Every day in my practice, I help adults and children to address chronic conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances. A major part of addressing health concerns is dealing with the little touches of flu and viruses that come and go.
As a naturopathic doctor who practices homeopathy, I team up with natural bodily functions to help the body heal itself. This is the cornerstone belief of homeopathy. According to homeopathic medicine, small doses of substances that produce similar symptoms can reduce symptoms in healthy people.
In this post, we’ll discuss the basis of homeopathy and three remedies for your family this cold and flu season.
What is Homeopathy?
The word homeopathy is a Greek term that means means “like disease” and links back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates. German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) then tested and refined homeopathic practices and remedies.
Homeopathic medicine follows two major principles, that “like cures like” and the “law of minimum dose.”
Like cures like
This means symptoms can be alleviated by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people. An example of this is Coffea crude, a homeopathic remedy, made from unroasted coffee beans, that is used to alleviate shaking hands, jittery nerves, and insomnia. Similar symptoms to drinking too much coffee.
Law of minimum dose
The law of minimum doses states the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain. This may seem counterintuitive, but Dr. Hahnemann found that when he was using full-strength herbs, while the patients got well, they also had side effects.
Today, homeopathic remedies are diluted so that almost no trace of the chemical is found and include therapeutically active micro-doses of mineral, botanical, and biological substances.
3 Homeopathic Remedies for Cold and Flu Season
I’ve outlined three of my favorite homeopathic products to help bring you relief this cold and flu season.
Sinus-Tone is a homeopathic combination formula for symptoms associated with sinus congestion and mucosal imbalances. Sinus congestion, whether recent or long-standing, can indicate that the primary organs of elimination are congested.
The ecosystem of the human body is an intricate and delicate balance of cells and microbes, including viruses. When this system is out of balance, the body will express itself in distinctive symptoms, either acute, such as sudden-onset fever, or long-standing, such as muscle aches.
Viru-Chord is a homeopathic combination formula for symptoms of fever, chills, fatigue, headache, coughs, nausea, diarrhea, swollen glands, and muscle aches.
Drainage-Tone is a homeopathic combination formula for a broad range of symptoms related to congestion of the body’s drainage pathways. In a healthy state, the drainage pathways are open and operative allowing waste products to be excreted. Drainage pathways are present in every system, organ, and cell in the body.
Consider this for symptoms such as swollen glands, sinus congestion, head congestion, mucous secretions, and skin eruptions.
Essential Oils For Symptom Relief
Essential oils are a great addition to your cold and flu routine and can be applied topically or diffused into the air.
Sinus Formula Essential Oil by Veriditas
When I need relief from sinus issues, Sinus Formula is my go-to because it quickly opens the sinus cavity and supports respiration.
Organic essential oils include Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Thyme, and Rosemary.
Good Samaritan Essential Oil by Veriditas
Good Samaritan is a staple essential oil blend for a healthy family and is used to defend against germs and safeguard the respiratory system. Diffuse 3-6 drops for immune defense in a diffuser or mix with a carrier oil and applied to the bottom of feet (children should wear socks). You can even add several drops to cleaning solutions or hand soap as a natural disinfectant.
Organic essential oils include Cinnamon Leaf, Lemon, Rosemary ct Cineole, Eucalyptus Radiata, Clove, Cinnamon Bark.
Just Plain Relief!
This formula provides fast relief in an easy-to-use roll-on and is formulated with Peppermint and Helichrysum for icy and hot support. This provides quick relief for sinus headaches and muscle soreness. Roll directly onto the affected area and allow oils to penetrate deeply into the skin. Keep away from eyes.
Organic essential oils include Peppermint, Clove, Helichrysum, Lavender.
Looking for additional remedies to support your immune system this winter? Check out my blog “Optimize Your Immune System This Winter” for what you can do to support your immune system through supplements and support!