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Winter Blues: How to lift the spirits and boost your immune system naturally

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It can feel like a really hard slog to keep going at this time of year, it is so dark and damp… Christmas is a distant memory and Spring feels like a long way off in the future.

It is therefore not surprising that even the cheeriest among us can feel low just now. This seasonal dip tends to make us feel generally low in energy, sleepy and lacking in motivation. When we feel like this we are more vulnerable to the cold and flu bugs that are always doing the rounds. We also tend to reach for our comfort foods that are likely to be high in sugar, fat, carbs or all three! We know these aren’t going to help in the long term but there are other things we can do…

Check that you are having good quality food, including juicy fresh fruit and plenty of water. Garlic has outstanding anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties so crush a few cloves into the pan when frying the onions for warming stews, casseroles and curries. A good quality garlic supplement is another option, look for a product that has a high allicin content as this is the component that deals with the bugs.

We do need more sleep during the dark months, nature is conserving energy now and our ancestors stayed in their caves when it was dark, so give in, go with nature and go to bed a little earlier.

The other element that we are all missing is of course sunlight. There are special lamps to wake up to but there is also a wonderful homeopathic remedy – Sol Britannica – that can be so effective when taken through the winter months.

You can order it in 30c potency from a homeopathic pharmacy such as www.helios.co.uk

Vitamin C is unquestionably the queen immune booster. To get an effective dose (1000-3000mg per day) it is best bought separately to your multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. It also needs to have at least 25mg. of bioflavonoids in with it to help the vitamin C do its work.

If you do succumb to a viral infection a well-chosen homeopathic remedy may nip it in the bud, help move the symptoms through more quickly and reduce the likelihood of lingering discomfort.

ACONITE is the remedy to think of when cold symptoms come on quickly and strongly, seemingly out of nowhere. Often the person goes to bed feeling fine but wakes around midnight feeling anxious, restless and with a burning thirst.

BELLADONNA is an alternative candidate for the first stages of a cold. This remedy works best if the person is very feverish, suffering with a raised temperature, flushed dry skin and a very sore inflamed throat.

FERRUM PHOS has symptoms that are much less clear and strong than Aconite or Belladonna, they tend to develop more slowly and gently over twenty four to forty eight hours. Take this remedy when you feel the first signs that a cold is about to move in, for example, a tickly throat or stinging eyes.

GELSEMIUM is the remedy to choose for classic flu-like symptoms with chills running up and down the spine, shivering, aching limbs with a horrible sense of dopey exhaustion.

HEPAR SULPH is one to consider for the more established stage of a cold where there is sinus pain, mucus that is thick and yellow. Glands are swollen to match the throat.

NATRUM MUR is an alternative remedy for easing colds that have established themselves to include dry sore lips, a nose that alternates between running like a tap and being completely blocked.

If you haven’t taken homeopathic remedies before then have a read of the guidance on my Homeopathy pages.

These are small snapshots of just some of the most common remedies for upper respiratory tract infections. If they don’t work as you hoped it could be that you are not seeing a big enough picture, and it may be worthwhile to seek professional advice.

When low spirits and lack of energy turn into depressed feelings, professional help is required. There are many homeopathic remedies for depression which have a long-established record of being extremely helpful. For this it is best to see a qualified and experienced practitioner.

If you would like to know more about how to improve your life naturally with homeopathy or to book a free tester 15-minute homeopathic consultation please contact me. Read more about homeopathic medicine and how it can help you here.

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It is important to stress that the suggestions and treatment offered by me on this site and in my practice are not intended to replace appropriate medical investigation and treatment.

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How the colour yellow can maximise your health and wellbeing naturally

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Yellow is the brightest of all colours on the visible spectrum and contains more light than any other colour. For this reason it is associated with the sun and sunshine.

Yellow is vital, cheering and full of life. It is the colour of enthusiasm and positive thoughts. Yellow helps stimulate the energy needed to act on new ideas and initiatives.

Wear yellow accessories to give yourself a boost of confidence for a challenging meeting, a new venture or a job interview. Yellow energy promotes clear thinking, communication and memory.

Eat yellow foods such as bananas and pineapples to provide the nutrients needed for a healthy brain, nervous system, stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. These nutrients also promote a positive attitude to life, including faith in a bright and positive future.

Make the most of the mellow end of summer sunshine when you can and try to get outside for at least half an hour a day.

Use primrose, golden or creamy yellow paint in your home to keep things sunny as the days get shorter; you can use it as the colour of a feature wall in a breakfast or dining room. It will have an uplifting effect and aid digestion. Other ways of introducing the benefits of yellow could be via items of soft furnishing such as a cushion or cheerful throw. Yellow toned light bulbs or lampshades can also bring a sunshine glow to your room which will be welcome as we move into the greyer months. Don’t forget flowers – there are always some yellow ones to buy if there are none in the garden or hedgerow – put them in a vase in a prominent place to lift the spirits.

If you would like to know more about how to improve your life naturally with colour or to book a colour consultation please contact me. Read more about colour therapy and how it can help you here.

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Back to school: How to help children who have starting or returning to school anxiety

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Starting school for the first time, returning to a new class or a new school is a challenge for children and parents. Some mild anxiety is to be expected but it can be overwhelming. Homeopathic remedies can be used safely at home to help children through this transition. Here are some common scenarios and homeopathic remedies that might help. Choose a remedy that best matches your child’s emotional and physical symptoms for the most calming effect.

ARG NIT- A child needing this remedy will be twitchy with nervous excitement, there may be a constant stream of chatter with restlessness. This child may suffer with melancholy, be trembly, hurried and despondent with phobias galore. Their anxiety may cause diarrhoea, flatulence and explosive belchings. Their symptoms will start in the stomach and be worse at night, on waking and in stuffy rooms. They are likely to crave sugary food and drinks which make their symptoms worse. They are better for open air and company.

ARSENICUM – a child needing this remedy will show physical and mental restlessness with fatigue and weakness that appears out of proportion to the situation. Parents often assume the child is feigning illness because they are so “over the top” which is aided by a vivid imagination. They have strong opinions and demand much attention. They will be most agitated at night, alone and in the dark, therefore often to be found in their parents’ bed where they want to talk.

LYCOPODIUM – is for the child who lacks confidence and has a strong aversion to doing new things, even though they prove very capable when tested. They can be bossy and frighten other children at home on their own territory. They may suffer from behaviour problems such as clinginess and aggression. Physical problems include a tendency to get stomach upsets, trouble with bloating, heartburn and sour burping. They may have headaches, sleep problems including nightmares and waking as if from a fright.

SILICA – is for the child who is sensitive, nervous and excitable. They also lack confidence and have a fear of new things but can be obstinate with fixed ideas. Their physical symptoms include a tendency to dry cracked skin and stomach pains that are cutting with rumbling digestion. They also have a problem with headaches that move from the forehead and settle over one eye which are brought on by going to school.

If you haven’t taken homeopathic remedies before, have a read of the guidance in my homeopathy pages: https://naturaltherapiesdevon.com/homeopathy/.

If the remedies you choose do not work as you hoped it is likely that you are not seeing the bigger picture. It can be difficult to stand back sufficiently to treat family members. As a qualified homeopath I am trained to see the bigger picture or context . This includes blocks to treatment caused by old traumas such as death of a grandparent, birth of a sibling and inherited tendencies handed down through families. These must be cleared before treatment of the current problem can be achieved. If you feel that your child needs further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free, 15-minute, no obligation consultation.