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Like Cures Like

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     Alternative or complementary medicine? Like cures like. Homeopathy is a safe and natural approach to health that is truly effective. There can be a lot to learn, but there are some remedies that can become very familiar and have a useful place as part of your first aid kit. The most common remedy that people will either use or have heard of is Arnica. This remedy is also very versatile through shock and injury to jet lag. I have actually used them for both reasons. I was given Arnica by my midwife to take after Zaedyn’s birth. If you read a little bit about the aftermath of Zaedyn’s birth in Urtica Dioica: Nettle, my hospital visit ended in a prescription to be filled. Not knowing any better, David was a fantastic husband and went to the Chemist to pay for these prescriptions that remained sitting on the desk in the birthing centre. We both had not completely realised what they were for, but we both decided how unnecessary they were. A lot of it was basic pain relief. Why? In my daily life, I do not carry around or store pain relief for headaches, cramps, or other uses. This is only a quick unnatural temporary fix in my opinion. Even though there is a strong belief in not taking prescriptions during pregnancy, the concern of medication being passed through breastfeeding is somehow forgotten. Therefore, I had made a decision not to be taking these and was given Arnica if necessary. Thinking about it now, Arnica was actually sprayed onto Zaedyn’s head to reduce any swelling as well as given to me in the ambulance on the way up to the hospital. In a completely different situation, I made sure to take Arnica with me on the plane as it can help with jet lag. Two different situations, but Arnica was very effective throughout both.

     A good start to begin to use homeopathy would be to buy a basic book or research to gain knowledge and understanding about the basis of homeopathy. For those of you in New Zealand, you can visit or contact the New Zealand Homeopathic Society Bookroom which is open on Wednesdays in Mt Eden, Auckland. Not living in Auckland, another convenient option which I have actually done is searched on their website, talked with a homeopath from the Bookroom, and ordered books which were sent to me. A quick and easy guide can be a useful tool in getting started and being able to practice through trial. It becomes easier over time as you get to know remedies as well as what works for those and others around you. What might work for one person, will not necessarily be the same for another. Homeopathy can be an ongoing journey. Also, it can sometimes be a bit more difficult when diagnosing those who cannot communicate or express how they are feeling. When trying to find a remedy for Zaedyn, I take everything into consideration and use interpretation to try and work out a remedy that might suit him.

     I also recommend finding a qualified homeopath near you. For those of you living in the Waikato region, Amanda J McBeth is a very helpful and supportive qualified homeopath. Clients will also receive her monthly newsletters which provide some very useful information. I learned about Amanda during my pregnancy where I briefly spoke to her about support through labour. Sometime after Zaedyn’s birth, I spoke with her again as I looked to her as our primary health care. Since then, we have had a consultation, but nothing major has come up since where we have needed further support. However, if something does, I will be quick to ring. Through her, I found out about Simillimum which is a Homeopathic Pharmacy in New Zealand that stocks many remedies and natural health products. One thing to remember when considering remedies is that not all of them are vegan. Many brands such as New Era contain lactose as well as many pillules. Luckily there are alternatives such as lactose free cell salts from a different brand and remedies that can be found in other forms such as liquid.

     Our bodies are very powerful in healing. I think it is really important that homeopathy treats each person as an individual based on unique needs and that it focuses on treating a person rather than the disease. This genuine type of healing is a way that can support long-term healing rather than quickly treat a symptom only to have it return again later. Due to its natural form, many remedies can be used safely through pregnancy and with newborns and animals. The amount of remedies available for a range of conditions is remarkable. From sunstroke to teething to head injury to Measles. There are remedies for so many reasons on very different levels.

     Hopefully I have provided you with a bit of an insight into the wonderful world of homeopathy and natural alternative to your health. Feel free to ask any questions as I may be able to provide information or point you in the right direction :). I am not qualified, however, I am taking an Introductory course in Homeopathy as well as Childhood Disease and their Homeopathic Treatment through Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy which I have yet to complete. My interest in homeopathy began when I was enrolled in an Eastern Concepts of Health and Healing Course as an elective in my University studies. I do not leave home without remedies packed in my bag. One of my most used remedies has to be Chamomilla which has been used for Zaedyn Tai and his teething. My final tip tonight is to use homeopathy alongside other factors that contribute to your overall health, or holistic health. By this I mean the fact that Zaedyn also wears a Baltic Amber necklace to soothe teething pain, and other practices we follow such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, relaxation, drinking herbal teas, and so much more. I will continue to post about homeopathy and natural health and healing in future posts.

Urtica Dioica: Nettle

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2 Handfuls of Nettle

Cover with boiling water and infuse overnight or at least 4 hours. Strain & drink 1-3 cups per day.

Urtica Dioica: Nettle

Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, Silica, Potassium, Sulphur, Calcium, B3, B6, B complex, Vitamins C, D, & K

Also known as stinging nettle, this is a powerful herb rich in iron as well as so many vitamins and minerals for a variety of medicinal benefits and as a general health tonic. Considered a nuisance weed to some, others would be happy to find nettle growing as it can be picked from the wild with caution and then infused. I avoided the risk of getting stung and chose to buy mine from the Herbal Shop and Clinic. In all fairness, I only started drinking the tea within a couple days from giving birth to Zaedyn so I did not exactly have the time or energy to be out searching for nettle.

Why is stinging nettle so powerful for me?

     Sitting in the birthing centre with our newborn baby Zaedyn Tai and family all around, I received the phone call that I had been waiting for and was left with mixed emotions and confusion. Why? Well, after what seemed like a perfect natural childbirth with Zaedyn, things began to change quickly afterward. My placenta would not come away, and I began to fear being sent up to the one place that I wished to avoid: the hospital. I was filled with relief once Zaedyn was born into this world naturally, and never had I thought that I could possibly have a C-section or be put under just to get my placenta out. Anyways, we tried everything, but the contractions were just not there. Too much time had passed, homeopathy didn’t work at this point, and I was left to be injected as a final option before going up to the hospital. My midwife pulled on my placenta and was convinced that it was pretty stuck and wouldn’t come away. Having given it a good go, she asked for the ambulance to be rung while meanwhile I sat there concentrating and visualizing on what needed to happen. My placenta finally came away naturally, ambulance was called off, and my fear was gone only to come back again shortly. PPH, Postpartum hemorrhage. 1 Liter of blood lost, and off we went to the hospital leaving my husband, son, and family behind.

     I won’t go into detail now about my trip to the hospital as I have nothing positive to say except the fact that after a lot of convincing they finally let me transfer to the birthing centre on one condition: I needed a blood test by my midwife the following day as my iron levels were low through pregnancy and became extremely low having lost a lot of blood for a low BMI. When I received the phone call about my results, I was faced with a challenge. My hemoglobin was low, and the hospital was wanting me to have a blood transfusion. Besides not wanting to return to the hospital, I was not impressed about the idea of having a blood transfusion. In tears and surrounded by a mix of thoughts from others and myself and wanting to make sure that I could still manage breastfeeding and being a Mum, I further discussed my options with my midwife resulting in my decision not to have the transfusion. This is how I became to love nettle because I managed to get through this obstacle naturally with this powerful herb and high iron foods. I have my family to thank for being so supportive and helping me get through as well. Making me yummy wraps full of spinach and lentil sprouts & helping in every way possible. Now at 16 months, Zaedyn is still breastfed and keeping me very busy.

So why would I be infusing nettle tonight?

     Nettle is a great health tonic to help boost my iron as well as provide multiple essential vitamins and minerals for every day life. This is a herb that most people should have either growing, as a dried herb, or even in individual tea bags. Tea bags are an easy alternative if you forget to make more, or you just don’t have the time. I have a box of Claridges Botanicals Certified Organic Unbleached Nettle that can be found at Huckleberry Farms and possibly at many other health shops. Off to bed now with my tea still infusing in the kitchen, and I will be back in the morning to strain and transfer some in my cup and the rest in the fridge.