Everyday in my practice, I help adults and children to address chronic conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances.  A major part of addressing health concerns is dealing with the little flus and viruses that come and go.

As a Naturopathic doctor who practices homeopathy, I team up with natural bodily functions in order to help the body’s innate ability to heal itself, which is the cornerstone belief of homeopathy.  According to homeopathic medicine, symptoms can be alleviated by small doses of substances which produce similar symptoms in healthy people.  

What is Homeopathy?

The word homeopathy is a Greek term that means means “like disease.”  Homeopathy can be traced back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates.  It was the German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who tested and refined homeopathic practices and remedies.  

Homeopathic medicine is founded on two major principles: that “like cures like” and “law of minimum does.”

Like Cures Like: symptoms can be alleviated by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people. An example of this is Coffea crude, a homeopathic remedy made from unroasted coffee beans that is used to alleviate shaking hands, jittery nerves, and insomnia. Similar symptoms to drinking too much coffee.  

Law of minimum dose: the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain. This may seem counterintuitive, but Dr. Hahnemann found that when he was using full strength herbs, while the patients got well, they also had side effects.  

Today, homeopathic remedies are therapeutically active micro-doses of mineral, botanical and biological substances.  The substance is so diluted that almost no trace of the chemical is found.  

Below are three of the top homeopathic remedies that I recommend during cold and flu season.  I also recommend using organic essential oils to add quick relief from icky symptoms.

Sinus-Tone: a homeopathic combination formula for symptoms associated with sinus congestion and mucosal imbalances. Sinus congestion, whether recent or long-standing, can indicate that the primary organs of elimination are congested.  

Sinus Formula Essential Oil by Veriditas: when I really need relief from sinus issues, Sinus Formula is my go-to. This formula quickly opens the sinus cavity, supporting respiration. 

Organic essential oils include Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Thyme, and Rosemary.  

Viru-Chord: The ecosystem of the human body is an intricate and delicate balance of cells and microbes, including viruses. When this system is out of balance, the body will express itself in distinctive symptoms, either acute, such as sudden-onset fever, or long-standing, such as muscle aches.

Viru-Chord is a homeopathic combination formula for symptoms of fever, chills, fatigue, headache, coughs, nausea, diarrhea, swollen glands, and muscle aches.  

Good Samaritan: Good Samaritan is a staple essential oil blend for a healthy family. Use to defend against germs and safeguard the respiratory system. Diffuse 3-6 drops for immune defense in a diffuser or mixed with a carrier oil to the bottom of feet (children should wear socks).  You can even add several drops to cleaning solutions or hand soap as a natural disinfectant.

Organic essential oils include Cinnamon Leaf, Lemon, Rosemary ct Cineole, Eucalytpus Radiata, Clove, Cinnamon Bark.

Drainage-Tone: Drainage-Tone is a homeopathic combination formula for a broad range of symptoms related to congestion of the body’s drainage pathways. In a healthy state, the drainage pathways are open and operative allowing waste products to be excreted. Drainage pathways are present in every system, organ, and cell in the body. 

For symptoms such as swollen glands, sinus congestion, head congestion, mucous secretions, and skin eruptions. 

Just Plain Relief!: This formula provides fast relief in an easy to use roll on and is formulated with Peppermint and Helichrysum for icy and hot support. This provides quick relief for sinus headaches and muscle soreness.  Roll directly onto affected area and allow oils to penetrate deeply into skin. Keep away from eyes. 

Organic essential oils include Peppermint, Clove, Helichrysum, Lavender.

Dr. Melanie Maclaren is a Naturopathic doctor.  She works with a wide range of chronic health conditions such as digestive issues, insomnia, anxiety & depression, hormonal imbalances, and allergies.  

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