Help For Hayfever Sufferers        24/1/21
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 cause by an allergic reaction to particles in the environment such as pollen, dust or mould but can also be triggered by many other allergens such as animal fur or feathers.

Symptoms can be seasonal and are often at their worst in Spring and Summer when the weather is hot and dry, which 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 storm for hayfever sufferers!

 A whopping 20% of New Zealanders suffer from hayfever, which happens to be one of the highest rates in the developed world, and it also becoming more and more common.

New Zealand already has a high pollen count due to its extensive agriculture production, and introducing 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.

Chances are that if you seek help from your G.P. for your hayfever, then you will be told to avoid allergens as much as possible and be offered medication in the form of antihistamines, decongestants or corticosteroids.

But if you would prefer to go down the natural health route, then Homeopathy can be very helpful in addressing your hayfever symptoms.

The best plan of attack is to book an acute consultation to help with the immediate symptoms during the hayfever season and then return for a more in-depth follow-up consultation once symptoms have eased in order to address the underlying cause of the condition and help reduce the severity and frequency of future episodes.

Alternatively, you could always grab a Homeopathic Hayfever Kit which contains 11 of the most common hayfever remedies that offer support for your 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 and contact Jo on 02195983 or TheRightRemedyHomeopathy@Gmail.Com .

Happy New Year 5/1/21

Last week we all said good riddance to 2020 and welcomed in 2021 with open arms, because, even in these times of continuing uncertainty regarding the COVID 19 global pandemic, a new year always brings a spark of hope to people worldwide.

I took my first walk 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 Homeopathic remedies, in their natural form, caught my eye:

Digitalis (Foxglove) – 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.  

Cardus 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 a lot of the world in it’s tracks and forced us to re-think how we live our lives or is it Mother Earth trying to tell us that we urgently need to change the way we all live in order to avoid ecological disaster?

 

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 a lot of the world in it’s tracks and forced us to re-think how we live our lives or is it Mother Earth trying to tell us that we urgently need to change the way we all live in order to avoid ecological disaster?

 

This Is So True!                                                                                 28/6/20

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 got myself a couple of cool wigs in preparation, but I actually found that I didn't feel comfortable wearing them at all because they were too hot and itchy and also because I felt like a fake for some reason! 

I then decided to get myself a selection of headscarves to wear as I was not brave enough to walk around being a total baldy!  I wore them gingerly at first, I soon became more comfortable and confident. 

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 eachother? You just never know what challenges other people are facing in their lives. 

So, why not try showing someone and a bit of extra kindness and compassion today and you never know, you might just make a big difference to their day!

 

Why Its So Important To Check In With Your Emotions   14/6/20

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 2020 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, but in the long term it can actually have the opposite effect and may cause the emotions to become magnifed and distorted them 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 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 confidentiality. Also, under the guidance of a trained Homeopath, Homeopathy can be really helpful on a mental emotional level, as well as a physical level.  
 

The Strawberry Moon                            6/6/20
 

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 on 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 way natural to avoid anyone in your family becoming unexpected hosts!

Lethal Lilies                            26/5/20

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 was 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 $548 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 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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