Hereâs how homeopathy can help!
Aching body after shopping for Christmas?
For sore joints probably the most widely used Homeopathic remedy is Rhus.Tox.Â The symptoms that will respond to this remedy are sore aching joints after long exertion, made worse for sitting or lying down for any length of time and when you try to get up again you are very stiff. Arnica may also help. Â Bryonia is another remedy that can be used here but is better for rest and firm pressure on affected area.
Been partying the night before?
The well-known âhangoverâ remedy Nux Vomica can be used. Also drink plenty of water both before going to bed and on getting up in the morning. Alcohol dehydrates and you need to replenish your body with liquids. Take one dose of Nux Vomica before going to bed and if necessary once again in the morning.
Sleepless because of worry about all the things you have to do?
A good remedy to have on hand for those sleepless, anxious nights is either Arsenicum or Valeriana. Try to take the remedy about an hour before going to bed and ensure youâre leaving yourself time to relax a bit and do some deep breathing too.
Big Christmas dinner leaves you bloated and uncomfortable?
Overindulgence can be one of the biggest problems at Christmas so have some Nux Vomica or Pulsatilla on hand to help.Â Nux Vomica will help with generally overdoing it (food and alcohol) whereas Pulsatilla will help those who feel slightly sick after rich, creamy food. Also going for a lovely walk after the Christmas dinner will usually help alleviate indigestion and accumulated wind!
Motion sickness makes you dread the long journey home?
One of our best remedies for travel sickness is Cocculus â try taking it an hour before the journey begins.
Family arguments â what a headache!
Stress at Christmas over family matters is commonplace but you can relieve some of the symptoms with Bryonia for a continuously aching head, aggravated by motion, even very slight motion of the head or eyes and relieved by firm pressure. The person is usually irritable and wants to be left alone.
If you react to the family arguments by feeling angry yourself but are not able to express it take some Staphysagria, which will allow you to take things in your stride without getting upset.
Depressed and lonely because you can't be with loved ones?
If you canât make it home try taking some Ignatia â particularly if you suffer from sleeplessness and nightmares. Much sighing, lump in the throat sensation and tummy aches or indigestion with a sinking feeling.
If on the other hand sadness, irritability, anger and haunting memories tend to dominate Nat Mur may be a better remedy for you. You may tend to keep troubles to yourself and dwell on unpleasant memories. Complaints tend to improve with open air.
Colds or flu threatening to ruin your Christmas?
Homeopathy is really terrific when it comes to colds and flu. Some remedies that can be used are:
Gelsemium: The emphasis here is on drowsiness, sleepiness and fatigue. The person often sleeps all night, additional hours during the day, and is still exhausted, usually shivery and has aching muscles all over with eyes half closed and can be slightly dizzy.
Eupatorium: The telltale symptom here is bone pain. Most flu sufferers complain of muscle aches, but this medicine is best suited for individuals who literally complain of pain in their bones as if they are broken. This flu often begins in the morning with chills first, followed by fever. In spite of feeling cold, there is a desire for cold drinks.
Taking homeopathic medicine
Homeopathic medicines are delicate and need careful handling. The pill should be tipped into the bottle cap or onto a clean palm and transferred to the mouth allowing it to dissolve under the tongue. If possible give the dose half an hour before or after eating or drinking, cleaning your teeth or smoking. Do not swallow the pill down with water, tea or coffee.
Remedies should be available in good health food stores and pharmacies in the 6c or 30c potencies. Â A good guide is to take one dose of the remedy and wait to see what relief it brings. If things begin to improve do not repeat the dose unless the same symptoms return. If the symptoms change significantly select a new remedy to fit the new picture. If in any doubt, wait. Giving the body more of a remedy than it needs will not improve or speed up the action of the remedy.
Give your loved ones a guide to homeopathy for the family. There are many available online or through your local health food store.
Or how about a voucher to visit your local registered homeopath? Click on the right of this pageÂ for a list of homeopaths in your area.