<![CDATA[ruminatingonremedies.com - Blog]]>Mon, 17 Jun 2024 09:36:04 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[The Red Menace in the White Sands]]>Sun, 16 Jun 2024 05:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/the-red-menace-in-the-white-sands
You can't see them in the photo, but trust me… they're there!
So there I was, basking in the purity of the White Sands. The day before was unbearably hot… all… day… long. I mean seriously hot. In fact, we were supposed to visit White Sands yesterday afternoon but the thought of said dunes in that heat was too much. We opted for an early morning visit the next day instead.
Excellent choice!

The sand, (well, the gypsum,) felt amazingly cool as we climbed the first dune. I left the rest of the hiking of the dunes to the more intrepid among us and I wallowed in the marvel that is this amazing place.

I was lying on my back, hat over my face, loving every second of this and contemplating making a sand angel cuz it felt like the appropriate thing to do. My arms were stretched out to either side, just about ready to go and, “Ow!”

I frantically brushed at my arm and as I looked to see what got me, a little red head was still attached to my bicep.

How could something so awful be hanging out in such a pure and marvelous landscape?

To be fair, shortly after arriving on the top of the dune, I looked down and saw a red ant. Then I saw many more red ants. I knew they were there and I should have paid heed. Alas. Live and learn.

Back to the red menace… I leapt up and got down the dune incredibly quickly. (Bounding down the dune was so much fun — if you go, forget the sled! They sell you a sled at the ranger station and then they buy it back from you for less than you paid. Sometimes you can find a perfectly good sled in the garbage, FYI.) I dug out my kit of 100 miniature vials of homeopathic remedies that always travels with me and immediately went for the Apis

I did a couple doses of Apis but the thing was still incredibly painful. I then switched to Ledum. Still really not any improvement. Then, I looked at the bite and saw a large welt developing, coupled with the intensely painful itching… Staphysagria.

That one brought some relief, both to my arm and to my mood. I then alternated between Staphysagria and Apis every few hours for the rest of the day.

This was on a Sunday. By Tuesday, it felt like it was getting worse. It was hot. It was itchy. It hurt. It felt like it was getting much bigger. Infection setting in?

I moved to Hyper/Ars: Hypericum mixed with Arsenicum album. This, too, was helpful. It contained the spread and it shrunk in size just a little bit, but then it began to spread again.

I tried a little Plantain ointment. That certainly didn’t hurt, but it wasn’t the answer. By Wednesday morning, I had decided to try a completely different route and I dug out my little canister of PRID Drawing Salve*. 

PRID Drawing Salve has been around for over 50 years, and, as the package says, it is a “pain relief & irritant drawing salve” for splinters, thorns, ingrown hairs, insect bites, boils, minor cuts and scrapes.

My one little bite was pretty big by now so I dabbed the sticky brown stuff on my arm and had to use 2 bandages to keep it from getting on everything.

What’s in it?

As I mentioned above, this stuff is sticky. Among its ingredients: beeswax and wood rosin (the internet tells me this is a natural resin from the sap of pine trees.)

Homeopathically speaking, PRID contains low X potencies of Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Hepar sulph, Ichthammol, Silicea and Sulphur -- all excellent choices for infection. 

I have written previously about Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Hepar sulph, Silicea and Sulphur. (You can search for articles on these remedies on Ruminating on Remedies.)

While digging a little deeper into Echinacea, I have learned some interesting things from herbalist Matthew Wood (I highly recommend picking up Wood's Earthwise Herbal books). (Note: I accessed this through Radar Opus software and I don't see which of his many books correlates to this title.)

The Indians of the Great Plains used the western purple coneflower, Echinacea, "to treat snake bites, insect bites, septicemia and various kinds of poisonings" (Wood).

Dr. Robin Murphy notes that homeopathic Echinacea is a great remedy "when boils progress to the stage where they appear about to point then stop and do not suppurate. Echinacea helps in carbuncles with similar symptoms, a bluish-red color and intense pain" (Murphy n.d.). (I have to say, this sounds a little like where it felt my ant bite was going.)

Ichthammol (or, Ichthyolum), however, is a new remedy for me.

Dr. Robin Murphy tells us this is an “unproved” remedy**, (made from shale oil), which comes to us from old-school therapeutics as an external application which has been used for psoriasis, eczematous dermatitis, leg ulcers, seborrheic dermatitis and furuncles (Boyd 2010).

Like Echinacea, Ichthammol is said to be a powerful anti-septic.

When I removed those first 2 bandages a couple hours later, the swelling and redness had shrunk considerably. I did feel the need to apply the PRID two more times and then that was the end of that. I am now a day shy of 2 weeks from the day of this bite and I have no pain, but I do have a residual reddish mark. The other day I could see and feel 4 little white bumps so I think I suffered more than 1 nibble.

The downside of using a combination remedy is that it is impossible to know which remedy worked. Having said that, who cares? I am interested in positive results -- it really doesn't matter to me how I get there. Might it be more elegant to take a single dose of the appropriate homeopathic remedy. Sure! In this case, might the drawing part of this salve have played a role? Could be.

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath


* I have no affiliation with this company or this person (or, any other, actually).
** Ichthammol is listed in Bradford’s Index of Homeopathic Provings (1898), so 🤷‍♀️.

Boyd, A. S., 2010. Ichthammol revisitedInternational Journal of Dermatology [online], 49 (7), 757–760. 

Murphy, R., n.d. Homeopathic Remedy Guide. accessed through Radar Opus software.

National Park Service, 2022. White Sands National Park (U.S. National Park Service) [online]. www.nps.gov. 
<![CDATA[One Little Spot]]>Sat, 01 Jun 2024 18:54:57 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/one-little-spot
I was having some sinus issues recently — that’s not my normal thing so it kind of took me by surprise.

My presenting symptom was a headache. Not a normal headache, but pain in just one little spot — one maddening little spot on my forehead.

The first remedy that comes to mind for pain in a “spot” is Kali bich.

I took a dose and within minutes my nose started running and that’s when the penny dropped that what I was experiencing was sinus pain. Kali bich is a big remedy for sinus complaints.

Kali bich pains can occur in small spots — small enough that they can be covered with the tip of a finger. In particular, these sharp pains are located over the eyebrows and the pain can be intense. Severe pain may be felt at the root of the nose… the part of the nose that attaches to the forehead.

For nose pain, Kali bich tallies up as a bold type and underlined remedy (translation: a good place to start if you have nose pain). If there is pain inside the nose or septum pain… on their own or coupled with a headache… Kali bich.

The nostrils may be filled with hard plugs and when these plugs are evicted, little ulcerated spots may be left in their place; they might even bleed.

Other Kali bich pains (not located in the head) may be:
  • wandering pains and/or
  • pains that appear suddenly and disappear just as quickly.
  • joint pains that wander from one joint to another.
  • cracking of joints from the least motion
  • stiff shoulder joints
  • rheumatic pains in joints, especially in the wrists and fingers.
  • tailbone pain which is worse while sitting.
  • stooping may prove to be difficult.

Kali bich pains may respond favorably to warmth.

British homeopath John Henry Clarke [1853-1931] describes Kali bich’s low back pain as a violent aching, “like a gathering in a small spot in sacrum, a steady, throbbing pain,” worse at night and interfering with sleep.  

For previous articles mentioning Kali bich: Cough CoughCalming the ColdTis the Season…for the CrudTis the Season…for Burns 

So, Kali bich for when it’s thick… Kali bich for when it feels like you’ve been poked by a stick (one little spot)… OK, I’m reaching there, but I’m trying to find associations to keep these remedies in the forefront of your homeopathic mind… Hey! Frontal eminence pain is a big thing for Kali bich, too!

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath

<![CDATA[Silence, Please!]]>Sat, 25 May 2024 05:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/silence-please
I'm a mom of 3 (now grown) boys. Generally speaking, I’m pretty good with noise.

A couple of days ago, I suddenly couldn’t tolerate noise any longer. 

My change of heart on noise may be me entering a new phase of life, or, more likely, it’s a temporary condition resulting from what I imagine it must feel like living inside a dentist’s drill. You see, we have had all new windows put in our house. I must admit I had not given any thought to how noisy a process this would be.

My nerves were frayed. My tolerance was shot. I startled very easily.

What did I do?

Nothing, homeopathically speaking, that is.

At first, I thought my headphones were enough of a buffer. (In hindsight, playing music to cover up the noise may have made the whole thing a little worse.) I really just needed a break from the noise. I drove to the grocery store (and back!) in silence. Unheard of for me. I basked in my newfound appreciation of silence, whenever I could find it, which was just about impossible. 

Homeopathically speaking, what could I have done about it?

Coffea cruda would be my first stop.

Coffea is an excellent remedy for oversensitiveness. When noises evoke emotions such as anger and annoyance and irritability.

When noise worsens existing pain… Coffea.

When noise even causes pain… Coffea.

From Dr. Robin Murphy: “Coffee increases the sensibility of nerves, making them over excitable and over sensitive, special senses become over acute, emotions especially joy and pleasurable surprise, produces dangerous symptoms.”

Sidebar: Who knew joy could be a problem? That was certainly news to me when I first learned that little tidbit when first learning homeopathy. Ailments from excessive joy — Coffea cruda is bold, capital letters and underlined!

Back to Dr. Murphy: “Extreme sensitiveness characterizes this remedy. Hyperactivity of mind and body. Neuralgia in various parts, always with great nervous excitability and intolerance of pain, driving to despair.”

I have to say, this last bit pretty much sums up how I felt. I was jumpy, annoyed and restless. I was also pretty excited about our new windows which had been a long time in the coming. However, I don’t think joy played much of a part in how I was feeling for the last couple of weeks.

What would be my second homeopathic stop for intolerance to noise? Nux vomica.

Nux vomica is the other all caps, bold and underlined remedy for being oversensitive to noises. It, too, would be indicated for irritability from noises.

Let’s go back to Dr. Murphy again for a minute, this time about Nux vomica…

Nux vomica has an “overactive mind. Nervous and excitable. Very irritable, sensitive to all impressions. Cannot bear noises, odors, light. Angry and impatient, cannot stand pain, so mad, he cries.”

There’s a lot of similarity and overlap between these two remedies and how they react to noises.

How to choose? Quite honestly, it’s a bit of a coin flip between Coffea and Nux vomica when it comes to noise issues.

If this noise sensitivity is particularly acute during menses? Nux vomica.

If it’s voices which are irking you… Nux may be more indicated than Coffea.

If hearing noises in your ears is part of the problem… Nux may be a better choice.

For a little more information on Coffea, check out “Stolen Sleep.”  For a little more information on Nux vomica, check out “Too Much.” 

The windows are pretty much complete now. How is my newfound need for silence? Earlier today, I was really enjoying listening to the birds. This evening, the lone cricket is fine (so far). But in the very near future, demolition begins on our bathroom renovation. Rest assured I will have Coffea close at hand this time around (and I know exactly where to find my tube of Nux, if need be).

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath

<![CDATA[Broken Whistler Quickie]]>Sun, 12 May 2024 01:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/broken-whistler-quickie
So I was just driving home from the grocery store and a song came on that I like to whistle along. I couldn’t whistle. I mean, at all. It was weird. I then tried to sing along instead and my voice was all gravelly. I was having a very challenging musical moment!

I called my son, who is a whistling aficionado and asked if his whistler ever just stops working. His response: “You gotta lick the lips, dude.” I had licked my lips already. It wouldn’t work. At all. I told him it was like my lower lip and/or jaw was stuck. It was kind of uncomfortable, actually. 

I got home, put away the groceries and thought that my lower lip and chin felt like I had had dental work - like numbing that was wearing off. So, I tried some Hypericum. Nothing.

Then I sat down at my computer and I saw the new flavor of kombucha that I was drinking. One of the ingredients is yuzu. I’ve never knowingly had yuzu before so I looked it up. Stylecraze.com (no idea what it is, but it was one of the first things that popped up) tells me that it’s rare, but that yuzu may cause allergic reactions and other symptoms like… (first thing listed) itchy lips, tongue and throat.

That changed my choice of remedy. I went to the kitchen and grabbed my handy dandy tube of Apis that sits ready on the counter for any allergic reactions to bees (which has been known to happen in my house).

It has been about 10 minutes. I’m drinking lots of water. The tingling is disappearing. My whistler is returning.

Phew! Who knew?!?

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath

<![CDATA[Clippety Clop]]>Mon, 06 May 2024 03:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/clippety-clop
“'Nerves of the foot” an illustration from the encyclopedia publishers Education, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire 1896."
I used to love riding horses. Sometimes I think about maybe doing it again one day, but I haven’t done anything about that. (I think I’m OK with that. I think. We’ll see. I digress…)

Once upon a time I was out for a little horse ride on a dirt road. My husband showed up in the car with his sister and her young children. One of them loved loved loved horses and jumped out of the [stopped] car and ran up to pet the horse in her bare feet. The horse stomped on her little foot! Needless to say, the tears came and they hopped (literally) right back in the car and headed to urgent care for an X-ray.

Fast forward to this week and a homeopath friend texted… wondering if I had any remedy suggestions to add for her niece who just had her foot stepped on badly by a horse. They were already on the Arnica and Aconite and the other usual trauma remedies but she wanted to make sure she wasn’t overlooking some potentially useful remedy. (See "Remedies to consider following a major accident" for more ideas.)

I immediately thought of Hypericum perforatum.

Back in the early days of learning homeopathy, I was taught Hypericum is one of the first remedies to consider for a crushing injury and I figured a horse stomp to the foot has to qualify for that description. The average weight of an adult horse is between 900 to 2,200 pounds (Johnston 2023) and when they decide to stomp, that has to be some serious weight/pressure in a concentrated area.

In particular, Hypericum is noted (bold and underlined) for crushed nail injuries. Why? Because there are a lot of nerves in the tips of fingers and toes. You see, Hypericum is known as “the Arnica of the nerves” meaning it's the go-to remedy for any injuries of nerve-rich areas.

In addition to all those 26 bones in the foot, there are a lot of nerve endings in the feet, in general, not just in the tips of the toes. A quick look at the internet tells me there are many thousands of nerve endings in the feet. That makes sense… how many people do you know who don’t have ticklish feet? All these foot nerves play an important role in sending information to the brain about the world around us — assisting us in balance and controlling the muscles in the feet and detecting hot and cold, to name just a few.

Sore feet can radiate up your legs and into your back and up to your neck. Or, conversely, foot pain can be caused higher up and radiate down and end up in the feet. (The all too painful sciatic nerve goes all the way from your buttocks down through the back of your thigh and into your foot. Sometimes this sciatic pain can be confused with plantar fasciitis.)

Where else other than a foot stomp might Hypericum be useful?
  • Any pains that are radiating or shooting.
  • Following dental work (the mouth is another nerve rich area).
  • Puncture wounds or wounds from injections; stab wounds; stings; animal bites or gunshot wounds or splinter wounds (those are all puncture wounds, after all).
  • Head injuries.
  • Back injuries and back pain. (Hypericum has been shown to lessen the need for pain medication following lumbar spine surgery (Raak et al. 2022).
  • Hypericum is also known to help with phantom pains following amputation.

What is it with homeopaths and their nieces getting their feet stomped on by horses? 🧐 I’m happy to report that neither horse stomp resulted in any broken bones. I wish I had known about Hypericum for my young niece all those years ago. Alas.

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath

<![CDATA[Combination Remedies: Narayani]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2024 01:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/combination-remedies-narayani
​Though my first few experiences with homeopathy were through using single remedies suggested by classical homeopaths, the big wowee moment about homeopathy for me came when I was first treated with the Banerji Protocols. That is when very big changes happened very quickly for me. Those changes were so impressive and occurred in such a short amount of time that I stopped everything I was doing and started studying homeopathy. Those first classes that followed were all about the Banerji Protocols and I was absolutely hooked on the wonders of homeopathy. Banerji Protocols remain near and dear to my heart and I use them every single day. (If you are interested in classes on Banerji Protocols, Joette Calabrese* is the way to go.)

I then went to Homeopathy School International* because at that time, I just wanted to learn more about homeopathy. I had no idea that I actually wanted to become an actual homeopath. Because the only way I could get more knowledge was to take the tests, I did just that and then without any real intention to become one, I was a CHom, a certified homeopath.

When that finished, I was still hungry for more knowledge and I lucked in to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) program that was going to be offered one last time through Centre for Homeopathic Education* (a.k.a. CHE) in conjunction with Middlesex University in the UK. At this time, I still didn’t think I wanted to be a practicing homeopath, but if I thought I was hooked before — now I was really hooked and just a couple months into this one, I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! This program focused on the science of homeopathy, learning advanced materia medica, anatomy and physiology as it relates to homeopathy and diving into the research of homeopathy. Don’t let anyone tell you that good research does not exist for the efficacy of homeopathy, because it does! 

I still can’t get enough homeopathic knowledge. I am constantly enrolled in deep dives into many different topics; some because they interest me and some because I have clients with specific issues and I do whatever I can to learn how to further help them.

Last year I embarked on some classes looking into the Narayani Remedies(If you are interested, Caroline Gaskin* does a good class.) On one hand, the Narayani remedies seem simple and straightforward, yet on the other hand, it’s like learning a whole new dialect of a previously familiar language.

Like the Banerji Protocols (BPs), Narayani Remedies are combination homeopathic remedies but unlike the BPs, the Narayani combinations frequently intermingle. Often, many different Narayani combinations are used at one time resulting in a mind-boggling amount of many different remedies being given/taken all at once. Fully classical homeopaths must balk at these combos (all combos, really), but… I’m going to say that they shouldn’t knock ‘em before they try them!

“The Narayani Remedies were created by Swami Narayani and Swami Ananda in 1968 to simplify their practice treating large numbers of patients in India and South Africa. These homeopathic remedies have been used around the world for over 50 years with great success. The combination remedies are used to manage people with a variety of conditions… a truly wonderful set of combinations” (Narayani Remedies*).

Let me tell you about a particular favorite of mine: a delightful little combination called Narayani Calming Pills Mix 6. I have many clients who have referred to this combination as “a life saver” and I have found it to be very helpful for both clients and caregivers of clients with difficult conditions.

From Davidson’s book, “The name speaks for itself. The pills do just that — they calm the entire system, mentally and physically. There are times when, after taking the first few doses, people want to sleep and sleep. This proves that the nervous system needs to rest — needs to stop for a while. For busy parents with naughty children. Tense business people. After a visit to the dentist. Any grieving family. Any condition of stress or apprehension.”

What’s in it? Again, from Davidson (2005):

Avena sativa for nervous exhaustion and tremors
Coffea for nervous agitation and restlessness
Humulus (Lupulus) for unstrung nervous conditions with nausea
Ignatia for sobbing, sighing, depressed conditions
Kali phos — a great nerve tonic
Passiflora has a quietening effect on the nervous system
Sumbul for hysterical and nervous symptoms
Valeriana for hysterical, over-sensitive nervous affections

When I first looked into these combination remedies, I thought — “but, my client isn’t ‘hysterical’ and isn’t nauseous — this is just too much stuff in here and is not applicable.”

I was wrong. Not every remedy listed in a Narayani combination remedy needs to be “a good fit.” You see, the body is just amazingly intelligent and knows what it needs. And, when it comes to homeopathy, the body is somehow able to sort through what it needs and discards what it doesn’t; this seems particularly true when it comes to using homeopathic combination remedies.

What prompted this article today was an ad in my inbox that got me a little excited…

TapRoots* has announced their new Top 50 Narayani Remedies Kit 1. (That #1 gets me excited that there will be more to follow!) 

From the email:
This kit will begin shipping May 20, 2024.
The Narayani Remedies are an incredibly powerful set of combination remedies that were put together by "classical homeopath", Swami Narayani, in 1968.

These homeopathic remedies have been used around the world for over 50 years with great success and are now being used in 80 countries!

SAVE $30 when you pre-order by April 30, 2024! No coupon needed!

Should you decide to go ahead and make this purchase, I highly recommend purchasing a book to help you navigate your way through these simple but sometimes confusingly named remedies. Robert Davidson’s book (mentioned above) or, Nimisha Parekh’s Narayani Remedies, A Condensed Guide, or, (even better!) Helios Pharmacy has done an updated and revised handbook (2023) which is even a little clearer.

As an example, “Calming Pills” is pretty straightforwardly named; CB 8 Mix 69, not so much. CB 8 Mix 69 is “akin to” a combination of “Calming” and “Shock” (another Narayani combo) but it is different — It is, however, for the nervous and emotional system. (I did mention this was a little like learning a different language!)

“A single remedy is like a solo artist, unique and individual. The combination remedy is like a choir. Each has to be in harmony with all the others, working for a single outcome. Truly harmonious, effective combinations are quite rare and Narayani remedies — they just sweetly sing” (Davidson 2005).

If you would like to learn more about how single or combination homeopathic remedies could help you, click here to book a free 30-minute consultation.

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath


* I have no affiliation with this company (or any other, actually) — I just like their products!
<![CDATA[Taxing Remedies]]>Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/taxing-remedies
Tax day is upon us in the US.

How can homeopathy have anything to do with taxes? 

Well, as an aside, if you look up “tax” in the homeopathic repertory software, you’ll see rubrics for being over-taxed. Two remedies caught my attention for this: Picric acid and Nux moschata.

Picric acid for when mental exertion causes fatigue and headache (excellent for those final exams coming up soon, too!) When I learned this remedy, I associated the phrase "pick your brains" which means, of course, to ask someone for information, which could be a tiring process.

I would definitely begin with Picric acid in this situation, but I just have to share this single remedy rubric for Nux moschata: Mind, muddled, intoxicated, as if. If there is anything that can muddle your mind, it’s taxes! Albert Einstein even apparently said, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." 

In addition to one’s poor brain being taxed while computing the money one owes the government, there are a few money rubrics which may be of assistance, especially if you are looking for a backdoor to crack a case.

You see, sometimes it can take just a unique little something about a person that you need to unearth in order to find a way in to getting a really well-suited remedy.

If a person has an particular fixation on money, there are some rubrics which may be useful.

One of my favorite remedies, Bambusa is indicated when one is full of cares and worries over money. To remember this remedy, just think of the substance from which it comes — Bamboo — and think of the support those bamboo stakes lend those vulnerable plants in a garden while they establish themselves and are able to stand strong through their roots alone. That’s the beauty of Bambusa.

Depression about money problems — which has a nuanced difference to cares about money, as noted above. Cares about money would be active — fretting or worrying — constant thoughts about the problem. Depression about money problems would be more of a passive response — a shutting down.

Two big remedies pop up for depression about money problems: Arsenicum album and Aurum metallicum. Now, it could be said that Arsenicum album is more of a restless anxiety or an anxious depression. Arsenicum album may talk about money and they are known to talk about their worries. Thinking further about this, I think it should actually probably be listed in the above rubric with Bambusa. 

Aurum metallicum, on the other hand, is a depressed remedy. A remedy for deep grief or humiliation. Put those two together and we have a perfect match for depression after financial loss. (Note that Aurum is the only bold/underlined remedy in that rubric.)

What is Aurum metallicum? Aurum is made from gold. To remember this remedy, think of the Great Depression — when the financial markets all around the world crumbled and people lost their fortunes and their savings and threw themselves out of windows in their despair. That is a picture perfect description of depression after financial loss. Shock from a loss of wealth or property.

If there is a passion for making money, Aurum and Nux vomica are both highly indicated. Once again for Aurum, think of the Gold Rush. Those were some people passionate about making money — Gold Fever!

Nux vomica is more of the hardworking business person — workaholics. People who work themselves sick. Vomica sounds a little like vomit -- works themselves sick. 

What else can help if you are frantically rushing to get your taxes filed? Try some Bach Flowers. Maybe a little Cherry Plum to keep a cool and collected mind. Or, maybe some Clematis to help you stay focused on the task at hand. Elm if the task just feels too overwhelming. Holly if the whole process makes you angry. And, finally, for all those accountants out there who are working their tails off in these final days to help all of us late filers get the job done, try some Oak to help restore energy.

A fun fact (well, I don’t know if this is factual or not, but it caught my attention): 
The Gettysburg address is 269 words. The Declaration of Independence is 1,337 words. the Bible is only 773,000 words. However, the tax law has grown from 11,400 words in 1913 to 7 millions words today. (Note: I don’t know when “today” was — it could have quadrupled again, for all I know!)

Learning homeopathic remedies shouldn’t be taxing. Making a few connections and word associations can make all these many remedies a little easier to remember.

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath

<![CDATA[Allergic Eyes]]>Sun, 07 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/allergic-eyesPicture
I am so not amused. The winds are picking up and I am really missing my Similasan eye drops. The powers that be in the USA have removed the choice of using these eyedrops from us. When they removed them from the store shelves in 2023, they did so without cause, as far as I’m concerned. They didn’t cite any adverse reactions to these eye drops. In fact, they didn’t even cite a single case of anything negative. Not cool.

So, what do we do without access to this really helpful product?

Fortunately, homeopathic remedies work on the entire system — eyes included. The Similasan eye drops may feel delightful when you use them, but the drops are not a required method of delivery for the homeopathic remedies to address the eyes.

There are 5 homeopathic remedies that I think of right off the bat when someone comes to me for help with their allergic eye symptoms:
  • Euphrasia
  • Pulsatilla
  • Natrum muriaticum
  • Apis
  • Allium cepa
Euphrasia is hands down the first homeopathic remedy I turn to for allergic eye discomfort -- actually, for any eye discomfort. In my list of 21 various eye symptoms that I used to compare these remedies for this article, Euphrasia is highly indicated in all but 2: bland tears and the desire to rub the eyes. (All 5 remedies are indicated in 6 of my symptom list: Bloodshot eyes, burning pain, inflammation, lachrymation, and light sensitivity. For the following symptoms, where multiple remedies are indicated for each symptom, I have underlined the remedy which is more highly indicated for each symptom.)

If you are suffering from bland tears — tears that do not burn and bother — your best bet is Allium cepa or Pulsatilla.

If your eyes feel like there is dust or sand in them: Euphrasia or Nat mur.

If your eyes are stuck together or the eyelids are sticky: Euphrasia or Pulsatilla.

If the pain in your eyes is a stinging pain: Apis, Pulsatilla or Euphrasia.

If the pain in your eyes causes you to wink and blink: Euphrasia or Apis. (If the sun causes you to wink and blink, look to Nat mur.)

If your eyes feel filmy: Euphrasia or Pulsatilla.

If your eyes feel dry: Nat mur, Pulsatilla or Euphrasia.

Aching pain in the eyes: Pulsatilla is your best bet. (If you have aching pain above your eyes, try Allium cepa.)

If the removal of homeopathic remedies from the store shelves irks you like it irks me, go to Americans for Homeopathy Choice and use their handy-dandy, easy-to-use form to send a message to congress and let them know you would like to have the option to purchase these safe and effective eyedrops once again.

Until that time, go the old-fashioned homeopathic route and try one of the above mentioned remedies which best match your symptoms.

If you suffer from more than just the occasionally irritated eyes from allergies, I highly recommend contacting a professional homeopath to see how they can help.

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath


<![CDATA[A Calendula Quickie… for inner bits… (and, bites!)]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2024 11:30:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/a-calendula-quickie-for-inner-bits-and-bites
I chomped right down on it. It wasn’t nice. I bit my tongue! (If you are an astute Ruminating on Remedies reader, you will know I have written about biting my tongue before. That time, I had other things going on, warranting a different remedy. This one was a simple slip of the tongue with no other issues.)

If you’re like me, you don’t call it quits after biting your tongue — you go back for more and keep biting that sore spot cuz it’s rearranged the terrain of your mouth and that injured bit keeps getting in the way!

That’s what I did.

So, what did I do?


In this instance, I used some Calendula mouthwash*.  After having it bother me all day long, I slooshed a bit of this mouthwash before bed (because brushing my teeth irritated my tongue!), I had a good night’s sleep and long before I woke up, all the pain (and the bump!) was completely gone.

Calendula tea works, too. I like this one*. Or, if you want just the basic ingredient, Rebeccas’s Herbal Apothecary* is always amazing 

Taking a nibble out of my own tongue got me to thinking about how amazing Calendula truly is. It is the go-to remedy when you have an injury where you need, but are unable, to apply some sort of salve: tongue wounds and cuts… perineum injuries following childbirth… healing surgical wounds, (inside or out)… corneal abrasions… perforated eardrums… phantom pains following amputation… 

It may seem there is no way to apply the lovely soothing qualities of calendula to these inner tissues, but there is.

Homeopathy, of course! I could have taken a pellet of homeopathic Calendula and put it in a bit of water and used that instead of the mouthwash. Taking a dose of Calendula in this way allows your body to go and take care of those unreachable ouchies. Of course, you can just pop the allowed dose of pellets directly in your mouth, too -- you do not need to put it in water.

For outside wounds, put a couple pellets of homeopathic Calendula in some clean water and from there you can use that now "medicated" water to soak some cloth or gauze and apply those topically, as needed. And, as the title of this article implies, Calendula is good for insect bites, too!

If your inner bits (or the bits that are not well suited to ointment) are asking for some attention, try some Calendula in a homeopathic dilution (or, even the herbal form** will do)!

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath


* I have no affiliation with any of these companies, I just like their products.

** Like all herbs, there are some contraindications. This website, which I found through a quick internet search, has a nice overview of the herb. I see on there about the scalp, too — I used to use a Calendula shampoo on our dog when we first got him and he had so many skin problems — it appeared to be very soothing on the poor, suffering fellow.
<![CDATA[Caffeine Withdrawal]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2024 06:00:00 GMThttp://ruminatingonremedies.com/blog/caffeine-withdrawal
Quitting coffee can cause one heck of a nasty headache.

I remember hearing years ago that the nasty headache that people encounter following surgery was due, in part, from caffeine withdrawal. 

One familiar with homeopathic remedies might be forgiven if one were to assume that the homeopathic remedy Coffea cruda would be the remedy to turn to for help with this pain. And, to be fair, it may help in this situation. Keep reading…

However, using Coffea for caffeine withdrawal would be more akin to isopathy, or, “same cures same.” See: Buzz on Apis  and Hom, not home.

This is not to say that Coffea doesn’t have a place in helping headaches, it does. Particularly if:
  • Chills during a headache
  • Headache from music
  • Headaches experienced on the sides of the head or a one-sided headache.
  • A cracking sensation on the top of the head

Might there be a better homeopathic remedy to help if you are suffering headaches from caffeine withdrawal? Generally speaking, were I to be suffering from this hellish experience again today, I would start with Chamomilla. But, to be fair, Coffea cruda is also indicated in a number of these symptoms — It’s a matter of degree.

From Roger Morrison’s Desktop Guide:
“Chamomile is characterized by an unsurpassed hypersensitivity to pain and an angry, almost accusatory response to that pain. Often the patient seems to complain of more discomfort than could possibly be felt from the existing condition. Furthermore the complaining is usually hostile and vehement. There is always irritability…”

Yep. That sounds like someone going through caffeine withdrawal.

Caffeine withdrawal symptoms, as noted ffrom Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition:

  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness/sleepiness
  • Yawning
  • Lethargy/fatigue/tiredness/sluggishness
  • Thick head
  • Headache
  • Heavy feeling in arms and legs
  • Hot or cold spells
  • Decreases desire to talk/socialize
  • Flu-like feelings

Chamomilla also has a keynote of being aggravated from coffee, ailments from coffee and headaches from NOT drinking coffee. Once again, Coffea cruda is in some of these rubrics, but not to the degree that is indicated in Chamomilla.

Heck, Chamomilla even has an aggravation at nine AM — just about the stereotypical time the caffeine would have been consumed and had “kicked in!”

Other remedies to consider if you are dealing with this type of headache: Nux vomica and Ignatia. (See Overwhelmed for a bit more information comparing those two remedies.)

It is not at all uncommon for people to use coffee first thing in the morning to get their bowels moving. So, if you are considering ditching the coffee habit, know this is a possible “side effect.” Chamomilla can help with this, but so, too, can Nux vomica. (See The Eagle has Landed).

Is there a reason to quit coffee? Lots of homeopaths recommend to not drink coffee when taking homeopathic remedies. (I don’t agree with this. See HERE for more thoughts on this.)

Sarah Ballantyne*, (I first learned about her when she was known as The Paleo Mom), has now written a book (being published in May) called NutrivoreHer new system is based on nutrient density. “The Nutrivore Score is an objective measurement of the total amount of nutrients a food contains per calorie. There are 33 nutrients that go into the calculation.” Well, guess what the number one food item is according to this system? That's right… Coffee. Hmmmm.

Having said all that, from someone who has been there, done that — drinking many, many cups of coffee all day, everyday -- I don’t think you’ll regret kicking the coffee habit if you choose that route. It may take a little time, but I bet you’ll be waking more refreshed and feeling much better at being able to function without relying on the coffee crutch.

Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath


* I have no affiliation with Sarah Ballantyne, I am just intrigued by her new dietary system.

Works Cited

Ballantyne, Sarah. “Brewed Coffee Nutrients.Nutrivore.

Morrison, Roger. Desktop Guide to Keynotes and Confirmatory Symptoms. Nevada City, Calif., Hahnemann Clinic Pub, 1993.

Watson, J. “CAFFEINE.” ScienceDirect, Academic Press, 1 Jan. 2003. 

Weber, Joseph G., et al. “Prophylactic Intravenous Administration of Caffeine and Recovery after Ambulatory Surgical Procedures.” Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vol. 72, no. 7, July 1997, pp. 621–626, .