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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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    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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   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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   Last week, someone I have been working with emailed to let me know that she has been using the EFT demonstration videos on my website and has found them helpful.  I was really thrilled to know that – it’s exactly why I made them and you never know with these things whether people are going to find them useful or not.  Her kind feedback spurred me on to make another video that has been in my mind for a while – EFT for sleeping problems.  Here it is below – and if you would like to have the free information sheet with the words on (so you can do the exercise in bed), you can get it here.

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   That’s exactly what I thought until last year, at Christmas when two of my family had the flu and EFT helped them feel better.

If you’re suffering from a cold or flu right now, give this a try.  Think about what the main symptom is and where in your body you are feeling it.  Then decide how intense that feeling is on a scale of 0-10, where 0 is that feeling is not there and 10 is it’s the most intense it could be.  You could also think about how having a cold or flu is making you feel – fed up, irritable, impatient, etc.  Then, go through the tapping points saying something similar to this – whatever fits your own, personal symptoms.  (If you’re not sure where the tapping points are, you can find out by watching the EFT Demo Feeling Bad here).

Tapping on your karate chop point:

  • Even though I’m feeling all bunged up and it’s really annoying, I’m OK
  • Even though I’m all bunged up and I can’t think straight and I feel really poorly, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
  • Even though I’m all bunged up and I feel really poorly and I can’t do the things I want to, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
  • (Tapping on the top of your head) Feeling all bunged up
  • (Tapping between your eyes) Really annoying
  • (Tapping at the corners of your eyes) Feeling really poorly
  • (Tapping under your eyes) So fed up
  • (Tapping under your nose) Allowing that to go now
  • (Tapping on your chin) Releasing it now
  • (Tapping on your collar bones) Allowing it to go now
  • (Tapping under one arm) Releasing it now
  • (Tapping under the other arm) Releasing it now 
Take a big breath in and out and then just check how you are feeling – on the same scale of 0-10.  If your number has gone down, but not to 0, repeat the exercise and check again.  If your number still hasn’t gone down, it may be helpful to think about the emotions connected to feeling poorly – are you worried about work, frustrated, fed up that you’re missing out on something, angry?  If you become aware that there is a strong emotion connected to the poorliness, then it may be helpful to you to do a couple of tapping rounds just on that feeling.  Use the EFT Demo Feeling Bad to tap along with.

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   This is a great question Sam – thank you for asking.  As a homeopath, there are lots of questions I need to ask in response to it. Irritating, I know – answering a question with more questions!  Here’s the thing though, when I look in my book of symptoms (known to homeopaths as The Homeopathic Medical Repertory), under the symptom “Wakes at night at 3.00 am” there are 48 different medicines to choose from.  So, I need to work out which of those 48 is going to be the best one for Sam.

To begin with, I want to know how long Sam has been experiencing this problem and what was happening when it started.

Then there’s the question of how Sam wakes.  You see some people wake suddenly, or as if they’ve heard a noise, or from hunger or thirst, from dreams, heat or coldness, needing to go to the loo, or from perspiration.  For other people, the waking seems to be causeless.

After that, it’s what is keeping Sam awake?  Is it thoughts of business, anxiety, restlessness or just feeling wide awake?

Has Sam got any idea what is causing this sleep problem?  And how has Sam been feeling since the sleep problem started – more irritable than normal, weepy, or just tired?

So, before I can recommend a homeopathic medicine to help Sam with this sleep problem, I need quite a lot more information.

In the meantime, what you could try, Sam, is to drink some water when you wake up and take a tiny bit of salt – straight salt if you can bear it and, if not, a couple of crisps or something similar.  A drop of lavender on your pillow may help you to feel more relaxed and sleepy.

And then you could just do a bit of tapping.  If you don’t know about EFT you can go here and watch the demonstration on “Feeling Bad”.  Instead of saying “Even though I’m feeling like this” you can tap in the same way and say “Even though I can’t get back to sleep” as you tap on the karate chop point and then as you go through the points from the top of your head to under your eyes you can say “Can’t get back to sleep” and from under your nose to under your arms you can say “Choosing to relax now”.  Then you can go through all the points from the top of your head to under your arms alternating “Choosing to relax” and “Choosing to go back to sleep”.

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  Well, who would have thought it?  Here I’ve been, writing all these tips and hints for getting a good night’s sleep and guess what’s happened?  Yesterday I was working with a new client whose secondary health problem was sleep.  In answer to the question on the Personal History form I’d sent to him, “What is your sleep like?” he had written “Terrible! Insomnia most nights.”

Now, as you may or may not know, my first prescription to most people is “drink more water” and this client had duly started to increase his water intake in the week between our introductory chat and his initial consultation.

Well, we went through the consultation, filling out the information he had provided and getting the details of his primary health problem.  As I checked to ensure we had covered everything I reminded him what he had written about his sleep and asked him to elaborate.  At which point he burst out laughing and said “you know, since I’ve started drinking the water, my sleep’s been fine.”

Job done.  On that front at least!

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