I had an uneasy feeling about leaving behind my homeopathy kit as I was packing for our recent trip to California, but I brushed it aside. “What could possibly go wrong?” I thought. Besides, I wanted to save room for the two giant hardcover books I planned to read on the beach (but never even ended up cracking open).
Here’s how homeopathy saved the day by allowing me to enjoy a much-needed vacation despite an injury, and how it could help you, too!
Starting Our Vacation with a Burn
Our flight arrived at LAX with no delays. We picked up our rental car with ease. Then we made a beeline for Zuma Beach in Malibu. I took off my sandals so I could walk barefoot to the water, but the sand was like hot coals. And it was a lot further to the water (and back) than I expected.
To make a boring story short, I ended up with unbelievably blistered feet from the hot sand, on the first day of our vacation. My husband said some of the blisters on my toes looked like extra toes. He took photos of them, which I will not subject you to.
My Homeopathic Plan of Attack
The old me would have dissolved into a puddle of tears, but the new, more Mary-Poppins me knew just what to do. I pulled up Mary Aspinwall’s Remedy Seeker app on my phone, did a first aid remedy search, and typed in “burns.” Cantharis 30c was indicated.
We headed to an upscale grocery store near our Airbnb, and to my delight and relief they happened to have a rack of homeopathic remedies. With my Cantharis in hand, plus some aloe vera gel, I knew our trip would be saved.
The burning pain improved right away with my first dose of Cantharis, and I kept repeating it whenever the pain returned, as well as coating my blisters liberally with aloe vera.
The next day the blisters didn’t hurt at all, and I was able to walk without any trouble. After brunch we found a cute little bookstore to browse, then stopped at a homeopathic pharmacy where I picked up some Calendula to apply topically. By the time we met up with some friends in Venice for dinner, plus an after-dinner walk down to Venice Beach, I had almost forgotten I’d burned my feet at all.
The next morning, the huge blisters were gone. Not even one of them had broken. It was impossible to tell where the blisters had been. It was the craziest thing. I will never, ever go on vacation again without my homeopathic remedy kit.
Who Is This Cantharis, Anyway?
So what does a beetle named Cantharis who secretes a toxic blistering agent (cantharidin) have to do with healing horrible blisters? Homeopathy, which means “similar suffering,” is all about the Law of Similars. So with the example of Cantharis, cantharidin would cause blisters in a healthy person. However, in a person (me) already suffering from blisters, Cantharis taken as a homeopathic remedy made my suffering go away. Poof!
This is of course a simplified explanation, but it’s also how Ritalin (a stimulant) works to calm down kids with ADHD. It has a homeopathic effect.
Why I Heart Homeopathy
A homeopathic remedy is so extremely diluted that it couldn’t possibly hurt anyone and is unlikely to cause side effects. But if a remedy is well matched to the sufferer, its effectiveness at energetically stimulating the body’s own healing response can be astonishing. If the remedy isn’t a match? No harm done.
It’s especially rewarding for the novice homeopath like me to have a drug-free way to deal with acute conditions, such as helping minor injuries heal, getting bug bites to stop itching, and easing allergies. For more long-term, chronic conditions, working with a professional homepath is best. Here’s how to find one.
Homeopathy Is Effective and Cheap
There are plenty of studies to demonstrate the efficacy of homeopathy, most notably a 1997 meta-analysis in the Lancet which found that homeopathy performed 250% better than placebo. Which is pretty great, considering the 1998 meta-analysis in the British Medical Journal which found that a daily aspirin could reduce heart attacks (resulting in millions of people taking a daily aspirin for heart health) found that daily aspirin to be just 75% better at reducing heart attacks than placebo.
While it is a well-respected form of medicine in many other countries, here in the U.S. it is viewed with skepticism. One has only to look at our profit-based model of healthcare to understand why, as homeopathic remedies often cost only pennies per dose.
Do Try This At Home
Curious to know more? Check out the National Center for Homeopathy’s website for more information, or read an amazing book called Impossible Cure. You can also just jump in and learn by doing, using this 36-remedy kit plus 3 healing creams and a how-to book. You’ll love learning more about how to help the body heal itself. Just don’t leave your kit behind when your gut tells you to bring it.