Summer is right around the corner! Get ready for long days at the beach, laying out by the pool and gardening in your front yard! Being out in the sunshine is fun and relaxing, but it can also lead to sunburns. Uncomfortable as they are, sunburns can also cause pain, swelling, small fluid- filled blisters and headaches. Keeping your skin protected while out in the sun is very important, but if you do end up getting a burn, our Homeopathy For Better Health team has the best natural remedies to help soothe your skin.
Cantharis – Cantharis contains cantharidin, which comes from the Spanish fly or blister beetle, and is often recommended when trying to relieve burns. Whether you have a severe or minor burn, this remedy can be used for all types. Cantharis needs to be taken more frequently if the burn is severe; a higher dosage is also required for more severe burns. If it is a mild sunburn use 6C or 12C, if the burn is more serious and has blisters, use 200C.
Urtica urens – Urtica urens is prepared from a small stinging nettle, which is native to Eurasia and can be found in North America and New Zealand. It is the best choice of remedy when the sunburn is prickly or itchy. This remedy can be applied as a cream or diluted tincture; it can also be used as a dry dose in 6C or 30C potency.
Calendula – Also known as a Marigold, Calendula has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years. This remedy comes in a cream, gel, ointment, and tincture form and can be very useful when treating a burn. Rich in nutrients like beta-carotene, Calendula can reduce inflammation and stimulate the growth of new skin cells, which makes it one of the best remedies for sunburn relief.
Have you ever questioned why you need to get a vaccine? Ever wondered what is actually being injected into you or your child’s body? Vaccines are mandatory to attend grade school, high- school, and college. As a requirement you rarely think about why you need them or if they are even healthy for you. The truth is there are facts about immunizations that aren’t being kept from you, but are not exactly being advertised to you either. They can cause some very serious side effects including permanent brain damage, epilepsy, autism, and mental retardation. With so many vaccinations being required, doctors often have to administer several shots at a time, which can often result in a disaster. Vaccines, along with the elements that are supposed to create the antibodies, also contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, animal tissue, animal blood, human cell from aborted babies, potatoes, yeast, lactose, phenol, antibiotics and unrelated species of germs that inadvertently get into the vaccines. Do you really want all this to be injected into your child just to prevent him or her from having a chicken pox?
Vaccines are said to work by stimulating the body to produce antibodies, which are supposed to protect us from an invasion of harmful germs. Childhood diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox, affect the immune system in a way that makes most people immune to them for the rest of their lives. Vaccinations, on the other hand, create an artificial immunity that wears off and allows the person to catch the disease later in life. The problem is there is a much higher rate of complications with these diseases in older people.
You will be surprised to learn that whooping cough spreads mainly through vaccinated populations. The largest outbreak of this disease occurred in California in 2010. The study showed that 81% of people who contracted this disease were under the age of 18, and were fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine! Now, considering such a low rate of vaccine effectiveness, it became mandatory that everybody has to get three primary shots and three follow-up booster in order to have a long-lasting protection. The whooping cough vaccine may cause severe side effects, such as fever as high as 106 degrees, seizures, breathing problems, brain damage, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Homeopathy has proved to be very effective in treatment of childhood diseases, as well as other infections. From its earliest days, homeopathy has been able to treat epidemic disease, such as cholera, typhus, yellow fever, and diphtheria, with a substantial rate of success, when compared to conventional treatments.
To further educate yourself about natural alternatives to vaccines, you can refer to www.thinktwice.com, a great source offering a wealth of information. Give yourself a choice and re-think whether or not the vaccination route is right for you and your child.
Celebrities are known to do some pretty outlandish things when it comes to their bodies, from thousand dollar face creams, to expensive detoxes and surgeries to Botox injections. Using Homeopathic remedies is one practice that celebrities use that is actually smart, healthy and safe. 200 years old, homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like”, using natural substances to stimulate the body’s self-healing system. Our Homeopathy for Better Health team has put together our favorite celebrity success stories to inspire you to explore the benefits of alternative medicine.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford – Cindy Crawford is an avid homeopathic user, telling Oprah that she always carries vials of homeopathic medicines where ever she goes. She relies on homeopathic remedies for her kids when treating bee stings, mosquito bites and bruises.
Model and Actress Pamela Anderson – When Pamela Anderson was diagnosed with Hepatitis C contracted from a shared tattoo needle she turned to a homeopathic doctor to treat her symptoms. Today Anderson has great health and credits homeopathy, saying that her liver has improved over the years.
Singer Songwriter Paul McCartney – Inspired by his wife Linda who saw results from using homeopathy during a bad case of tonsillitis, McCartney now turns to homeopathic remedies whenever he feels ill. Initially Linda used a prescription to treat the tonsillitis to have come back just a few weeks later. She then turned to alternative medicine and all symptoms were taken care of and were gone for good.
Actress Kim Cattrall – Cattrall swears by arnica, an herb often used to treat muscle pain, aches and bruises. For cold and flu Kim uses Oscillococcinum, a remedy that is highly popular in France where it is also manufactured. Cattrall was quoted saying “Arnica! I love it! I use it all the time because I bruise easily.”
Queen Elizabeth II - Her majesty has endorsed homeopathic remedies for years as did her mother, Queen Elizabeth, did until her death. She is said to never leave home without her Homeopathy first aid kit. Prince Charles, Diana and their children all were active users of homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies work with your body’s own natural process to heal you gently and naturally. One of the most natural experiences a woman will go through in her life is pregnancy. It is an amazing, beautiful process that often times comes with different side effects caused by the physical and emotional changes your body endures in such a short amount of time. Coping with these new conditions can be difficult. There is a long list of over the counter medications that women cannot use during their pregnancy, leaving them with very few options to treat their symptoms. What some women may not know is that there are natural alternatives that can help soothe many of their illnesses. Morning sickness, headaches, muscle cramps, heartburn, varicose veins and fatigue can all be treated using natural homeopathic remedies that work with your body to alleviate symptoms, without any harm to you or your baby. Benefits to using homeopathy while pregnant include an increase in energy, boost to your immune system, no side effects, and complete safety. They can also help strengthen the woman both physically and psychologically, while keeping the baby safe. The homeopathic medicines used to treat pregnant women vary depending on the severity of the symptoms, the most common used are Sepia, Colchicum, Ipecac, Silicea and Pulsatilla. Homeopathy is often used during labor and childbirth as well. Women can experience a variety of different emotional and physical symptoms including a labor that has come on too quickly causing extreme pain, soreness during and after the birth, weak muscle tone in the uterus, poor circulation, nervousness, exhaustion, moodiness, and irritability. During the labor and childbirth stage of the pregnancy, you want to be feeling strong and confident so that you and the baby can have a safe delivery. Putting stress on you and your body can cause the baby to also feel stressed. Post childbirth, Arnica can help to speed up healing time for any bruising that was caused, Hypericum for nerve damage, Rsenicum to aid the bladder and Pulsatilla for breastfeeding. Since everything you will be feeling is a natural part of the child birthing process, homeopathic medicines may be the answer for you. Western medicine used during labor and childbirth isn’t always the best option, what may work for someone else may not work for you. At Homeopathy For Better Health we will work with you to identify your ailments and come up with an appropriate treatment plan that is tailored to you, your body and your baby.
No one has been able to master the exact cure for the common cold. There have been countless attempts and there are thousands of over the counter drugs that can help diminish symptoms of the common cold. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve can all relieve pain, but do you know what you are putting into your body? Homeopathic treatments give you both results and are free of any harmful chemicals. Using natural resources like plants and minerals as an aid to treat the common cold, allows the body to heal using the “like cures like” principle. With the common cold being as “common” as it is, we have put together the top 5 plants that can assist in treating this everyday health issue.
Aconite also known as Aconitum or Monkshood is typically found in the north portion of the eastern hemisphere, through Europe and Great Britain. The root is commonly used to help treat the following:
- Sudden onset of cold after exposure to dry, cold wind
- Sudden onset after a shock, fear or trauma
- Anxiety or fear of death
Allium Cepa comes from the red onion and is very common in the management of:
- Nasal congestion
- Catarrhal headache in forehead, worse in warmth
- Hay fever
Arsenicum is considered one of the most important remedies in homeopathy; it is very useful for the following symptoms:
- Catches cold easily
- Chilly and shivery, aggravated by cold
- General and local amelioration by heat
- Frequent sneezing without relief
- Pains are usually burning in nature
Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade is a perennial plant native to Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. It has been used in herbal medicine for centuries as a pain reliever and is commonly used to subside the following symptoms:
- Sudden and violent onset
- Heat, alternating with chills
- Throbbing headache, worse from bright light, motion
- Cold hands and feet, but head is hot
Ferrum phosphoricum is a compound made up of iron and phosphorus and is a common homeopathic remedy. It can treat the following:
- Cold symptoms
- Low energy
- High fever, usually 102 degrees or higher, & shivering
- Flushed face
Healthy living is important at any age. There are a variety of ways you can change your lifestyle and daily routine to become a better version of you, the right way! It starts by looking at you as a whole, mind, body and spirit; without one the other will suffer. This means implementing good eating habits, regular exercise and homeopathy into your daily life.
Good nutrition does not mean having to go on a strict diet. You can be healthy, happy and excited about each meal. With so many amazing recipes available with the click of a button and a variety of restaurants that cater to healthy living by offering low calorie meals, gluten free dishes and vegan options, it’s hard not jump on the healthy train. Adding plenty of fruits and vegetables, green juices and smoothies into your diet can keep you feeling both satisfied and more energetic. Visit your local farmers market to find a variety of fresh and delicious produce – all year long!
Living in southern California gives us the ability to enjoy exercise outdoors rather than being confined to a gym. Check out the nearest boot camp – a great way to start your day, or try some new workouts, like cardio barre or yoga booty ballet. Yoga is a great practice and comes highly recommended, as both your body and mind are exercised during the session. After leaving class you feel longer, leaner and centered. Choosing a type of yoga is important. There are a variety of practices you can choose from including Bikram (hot yoga), Kundalini (breathing exercises) or Vinyasa (flow). Whatever your workout of choice may be, running on the beach, yoga, Pilates, or strength training, make sure it is something you enjoy and can make part of your weekly routine
Implementing homeopathy into your life is essential for being healthy and balanced. The benefits are substantial, as homeopathy is a holistic health-care system, which uses nature-derived remedies. It is a great alternative to western medicine, which employs chemical drugs that contain many harmful and even dangerous side effects. Homeopathic remedies are tailored to the individual, as this is a person who is being treated, and not the disease. Homeopathy is very effective in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, and it so safe that can be used even for treatment of babies and pregnant women. Homeopathy has been around for more than 200 years, and it is very popular in Europe, Latin America, and India.