When I first thought of the subject of this blog, I was tempted to write it as a continuation of my series ‘Dispelling Myths’, and as we go on you will see why. I was recently asked to give a talk to a group of Business owners regarding wellness, and I chose to focus on the importance of regular health maintenance or investment in selfcare – prevention always being cheaper and easier than cure! In this vein, I spoke about purchasing one of the excellent Homeopathic remedy kits produced by the Homeopathic Pharmacies (see photo above), and the use of it for acute illnesses – coughs, colds, headaches, stomach upsets, fever management, toothaches etc. Not only are these remedies very affective but it’s a brilliant way to learn about Homeopathy and about what works for you and your family. Using one of these kits for myself and my children and witnessing how effective they are is how I became interested in training as a Practitioner in the first place!
I have always encouraged my Clients to widen their knowledge regarding their health and if they are committed to Homeopathy in any way I find both our lives are alot easier and more practical if they own a remedy kit. Much can be learnt just through the little handbooks that come with the kits and I welcome a quick call or text if Clients can’t decide between remedies or aren’t sure about doseage. Its much easier to manage when someone has remedies to hand rather than having to wait for the post or go out to buy over the counter. I’m also very committed and passionate about empowering parents to be able to not only relieve and manage their childrens minor illnesses but to become less and less reliant on outside ‘Experts’ for what are common, easy to manage issues. I do not believe it’s helpful to parents to just tell you what you ccan’t do – you need to know what the alternatives are in order to make real and lasting changes!
As all parents know, children are rarely ill 9-5, so access to health advice and treatment is often needed outside of regular working hours. Wouldn’t it be easier to have this ‘expertise’ yourselves and know how to address common minor illnesses? I was very surprised to learn from several people who approached me after this talk, that they had not heard of these remedy kits and didn’t know that they could self-prescribe. These were mostly people who had consulted a Homeopath in the past and had success with Homeopathy, but not thought of using it in a wider context because they were under the impression that you could only take Homeopathic remedies if prescribed by a Practitioner. You can understand why I was immediately adding this to my list of ‘myths’ about Homeopathy!
One of the fantastic things about Homeopathy is it’s unblemished safety record and it’s use of remedies that are so dilute that they cannot cause harm. Broadly speaking when used for minor illness, accidents etc the remedies will either work or not work depending on how well they have been selected. They will not make anything worse, (see my previous blogs), or create anything that isn’t already there.
The kits contain a selection of commonly used remedies in 2gram bottles which can be replaced individually for a few euro each and do not go out of date, despite what anyone tells you! My Clients who start to use these kits at home and discover the efficacy of remedies in helping with teething pain, colic, headaches, menstual pain, earaches, coughs and colds, minor burns and allergies etc etc are also able to reduce dependence on pharmaceuticals/GP’s etc and all the possible side effects. In addition Homeopathic remedies generally cost less than over the counter drugs. Parents, in particular, feel empowered and less fearful of everyday complaints and if unsure can always telephone me for guidence. I charge only a nominal amount for a 10 minute telephone call and as confidence grows these calls become less and less necessary. As an extra bonus for all people completing my Home Prescribing Courses, I am also now adding membership to a closed (private) Facebook group where you can ask questions and share information in a safe community of like-minded people.
I should stress that this type of prescribing is not a substitute for ongoing treatment for long term or chronic issues. However if my clients are using remedies acutely instead of potentially toxic pharmaceuticals then I am more than happy and more importantly so are they! Apart from anything else it frees up valuable healing energy so that it can be focused on the more difficult long term issues. Much of the chronic or long term health issues often have their roots in acute or minor illnesses that have been inappropriately or inadequately treated eg. eczema suppressed with steroids will often display later as Asthma.
I run first aid prescribing courses based on these kits – both live if you live locally and online if you don’t – and this is a great way to get started as well as build a relationship with me, so you can feel comfortable calling or asking questions if you get stuck. The initial investment in a kit is approximately the same as the cost of one visit to your GP, (in Ireland), and will last a lot longer! There are also tailor made kits for travel and childbirth as well. With a little bit of an investment in your time and minimal cost you too can start re-gaining better control and management of the health of yourself and your family. It made a massive difference to my life both as a parent and in terms of looking after my own health.
If you are interested in attending one of my locally held ‘Homeopathy in Your Hands’ – Home Prescribing courses, just enter your contact details in the sign up forms on my website to receive your free newsletter, notification of the next course and my Free taster video series. If you are more interested in learning at your own pace with my online series of videos just click here for more details.
Today, right now, is a very good time to start making changes to your life and there is nothing more precious than our health.