I’m sure you have noticed that there are some winter illnesses going around. One of them tried sneaking into our house just as we were packing up Christmas. So far, we have been able to foil its plans.
When the first signs struck the other day, I used my go-to remedies to pretty good effect. (See previous articles: Flu Remedies; Ho Ho Ho; Ammonium carb; Calming the Cold; The Crud.) Unusually for me, I had a nasty sinus headache that my normal remedies managed to quiet but not quite subdue.
Then, I saw sitting next to my desk, a little bottle of something I bought on a whim and forgot all about. A cute, little bottle called, “Achoo!*”
Achoo! is a gemmotherapy combination (see here for more information on Gemmos) of Common Alder, Black Currant and Dog Rose. Lauren Hubele’s website* (which is the only place I have been able to find which sells it) says it is a remedy "to support upper respiratory health".
Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients.
Common Alder or Alnus glutinosa is a fluid harmonizer and is useful in case of colds, flu, viruses, headaches and localized inflammation, especially those originating from a mucosa. It is known to support natural defenses and is said to act best if used at the beginning of symptoms of upper respiratory conditions.
Black Currant or Ribes nigrum is also useful for immune system support. It has a high content of vitamin C and can be very useful in any inflamed condition, in particular in the respiratory tract (in my case, sinusitis).
Dog Rose or Rosa canina is another immune support and is particularly useful when the head is involved: adenoids and sinuses.
Today is Saturday and I first felt these symptoms on Wednesday evening. Thursday was a little tough, but thanks to my remedies, it didn't stop me from living my life. Yesterday was mostly fine and today I am completely back to normal with good energy and no sinus pain, whatsoever.
If you are quick on the draw when you first feel symptoms, homeopathy and gemmotherapy can get you right back on track with minimal disruption to your life.
It’s the early days of these winter illnesses. If you haven’t done so yet, pick up a few of the remedies listed in my earlier blogs and a little bottle of Achoo!, too.
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath
* I have no affiliation with this or any other company, I just like their products.
Hubele, L., 2016. Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care, Emryss Publishers.
I am just dipping my toe into using Gemmotherapy. I got really excited when I first learned of their existence a couple of years ago. Recently, I have been soaking up as much information as I can find in the on-line and print world of Gemmotherapy and I have to say, I’m liking what I’m seeing.
“Gemmo-what” I hear you say? … Gemmotherapy is a branch of Phytotherapy. (I’ll continue explaining in case that word is new to you, as it was to me a couple of years ago.) Phytotherapy is the use of plant-derived medications. Phytoembryotherapy (or, embryophytotherapy) is the use of plant embryonic tissues — and that’s what Gemmotherapy is. I think of it as plant stem cell therapy.
Gemmos are made “from the first buds and shoots of select trees and shrubs each spring that contain the growth material for the entire plant.” Cool, huh?!
“These cells possess all the power of the future plant and all the genetic information as well as the energetic imprint. Due to this, Gemmotherapy extracts are able to clean and fortify human cells simultaneously.”
A relative newcomer to the world, they have been studying the biochemical properties at the university level for over 50 years in Europe and Gemmotherapy has been approved as a medicine by the EU. (In the US, the FDA considers it an Herbal supplement.)
“Due to ongoing research, we know this gentle yet powerful therapy can be used on newborns to geriatric clients.” Sound familiar? "Gentle and powerful," just like homeopathy! And, they work beautifully together!
Gemmotherapy for Everyone: Introduction to Acute Care by Lauren Hubele provides case examples, including: croup, anxiety, UTIs, postpartum mastitis and acid reflux of an infant as well as information on 20 individual Gemmo extracts and how they can be used successfully in acute conditions.
She divides her protocols by bodily systems: respiratory, elimination, adrenal/immune response, circulatory, musculoskeletal, nervous system as well as inflammation in general.
Lauren dedicates a page to the description of each individual Gemmo, including a brief history of the plant’s use as an herb or homeopathic remedy or a Bach flower essence. Following that, she lists:
Chapter 5 begins by teaching us how to dose the Gemmo and then dives into the protocols with an explanation of what each Gemmo’s role is in resolving each acute condition.
Coughs, Diarrhea, Earaches, Headaches (she makes mention this protocol is not helpful for migraines, in case you were wondering), Nausea and vomiting, and Seasonal allergies are just some of the helpful protocols found in the book.
Gemmotherapy can be used alone or in conjunction with homeopathy. And, bonus (!), it’s tasty, too, so kids will happily take their doses.
Gemmotherapy for Everyone wraps up its 128 pages with a really helpful FAQ section, including the all important “is it safe for pets” question. (Yep!)
The author points out that this book and its protocols are for the “treatment of acute symptoms, those that appear suddenly and are not recurring.” Like homeopathy, Gemmotherapy for chronic conditions is highly individualized.
For more information, laurenhubele.com is a great place to spend some time to get to know the Gemmos. She also sells individual Gemmos, as well as kits.
If you are interested in exploring the use of some Gemmos in your healing journey, book a free 15-minute chat and we’ll see if it sounds like a good fit for you.
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath
Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care is available for purchase on Amazon for $28.95, or, directly from her website, laurenhubele.com: $12 for an E-book and $20 for paperback (though the paperback is out of stock on her site at the time of this writing).
Julia Coyte, CHom
I am passionate about homeopathy and I love sharing this passion. Having a working knowledge of homeopathy shouldn't be kept a secret. If people have the ability to help themselves, their children and their friends when they have minor ailments, life just gets better for everyone. That is the purpose behind Ruminating on Remedies.