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Homeopathy 101: Emotional First Aid

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This is Jen →

The cute one on the far right. My other cousin, Christy, is the one on the traffic patrol motorcycle that’s about to pull you over. Don’t worry, though, just say what I tell you to and you’ll be fine.

Christy: Good day, ma’am. Do you know why I pulled you over?

 You: I assume it had something to do with firing my .22 at that whale out there?

 Christy: Yep, I noticed that you hit a wild turkey instead. As you well know, in your newly-adopted state of state of Tennessee it is perfectly legal to fire at whales from a moving car, but that turkey just bought you a ticket to the clink.

 Oops! I Guess I Can’t Help You

With that, I mean. But that’s okay, because I introduced you to Jen first for a reason. Last month she gave me one of my new favorite books: A Healer In Every Home by Harvard graduate Begabati Lennihan. If you’ve never heard of it, this quick start guide will show you how to put those $7 homeopathic vials from the health food store to work on bee stings, falls off the high chair, colds and flu’s, sprains, teething and more.

Now, maybe it’s because I recently completed an interstate roadtrip with the flu, somehow made it to Gigi’s with only a few items of mismatched clothing, got a black eye, unsuccessfully tried to rent an amazing house TWICE (another applicant beat us, big tears!), and them found myself titling a post “Liars! Liars! LIARS!” but, um, I flipped right over to the chapter on emotional first aid.


Begabati starts off by giving some scenarios in which homeopathic first aid might be appropriate, like when . . .

  • your teenage daughter’s boyfriend just dumped her
  • your tween is the victim of mean, slanderous gossip being passed around the class via IM
  • your best friend just had a miscarriage
  • you just got the call you’ve been dreading – an elderly parent has passed away, or
  • another phone call you’ve been dreading – your teenager has had a car accident and is in the hospital
  • your boss just humiliated you in front of everyone at a staff meeting by blaming you for something to save face for himself

Whatever it is, natural remedies of all kinds can help us process the strong emotions (grief, fear, shame, anger over injustice) that come from these experiences. “They cant change the situation,” she says, “but they can give you the inner strength, the poise and the presence of mind to deal with the situation in a mature way.”

If You Shut Down Emotionally When Things Get Hard . .

I totally get that, because I’m the same way. When other people hurt I hurt with them. But when I’m the one struggling . . . I go numb. My brain locks up and I can’t think of what to say or do, Both of my eyelids feel like they weigh 1000 pounds and all I want is to crawl in bed and sleep.

Are you nodding your head right now? Try Gelsemium! Unlike pharmaceuticals, homeopathic remedies don’t numb or suppress emotions, but they may keep you from getting “stuck” in an unproductive state similar to when computers freeze and have to be rebooted.

So after reading this book on a weekend trip to Franklin I decided to pick some up, and I can tell you from experience that it’s great support for when you receive bad news, experience anticipation anxiety, feelings of “droopiness,” or emotional numbness. I’m now keeping a vial of Gelsemium and Rescue Remedy (both for me and the kids!) in my purse at all times!

But If You Tend To Get OVER Emotional . . .

Ignatia is your best friend in this situation – for sudden emotional upsets and stormy emotions in people of any age,” says Begabati,””Sighing and sobbing” are the watchwords for this remedy [because] people show their tumultuous emotions by sobbing hysterically or heaving a sigh.

This one is also good for bad dreams, too, so keep it handy while your kids are growing up!

Wait, This Stuff Is Safe For Kids ?!?!?

Yes! According to Begabati, “These remedies have been used safely for 200 years now for millions of people – including babies. The FDA has approved them for babies and small children!” (emphasis mine).

Now, of course, there are probably very few instances in which Gelsemium or Ignatia would be needed, but other remedies such as Pulsatilla and Chamomilla can be very helpful for teething. “Just be careful that your baby doesn’t choke on a remedy pellet, Begabai warns, “Here’s how to avoid that :

  • If you get a kit from Natural Health Supply, the pellets are tiny, like a grain of sand, and you can safely tuck on inside your baby’s mouth.
  • If you get a “blue tube” from the health food store, the pellets are bigger, the size of a pea, so you’ll need to crush them into a powder and put a bit into your baby’s mouth, or dissolve in a little water.
  • You can also dab this water onto your baby’s lips or even onto the temples – the remedy will absorb through the delicate skin – and you may feel more comfortable applying the remedy externally instead of putting something into your baby’s mouth, especially if you’re new to these remedies.”

For you, the process is simple: Dissolve the pellets under your tongue, or dissolve a couple pellets in 1/2 cup water and sip on it to make the remedy stronger. I know, it’s crazy right? I haven’t even gotten to the part where she tells you to swish the mixture like mouthwash for added effectiveness!

Did you like this post? Let me know and I’ll post remedies for babies, bites, and more from A Healer In Every Home soon!



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54 Responses to Homeopathy 101: Emotional First Aid

  1. Anna says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’d love to hear about homeopathics for babies!

  2. Beth says:

    Hi Heather! Thanks for this! I would love a post on remedies for bites and stings (we live near a forest). And of course babies too!

  3. Linnae says:

    I love homeopathy! So glad you did this post. :) My mother in law was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and only given months to live, so needless to say it has been very difficult. I forget to look to homeopathy for inner strength. Thank you for the reminder.

  4. Aubree says:

    Definitely would love to read more posts like this. Thanks!

  5. Jamie says:

    Oh, wow! This is so timely! I have been desperate to find ways to cope with the emotions related to some tragedies that have hit way too close to home. And anxiety due to some recent family illnesses… And other ways to help my young children deal with these things as well. Thank you, thank you!

    • Heather says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Jamie, and I can totally identify with wanting to find strength for yourself and peace for your children. My littlest one comes running when he sees me pull out the Rescue Remedy after a rough morning. Hugs to you, mama <3

  6. Monica says:

    I would love to see more homeopathy posts! My son sees a homeopath who, along with diet, is helping to heal his juvenile arthritis! It is such amazing stuff. My favorite part is that you can easily make some remedies yourself.

    • Heather says:

      I’ve been wondering about that, Monica! Are there any resources you’ve found helpful for DIY Homeopathics?

      • Monica says:

        We have a homeopath that has helped us through it, but I haven’t been able to find much info online about it. Its really simple although i think the store bought ones are more accurate. As an example, we all have a dairy allergy, so if some dairy sneaks in and we get congestion from it I make a milk remedy. I put a few drops of milk in a large cup, fill it with water, let is set for a minute, then dump and rinse the cup 12 times to make a 12c remedy. Then take a sip of the water, if the symptoms return dump and fill the same cup ( to change the potency) again and take another sip. I read an article about a child that got dish soap in their eye and they did the same thing, except they put a little bit of the water in her eye and it immediately began to take the redness swelling down.

        Our homeopath recommended the book Homeopathic Self Care by Robert Ullman, and it has helped us find the right remedy so many times its amazing!

  7. nee says:

    I second the motion! I have used homeopathy for years, but would love to get past my standard (very basic) knowledge. Rescue Remedy is also a permanent resident in my backpack, along with Arnica. Thanks so much for stepping up to the plate with good quality information!

  8. Erin says:

    I’m very interested to see more along these lines. I’m currently in the skeptical but curious camp regarding homeopathics. Full term breastfeeding, respecting my child as a person, the power of nutrition to heal are all easy for me to wrap my brain around but I can’t get my mind past the fact that the substance in each treatment has been diluted so much that there’s none left!

    So anyway,I would love to hear about other peoples experiences with these.

    • Heather says:

      I felt that way too, Erin! Now I think of it like this: Thirty years ago computers took up giant rooms and yet were less powerful than the smartphones we carry around today. It’s hard to wrap my head around how SO MUCH information can fit into chips that are so tiny, but it happens somehow. Homeopathics are basically tiny bits of information . . . instructions for repair and maintenance if you will . . . and though they are very small they are very potent. I’m sure someone else could say it so much better, but that’s my take :)

      • Alisha says:

        I feel the same as Erin – and I’d be curious to know a bit more about homeopathy and how – or if – it actually works!

    • Shawn says:

      I’m totally in the skeptic camp. I know there are plenty of testimonials to it, but something like 30% of all testimonials are due to placebo… which adds up to a whole lot of people. It’s like this for me; am I getting a dawn homeopathic remedy from washing my dishes? The soap is “diluted” by rinsing them clean. What about if you use a plastic bottle for water? Is it a BP-A homeopathic remedy? The premise makes sense, but I not the implementation. But, you do have a great blog here Heather! Keep up the good work :)

      • Bonnie says:

        I understand your reservation. I have also wrestled with this aspect of Homeopathics, but as I have learned over the years more human biology, I have come to have an amazing sense of awe and a respect for the mind-boggling way in which our bodies have been created. If you consider any system of the body….our senses alone (as a ‘simple’ example) and think of how sensitive…one little, tiny hair on the back of our hand attached to one little, tiny nerve ending sending an impulse to our brain creating chemical reactions that enable us to be aware of that one tiny hair AND continue thinking of other things at the same time…besides keep our bodies breathing, digesting, filtering, delivering oxygen to every cell…every cell carrying out its microscopic functions…all while we are noticing this tiny moving hair….Our bodies are AMAZING! and I am able now to accept that it very well could be possible for homeopathics to work simply based this…that even if the original substance cannot be detected in the dilution, something remains that our bodies respond to to produce a specific effect. And even more intriguing is the thought that people taking the same remedy have individual responses to that remedy….again, our bodies were created AMAZINGLY!!!!! (and well beyond our complete comprehension)

  9. Erin says:

    This is great! It is a new avenue I have not thought to try with my children. I think it may prove to be helpful. Thanks for posting!

  10. A. B. says:

    I feel like I have a working knowledge of herbs, but I am still lost with homeopathy. I’d love to see more!

    • Heather says:

      I felt the same way before I read this book, A.B.! It’s always seemed so complicated to me. How ironic is it that a Harvard grad made it actually seem simple and fun?!?!?!

  11. DeAnna says:

    Great post! I am so sorry about the house :( I know the next one will be amazing, and closer to town :) hope you had a great time in Franklin – I’m so glad we’ll be neighbors!

  12. Jennifer says:

    well, you know I’d love to see more! even though I gave you the book, I am by no means an expert so I love reminders of all the wonderful things homeopathy has to offer. so glad you liked the book and have already found it useful!

  13. Amanda Thorpe via FB says:

    What If they just chew them? Still as effective?

  14. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Amanda Thorpe – Nothing I read mentioned chewing as recommended, so though I’m not an expert I’m thinking probably not

  15. Amanda Thorpe via FB says:

    Thanks :)

  16. Tanya says:

    Interesting read! Thanks for posting it! I’d be interested in reading more… please share!

  17. Susie says:

    Can you tell us where to purchase the remedies? Thank you! Great post!

  18. Jennifer says:

    to answer the question about chewing them, yes, it’s fine. I have never had any luck getting a little one to wait until they dissolve under their tongue. and they’ve done it in front of our family homeopath many times and he’s never said a word.

  19. Amanda says:

    THANK YOU for this post! Our large family is in a sad and overwhelming season right now, and I just last week asked our nurse practitioner for some suggestions for homeopathic mood boosters. I’ve been taking so much Vitamin D that I’m practically glowing, but she had no suggestions beyond that. Very helpful post indeed.

  20. Jen says:

    Yes yes yes! Super excited and intrigued by this topic!! Yay!!!!!

  21. Heather says:

    I want to know more too :)

  22. Erin says:

    Natural remedies, including homeopathy, are some of my favorite posts! I enjoyed this one and am wondering if I can slip my husband some ignatia when he blows up rather than endure the long argument and apology scene we’ve done too many times! I’m looking forward to the next one, hopefully something for mosquitos!

  23. john says:

    Heather, my wife and i follow you quite a bit, but I have to disagree with you on this topic. have you seen this wonderful, tongue in cheek, explanation of homeopathy by James Randi?

    • Heather says:

      Very funny John, thank you! I personally still think homeopathy is legit, though :)

      Back when I had a serious autoimmune disorder I went to see a PhD my husband and I affectionately called “Dr. Quack.” He used to teach medical school but his ideas had become too “out there.” One of them was homeopathy. He gave me a vial of water and told me to go home and put it into the tub and then bang my hand on the side of the tub to succuss it, then soak in it. It seemed ridiculous but he was so earnest about it I decided to give it a try. Wouldn’t you know shortly after taking that bath I began purging all kinds of junk from my body in ways I will not describe here. The best part? By following Dr. Quacks strange methods (including using lasers on acupuncture points) I was completely well in a matter of months. This was after seeing doctors for years with no success.

      Dr. Quack had a different explanation for how homeopathy works and it sounded very intelligent. I can’t remember what it was, but fortunately I don’t have to understand it to know that it does (at least for me!)

  24. Tanya says:

    That’s a pretty funny video! I don’t know if homeopathy works. I’m inclined to think its a placebo, even in your case Heather. I think that he convinced you that you could be fixed, and the positive thinking helped you. You were convinced that you could be healed and that what you were doing does the trick. The mind is powerful! And you know what, I don’t care. I’m perfectly willing to pay for anything that works, even if it’s just someone convincing me. I mean, plenty of people pay for a therapist to talk to. And most of the homeopathy medicine is cheaper than regular medicine, so it’s a cheap placebo. I’m fine with it.

  25. Monica says:

    I have to disagree, we have seen the huge effects of homeopathy on our family. We started homeopathy when my son was 3 because he was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. We were skeptical but desperate so we told him nothing about it, only had him take sips of the remedy and told him we were giving him a drink of water or had him take the pill remedies and told him it was candy. Within weeks we began to see his joint swelling lesson. We have tested it many times and it is the homeopathy. If we skip a remedy or do not dose correctly he swells, otherwise the homeopathy keeps the arthritis away. There is no way that could be a placebo effect because he knows nothing about it.

    Most of the problem with homeopathy is that it is difficult to find the correct remedy, especially for chronic illness. It is not as easy as picking up a remedy for cough and taking it. All other symptoms must match or it will not work. We have one of the top homeopaths in the country, and without her I would probably not believe in homeopathy either.

  26. Bethany says:

    This stuff fascinates me. I recently discovered these blue bottles in my local grocery store and picked one up for nausea. It worked great this weekend when I was on a moving train for several hours, two days in a row. Now that I know they are safe for kids, I’m going to take another look at them and see if I can find one to help us all with our stuffy noses. The book sounds really interesting. I might just have to pick up a copy of that too.

  27. Katrina says:

    Hi, You might like to check out Joette Calabrese and her website HomeopathyWorks. She is wonderful and her emphasis is on empowering Moms! I think you’d like both her and her blog!

  28. Victoria says:

    Love reading about homeopathics… keep it coming!

  29. Emmanuelle says:

    To Erin who left a post on 24/04/12 finding it difficult to understand how homeopathy works in such feeble doses: think of the atomic bomb: the higher the dilution, the more powerful the explosion (don’t ask me the details, that’s all I remember!).

  30. Francine says:

    Hi Heather,
    Your bio states that you are a researcher, therefore your decisions are evidence-based. Homeopathy is not evidence-based, not in the slightest. The smallest amount of research confirms that. This affects your credibility and I think you should attempt to resolve that. For the sake of your readers who may be being misled.

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