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   A client walked into my consulting room yesterday and, breathing in, said “ah, essential oils.”.  He was quite right.  One of the things that I do to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for people is to diffuse a mix of essential oils into the room before they arrive.

So we had a bit of a conversation about essential oils and when I thought about it later, I decided that,  if I was only allowed one oil, lavender would be my most essential.

Lavender essential oil is good for so many things.  It is my number one burn remedy.  Keep a bottle in your kitchen for those times when you catch your arm on an oven shelf or drip something very hot on yourself.  DO NOT run it under cold water.  No!  Instead, immediately apply some neat lavender oil to the burn area and you will feel immediate relief.  And, even better than that, you will have no livid red scar.  It’s true – don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

Sleep is another thing that lavender oil can help with.  It has a very soothing effect.  A couple of drops in your child’s bedtime bath water can work wonders to settle them down and encourage them to sleep.  And for people who find it hard to drop off to sleep, a drop of lavender oil on your pillow may help.

Don’t think more is better though, I have learned, through unfortunate experience, that four or five drops in the bath can have the opposite effect on one’s children!  And more than one drop on the pillow at night might have your eyes streaming!

If your eyes are streaming through a cold, or flu or some other bacterial or viral illness, however, diffusing lavender oil  into the room is an excellent idea. Lavender oil has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and it can boost the immune system.

A 10ml bottle of lavender oil will cost you around £5 and, as you only use it a couple of drops at a time, it will last you for ages (unless you are particularly accident-prone!).  My recommendation is, buy yourself a bottle now and no, I am not selling it! – you can get good quality lavender oil from most health food shops.

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   Did you know that one in five people suffers from hay fever these days?  Well, not these days, obviously, it’s winter now – between March and November.

Just think back to last summer for a moment … who do you remember who was constantly sneezing and had red watery eyes?  You can probably remember more than one.

And those symptoms are from the outside looking in.  On the inside, there’s the constantly blocked or running nose and … the itching … which could be in the eyes, or throat, or mouth, or nose or even in the ears.  And some people lose their sense of smell, have facial pains, sweats, and headaches.

The symptoms of hay fever can make people miserable.  When you’re suffering, it can be difficult to concentrate or to sleep properly.  All in all, hay fever is not a problems to be sniffed at (sorry, couldn’t resist).

So, why am I writing about it now, I hear you ask, when no-one is suffering from hay fever?  I’m writing about it now because now is the time to get homeopathic treatment for hay fever so that, maybe, the symptoms will be reduced this season.

Visit my site or email kcampion@thealternativealternative.com  for more information.

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   So it’s happened.  I have a cold.  And not just any old cold, a really bad cold.  It could even be described as a “man-cold” … although maybe that’s exaggerating just a tad.

Whatever, it is a seriously kick-ass cold.

Ha ha!  I hear you cry.  Doesn’t she listen to her own advice?  Take her own medicine?  Yes I do, and I did and still, I have a really prolific and productive cold.

So, I can only assume that this cold is meant to be and the best thing I can do is to help myself do it as well as I possibly can.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.  I’ve been dosing myself with hot toddies (Kim’s Secret Hot Toddy Recipe) and homeopathic remedies, drinking gallons of lovely cold water and resting.

And just today I have started to feel really quite excited because I know, when I’ve finished doing this cold, I’m going to feel great.  Because I do trust my body, that it is behaving intelligently and is getting rid of stuff I don’t need as expeditiously as possible.

So, if you too have a cold, do it as well as you can and take heart – you will feel better than you did before you had it when it has run its course.

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   Well I don’t know about you, but I always find that I eat more at Christmas than any other time of year.  Apart from the obvious culinary delights of Christmas Day itself, there are mince pies, chocolates, Christmas cake, Christmas log and myriad other deliciously-treaty things to eat.  And whilst I no longer eat myself to sickness, as I did once at my Nana’s when I was about eight, it’s very easy to suddenly find myself feeling over-full and uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are homeopathic remedies that can help in such circumstances.  If you were going to ensure that you had just one remedy with you I would go for nux vom.  As well as being an excellent hangover remedy nux vom is also very handy for general overindulgence.  If you have heartburn and your stomach and abdomen feel sore or bruised and sensitive to pressure, nux vom is likely to bring you some relief.

If you want to have a few different remedies handy, carbo veg is very good if it feels like your digestive system has just given up the ghost and stopped working altogether, your stomach feels heavy and full and you may feel sleepy. Lycopodium may be helpful if your abdomen is bloated even after only eating a little and you have lots of noisy wind.

Heaven forbid that your Christmas should be spoiled by food poisoning!  Just in case you could get in some arsen album.  You will know if you need to take it if you get gnawing and burning pains, sickness and diarrhoea and particularly if you get very chilly and anxious.

You can get all of these remedies from health food shops and maybe even Boots.  Get them with a 30 after the name and take them as directed on the tub.

Merry Christmas!

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   OK, I’ll admit it, in the past, I have fallen prey to the odd hangover and in my time I have discovered something about hangovers … if you have done everything suggested in my last blog post and you still feel rough, there is more to it than just physical symptoms.

And this is where EFT comes in.  “Tapping for a hangover???” I hear you exclaim in total disbelief.  Yes, tapping for a hangover.

Just think about it for a moment.  The morning after the night before, what is that little voice in your head saying to you?  “You’ve done it again you dolt!” “When will you ever learn?” “How stupid was that?”.  And how do you feel – emotionally that is – guilty, embarrassed, stupid?

If your answer is yes to any of the above (or anything similar) then EFT may help to shift those final symptoms.  If you are not familiar with EFT this link demonstrates how to use it.  Tap along with it and see how you feel afterwards.  If it only makes a little difference, then substitute your own words. For example:

  • Even though I’m feeling really fed up with myself for having too much to drink last night, I deeply and completely love, forgive and accept myself
  • Even though I say never again every time this happens and I’ve done it again and I’m really annoyed with myself, I deeply and completely love, forgive and accept myself anyway
  • Even though I’m feeling cross with myself, and guilty and annoyed and I’m fed up that I have another hangover,  I deeply and completely love, forgive and accept myself anyway
  • Feeling hungover
  • Feeling annoyed with myself
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling awful
  • Releasing that now
  • Allowing it to go
  • Releasing that now
  • Allowing it to go
And you never know, being kind to yourself – rather than beating yourself up – may just help you to prevent hangovers in the future.  You never know until you try.

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    Of course, we all know that some people will say the best way to ensure that we don’t have a hangover is “avoid alcohol altogether” and where’s the fun in that?  The next best way is to “take more water with it”, as my granny used to say.  I think in my granny’s day, that referred to whiskey and the dilution of such.

Water can, in fact, be a huge help in the prevention of hangovers as dehydration is the biggest culprit in that banging head, slightly nauseous feeling.  Making sure that you are well-hydrated before you go out and remembering to have at least half a pint of water in between anything else you are drinking, will go a long way to helping you feel OK the next day.

And then there’s the homeopathic remedy nux vomica – know in homeopathic circles as “the hangover remedy”.  If you know you are likely to be drinking more alcohol than usual, take a nux vom before you go out.  Then take one when you get back in, drink at least half a pint of water (a pint if you can manage it) and have another nux vom before you go to bed.

Hopefully, when you wake in the morning you will feel OK.  If you are still feeling a bit the worse for wear, have more water (a pint would be favourite), a glass of orange juice and another nux vom.  In fact you can take a nux vom every hour until you do feel better.

You can get nux vomica from most health food shops, direct from Helios or Ainsworths homeopathic pharmacies or even most Boots stores.  Nux vomica 30 is what you want.

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   Like you’re only half there?  You haven’t got a cold or the flu, but you’re just feeling not quite right.  That’s how I was feeling last week.

That not-quite-properly-awake, first-thing-in-the-morning feeling was lasting until the afternoon.  It was difficult to think, plan and get myself going.  I was drinking plenty of water (;D) and even coffee didn’t seem to help … and then I remembered.   Echinacea!  That’s what I needed.  And that’s what I took.  Ten drops in a little juice, first thing in the morning and last thing at night and now I’m right as rain!

Oh, yes and vitamin C.  My preference is for the Aspartame-free, chewable type that I get from Healthspan but of course, you can get vitamin C from all health food shops and places like Boots.  As you can Echinacea.  Just remember not to take Echinacea for longer than three weeks at a time, otherwise you could end up feeling worse than you did when you started!

 

 

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