!
Most are for colds and flu-like illnesses. I also have remedies for allergies/stings/ticks.
- Natrum Muriaticum
- Apis Mellifica
- Nux Vomica
- Hepar Sulph
- Antimonium Tartaricum
- Allium Cepa
- Kali Bichromicum
- Phytolqcca Decandra