Christian Hahnemann born in 1755 was a German doctor who was so disturbed by some practices of medicine, it led him to postulate a healing principle: “that which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms.” This principle, `like cures like’, became the basis for an approach to medicine which he gave the name homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies are fully scientific in nature as they are produced by a large number of medicinal substances found by `proving’ or testing the drug on healthy human beings of both sexes, different ages and constitutions.

Homeopathy does not believe in the materialistic causes of disease, so bacilli are not the cause of disease, but come after the disease.That the homeopathic materia medica is absolutely scientific, is justified by processes of observations, inductions, deductions and experimental verification.

I have been using homeopathy, on myself and family, since I did a course with a classical homeopath in 1997.

There are many common conditions which can be treated with Homeopathy and in fact, a homeopathic medicine cabinet is a vital element in any family medicine. Space allows only a few remedies.

Firstly Arnica can be used for falls, shock, aching muscles and weariness. The yellow flower, of the herb is used to treat all of the `soft parts’, muscles, sprains and grows in the high country, in mountainous districts in Europe. Taken internally, it can also be applied externally, provided there is no abrasion. If the skin is broken, use Calendula tincture. It is a treasure.

Th next inclusion in the homeopathic medicine cabinet is Ledum for accidents, wounds from sharp pointed things, bites from animals, splinters, insect stings and wounds. It will keep Tetanus away. It can be given whenever the pain returns.

The third is Hypericum, it follows Ledum in preventing sepsis after injury, following fractures, crushed fingers or toes It can be given internally at 2 to 4 hourly intervals and a tincture applied locally.

The fourth recommendation is Calendula or common Marigold. The yellow buds and flowers can be pounded and macerated in 50% alcohol and placed in corked bottles, shaken several times a day for 3 weeks, then filtered and kept as stock tincture. It can be made into an ointment with lanolin or the fresh flowers can be used on cuts, cracks, chapped hands, insect bites small septic spots. Calendula can also be used with burns.

Nux Vom is a useful fifth addition for cases of biliousness constipation and diarrhea. In severe cases Pulsatilla may be required.

Burns can be treated with Urtica urens internally and if blisters form don’t break them, use 20 drops in a cup of water and soak gauze in this and cover the burn area.

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Azad,Rai (2005), Scholar’s Manual of Homeopathic MATERIA MEDICA

Shepherd,Dorothy (1992), Homeopathy for the First Aider. CW Daniel Co Ltd.


Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils which are extracted from plants and can be used in massage oil, in the bath in in a room oil burner. Plants have natural and original pharmacological properties and are the basis of modern medicine.

We are familiar with some of them which are used in cooking such as sage, mint and rosemary. Others have been used by Aborigines to cleanse the air such as Eucalyptus.

I have an interesting book which links the essential oils with human temperaments. This approach has similarities with Hahnermann when he established the bases of homeopathy (which I intend to cover next week). It has parellels in Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic tradition and in Paracelsus’s theory of signatures and based on energetic resonances of Sheldrake. What it suggests is the patient accept the origin of pathological imbalances in their condition and use the essences to change the condition.

“When I used to walk through the big Eucalyptus forests, I had trouble preventing myself from leaving my body”, said Bashistya Shivananta. The journey of Eucalyptus is an inner one, representing a meditating sage, whose aura one contemplates while breathing. Breath control being the secret to controlling the mind. A very useful essence for recentering a scattered person suffering respiratory spasms, symptoms of no longer being in balance with the world around. It can be used with Cupressus and Rosemary.

“He who has found within himself inner joy, being blissful and lit from within, this yogi, on his way to becoming a Brahman, attains the supreme peace of a Brahman”.

Lavender is characterised as a nature lover, a staunch ecologist, eating natural food and leading a healthful life. Intelligent, often scruffy, reacting to taboo subjects, a campaigner, out of sync with the world and his time.

Lavender is calming, useful in lung complaints, good at fighting fungal infections a very useful essence particularly in blending with Rosemary and Mentha (mint) (teeth), and Cupressus (ulcers).

Sage is used in smudging, cleansing the aura and is useful for this firstly. Sage (Salvia) is characterised as the huntress Artemis, the lunar Goddess and eternal virgin, protector of women, children, wild animals and births.

Salvia is the saving herb used in women’s gynaecological problems, not recommended for pregnant women, or lactating women, unless they desire to stop the milk. It helps with respiratory and gynaecological problems, hot flushes sweating, painful periods.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) a character very much in his mind and without scruples – to the very nature of the intellect. The essential male aspect is sterile unless connected with its feminine counterpart. It symbolises sexual sublimation by the Goddess as it was was used in the rites of Eleusis.

Mint has been used in funeral rites. It is a general stimulant and nerve tonic in convalesce and an excellent blood purifier blended with Citrus and rosemary fighting debility caused by prolonged allopathic treatments. Mint stimulates digestive function with Thymus. It has many other uses.

Rosa damascena is the rose from which the essential oil is mainly distilled. Symbol of Mary and of the Holy Grail, the rose symolises the wounds of Christ and the transmutation of his blood. The rose symbolises life, death and resurrection.

Rose refines our sensitivities, taking us to another world, dispering worries, anxieties and sorrows. Rose leads to respect for the feminine principle symbolised in Aphrodite and as such is another ascension tool, raising the spiritual vibrations.

Mailhebiau, Philippe,(1995), Portraits in Oils, the Personality of Aromatherapy Oils and their link with Human Temperaments. C.W. Daniel Co Ltd

Worwood, V.A.,(1990) The Fragrant Pharmacy. Bantam Books

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