This guide will give you the tools necessary for surviving the holidays using homeopathic medicine. This is nature’s pharmacy.
The holidays are stressful times with extra responsibilities. Parties and family gatherings, decorating, and meal preparation can have you hopping. But then add in baking, gift buying and wrapping and sleep seems like a thing of the past
Excess sugar keeps you wired making sleep difficult, overeating causes digestive upset, and family get-togethers can raise stress levels beyond your comfort zone.
That is when I say homeopathic remedies to the rescue!
I have been using homeopathic remedies with great success for the last fifteen years on both my family and pets. They are extremely safe for babies through old age as well as animals. I continue to be amazed at how well they work each and every time I reach for a remedy.
REMEDIES FOR OVERINDULGENCE
With parties and family gatherings throughout the holiday season, people often overindulge. It can be hard to limit the rich and tasty food, the cookie and pastry tray and another glass of wine. IF this leaves you with heartburn and stomach pain after eating or hangovers and constipation, Nux vomica can help take the edge off the symptoms.
If you have been indulging in rich, creamy foods leaving your digestive system feeling stressed then consider the remedy Pulsatilla for indigestion.
The remedy Carbo veg will help with flatulence, distension, eructation and the feeling of fullness after you’ve only had a few bites of food.
If you experience severe cramps, diarrhea or vomiting, and you suspect food poisoning, the remedy Arsenicum can save you.
You will want to reach for the remedy Coffea when in a “coffee state” of hyper alertness. This remedy works wonders for little ones who cannot sleep with the excitement of anticipation, and for adults who have had too much stimulation too close to bedtime.
For internal and external ailments from anticipation, Argentum nitricum and Gelsemium are excellent choices.
Argentum is used when there is a lot of restlessness and pacing. Holiday performances and family dinners are both good examples.
Gelsemium, on the other hand, is used when anxiety is internalized. You sit and stew in your own juices.
Either remedy can be used for stage fright. It just depends on whether your anxiety is externalized or internalized.
When your sleep is deprived, as it often is during the holiday period, think of the remedy Cocculus. It is an excellent choice for travel, whether for motion sickness or for jet lag.
ANGER AND RESENTMENT
Homeopathic remedies work beautifully on the mental and emotional level. They can pull you through the holiday stress with ease. Ignatia is the remedy of choice for those who are alone or who have sad memories that come up during the holiday season. A deep sad sigh is a clue Ignatia is needed.
Aconite is used for acute anxiety and stress, fear and worry.
Combining Ignatia and Aconite often gives excellent results.
Staphysagria is successful when facing anger and resentment. It empowers you to stand up instead of swallowing resentment or humiliation and keeping it inside. Verbalize more easily what you need to express to your family and friends during this time. Staphysagria also helps with gastrointestinal symptoms that might have had their origin in the “swallowing” of something that was emotionally unpalatable.
AFTER THE HOLIDAY BLUES
If you experience cold symptoms after the holiday festivities, count backwards two to three days and see if there is a direct correlation to something that happened. Was there a disagreement or overwhelming sadness? Maybe you are alone and feeling sad or have lost someone during this time of celebration. Natrum mur is an excellent remedy to use for colds that begin with sneezing, a nose that runs clear or like egg whites, and sinus infections.
If you get sick during or after the holidays begin with self-inquiry. Are you sleep deprived? Has your exposure to sunshine greatly diminished? Was there something that happened in your life that caused shock to you; perhaps some news you were not expecting or not ready to handle?
All of your illnesses serve a purpose in your life whether you realize it or not. Being more aware of your health allows you to see further and move through illness more quickly. Understand why a certain illness has been bestowed on you. Does it keep you away from emotionally charged situations? Or, does it get you out of a commitment you ought to have refused?
HOW TO USE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE EFFECTIVELY
Homeopathic remedies can be found in health food stores, pharmacies and on-line. They are considered gentle, safe and very effective. The 30C is a good all-around self-care potency.
Here’s how to take the remedy in a gentle way. Put a few granules or one or two pellets of your remedy of choice into a few ounces of water. Bottled or distilled water is preferred but tap water could also be used. Dissolve and sip the water as needed.
When using the combination remedy Ignatia and Aconite, I put one or two pellets of each remedy into the same glass with a few ounces of water. Dissolve and sip as needed.
The more intense and acute your symptoms, the more often you need to take a sip. That might mean anywhere from every few minutes to every few hours. Acute physical pain might mean more frequent sips, while the ongoing stress of emotional upsets might be best quieted with a sip every hour or two. It is important to remember that as the symptoms improve, the remedy should be slowed or stopped.
During the holiday period when time is short and stress is high reach for nature’s pharmacy first. It is a powerful tool. You can order homeopathic remedy kits or single remedies from Amazon. And, they make lovely gifts, too!