Homeopathic potencies: I thought 6x was a clothing size!

May 6th, 2007

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.

Mother tinctures

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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The Weighty Problem of Heartburn, Acid Reflux (GERD) and other Digestive Issues

May 6th, 2007

While excessive weight and obesity can lead to serious problems down the road, new studies also indicate that they can be responsible for more immediate ailments concerning the digestive and circulatory systems. In many cases, these ailments are the pre-cursors to more serious problems. In addition to losing the excess weight that causes them, treating these conditions now can help combat uncomfortable symptoms, as well as reduce the risk of serious long-term damage.

One of the ailments most commonly reported by both overweight and obese individuals worldwide is frequent Heartburn. This condition, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (or GERD), occurs when acids from the stomach are allowed to rise up into the esophagus as a result of the malfunctioning of the muscle valve which usually keeps the acids in their place. This not only causes painful burning sensations in the chest, but can eventually result in significant damage to the esophagus. In a study performed in 2006, researchers discovered that people who were overweight were more than 50 percent more likely to develop GERD. Obesity more than doubled a subject’s odds of developing the disease. (GERD is also linked to hiatus hernias, so be sure to check with your physician if you continue to suffer from severe Heartburn and tightness in the chest even after treatment).

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A little or a lot? Pick the right dosage for homeopathic remedies

May 6th, 2007

Ok, you’ve got a cold or just banged your knee hard. What’s the best dosage for a homeopathic remedy? To figure out the best dosage, you need to consider many factors: whether the condition is acute (sudden onset) or chronic (present for a longer time), the severity of pain and even your age.

The subtlety behind Homeopathy stands out when we assess the dosages required for various situations. In general, acute situations warrant lower dosages given more frequently, while chronic situations call for higher potencies given less frequently.

Controlling acute conditions

Typical acute scenarios include a blow to the body, the onset of a cold or an illness or injury that has just happened. In these cases, administer frequent low doses of a remedy until you get relief of the symptoms.

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Peace Cologne for Men

May 6th, 2007

(Combats fatigue due to stress, Tension and anxiety)

Ingredients:

  • 3 drops Bergamot essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential/fragrance oil
  • 3 drops Cedarwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 1/2 pt (300ml) 70 percent alcohol or vodka

Directions: Pour the alcohol into a bottle or jar. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for 1 week. Don’t forget to try and make your own scents as well, after all you’re unique…shouldn’t your cologne be too? And don’t forget to give it a name…maybe something that sounds like your personality…so if you’re a strong type then ” Un Soldier” or “Journey”, you get the point.

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Garden Bath Crystals

May 6th, 2007
  • 1 lb coarse solar sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine
  • 100 drops EO or EO blend

Add the glycerine to the salt and stir or shake until all Crystals are coated. Then add the EO, drop by drop, and mix again. It’s that simple. We package them in 4 oz cellophane bags. Poly bags are semipermiable and pretty soon all the different flavors will smell the same. Glass jars also work well. Add 2 tablespoons (or as desired) to warm bath water, and swish to dissolve. I usually get into the tub first–that way you don’t sit on any undissolved Crystals

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