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!
“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!