Before I began this series on how to keep your family healthy using homeopathy, I polled my readers and asked them what their number one health concerns were. The overwhelming majority of responses were about helping their family members deal with allergies.
I am not a doctor or a health practitioner. I am simply writing this series in order to share my experience with homeopathy and how it has helped myself and my family. If you are brand new to homeopathy, start here by reading about what homeopathy is and what it isn’t. You will find that there are many misconceptions about this amazing, and efficacious, system of medicine.
Since homeopathy deals with the whole person, and not just symptoms, tougher cases like food allergies allergies which cause anaphylaxis need to be addressed by a medical doctor who practices homeopathy, or by a licensed homeopath. This post will discuss common symptoms that people experience related to common seasonal allergies that many people experience.
Homeopathy in Your Own Home
If you haven’t yet bought a family medicine kit, I highly recommend doing so. I am never far from mine, and I always travel with it. I just never know when I’m going to need it! Homeopathic medicines last forever if kept in the right conditions, and a small vial of medicine can last years at a time. It’s truly one of the best investments you can make to keep your family healthy.
The following medicines can help address some of the more common allergy symptoms that many people experience.
This medicine can be useful if you have thick, colored nasal discharge which alternates with a runny nose. You may have a cough which also alternates from dry to loose. Coughs are generally worse for lying down or being in a warm room. Pulsatilla types are better for fresh air. Those needing Pulsatilla may also be weepy and want attention and sympathy.
This medicine can help when you have a nasal discharge that is burning the skin and upper lip. The nasal discharge will be clear. You may have red and tearing eyes and a tickle in your throat. You will be thirsty and may also have a painful dry cough. This is a good medicine for hay fever.
This medicine is useful for those who have a thick yellow or greenish mucous which is stringy, difficult to remove from nose. A thick post-nasal drip and sinus headache with pressure at root of nose will be present. If you have a pain in your sinuses or your head that can be in one particular spot, this is probably the right medicine for you. You may feel better from heat and from lying down. Kali bichromicum personalities can be quiet and reserved people who are hard-working.
This is a good medicine for colds, and allergies including hay fever. If you are sneezing and have a runny nose, this can be a good choice. You may also have a sore throat with a sensation of having to swallow. Warm drinks help, as does wrapping up in a warm blanket. Cold air makes these symptoms worse. You may feel hot, yet your hands and feet will be cold.
Unlike Allum cepa which has a burning discharge, Euphrasia works if you have a very bland watery discharge from your nose and eyes which is worse in the morning. You may cough up a lot of bland mucous and have a headache. This is a good medicine for hay fever, especially if you feel a tickle in the throat and if your eyes are very itchy.
There are many more medicines to try for allergy symptoms. These are only a few. Remember that you must always keep in mind the total picture of the person, and not only basic symptoms.
How to Learn About Homeopathy
When learning about homeopathic medicines, I recommend getting a notebook and jotting down all the symptoms you have (or the symptoms of the family member you are treating), and don’t leave anything out. Even the most obscure and “odd” symptom will be immensely helpful when choosing the right medicine.
I keep a notebook for each one of us in our family. I have my husband and my kids write down every single thing symptom they have, including all the things that make them better and all the things that make them worse. Then, when I find a medicine, I write that at the bottom of the page in large letters and jot down notes afterward about how quickly it helped, if I had to follow up with a different medicine, etc. These notebooks have been invaluable to me and will be something that I can hand down to my children for their own future use.
To get started learning about homeopathy and how it can help keep you and your family healthy, get your hands on these helpful resources:
Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy – a great book with many great stories
The Complete Book of Homeopathy: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints – my “go to” – and it’s complete with a Materia Medica and rep chart (more on that later)
Homeopathic Medicine At Home: Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries – a good starter book
The Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions – a good book for those just learning
Starter Kit – this has many of the basic remedies you will need for every-day use.
Have you used homeopathy to help keep you and your family healthy? Tell us about it!