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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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    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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   This is another great question and thank you for asking, MR.  Although, as usual, there are lots of questions I would like to ask in response, I can at least say that yes, EFT and homeopathy, individually and/or together are excellent tools for helping with anxiety.

As is, you maybe surprised to know, drinking water!  When we are dehydrated our bodies go into “drought-management” mode and release hormones into the bloodstream which can cause us to feel anxious.  To know whether or not you are dehydrated, just check the colour of your urine.  If you are properly hydrated, your urine will be a colour between clear and very pale yellow. Anything darker than that indicates dehydration.

There are over three hundred different homeopathic remedies that could help with anxiety and panic attacks and finding the right one for any particular individual involves careful understanding of that person’s experience of anxiety, as well as a good knowledge of their life history.

Tapping along with the exercise “EFT Demo – Feeling Bad” – using your own words may help in the short term.  For more long-lasting resolution, working with a practitioner is likely to be helpful.

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   Nobody, right? Or do you? If you think about it, colds tend to occur at specific times of the year – Winter and Spring – and it’s possible that a cold is your body’s way of adjusting to the new season. So maybe the best thing to do when you get a cold is to take a couple of days off work and look after yourself. Get plenty of rest and sleep, drink plenty of water and orange juice (packed full of vitamin C) and maybe even treat yourself to a warming hot toddy (recipe coming in tomorrow’s blog). This will give your body the best possible chance to do what it needs to prepare itself for the oncoming season.

Homeopathy can help with cold and flu symptoms, in fact there are over thirty different medicines that can help with flu and many more that may help with a cold.  Here are the details of the three most commonly used homeopathic cold and flu medicines – if your symptoms fit, give the medicine a try.  If none of these seem to fit your symptoms, take a look here where there are many more to choose from.

Aconite: You really want to keep this one in your medicine cupboard because it is a great remedy for nipping a cold or flu in the bud when the symptoms have come on quickly. Take it as soon as you notice the first symptoms – which is likely to be after you have been out in the cold. You will have lots of sneezing with pain at the root of your nose.  Your mucous membranes will be dry, you may have lots of shivering, feel quite anxious and feel worse in the evening or at night.

Ferrum phos: This medicine may help when your symptoms come on gradually. You may have a sore throat and a feeling that the cold is going to affect your ears or your chest.  You may feel weak and leathargic and have a flushed face and your eyes may be red and burning.

Gelsemium: This is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine for flu – you have the common flu symptoms of feeling heavy, lethargic and dull, your limbs ache, you feel dull and you may have shivers running up and down your back.

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