Postnatal depression – a natural remedy which is non-addictive

Postnatal depression is more common than you may think. The torturous effect of lack of sleep and constant vigilance for a helpless little bundle that suddenly overnight becomes our responsibility is enough to push any one to their limit. There is no training for parenthood. There is no shadowing of the role. There is no gradual easing in to it, lengthening our hours on the job. We don’t do it part time, then build up to it full time as our training and expertise kicks in. Its full on and overnight. No wonder that exhaustion, natural biological hormonal shifts and a curtailing of personal freedom leaves some of us with low mood, irritability, a tendency to cry easily and a lack of energy and enthusiasm to do anything or feel interest in looking after ourselves.

We know that a good diet, and exercise is imperative. Help must be grabbed with both hands. Giving your partner a break away for a couple of hours to reconnect with their own space is vital and so important to work out between you for those lucky enough to have a co-parent. In spite of this when someone is suffering with postnatal depression more is usually needed to lift it. If you are feeling overwhelmed and are looking for a natural way to get back to being able to enjoy the moment, then try Homeopathy. (Safe for breastfeeding mothers and their babies too). Read Carol’s story

Hay Fever – Natural symptomatic relief

I was in Down to Earth health food shop in Dublin city a couple of weeks ago, when a fellow shopper came in looking for anti-histamine. On being told she couldn’t get it in a health food shop but would at the nearby chemist she said all the chemists in town were sold out! Its unbelievable to think about the number of people who must now be suffering with hay fever for the city to sell out of anti-histamine! She was desperate for relief for her itchy red eyes. She was told about Homeopathic remedies that were available in the Homeopathic dispensary in the shop and she decided to give them a go.

There are a number of remedies traditionally used for acute hay fever symptoms and usually a mixture is made up after a consultation, picking those remedies* most closely associated with the symptoms.

Eyes: watery bland discharge. Eyelids: burning; swollen

Allium Cepa
Eyes: red; watery; burning
Nose: sneezing; watery burning discharge

Mouth: itching of the palate can extend to the throat and ears
Throat: tickling

Nat Mur
Eyes: burning watery discharge; Eyelids: swollen
Nose: sneezing, watery

Eyes: red; watery
Nose: sneezing, watery

Mixed pollens
Made from a variety of pollens from plants, trees and various grasses

Dosage: For acute hayfever. Take a tablet as required for up to 6 doses, stopping on improvement.

These remedies are traditionally used for acute relief only. For treatment for the tendency to allergy, a programme of treatment prescribed by the Homeopath is made during the off season.

*Source: Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke M.D.