At the beginning of the week, when I saw many New Zealanders proudly wearing their red poppies for ANZAC Day remembrance, it inspired me think more about the symbolism behind the red poppy and about the poppy itself.
The Red Flowered Corn Poppy, also known as the ‘Flanders Poppy’, is a common weed that can be seen growing wild in Europe.
It was one of the first plants to grow and bloom on the battlefields and cemeteries in the Belgian region of Flanders after WWI.
Since then, the red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over including in New Zealand.
The poppy is also a very important plant in the world of Homeopathy as it is from the poppy plant, PAPAVER SOMNIFERUM, that OPIUM is extracted.
When 'potentised' into a Homeopathic remedy, Opium is really useful on a physical level for many conditions where there is a lack of reaction such as urine retention or constipation.
HOWEVER, THE ACTION OF HOMEOPATHIC OPIUM CAN BEST BE APPRECIATED ON A MENTAL/EMOTIONAL LEVEL.
Opium is the quintessential remedy for someone who is in a state of severe shock following a significantly traumatic experience such as warfare, sexual assault, an accident or natural disaster.
This event could have been recent or in the near or distant past.
A person in need of Homeopathic Opium could be in a state of nervous over excitement, intense anxiety and heightened sensitivity to pain.
They could also be in a totally opposite state that may be dreamlike and they may also be confused, depressed, exhausted, withdrawn, shut down and unable to respond emotionally or think clearly.
Homeopathic Opium can therefore be useful for people suffering from PTSD such as war veterans and victims of war, those who have suffered from abuse, survivors of a car accident (it’s a great remedy for head injury and concussion), after a natural disaster such as an earthquake, for mother and baby after a traumatic birth and many more situations.
Homeopathic Opium can gently bring body and soul back into balance allowing the individual to reconnect with reality.
Opium has been included as a remedy in the Right Remedy Homeopathy Emotional First Aid Kit, along with 10 other remedies that can be useful when an individual is stuck in a particular emotional state such as anger, grief, fear, shock, anxiety, tearfulness, indignation and more.
HOMEOPATHIC EMOTIONAL FIRST AID KIT
Each Kit Contains:
11 of the most commonly required remedies in each of these situations.
11 glass vials containing Homeopathic remedies at 200c potency in the form of tiny lactose pills that dissolve under the tongue (approx. 24 pills/12 doses per vial).
A comprehensive guide to help you identify which remedy is best suited to each situation along with dosage and storage information
A funky plastic case - convenient, pocket sized so you can take it anywhere
If symptoms persist it is important to speak to your Homeopath
For more info about Homeopathic Opium :
Autumn in New Zealand is such a beautiful time of year.
We still enjoy lots of warm, sunny days but the evenings are drawing in and becoming chillier, giving us the perfect excuse to snuggle up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate.
However, it is due to these dramatic changes in temperature from hot to cold, at this time of year, that we often see an increase in some common ailments such as:
*COLDS * FLU * COUGHS *EAR INFECTIONS * JOINT PAIN*
Homeopathy can be a very useful tool to help support your body in autumn and all year round. It is a natural form of medicine that works gently and effectively on a physical, mental and emotional level to support the immune system and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.
If you’re suffering from an Autumn Ailment, Homeopathy can help to reduce the intensity and duration of the symptoms, especially if you start taking your remedy as soon as the symptoms appear.
Homeopathy is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to healthcare. Every one of us is a unique individual and will experience your symptoms in a different way. That’s when the real magic of Homeopathy kicks in as your individual symptom picture can be matched to the corresponding symptom picture of a homeopathic remedy making it specific and effective for you.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES THAT CAN BE USEFUL FOR YOU THIS AUTUMN:
DULCAMARA (WOODY NIGHTSHADE) – A remedy that can be considered for any condition that is worse when it’s cold and damp or when there are sudden temperature swings from hot to cold.
It can be particularly helpful for coughs and colds with a lot of thick catarrh as well as bronchitis, pneumonia, flu or allergic reactions such as autumnal hayfever. It is also an often-overlooked remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and joint stiffness when the condition is brought on by cold and damp.
KALI BICHROMIUM (POTASSIUM BICHROMATE) – The main characteristics of this remedy are thick ‘gluey’, yellow discharges – from the nose, chest, or ears that are worse when it is cold. It can be helpful with sinusitis, ear infections, pneumonia, flu, colds and coughs where there is ‘rattling’ in the chest.
It is also characterised by pains or complaints that wander from one part of the body to another or are felt in small spots – such as wandering arthritis.
RHUS TOXICODENDRON (POISON IVY) – This remedy is useful for people who are irritable and restless and their ailments are generally made worse by cold, wet weather with a big aggravation in the autumn months.
It can be very useful for flu and fevers as well as bronchitis and pneumonia (where there is a lot of ‘rusty’ coloured phlegm), laryngitis, pharyngitis and hoarseness (loss of voice) . It is also a big remedy for lower back pain and sciatica that is worse for cold and wet, is very stiff but gets better after a bit of exercise.
If you happen to be suffering from any ailments this autumn, please contact us to find out how Homeopathy can help you and your family.
We all want to see our children stay happy and healthy.
When your child gets sick, it’s good to know that homeopathy can safely, gently and effectively assist your child to return to health, by strengthening their immune system.
It is a non-toxic form of natural medicine and a wonderful complementary treatment that works well alongside conventical medicine.
Homeopathy can help with many common acute (short term) childhood illnesses such as:
• Ear infections
• Sore throats
• Tummy upsets
It can give kids the support their body needs for them to heal quickly and get back on their feet.
Homeopathy can also be very useful with many chronic (long term) childhood conditions such as:
• Sleep issues
It can gently help stimulate their body to heal and return to a balanced state of health.
Another great thing about homeopathy is that it also works particularly well on a mental/emotional level as well as the physical, so it can be very useful for children to help them when they are experiencing difficult emotions such as:
It can help them move through life’s challenges more smoothly and become well adapted, happy kids.
If you want to find out a little more about how homeopathy can help you and your little ones, contact The Right Remedy Homeopathy now.
We also offer a HOMEOPATHIC KIT FOR CHILDREN containing 11 different remedies to help with many common childhood health issues such as teething, injuries, fevers, upset tummies and more.
Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is defined as a persistent difficulty with sleep initiation, duration, consolidation or quality.
It is a very common issue with an estimated up to 60% of adults being effected at some point in their lives.
If insomnia persists, then it can have a detrimental effect on general health and quality of life having been linked to an increased risk of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety as well as serious chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
It is therefore very important that you don't suffer in silence and seek help in order to resolve your sleep issues.
TRYING THESE SIMPLE ‘SLEEP HYGIENE’ PRACTICES CAN HELP:
· Limiting or eliminating naps, especially late in the day
· Restricting the use of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco products in the evening
· Avoiding late-night meals
· Limiting screen time prior to bedtime
· Maintaining a healthy diet and taking regular exercise in the day time (exercising in the evening may overstimulate the mind and body making it harder to get to sleep)
· Follow a consistent sleep schedule that includes the same bedtimes and wake-up times every day
· Use your bedroom, and mattress for sleep and sex only – avoid working, playing video games, and other stimulating activities
TRY USING HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathy can also be very useful for sleep support as it works gently and effectively to rebalance the body on a mental, emotional and physical level. It could be just what you need to help get to the bottom of what’s really keeping you awake at night and re-introduce you to a good night’s sleep.
At The Right Remedy Homeopathy we have put together The Sleep Kit containing 11 Homeopathic Remedies that are commonly found to help with many sleep issues such as inability to fall asleep, restlessness, broken sleep and unrefreshing sleep.
Contains Remedies 30c : Arsenicum, Aurum Met, Coffea, Cocculus, Graphites, Hyoscyamus, Ignatia, Kali Phos, Lachesis, Passiflora, Valeriana
$40 for 11 remedies (plus p&p)
Go to SHOP for more information about our Homeopathic Kits
Please contact Jo for a FREE chat to find out how Homeopathy can help you with your sleep issues or to book a consultation.
The world is a scary place at the moment, and life is full of uncertainties. It’s still really unclear as to how the rest of 2021 will pan out, and what the ‘new normal’ will look like for us here in New Zealand and for the rest of the world.
That means that it’s completely natural to be experiencing feelings of uncertainty and fear along with a whole raft of other emotions depending on your own personal perceptions, views, situation and experiences.
It may be really tempting to just distract ourselves or try and ignore any uncomfortable emotions, right now, or indeed at any time. However, it's actually a much better idea to make yourself a little bit of space and quiet time each day to check in with your emotions so you can sit with them and really feel them. This will help you to identify, acknowledge and work through them rather than suppress them.
Suppressing emotions can sometimes be a useful short term coping strategy, and can help us get through stressful situations, but in the long term it can actually have the opposite effect and may cause the emotions to become magnifed and distorted rather than making them go away.
What’s more, it is possible that suppressed emotions can also lead to physical stress on the body which, if unaddressed, can eventually lead to illness. That's why allowing yourself this time to understand and experience your emotions should be viewed as a really important part of your own healthcare.
If all that seems much easier said than done, or if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed at the moment, then please reach out to someone you trust, and talk it out today.
Speaking to your local Homeopath could be a great option for you. Your Homeopath is there to provide a safe space for you to be heard without judgement and in total confidence. Also, under the guidance of a trained Homeopath, Homeopathy can be really helpful on a mental emotional level, as well as a physical level.
Back to School with a Smile!
For most children, starting a new school chapter is exciting – catching up with all their old friends again, meeting new friends, getting to know different teachers etc., and it goes without much of a hiccup.
However, for some kids, this can be quite a stressful time for many different reasons, so it is important to look out for any changes in behaviour which may be subtle or obvious.
Kids often struggle to find the language to express how they’re feeling, but it is still important to encourage them to talk about what’s going on with them. They might become very moody, irritable or display sudden tantrums, they could have trouble sleeping or become uncharacteristically weepy or clingy.
Fear and anxiety are common in kids when it comes to school, they might be worried about something specific like being bullied by a certain child or teacher or might be experiencing a general feeling of fear and anxiety about the whole situation, especially if they are starting at a new school.
They might also be feeling left out or grieving if their best friend has moved to a different school or class, they might be missing the comfort of being at home with their family or find it a struggle to deal with the restrictions or school rules and regulations.
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine that offers support in restoring our body’s balance, health and vitality. It supports the body on a mental/emotional level as well as physical, so if you or your child are finding the return to school rather challenging, then contact The Right Remedy Homeopathy for some help and support.
Some Useful Homeopathic Remedies To Consider:
Aconite – The top remedy for fear and panic attacks and can help when there are sudden, intense feelings of fear and terror. Children needing this remedy are likely to be restless and feel worse from being in crowds and from the cold.
Argentium Nitricum – A very helpful remedy for apprehension and anticipatory anxiety in the lead up to any big event. A child who needs this remedy may feel hurried and impulsive with a strong desire to perform well which can lead to a feeling of failure. They may suffer from diarrhoea or flatulence brought on by dread of the upcoming event.
Arsenicum – The number 1 remedy for anxiety, especially when it is accompanied by chilliness. They will be restless, and fidgety or totally exhausted. They will try to overcome their anxiety by being meticulously organized i.e. packing and re-packing their school bag or checking and re-checking their uniform etc, they feel much better in company and need lots of reassurance.
Calcarea Carbonicum – This remedy is useful for a child who doesn’t like change, preferring to stay at home rather than embark on a new adventure. They are naturally cautious, have a strong need to feel safe and secure and might be stubborn as they try to resist change.
Pulsatilla – A great remedy for young children who need lots of support when starting or returning to school. They will cry easily and cling to their parents, feeling totally abandoned at the school gate. They feel reassured by company, and sympathy and feel better in the fresh air.
Gelsemium – This remedy is useful when there is great anxiety about returning to school which is accompanied by feelings of weakness, trembling and even dizziness. In extreme cases they might become almost paralysed with fear and feel incapable of doing anything or thinking straight.
It is very reassuring to know that homeopathy is here to support our kids during times of transition and stress, helping them return to school with a smile 😊
It’s summertime again in New Zealand which means lots of time spent hanging out on the beach, leisurely BBQs with family and friends in the garden, awesome camping trips and lots of quality time spent in the big outdoors!
However, one of the draw backs of summer is that it inevitably brings with it unwanted bites and stings from our insect friends, and it’s true that some people tend to be more susceptible to this hazard than others. This due to several different factors which make some individuals more attractive to insects, especially mosquitoes, including the particular bacteria strains (skin microbiota) colonising the surface of their skin and also their blood type (O blood type are twice as likely to get bitten by mosquitoes as A type) and even the colour of clothing they’re wearing (insects are generally attracted to brighter colours).
Luckily, if insects find you irresistible, you can prepare and protect yourself by making sure you have the right homeopathic remedies in your summer first aid kit. Here are some of the remedies found to be most commonly indicated when dealing with insect bites and stings:
LEDUM – This is the number one remedy for insect bites and stings as it is generally useful for any type of puncture wound including cat bites, needle pricks or stepping on a nail etc. There could be lots of watery swelling, redness and inflammation and a great desire to put a cold application on the affected area even if they are feeling chilly within themselves and feel much worse from warm applications.
APIS – Number 1 remedy for bee stings and other insect stings and bites where there is lots of rapid swelling and the effected area looks rosy red and shiny. There is lots of stinging and burning pain that is worse for warmth and better for cold.
ACONITE – A useful remedy where there is lots of fear, shock and nervousness following a bite or sting and there may also be numbness and tingling or intense pain. They will be worse for warmth and may feel very restless.
CANTHARIS – This remedy is indicated when there are blisters developing and there is a lot of intense burning, itching and smarting pain that outweighs all other symptoms. They may be better for warmth.
STAPHYSAGRIA – Useful where there are very large bites which itch violently with smarting, stinging pains which are worse for cold and much better for warmth. The person may be very mild and agreeable or alternatively show anger, irritability and be very sensitive to touch.
URTICA URENS – A great remedy for insect bites and stings that are burning and stinging with a red, itchy, blotchy reaction that looks like nettle rash.
Some useful homeopathic creams can also be applied to the skin to help soothe and heal the skin such as Hypercal or Calendula cream.
E-Health’s Colloidal Silver Gel is also very helpful when it comes to any skin issues including insect bites and stings.
It is also a good idea to use an insect repellent to avoid any bites or stings if possible if you know you are going somewhere where you might be vulnerable. I recommend E-Health’s Natural Insect Repellent.
Always seek medical attention immediately if, since being stung or bitten, you have any of the following symptoms:
· Difficulty breathing
· Heart palpitations
· Been bitten in the mouth
I wish you all a healthy summer and don’t forget to contact us if you want to find out how homeopathy can support you and your family.
The Right Remedy Homeopathy
A Homeopathic Christmas Survival Guide
Christmas is fast approaching once again, bringing with it a chance to celebrate with family and friends and look back over the past year together.
Traditionally, there is always a lot of expectation around this being a joyous time of year, full of festivities, caring and sharing, and a great pressure to create and experience the perfect Christmas.
However, in reality, the perfect Christmas is almost impossible to achieve, with the majority of people finding this time of year very challenging for many different reasons such as recent loss or bereavement, financial pressures, family discord, feeling over-committed, fear of being judged, fear of failing to meet everyone’s expectations, or just feeling totally overwhelmed!
If you feel that you are battling with some difficult emotional issues this Christmas time, tempting though it might be to ignore them and just muddle through, a much better way to deal with these emotional issues is head on.
Take a few moments to sit down and work out what it is you are feeling and the challenges that you feel you are up against. If you have someone you can talk this through with then that could help too. That way, if you can acknowledge and identify your issues, you can then work out a survival plan and put it in place.
Here are some examples that you might find helpful:
Allow Room For Grief – If you have recently lost a loved one or an important relationship, accept that this will be a very difficult time for you and your emotional responses will be mixed and unpredictable. Take some time to acknowledge their absence and also try to ensure you have a support person or ‘anchor’ that you can rely on at all times.
Set Good boundaries – Setting clear and firm boundaries is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you enjoy Christmas day and help preserve relationships. Set time limits so you can give yourself an exit plan, identify who is most likely to trigger you and spend as little time with them as possible, make certain topics off limits if you know they will be inflammatory, work out ahead of the day who is responsible for doing what so that the tasks can be shared, and you don’t become overwhelmed.
Acceptance of difference – Let go of the need to change or control the family members who trigger you and try to accept the people for who they are with all their faults and strengths.
Approach the day with a bit of optimism but maintain a healthy emotional distance so that you can protect yourself and just observe people’s patterns of behaviour from an objective point of view rather than becoming triggered or involved.
Stand Your Ground – If you are anticipating that you will feel attacked or over criticized, when this happens, why not try to laugh it off or just remain silent rather than becoming defensive?
Do not give your power away! Recognise that you do not need to rely on them for approval, it is not their opinions that matter but rather it is your own values, thoughts and feelings that are important here.
Seek Out Support and Love – Seek out those in your social world who give you love, support and a sense of belonging. Talk through any difficult emotions that you are experiencing at this time.
Actively seek out activities that you can engage in with friends and family that will help bring out the best in everyone so you can experience connection and joy.
Have Your Homeopathic Christmas Survival Kit At The Ready! -
Homeopathy is a medical system that heals the whole person simultaneously; mind, body and spirit!
Denial of our feelings of fear, anger, grief and loss can restrict our freedom of expression and create heightened states of emotional suffering. These bottled unexpressed emotions create conflict within us, and if not resolved, can lead to health issues further down the line.
A carefully prescribed homeopathic remedy “mimics” the person’s state of emotional suffering; reminding the body to resolve and release the negativity and return to a state of balance and harmony.
Here are some of the most commonly used remedies that you might find useful in your Homeopathic Christmas Survival Kit This Year:
For Feelings of Anxiety:
Argentium Nitrate – A useful remedy for people who suffer from great anticipatory anxiety i.e. a great worry about upcoming events.
This anxiety is largely due to the fact that they have low self-esteem and fear that they will be judged for not being good enough. They may feel that their cooking isn’t good enough, their hospitality skills aren’t good enough, their relationship isn’t good enough, their home isn’t good enough – that in general, they are just not good enough.
They therefore worry that everything they do will go wrong or will not meet up to people’s expectations and they will be judged as a failure!
Arsenicum – This is the No.1 homeopathic remedy for people with fear, anxiety and panic attacks.
They have a great need to be in control in order to feel secure, so they will be feeling the need to control everything and everyone at the Christmas gathering. But when this task becomes too challenging, they can easily begin to feel overwhelmed and out of control which fans the anxiety.
Their anxiety can often be focused around health and financial security so the pandemic will be really fuelling their worries right now!
For Feelings of Anger and Resentment:
Anacardium – This is a very useful remedy for people who are suffering from a lot of inner conflict and feel as if they are being pulled in 2 different directions. They might feel morally obligated to spend time with certain people or do certain things that are expected of them, but at the same time feel very angry and resentful that they have been put in this position as they would really prefer to be somewhere else or with someone else.
They are often outwardly can very mild mannered, but they can also become very cold hearted and angry as they have so much internalised anger.
Staphysagria – This remedy is useful for those who feel immense anger and indignation after a traumatic experience. A very useful remedy for those who have suffered from any type of abuse and feel that they have been treated unfairly or spoken to unkindly.
They may often be quite mild, timid people and try to suppress this anger so may appear to tremble and stammer or, if their anger boils over they can become full of rage and even start to throw things about!
For Feeling of Greif and Disappointment:
Ignatia – This a really helpful remedy for anyone who has suffered a great loss or disappointment. This might relate to the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, career or home. It could also help with people who have experienced a relationship break up or the loss of a friendship or maybe they aren’t able to spend Christmas with their kids this year.
It helps support people who are experiencing feelings of grief, guilt, shame, disappointment, or separation. They may be very tearful or sigh a lot or they may also be very angry and irritable. Generally, a good cry will make them feel much better.
Natrum Muriaticum – This is also a great remedy when there is a feeling of grief, loss, betrayal or disappointment. It is different to Ignatia in that they are very closed and don’t like to talk about their grief, tending to like to hold onto it & cry in private.
They feel extreme sadness but aren’t able to speak out about it with any attempt to console them often making things worse. They often have a big craving for salt.
For Feeling of Overwhelm:
Kali Phosphoricum – Very useful for people who are experiencing exhaustion after making a huge amount of mental and physical effort.It is especially useful when this effort has led them to become nervous, oversensitive and feel that they are struggling to cope. They will be irritable, restless, on edge and may become very disheartened and low spirited.
Rescue Remedy – As a combination of 5 Bach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedy is not truly a Homeopathic Remedy, but it is very useful to have on hand as a natural stress reliever and offer immediate support for those experiencing panic, terror, shock, irritation, and irrational thoughts.
A Closing Thought – Be willing to engage in some give and take this Christmas and accept that there will probably be some level of discomfort. However, do try to keep this in perspective and avoid focusing on the negatives.
Ultimately, finding ways of accepting others and their differences and learning to appreciate and enjoy their positive qualities can help you honour the importance of relationships and make the festive period a more enjoyable experience all round.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a Happy Healthy New Year
Love and Best Wishes From
The Right Remedy Homeopathy xx
Hayfever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, is a condition in which the nasal passages become inflamed and is characterised by a whole raft of frustrating symptoms such as a constant runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.
These symptoms are most commonly caused by an allergic reaction to particles in the environment such as pollen, dust or mold, but can also be triggered by many other allergens such as animal fur or feathers.
A whopping 20% of New Zealanders suffer from hayfever, which happens to be one of the highest rates in the developed world, and it is also becoming more and more common.
Symptoms can be seasonal and are often at their worst in Spring and Summer when the weather is hot and dry. This is when more pollen is produced, and dust mites thrive! Add in the high winds and humidity, frequently experienced in New Zealand, which further help spread and propagate the allergens, then you end up with the perfect hayfever storm!
New Zealand already has a high pollen count due to its extensive agriculture production, and the ongoing introduction of new species into the country also means new allergens circulating all the time.
However, there is also evidence to suggest that rising levels of carbon dioxide, as a result of climate change, are responsible for increasing plant growth and therefore increasing levels of pollen which in turn is contributing to the increasing number of hayfever sufferers in New Zealand.
If you seek help from your G.P. for your hayfever symptoms , then you will probably be advised to avoid allergens as much as possible and be offered medication in the form of antihistamines, decongestants or corticosteroids.
These medications work to manage the symptoms by suppressing them, but if you would like to get to the root of the issue and also prefer a more natural route for your healthcare, then Homeopathy can be very helpful option in addressing hayfever symptoms.
The best plan of attack is to book an acute consultation with your Homeopath to help with the immediate symptoms during the hayfever season. They will also ask you to come back for a more in-depth consultation once your symptoms have eased in order to address the underlying cause of the condition and help reduce the severity and frequency of future episodes.
Hayfever symptoms can vary significantly from person to person so your homeopath will ask you lots of questions in order to identify the exact nature of your symptoms as well as the frequency and intensity in which you experience them, for instance:
What triggers your symptoms – Pollen? Flowers? Dust mites? Dander? Odours? Perfumes?
What time of year are they worst – Summer? Spring? Autumn? Winter?
Time of day are your symptoms worst - Morning? Mid-day? Afternoon? Evening? Night-time?
Nose – Lots of sneezes? Runny? Blocked? Itchy? Burning? Sore? Severity?
Eyes – Red? Watery? Itchy? Stinging? Burning? Severity?
Sinuses – Congested? Sore? Severity?
Throat – Sore? Itchy? Dry? Severity?
Chest – Cough? Day or night? Dry? Barking? Intermittent? Constant? Lots of catarrh? Severity?
Once your Homeopath has established a full picture of all your hay fever symptoms, they can then find the remedy that is the best fit for you and is therefore most likely to help.
Here are just a handful of the many Homeopathic remedies that can be really helpful with hay fever symptoms:
SADADILLA - Useful where there is lots of sneezing that is spasmodic and is the primary hayfever symptom. There is also a runny nose that may become worse from the odors of flowers or even just thinking about flowers. The nose may be dry, itching or tickly.
ALLIUM CEPA - A very useful remedy for hayfever where there is a constantly runny nose which may make the nose and upper lip sore and may be accompanied by sore, watery eyes.
It is particularly useful for hayfever that is worse in the Spring, from contact with flowers, although the sufferer is usually better when outside in the fresh air rather than in a stuffy room. Symptoms may also be worse in the later afternoon and evenings.
NATRUM MURIATICUM - Useful when an extremely runny nose is brought on by the least exposure to the sun. There will also be itching in the nose and eyes.
WYETHIA - A specific remedy for hayfever where there is tremendous itching in the nose, throat and roof of mouth which may also extend to the ears. The sufferer may be compelled to forcibly rub the tongue back and forth over the roof of the mouth the relieve the itching. The throat may also be swollen and irritated and require constant clearing.
Alternatively, you could always grab a Homeopathic Hayfever Kit which contains 11 of the most common hayfever remedies that offer support for common symptoms such as runny or blocked nose, itchy, water eyes, sore throat, drowsiness, nausea, insomnia and more.
This should get you through until the end of the hayfever season and then, once symptoms have subsided, it would be a good time to book a consultation with Jo at The Right Remedy Homeopathy to help you on your healing journey.
Go to the ‘Shop’ page for details of Homeopathic Remedy Kits
Let The Sunshine In
As we head towards another glorious New Zealand summer, for those of you who like to worship the sun’s golden rays, it is very important to remind yourself that NZ sun is really strong compared to many other parts of the world.
That’s because in New Zealand:
· There is less ozone here to block the UV rays that cause sunburn.
· Earth’s orbit takes it closer to the sun during the southern summer than during the northern summer.
· There is less pollution in the southern hemisphere to block the UV rays.
Protect Your Skin
So, in order to protect your skin from sun damage, the best thing to do is slip, slop, slap and wrap:
• Slip on a shirt.
• Slop on the sun cream (I recommend MySunshine if you want a 100% natural, moisturising sunscreen.
• Slap on a hat.
• Wrap around sunglasses.
The Sunshine Vitamin
Although it is important to take the relevant steps to protect our skin from the sun’s rays, it is also recommended that we all get a little daily exposure to the sun in order to for our skin to synthesise Vitamin D.
Vitamin D(which is actually a pre-hormone) is often known as ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’ and plays many important roles in the body making it essential for optimal health.
One of the most impressive benefits of vitamin D3 is its ability to enhance immunity and protect against infection as it is integral to the function of immune cells in the body. What’s more, a deficiency in this important micronutrient has shown to slow wound healing and increase the risk of infection.
Further benefits of Vitamin D include:
1. Boosts Bone Strength
2. Enhances Mental Health
3. May Help Fight Cancer Cells
4. Helps with weight management
You can obtain some Vitamin D through your daily diet by eating oily fish, eggs, mushrooms or spinach but sun exposure is by far the best way to boost vitamin D levels, particularly because very few foods contain significant amounts.
Not only is getting vitamin D around midday more efficient, but it might also be safer than getting sun later in the day as studies have found that afternoon sun exposure may increase the risk of dangerous skin cancers.
It is recommended that fair skinned people spend 15 mins in the sun at noon, which is when the sun is at its highest point, and its UVB rays are most intense. That means you need less time in the sun to make sufficient vitamin D.
Darker-skinned people need to spend longer in the sun than lighter-skinned people to produce the same amount of vitamin D (from 30 minutes to 3 hours) because their skin contains more melanin. This pigment helps protect the skin against damage from excess sunlight, acting as a natural sunscreen and absorbing the sun’s UV rays to protect the skin.
If you think you might be vitamin d deficient then you can ask your GP to arrange a test for you.
I would also recommend taking a good quality daily supplement such as Clinicians Sunshine Vitamin D3 yummy sublingual tablets.
How Can Homeopathy Help With Sun Exposure?
Even when we have plenty of sunscreen applied, and we’re super cautious, sunburn, heatstroke or sun allergies can still affect us so it’s lucky that we’ve always go Homeopathy to turn to for help!
Homeopathic remedies can help in the treatment of acute (short term) and chronic (long term) complaints arising from prolonged sun exposure, bringing relief naturally and gently.
One of the top Homeopathic remedies for sun exposure is Sol (Sunlight):
1.Sol - This remedy works well for sunburn of varying intensities, from mild to severe, and also for chronic sunburn and sun spots on the skin.
It can be particularly useful for sunburn with red, itchy skin especially when the skin is very sensitive to sunlight and burns easily even from the least exposure.
It is helpful for rashes when they appear on the areas exposed to the sun; like the face, back, and back of the hands.
It can also be useful for peeling skin with the sensation of heat. In some cases, there may be itching that gets worse in the evening.
There are many more Homeopathic remedies that can be useful for sun exposure symptoms including dehydration, sun stroke, headaches and stomach upsets such as…………
2. Belladonna – Suitable Medicine for Sunburn with Redness
Belladonna is a beneficial treatment for sunburn in cases with redness and burning. The affected area appears swollen, smooth, and red. The skin may get dry, hot, and sensitive to touch. The key feature in such cases is that on touching the skin, it seems to be extremely hot.
3. Cantharis – Wonderful Medicine for Sunburn with Blisters
Cantharis is a very effective medicine for blisters formed due to sunburn. Patients may complain of vesicular eruptions on the face which may be highly sensitive to touch. These eruptions may turn black later. There may also be sharp pain and burning. Patients get relief by cold application to the affected area.
4. Apis Mellifica – An Excellent Medicine for Sunburn with Stinging
Apis Mellifica is a valuable remedy for sunburn which causes stinging and burning. The patient may complain of sensitivity to heat, and dry and sensitive skin. Sudden puffiness may appear in the whole body, and the swollen areas may become sensitive to touch. Apis Mellifica is an important homeopathic medicine for sunburn with water-filled blisters and stinging pain.
5. Sulphur – For Itching Due to Sunburn
Sulphur is a useful medicine for sunburn with lots of itching. The skin looks unhealthy and dry, and small pimples may develop. The patient has the urge to scratch, which may cause burning. In some cases, the itching may get worse at night or after washing. It works well in cases where there has been excessive use of local ointments for sunburn in the past.
6.Glonoine - For Sunstroke
The top remedy for heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunstroke. Symptoms come on suddenly with a throbbing, bursting headache and visibly throbbing neck arteries.
7.Natrum Mur – Headaches
This remedy is made from sea salt and is commonly used for headaches which recur at the same time each day and are brought on by exposure or overexposure to the sun.
Contact us now if you want to find out more about how homeopathy can help you and your family if you are suffering from the effects of too much sun.
If we could look into each other’s hearts and see the challenges that each one of us faces, I think we would treat each other with more love, kindness, compassion and patience…….
As a survivor of breast cancer, one of the most challenging things that I had to deal with was undergoing a 6 month course of chemotherapy treatment. Not only did I feel really crappy for most of the time, but I also had to deal with the sudden hair loss issue!
I purchased a couple of cool wigs in preparation, but I actually found that I didn't feel comfortable wearing them at all. They were too hot and itchy and also because it made me feel really vulnerable for some reason as if someone was going to come up to me at any minute and call me out for wearing a wig!!!
I then decided to get myself a selection of funky, colourful headscarves to wear as I was not brave enough to attempt to pull off the bald look (plus my head is a really funny shape!!). I wore them gingerly at first, but I soon became more comfortable and confident and even enjoyed choosing a different colour for each day of the week.
One of the first things I noticed about wearing a headscarf was that suddenly, everywhere I went, people were incredibly kind to me! They smiled, opened doors for me, asked how I was, offered me their seats and readily forgave all my shortcomings!
This wonderful kindness made me feel really special, and I understood how sometimes people feel it can serve them to try to 'hang on' to their illness for as long as they can rather than get better!!!
However, this was not me I'm glad to say as I was really relieved when my hair grew back after the treatment and I was able to lose the headscarf and get back to leading a more normal life again!
The one thing I still often think though is, wouldn't the world be a wonderful place if we were all a bit kinder to each other? A lot of people’s problems are not as visible as hair loss due to cancer treatment so you just never know what challenges other people are facing in their lives.
So, why not try showing someone a bit of extra kindness and compassion today and you never know, you might just make a big difference!
By Jo Owens 28/6/20
As we find ourselves in a lockdown situation again in NZ, I just thought I’d remind you about a very useful homeopathic remedy – NUX VOMICA.
If, like many people, your reaction to being in lockdown is to overindulge a little – maybe a bit more booze than usual to calm the uneasiness or because you don’t have to get up for work tomorrow? Maybe you’ve eaten a bit more rich food than usual because you’re bored or you need something comforting to eat?
If this sounds familiar, you could find that this common remedy, Nux Vomica, can be very useful for dealing with the unwelcome after-effects of overindulgence:
• Upset tummy
• Constipation or diarrhoea
Nux Vomica can also be very helpful if you like to burn the candle at both ends! You may often enjoy staying up late and partying but you are also a bit of a workaholic and have to get up early every morning to start your busy day but always feel decidedly worse for wear!
This remedy could be for you if you find if hard to get to sleep at night because you can’t stop thinking about work, but when you do manage to drop off, you often find yourself wide awake at 3 or 4 am!
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine that works gently and effectively to rebalance the body on a mental, emotional and physical level.
If you want to find out how homeopathy can help you and your family during lockdown and beyond, contact Jo for a FREE chat or to book a consultation now.
When you go for your initial consultation with your homeopath, you need to allow up to 2 hours for this.
Yes. That’s right!
TWO WHOLE HOURS!!!!!
But Why is this?
It’s not because we are nosey.
It’s not because we are judgemental.
It’s not because we have nothing better to do!
It’s because the homeopathic approach to healing is 'HOLISTIC' and 'INDIVIDUALISED.'
During your consultation, your Homeopath will want to ask you many questions.
They will focus initially on the main symptoms that have prompted you to book a consultation, but they will also ask you about any other symptoms you may suffer from, both past and present.
They will also gather information about you as a person, i.e. your personality, your likes and dislikes, your fears and dreams etc and also your life experiences and family’s medical history.
This will help provide a full picture of you on a physical, mental and emotional level and also any possible genetically inherited weaknesses.
Not only do we need to get a full picture of all your symptoms, but we also need to identify the unique way in which you express each of these symptoms.
In other words, one person with frequent headaches may feel pain behind their eyes which comes on in the morning and is sharp and stabbing, whereas another person’s headaches may be felt at the temples as a dull and throbbing pain and may be worse in the evening. Both clients will therefore require totally different remedies and what may work beautifully for one person may have no effect whatsoever on another person. This is individualisation.
It is this individualisation of your case that helps the Homeopath choose The Right Remedy for YOU, out of over 5000 different existing remedies, that best matches your full picture of symptoms. This remedy is known as the ‘Simillmum’
When The Right Remedy, or ‘Simillimum’ is taken, under the supervision of The Right Homeopath, that's when the true transformative effect of Homeopathy can be experienced.
And this is why we ask you to bear with us.
Thank you xx
I enjoyed my first walk of the year up Papamoa Hills early this morning to blow away the cobwebs and, urmmm, help my body detox after the annual season of festive overindulgence!
During my walk, a couple of beautiful, colourful blooms caught my eye and I realised that they both happened to be a familiar Homeopathic remedies in their natural form:
Digitalis (Foxglove) – A great general liver support remedy. Useful in liver related problems such as hepatitis, jaundice and nausea.
It can also be useful for heart issues such as angina, arrhythmia and rheumatic heart disease as well as combined liver and heart conditions.
Carduus Marianus (Milk Thistle) – Another great remedy for liver support, useful in gall bladder stones or colic, acute hepatitis and chronic liver disorders, and even cirrhosis may respond to this remedy.
Now, is it just a coincidence that both these remedies are useful for supporting liver function and detox or is it Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom telling me that I need to ditch the rich foods and wine for a while and give my liver a bit of a break??!!!
Which got me thinking, in a similar vein, is it just a coincidence that COVID 19 has stopped the world in it’s tracks and forced us to re-think how we live our lives or is it Mother Earth’s way of trying to tell us that we urgently need to change the way we live in order to give the planet a break?
However you choose to view the pandemic, this is a good time for us all to reflect upon everything that happened in 2020 and set our intentions for 2021 whatever they may be.
Here at The Right Remedy Homeopathy, we wish you all a very Happy, Healthy New Year xx
Enjoy the full ‘Strawberry Moon’ and learn how Homeopathy can support you if you are affected by the moon and it’s phases.
Some of us sensitive souls tend to feel affected by a full moon.
It can feel like a bit of a disruptive time, resulting in more erratic behaviour, tension, or tiredness and can lead to feelings of anxiety or emotional upset.
Research has shown that we actually sleep less during the full moon, so this can take its toll too.
On Saturday 6th June, Kiwis can enjoy the Full ‘Strawberry Moon’.
It is not pink, or shaped like a strawberry, but acquired its name from Native Americans as it signifies the start of the wild strawberry picking season.
There is a homeopathic remedy derived from the moon's light, ‘Luna’. It is indicated, amongst others, for the following symptoms:
Irritability, sadness, depression, sleepwalking , oedema, headache, low back pain, sore throat and more…….
Also, intestinal worms tend to breed around the time of the full moon so giving Cina 30c for 5 days around the full moon 1-2 times daily is a great natural way to avoid anyone in your family becoming unexpected hosts!
If you are a cat lover - beware of Lilies - they might be beautiful but they can be highly toxic to cats!
My mischievous cat Pancake came strutting up to me last Saturday morning, totally oblivious to the fact that the fur around her chin, nose and mouth, which was usually white and grey, was now a beautiful bright yellow!
Yellow!!! What had she been up to???!!
Then suddenly, the penny dropped!
She had been up on the kitchen table (bad kitty!!), nuzzling the big bunch of Stargazer Lilies that my husband had very kindly bought me!
Then, somewhere in the archives of my memory, I recalled that lilies were actually quite toxic to cats!!!
This was in fact confirmed by the vet who asked me to bring her in immediately, whereupon he put her on a drip for 48 hours and closely monitored her kidney function.
Three days and nearly $600 later (!!!!), I was thankfully able to collect a very lucky, very healthy Pancake from the vet’s. (She managed to escape from her carry case on the way home, but that’s a whole different story!!!!!).
I kept her under close observation for the next 24 hours under the directions of the vet, and also gave her a homeopathic remedy Cantharis for a few days as an organ support for her kidneys.
I am now happy to say that she is absolutely fine and just as mischievous as ever!
So, what have I learnt from this experience?
1. That was a very expensive gift from my husband!!
2. Sadly, it’s best to avoid having lilies in your house if you are a cat owner (many different types are toxic to cats), as ingesting any part of the flower can swiftly lead to feline renal failure if left untreated.
3. Pancake the cat is definitely trouble, but I am very glad she’s still with us 😊
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