By Susy Parker Goins
You’re strolling though your friendly enlightened grocery store and come to a shelf of tubes and assorted containers with numbers on them: 6X, 30C, 12X. What is this? Sizes? Algebra?
Welcome to the world of Homeopathy. Those numbers refer to the potency or strength of each remedy. To better understand the meaning of the numbers, let’s examine how the remedies are made.
To start, a “mother tincture” is made from a substance. The substance can come from plants, animals or Minerals. An amount of a given substance is coarsely chopped, then added to an alcohol and water mixture in a glass jar. (If a substance is insoluble, then it ground up with lactose or milk sugar.) There it sits for a few weeks, with occasional shaking to ensure the matter and liquid are mixed. Then the liquid is pressed out and drained off into a dark bottle. You now have a “mother tincture.”
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