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Super-Easy Homeopathy for Summer

Using homeopathic remedies, I help my children heal from most common injuries quickly and effectively. (I shared my Super-Easy Homeopathic First Aid tips in an earlier post.)

In the summer, my children go away to camp. They go without me, and my homeopathic training. Because I want my children’s bodies to be supported, as they are at home, I pack homeopathic first aid kids along with sleeping bags, insect repellent, and water bottles.

Here are some situations that are commonly encountered at camp that often resolve with homeopathic remedies:

Common Injuries

  1. bumps and bruises

  2. burns

  3. cuts

  4. stings and bites

Injuries from Hiking or Athletic Activity

  1. dehydration

  2. muscle strains and sprains

  3. blisters and aching feet

  4. exhaustion

Digestive Challenges

  1. food poisoning

  2. constipation

  3. diarrhea

Emotional Issues

Homesickness and various fears and anxiety may also be alleviated with homeopathic treatment. However, these are beyond the scope of this article. Consult a homeopath.

Prompt, appropriate treatment allows children to resume activities and enjoy the camp experience.

*Homeopathic remedies are very effective and often result in quick healing. However, remedies do not replace professional medical care. In matters of health and healing, be fanatical about self-responsibility. If injuries do not respond to the remedy very quickly and/or seem serious, seek medical attention immediately by dialing 911, going to an emergency room, or contacting your physician.

Remedies for Summer First Aid

Indication Remedy
  • Bites and Stings, including bees, wasps, jellyfish, and others with red, hot swelling
Apis
  • Bleeding, including nosebleeds
Phosphorus
  • Blisters on the feet
Nat mur
  • Bumps and Bruises
Arnica
  • Burns
Cantharis
  • Constipation
Nux vomica (Many other remedies may be indicated.  Consult a homeopathy text or a practitioner if needed.)
  • Cramps & Spasms
Mag phos
  • Cuts and Scrapes
Arnica, also apply calendula ointment
  • Dehydration
Chinchona
  • Diarrhea
Arsenicum Alb (Many other remedies may be indicated.  Consult a homeopathy text or a practitioner if needed.)
  • Exhaustion, collapse
Carbo veg, Arsenicum Alb
  • Eye Injury
Aconite, Euprhasia
  • First signs of illness or flu
Aconite (for this purpose, a 200c potency is needed)
  • Head Injuries
Arnica (Head injuries are a very serious condition. Seek medical help immediately. If your child suffers a blow to the head, even if he or she feels fine immediately afterward, stay alert for signs of discomfort and consider being evaluated by a physician if they feel anything out of the ordinary. Even a mild headache that comes on after experiencing blunt force to the head should be evaluated by a physician.)
  • Heat Exhaustion
Belladonna, Glonine
  • Hiccups
Mag phos
  • Injuries to fingers, toes and nerve-ending-rich areas
Hypericum
  • Poison Ivy and other painful, itchy conditions
Rhus tox
  • Puncture Wounds
Ledum, followed by hypericum
  • Shock
Aconite
  • Slivers
Silicea
  • Sore and Bruised
Arnica
  • Sprains and strains
Arnica (One dose every 30 minutes for three doses.)  Follow with Ruta grav
  • Stiff muscles and joints from over-exertion
Rhus tox
  • Sunburn
Belladonna (face very red), Rhus tox (sunburn is painful and itchy)
  • Sunstroke
Belladonna (if face is red and hot); Carbo Veg (face is pale and blue)(This is a very serious condition.  Give remedies on the way to the emergency room.)
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea from Food Poisoning
Arsenicum Alb

Homeopathy purists may object to this type of simplified list. They will remind us that homeopathy is about individualization and matching all of an individual’s symptoms to a whole remedy picture. They are correct. But it is possible to use homeopathic remedies in most first aid situations effectively with only basic knowledge because the acute remedy picture is usually clear.

It is my hope that if you try some of these remedies and see their elegant work, you will be inspired to seek further information about homeopathy. You may become interested in trying homeopathy for conditions that require careful, professional treatment. It is much easier to be inspired to want to try homeopathy if you have seen its healing power.

Homeopathic remedies act as catalysts to help the body heal itself.

Remedies may be purchased at most health food stores or through websites such as 800homeopathy or at most health food stores.

In all first aid situations, use common-sense and traditional first aid strategies in conjunction with homeopathic remedies. Remember too, that your loving presence is a powerful healing force. If your child is crying or shaking, allow them to release the energy this way. Support your children with loving, supportive words. “That must really hurt.” “The worst is over.” Teach children how to use words to begin healing themselves by reading Owie Cadabra.

When using homeopathic remedies for first aid, improvement of symptoms should be evident within 10 minutes. If you do not see results, repeat the remedy. If the remedy helps for a while then the pain or condition returns, give another dose of the remedy. If there is no relief after three doses, try a different remedy if it is indicated. If the injury is serious or not responding to remedies, seek medical attention.

Prevention and Health Building Tips for the Weeks Before Camp

Prevention is always the best cure. Teach your children the importance of good hygiene and drinking lots of water in the summer. Assist their bodies in reaching optimal health before camp by providing healthy foods and taking the Cell Salt combination Bioplasma, three times per day, for a week or two before camp starts.

If your child will be in an area with a lot of poison ivy, consider giving them one dose of Rhus tox, the homeopathic remedy most often indicated for poison ivy, once per day for three days before camp. I have used this technique when my children were running around in poison ivy.  None exhibited the characteristic rash.

How to Make Self-Care Work

You know your child best. If your child is able to follow instructions and the camp permits it, prepare a kit with some or all of the above remedies. Teach your child how to use them. Instruct them not to share the remedies.

If you child cannot self-administer remedies or the camp does not allow them to do so, consider sending a kit to be kept by the nurse with instructions to call you if a situation requiring attention arises.

Have a wonderful summer!

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Mother-Love: The Oldest Magic

There is magic in the air.  My windows are painted with frost.  The snow sparkles and squeaks.  It is very, very cold. 

Walking into Target to buy gift cards for teachers, I noticed a mother carrying a toddler bundled in a pillow- coat.  I fondly recalled my days of carrying puffy-clad children, first a bundle of pink and later, layers of blue.  All of the effort and care required to take my children out in the freezing temperatures was made worthwhile at the sight of their rosy cheeks and amazed eyes.

This season of love and giving is a good time to notice:  Mother Love is everywhere: cookies, baking; gifts, accumulating; stories, read; children, gloved and wrapped.

The Oldest Magic

What is magic?

“Magic is a bridge . . . that allows you to walk from the visible world over into the invisible world, and to learn the lessons of both those worlds.”

“And how can I learn to cross that bridge?”

“By discovering your own way of crossing it.  Everyone has their own way.”

~ Paulo Coelho in Brida

Magic is a prominent theme in my life these days.  I read about it, notice it, blog about it.  I open myself to experiencing magic and it shows up for me – usually in subtle, unexpected ways.

Bridge of Potentiality

I love the idea of magic as a bridge between the visible and invisible worlds, between the obvious and the subtle.  Mothers of Uniquely Magnificent children cross this bridge to see beyond the face value of “behaviors” and “traits.”  Part of the magic is seeing something wonderful in our children where others see misbehavior and dysfunction.

What Others May See……….What We See [1]

  • Demanding………………… Holds High Standards
  • Unpredictable……………  Flexible, creative problem solver
  • Loud…………………………… Enthusiastic
  • Argumentative…………… Committed to goals/beliefs
  • Stubborn……………………  Willingness to persist
  • Wild……………………………  Energetic
  • Inflexible……………………. Traditional
  • Anxious………………………  Cautious
  • Picky…………………………… Selective
  • Whiny…………………………  Analytical
  • Distractable……………….. Perceptive, notices everything

The Most Ancient Magic

We can shift to seeing the positive in our children because of the deep love we feel for them.

An Example from the Harry Potter Books

Because Harry Potter’s mother used her own body to shield Harry from Volemort’s killing curse, Harry is imbued with life-long strength and protection.   Harry’s teacher and mentor, Albus Dumbledore, explains:  When your mother gave her life for you, she gave you the protection of her love. That kind of love is the most ancient magic. (Clickhere to read more about J. K. Rowling and Maternal Magic and here to read my thoughts on how the Harry Potter phenomenon relates to autistic kids.)

We will never have the opportunity for the kind of maternal magic the mothers in Harry Potter perform.  Most days, our love magic resembles the drudgery of house elves more than the glamor of brave and quick-witted witches.  Still, that leaves plenty of opportunities to sprinkle some love.

Mother Magic

Meal Magic

A woman making dinner is invisible.  To claim that she is engaged in healing her family and community and keeping her universe in balance is a lot to claim for dinner. (Susun S. Weed in Healing Wise.)

Have you ever wondered why, no matter how closely you follow the recipe, your grandmother’s apple pie does not taste the same when someone else makes it, or why there is such as thing as comfort food?  When food is prepared, the feelings of the cook are transmitted in a real way.  A meal thrown together in a hurry is usually eaten just as quickly.  Slow down and slice an apple with love and linger as your child eats, and you have a moment for connection.

Mundane Magic

Just as you can prepare meals with love, you can pour your love into any daily task.  Children feel our rushing and our patience, our confidence and our disgust.  We can infuse them with some of the oldest magic by bathing, reading, playing, working – and by letting them know that we trust them to do things on their own.

Protective Magic

Sometimes, we are called to use all of our powers and to protect our children.  When we stand up to bullies, teachers and friends to ensure that our children are seen and supported, we are using yet another Mother Magic.

Magic — not Martyrdom

Love is feeling and emotion and action.  Give what you have to give in your own way.  This is exactly what your children need.  Just as the wand chooses the wizard, your child chose you.  Your children do not need a perfect mother, they need you.

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. (source unknown)

Your love for your child will create a net of support for your child.  Even when he or she feels scared or angry or alone, your love will be there.  Like Lily’s love for Harry, your love will provide a protection that cannot be seen or measured, yet will be there your child life when he or she most needs it.


[1] These are from Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s excellent book, Raising Your Spririted Child.

 

Enjoy the love and magic of the season!

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Parenting Sloooooowwwwwlllly

I once read a blog post at Qoya is wise, wild and free.  (so are you).  Rochelle Schieck believes “…that through movement we remember.”  We remember our inner wisdom, express our wildness, and revel in our freedom.

I wanted some of what Rochelle was having.  I got up from my desk and followed her instructions to “walk across the room sloooooowwwwwlllly and enjoy yourself as you walk. . . This is an opportunity to say, “Hello, I love you” to your body.  Notice your inner dialogue…”

It was a nice little exercise.  But I’m practical and sensible, not wild and free.  Two minutes later, I was at my desk, back at work.

I Take My Qoya for a Walk

This morning, I was walking.  For exercise.  I moved quickly, purposefully.  As I was nearing the end of my return loop, it occurred to me to move sloooooowwwwwlllly.  I did.

I wondered, “When is the last time I walked the way I want to walk?” 

I’ve read about walking:  yoga walking, walking the T-Tapp way, other ways to walk I no longer recall. When I walk, I either walk without paying attention or the way some article or book or YouTube video suggests.  I don’t think:

  • How do I want to walk?
  • How do I want to move?
  • How do I want to feel?

I am generally so busy concentrating on my heart rate and stance and arm swinging that I do not enjoy myself, as I could.  My trying interferes with enjoying.

Waking Up to Parenting

It occurred to me that I used to parent this way: by the book. By some book.  Following the instructions of someone whom (I assumed) knew better than me.

I learned a lot from my reading.  I made many useful and necessary changes.  Now, I choose my own way to parent.  Usually.

I am confident with my own way of mothering.  I seldom consult books or ask for advice now.  I know how do to it, just as I know how to walk.

Still, like my walking, my parenting is too often unconscious.  I intend to stay conscious.  I plan to slow down and be present for my children. Then, schedules, activities and ideas of how things should be get in the way and I forget that I intended to slow down and pay attention.

Slow down. Pay attention. Let go of what I know, what I’ve read, what I assume. These steps to letting go seem to be my theme this week.  Do you see any trends in your parenting and in your life?

If you want to change ingrained patterns, the best way I know is with Matrix Reimprinting.  I will soon be offering free Group Tapping Sessions so that you may explore Matrix Reimprinting and the amazing changes it can bring to your life. If you’re interested in learning more, please leave a comment below.

New Week, New Opportunities

As we begin a new week, I will move sloooooowwwwwlllly.  I will check in and ask:

  • Is this the way I want to be moving?
  • Is this the way I want to be mothering?

I will pay attention as I walk, and as I interact with my children. I will let go of what I “know” to see what is presenting itself. I will practice listening and knowing.

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