How to Keep Your Family Healthy Using Homeopathy Series – Introduction to Homeopathy

How to Keep Your Family Healthy Using Homeopathy

Introduction to the Series

You’ve probably heard of homeopathy. Maybe your friend or neighbor has used homeopathic medicines with great success. Or perhaps, you’ve heard someone talk about homeopathy in terms of herbal medicines and/or other natural alternatives. I have found that most people believe that homeopath encompasses everything: herbology, naturopathy, etc.

This is not true. Homeopathy is a very specific system of medicine. We will discuss it briefly in this introduction to homeopathy, and will follow up with several blog posts about how to treat specific common ailments that you might see in your family. This series will teach you how to keep you and your family healthy using homeopathy.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician and this is not to be considered medical advice. Always consult with your physician or homeopathic practitioner before using any homeopathic medicines. 

What is Homeopathy

Homeopathy. The definition of homeopathy from the Miriam-Webster Dictionary is:
a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease

Law of Similars

This system of medicine is based on the Law of Similars, meaning that the medicine used to treat the symptoms, if given in high doses will actually cause the symptoms.

The idea of “like curing like” is not new. The idea dates back to Hippocrates who in 400 BC discovered that certain herbs given in low doses cured the same symptoms that the herb actually caused in higher, toxic doses.

“Any substance which can produce a totality of symptoms in a healthy human being can cure that totality of symptoms in a sick human being.”~~Samuel Hahnemann

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, took this idea further and began this system of medicine known as homeopathy by “proving” these remedies (medicines). He decided to test out his theory on himself, taking more and more of a potentially toxic substance and recording the symptoms as they occurred. Hahnemann studied different remedies over the years and meticulously recorded the symptoms he experienced from ingesting these substances. These recordings later became the Materia Medica.

Whole-Person Approach

Homeopathy takes into account the total person, not just the physical symptoms a person might be experiencing. Since it is a holistic system of medicine, in order to find the most efficacious medicine for you, a homeopathic practitioner will want to know about your emotional state, temperament, your physical symptoms, your likes and dislikes, your sleeping patterns, and even the odd, quirky things about you that other medical practitioners might overlook. To a homeopath, everything is important. Homeopathic medicine is never one-size-fits-all.

Potencies

A trained homeopathic practitioner knows what potencies are needed for serious conditions. The Law of Minimum states that the medicines are to be given in very minute doses. These medicines are increasingly more powerful in smaller doses. There are hundreds of homeopathic medicines which are prepared in different dilutions and come only from homeopathic pharmacies.

For household use, homeopathic medicines in a 30C or 200C are considered safe to use. You can purchase homeopathic medicines in 30Cs in most health food stores, Whole Foods, other places where you’ll find natural health products, and here on Amazon. To purchase medicines at other potencies, you will get these from a homeopathic practitioner or directly from a pharmacy. (I highly recommend all families have a homeopathic kit on hand.) I travel with mine, and am never far from it.

Homeopathic Hospitals & Pharmacies

It is a little-known fact that the hospitals in the US were originally homeopathic hospitals, meaning that the system of medicine taught and practiced in hospitals was homeopathy. Homeopathy quickly gained a wide following among educated physicians. Many of the initial practitioners and proponents of homeopathic medicine graduated from the most prestigious medical schools of the day. The first medical society formed in the United States was the American Institute of Homeopathy, a society still in existence today.

These physicians had graduated from conventional medical schools and eventually a new group was formed which tried to take over with “new” conventional medicine. This new medical society named itself the “American Medical Association” (AMA).

Homeopathic pharmacies are still in existence today. You don’t see advertisements for them on television (who can complete with the major drug companies in terms of advertising budgets?) but they are still going strong.

Suppression

Suppression is something that happens when you mask symptoms or try to treat them with things like over-the-counter medicines or topical solutions. The idea is, that if the body is trying to rid itself of something (and our bodies are beautifully designed to do this), you really don’t want to push this disease or symptoms deeper into the body; you want to be able to help the body purge itself of whatever is causing symptoms. Have you ever gotten a rash only to run to the store, purchase some Benadryl, or other topical or systemic medicine in order to “treat” it? Have you noticed that the “cure” is almost always temporary?

Homeopathic medicines seek to help the body bring itself back into balance gently while allowing the body to release anything that is out of order. In homeopathic terms, rashes are good: you want things coming out of the skin. It’s your body doing its job.  Homeopathic medicines can assist, but they do not suppress (unless taken incorrectly.)

Cost-Effective

Homeopathic medicines range in cost from approximately $5 to $40, depending on what you need. One vial of medicine will last you several years, since at a 30C or 200C potency, you will only need a few small pellets to get the desired dose. Once you find that a remedy is working, you will likely not need it again for quite a while. Generally, you only take one dose (unless you are under the care of a homeopathic practitioner who advices otherwise and/or prescribes different potencies.)

It Works

Homeopathy is a fascinating system of medicine which is very misunderstood at best, and derogated at worst, simply because it has not been studied properly. While complex, it a system of medicine that is simple to use, is gentle on the person, and it works!

This series is designed as an introduction to homeopathy for those who are new to it, and is not at all intended as medical advice. I am not a medical doctor. I do have a certification in treating acute conditions with homeopathy, however, I am writing this series as simply someone who has used homeopathic medicines with great success for both myself and my family.

Further Reading:

Websites/Articles

The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Homeopathy in the United States

Samuel Hahnemann, Founder of Classical Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

Books

Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy – a great book with many great stories

The Complete Book of Homeopathy: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints – my “go to” – and it’s complete with a Materia Medica and rep chart (more on that later)

Homeopathic Medicine At Home: Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries – a good starter book

The Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions – a good book for those just learning

Homeopathic Kits

Starter Kit – this has many of the basic remedies you will need for every-day use.

Do-Over Day!

This blog post was taken from our original site and was published in 2009. Even though it’s an old post, and many of my life circumstances have changed, the content is still relevant.

Please comment and let me know if you can relate to this first-day-of-school scenario!

​Today was the first day of public school. Even though I have been gone from the classroom for long enough not to feel the usual excitement and anticipation of new beginnings, and even though my daughters did not go off to school today, and even though we’ve been into our homeschool rhythm and routine for months now and did not take the summer months off, I still can’t help but perceive this day as somehow new and different.

 

Many of my friends’ children and my daughters’ friends went off to school today and I could not help but think of them all day.  I wondered how the kids were doing, what activities they engaged in, whether they were having fun, how they enjoyed the bus ride.I wondered how the moms were doing, did they take a lot of pictures, did anyone shed tears, what cute things did they pack in the lunch boxes, and mostly, how does it feel to experience the <em>freedom</em> that comes from having someone else care for you children for a large part of the day?

Don’t get me wrong.  I love homeschooling.  For thousands of reasons.  But some days I wonder what it would be like to have a quiet house for the day.  I like to fantasize about what I would  do.  Would I relax and read?  Would I write?  Would I go back to teaching and actually make a real salary again?  Would I go get a different job?  Would I take riding lessons again, get another horse?  Would I finish this Ph.D. in half or a quarter of the time it’s been taking me now?  Would my house be cleaner?  Would I be more organized? Would I just rest?

A friend once told me that she felt that one needed to “be called” to homeschool and I believe this is true.  I have received that calling but sometimes wish I hadn’t.

Today we began our Monday morning like we always do with snuggles, breakfast, a short play time then our circle time, story and learning time.  By 9:45 this morning it was already clear that we were not having a smooth flowing morning.  My eldest was already lying on the floor tantruming, her sister close behind, and I was ready to quit.  I threw up my hands, walked out of the room to regroup and suddenly it hit me: we can have a Do-Over Day!

So I returned to our learning area and explained the concept of a do-over.  This was met with enthusiasm and smiles and we continued on.  What else could we do?

I can’t say that the rest of the morning went smoothly right away.  It didn’t.  We actually needed three do-overs today; but that’s okay because we homeschool and we CAN have do-overs!  We can regroup as many times as we need to during the day.

Oh, and I burned the dinner just now as I was absorbed in my writing.  Some days are just like that.  Time for yet another do-over I guess.

How Smiling Changes Your Brain

Here at Our Happy Medium we believe in the simple power of positive thinking to change big things! The guest post by Jamie Reynolds, MD, shows us how the simple act of smiling changes your brain. If you haven’t yet tried some of these simple techniques to lift your mood, what are you waiting for? You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Smile Science

In case you haven’t noticed, the world is messed up.  Like crazy messed up.  And, as human beings, most of it is our fault.  Crazy nuclear-obsessed dictators.  Hyper-divisiveness in the American political system.  Bigotry.  Suicide bombers.  Children unsafe at schools. The rich getting richer. The poor getting poorer.  Social-media bullies.  Cancer.  TMZ.  The list goes on…

And, just for good measure, mother nature decides to visit us with a record polar vortex and a flu season that affected millions more than normal (including yours truly).  Not to mention the fool that cut you off in line for your latte this morning, or a million other of life’s trivial annoyances that get our blood pressure out of control.  It is a wonder any of us are remotely sane. 

Or is it?  If you listen to a guy like Gary Vaynerchuck–and if you don’t you should–he correctly rants that we as human beings live in the greatest time to be alive in the history of humans.  And even though life seems and is challenging, we have never collectively had it better.  Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago where the world was much more like Game of Thrones and a lot less like spoiled brat reality TV.  And, as annoying as Honey Boo Boo and everything ‘Housewives’ seems to be, humanity continues to trend up. (more…)

Top Three Things to Help Avoid Homeschool Burnout

I don’t know about you, but by the beginning of May, you can stick me with a fork because I’m done. I’m tired. I’m worn out from all the curricular AND extracurricular activities. I’m barely hanging on, and the words you’ll hear most often from my mouth those days are, “just skip it!” My homeschooling mojo has left the building. My inspiration lies wet and soggy somewhere underneath a pile of once shiny-new ideas. I need a pick-me-up, and a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino with almond milk just won’t do. I’m experiencing homeschool burnout.

I’ve been through this before. Many times. Here are three things that have helped me avoid homeschool burnout (in order).

Stop Feeling Guilty

I know you feel it. You can’t deny it. We homeschool moms are the ones who begin each year with our polished new ideas and clean schedules and high hopes. When we get to May and are reminded of all the ways in which our ideas didn’t pan out, we feel awful. It’s to be expected. But guilt (or remorse or regret) just don’t serve us. Throw those feelings away and replace them with a mind open to learning why those ideas didn’t pan out. For me, it’s usually because of one of these three things: (more…)

Why It’s a Great Time to Start a Blog

Start a Blog

 

Have you ever had dreams of working from home? Today, we’ll show you why it’s a great time to start a blog and realize your dreams of working from your kitchen table in your pajamas! Here are a few things you need to know before you get started.

 

You Can Make Money Blogging

 

The blogging industry is growing, and has been over the last decade. I began blogging “for real” in 2009. By “for real” I mean, I started a blog with WordPress, hosted it with a super hosting company, and set it up to build my homeschooling consulting and evaluation business. As the years went by, my readership grew and the opportunities for affiliations with companies became more abundant. Today, the opportunities are bigger than ever before, and blogging has become a career and a great way to support yourself and your family.

 

Find a Niche

 

What will your blog for 2018 be about? Ask yourself these questions: What are you interested in? What are your strengths? Have you had any amazing and cool experiences that you want to share with others?

 

I have many interests and a few things that I am great at, and have lots of experience doing. My blog capitalizes on these things. You won’t find me doing makeup tutorials here, or discussing current style: these just aren’t my strengths, although you can sometimes find me binge-watching my favorite beauty bloggers on youtube. Find your strengths and interests and turn them into a business!

 

Use The Right Tools

 

This is very important and something I learned by experience. I began my blog by using WordPress, by hosting it with a terrific company, and by investing time and dedication to building it myself. As the years went by, and as my girls started to grow up and demand more of my time, I didn’t really keep up with WordPress. It is really like learning a new language, or at least it was for me. Don’t be intimidated though, because once you get the hang of it, it’s easy; but, like any language, if you don’t continue to use it you lose it.

 

Write Good, Quality Content

 

This might seem like a no-brainer, but to keep your visitors coming back to your brand new blog, you want to offer them something that is useful and relevant to their lives. Post often, and be sincere. I love reading and listening to personal stories. I think most people do. If you are relatable, and give your readers quality stuff, you will already be set up to grow and expand.

 

When I started my blog in 2009, I wrote good, quality content. As life’s demands and other priorities took over, I stopped doing this. Yes, I still shared good information, however, it was not my own information; mostly, I’d just link to something else. Which was still good for my readers, but not really giving them anything personal.

 

Keep Your Blog Updated

 

After a few years I realized that my blog was looking a bit outdated. The header was old, the theme wasn’t that exciting anymore and I wanted to refresh it. Knowing that I once was able to use Word Press to create a great-looking blog, I dusted off my password to the cpanel and decided to start updating. What I thought was going to be a relatively quick and easy thing to do, was more difficult than I thought. I needed a refresher. Many refreshers. And now, I was teaching online (full-time at this point), and continuing to homeschool my girls.

 

Hindsight has taught me that once you begin a blog with WordPress.com you should never, ever, move your blog to a different platform. Never! I was pressed for time, and wanted what I thought would be the “easy way out” so I moved my blog with all of its great content over to Weebly. Weebly has a drag and drop feature and the themes were easy to use and super modern-looking. Their customer service is fantastic, and I thought I had done the right thing.

 

Monetize Your Blog

 

You must monetize your blog, if you want to make money, and the best way to do that is to begin with WordPress. Using WordPress has many other perks, such as giving you great analytics and other things that I may write about in a future blog post but for now, just know that there are multiple ways to do this and I am still learning about all of them. The possibilities are incredible!

If you want to learn the details of how to monetize your blog, I encourage you to take the 30-Day Blogging Fast Track Course with blogging experts, Heather and Pete Reese. They even post their monthly income on their website so that you can see that it is not only possible, but very probable for you (and me!) to make that kind of income, too.

If you are not ready to sign up for the 30-day course, Pete and Heather also offer a totally free 5-Day Crash Course. I actually took this one first and was hooked, which prompted me to sign up for the 30-Day Fast Track Course. And did I mention it is totally FREE? Not only is it free, but it is jam-packed with amazing information. You won’t believe what Heather and Pete offer for zero cost. I promise you, it is just a snipped of the information contained in the 30-day course. And the best part is, after you sign up, you have access to everything for two years so you don’t have to worry about digesting it all at once (or taking notes!)

 

My Blog Evolved and Yours Will Too

 

After prettying up my blog with Weebly, I realized that I wanted to get back to regular posting, more writing and sharing of tutorials and things that I have experience with, so that I can help and reach more homeschoolers. Ultimately though, I found myself wanting to turn this business blog into a hybrid of sorts, and share some more personal things about our homeschooling lifestyle in Florida. This is why you see me blogging here at Our Happy Medium. almost ten years later!  You can read more about our vision for our new blog here. 

 

This time, I hired a web developer to help me get set up with WordPress again. If I had done that the first time, I would never have moved my site to Weebly, and things would have been a whole lot smoother for me. If you would like the contact information for Micah, the super-awesome, ultra-patient web developer who not only helped me, but actually taught me how to get going with WordPress again with a brand-new beautiful, and easy-to-use theme, I am happy to share his information. Just email me at Terri@ourhappymedium.com

Create Your Own Product

You will notice that successful bloggers offer a product or a service. I have always offered my homeschool consulting and evaluation services on my blog, but once I got serious about blogging, I began to offer homeschool courses through Our Happy Medium Academy, and now have my new e-book, Take Courage! An Inspirational Quote Journal for Moms up on the blog, too. What are you great at? What can you offer to others? Can you create a course, sell crafts, write a book? Again, the possibilities are endless.

Work With Sponsors

In their blogging course, Heather and Pete will show you how to find opportunities for sponsored work. My first paid sponsored post came when a company reached out to me. You can read this post here. I had fun writing it because it was for a company that I already knew and loved. Are there any specific products that you use and love? If so, reach out to their marketing people and pitch a blog post!

Main Things I Learned by Taking the 30-Day Blogging Fast Track Course

 

  • Blogging is a HUGE business right now
  • The sky is the limit in terms of how much money you can make
  • Travel Blogging is even bigger
  • There are multiple ways to monetize your blog, all you have to do is choose the right ones that fit you and your blog style
  • Blogging helps you meet, and build relationships with, people from all over the world
  • There is no time like RIGHT NOW to begin
  • There are hundreds of support groups for bloggers, including several devoted solely to Word Press help
  • A large percentage of advertising budgets for major companies goes to bloggers like us! They know the power of social media.

 

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Why You Need New Year’s Resolutions for Your Homeschool

Why do you need New Year’s resolutions for your homeschool? I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. In fact, several years ago I resolved not to participate in the seemingly pointless, tradition of sharing with friends all the ways I was going to make my life better in the coming year. What a set up for failure, right? I mean, all these ads and sales for healthy foods, supplements, weight loss products, exercise equipment is enough to prove that resolutions don’t last; otherwise all these things would be in your face all year long.

But today I’m not talking about exercise and diet resolutions; I’m talking about resolutions for your homeschool. Are there changes you’d like to make? Things you’d like to do differently? Do your kids have ideas about what they’d like to add to their schooling? Now is the time to regroup, recharge and resolve! Making New Year’s resolutions for your homeschool is important and here’s why: (more…)

Five Simple Things You Should Know to Help Your Young Child Become an Amazing Writer

​I am often asked the question, How can I teach my child to write?  Since reading and writing go hand in hand, the best way to start “teaching” writing is by reading.  Teaching a love of writing at this early age is so important for future successes a writer. There are a few things you should know about the early stages of writing.

Scribbles Are Important

Early writing really begins with drawing or scribbling. These random marks on the page are very important beginnings to the writing process. If you watch your child, you will see that these “scribbles” soon turn into long wavy lines resembling writing. This usually happens between the ages of 2 and 4.Next in the development of writing at this age, you’ll likely see your child making letter-like markings. These won’t really be true letters, but represent them.

Recognize Letter Strings

Around age 4 or 5 you’ll start to see real letters in strings on the page. They may or may not make real words.  More often than not, they are simply the letters your child enjoys making in non-phonetic blocks and lines. Don’t be alarmed if many of these are backward. This is totally normal.

Inventive Spelling is “Real” Spelling

When inventive spelling emerges on the page, (usually around age 5 or 6,) the fun begins! Now your child is using his or her own spelling according to how he or she makes the letter-sound correspondence.  This is my very favorite stage of writing and children are so excited to be able to put their sounds to paper and have others decipher it! One thing you can do to celebrate this success is read your child’s stories aloud. I promise, the more you read this inventive spelling, the better you will get at being able to decipher it. Hint: “speak” it as your child speaks; try to talk like your child. When my daughter was young, she had trouble with the “bl” blend and her writing at this stage reflected this.

Have Your Child Share Their Work

Children love to share their writing. Ask you child to be an author and sit in an “author’s chair” – a special chair designed for the sharing of the written word. Ask your child to sit in this chair (or wear a special hat, or other special thing to signify author’s time).  Be an active listener.  Invite the whole family. Ask questions about the story. Comment on what you enjoyed about it.

What Not To Do

It is very important not to correct a child’s spelling or grammar right now. Let them enjoy the free flowing feeling of writing without worry whether it is “right” or not. Spelling is one of those skills that is best acquired over time and does not come by rote memorization, constant correction or practice writing words correctly over and over again. (I’ll have much more to say on this subject in later posts.)

Later On

Around age 7 is when children begin to use more and more conventional spelling in their writing and spells most words correctly. Now is the time to teach simple grammar rules, which we’ll talk more about later on.

Useful Books:

This is an oldie but a goodie. It is hard to get a hold of, but if you can find it, it is gold:
Using Word Walls to Strengthen Student Reading and Writing at the Emergent Level

​Playful Writing: 150 Open-Ended Explorations in Emergent Literacy

Literacy-Building Play in Preschool: Lit Kits, Prop Boxes, and Other Easy-to-Make Tools to Boost Emergent

Reading and Writing Skills Through Dramatic Play

The following books are excellent books for teachers and are a must-have when you are teaching little ones during these early years:

Soaring with Reading and Writing: a highly effective emergent literacy program 

Teaching Beginning Writers

Curriculum We Recommend

All About Spelling

If you have an older child who is struggling with writing, we recommend our “How to Write the Perfect 5-Paragraph Essay” course. At Our Happy Medium Academy, we believe that learning should be fun!

Helpful Websites

Get Ready to Read (GRTR)

International Reading Association (IRA)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

Reading Rockets

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Why You Should Incorporate Educational Games in Your Homeschool

why you should incorporate educational games in your homeschool

There’s never enough time to do all that we want to do during our homeschool days, am I right? I have so many ideas that never come to fruition, so many things that I want to expose my girls to, but much of it never seems to happen. And the days go by. And then the weeks and the months and, well you get the picture. That’s why you should incorporate educational games in your homeschool.

Natural Learning

You know that I am a big fan of child-led, natural learning. Games are one way that provide children with information, but in a fun way that either relates to the real-world, or to something else that they are learning about; this is why unit studies are great!

Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner identified seven different intelligences among students. Educational games speak to many of these intelligences. If you haven’t read Gardner’s work, make it a priority.

Interpersonal

Playing games is a great way to teach interpersonal skills. Whether it is a cooperative game such as Wildcraft! (listed below), or a very competitive game such as chess, we can learn so much about ourselves and others simply by playing games together!

Touch on the Subjects You Don’t Have Time For

In our homeschool, we love the arts and sciences. Art History is a favorite as is Classical music. We love the sciences, especially experimenting. We also love learning about natural medicines and holistic living. I have found that the way to “sneak” these subjects in is to find games that nurture our love for such things. I’ve linked and listed our favorites for these subject areas below.

Family Game Night

I can testify from experience that family game night is even more fun as your kids get older. When the games are geared toward the things you love as a family, they’re even more fun. Spending time and learning together is a win for everyone!

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