Homeopathic Home Remedies for Holistic Living
The word ‘Homeopathy’ is derived from the ancient Greek words for ‘Homois’ meaning similar, and ‘Pathos’ which stands for suffering, which means Homeopathy stands for Similar Suffering. Unlike traditional medicines, Homeopathic treatments make use of plants, minerals and elements, while home remedies are usually created from whatever is available at home, in your pantry. Homeopathic remedies are not only cheap, but also devoid of bad side-effects and are being widely used across the world; in fact homeopathy is used to treat ailments for centuries in some countries. The theory behind Homeopathy is explained by Samuel Hahnemann; homeopathy works under three principles, “Like cures like”, which means if a patient was suffering from a spider bite, the antidote would likely contain spider venom. He also said that homeopathy works best when an ailment is specific to the particular individual, and the more the cure is dilated, the more its potency. Here are some common homeopathic medicines that one should use depending on their symptoms:
Arnica tops the list when it comes to injuries, bites, scars, burns and for shock or trauma caused due to injury. Arnica is available as an edible medicine, as well as for external application. The edible form is usually a pellet or pill, and is used extensively in the sports world for first-aid, treating pain and wounds from injuries. An application of Arnica cream, gel, spray or ointment will immediately reduce swelling, lessen pain from sprains or bruising, and will speed up the healing process. Arnica gel is often used after dental procedures.
A frequent medicine used in the treatment of common cold and allergies, especially hay fever, Allium cepa is usually administered when a person’s symptoms include burning sensation or irritation in the nasal tract, throat and eyes. Because the medicine itself is derived from onion, it causes one’s eyes to tear up and nasal discharge is common.
Calendula is best used for wounds or injuries that involve cuts. Calendula, used in cream form in low potency is extremely beneficial for healing wounds that have occurred during an injury and need to be sealed, without involving stitches. The wound should be thoroughly cleaned, preferably with an antiseptic, before application of Calendula.
Hypericum should be given to anyone suffering from injury to the nerve, or has wounds that feel much more painful than they appear. If the injury includes a sharp, shooting or tearing pain, then Hypericum must be administered, either by oral ingestion or external application. This medicine is usually recommended for punctures or cuts that can occur due to bites, splinters, nails, etc, and the pain is much severe than normal.
Most of us might have had a cup of Chamomile tea to enjoy a good night’s sleep, but did you wonder why? Chamomilla is the best remedy for infants suffering from teething pain, irritability or colic pain. Chamomilla will soothe them, calm them down and provide the child with much-needed relief.
Magnesia Phosphorica is a medicine that is extremely effective for treating cramps, especially menstrual cramps. It is beneficial in treating spasms, tetanus, whooping cough, toothache, colic, headache and cramps along other body parts. Sold as Magnesium phosphate across medical stores everywhere, it will help to heal radiating muscular pains by providing warmth to the nerves.
Derived from the Poison Nut, the seeds are processed and filtered to make the medicine that is best used to heal ailments brought on by alcohols, drugs, over-eating, etc. So if someone is looking for a cure for hangover, or has overindulged in a feast, then this is the medicine they should take.
Ignatia is one of the leaders when it comes to treating anxiety, depression or pain brought on by a personal tragedy or grief. The medication must be given in a particular potency in order to calm nerves or stop spasmodic pain brought on by a number of reasons. It also helps to control hemorrhoid pain.
Most commonly used to treat strains or sprains, Rhus tox is given when a person experiences main on initial movement. Also known as ‘rusty gate syndrome’, this inhibits the speed at which a person walks or makes a movement, due to pain. Rhus tox is also given to people suffering from arthritis, or those who are weakened due to influenza.
Pulsatilla is not just used to treat a specific ailment, but for a set pattern of physical and psychological symptoms and characteristics. Pulsatilla can be administered to both women and children, but predominantly a feminine remedy. Just like the Pulsatilla flower, people who are given this medicine love company and are gentle, yet emotionally unbalanced. It can help fight fever, spasms, pain, and bacterial infection, and offers sedative effects.
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