Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Cake Week

It’s cake week in my house. The official celebration starts on the 5th with my birthday, and ends on the 12th with my eldest’s birthday. Cake week is characterised by celebrations, and lots of cake. Sometimes it stretches into cake fortnight, which is dangerous for diets and waistlines. This year cake week is a milestone for me – 40 years.

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Apple Tree

This is a remedy a colleague suggested for a case of mine earlier this year (thanks Anne!) and shared some materia medica with me. Since then I have used the remedy again and again with amazing results, so I really felt it was a remedy I needed to share.  The remedy Apple Tree is Malus Sylvestris, and the write up

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Trust the Process

This post is a contrast to yesterday’s post about following the symptoms, and is about how sometimes you need to let things play out. The beginning of this term my 6 year old came home on Monday with sore nostrils and was rubbing them a lot- but no runny nose. Still I gave him Arsenicum Album as a single dose

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Follow the Symptoms

One of the most important principles of classical homeopathy is finding the Simillimum – which means matching the symptoms of the person to the closest remedy picture. Generally when there is no response to a remedy it means it wasn’t the simillimum. This also means that when the symptoms change, it is time to change the remedy. I am sharing

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Homeopathic approach to Measles

Recently there has been a case of measles in Northland , which has brought measles back into the media (1). Regardless of whether or not you choose to vaccinate, it is useful to know how to support yourself or others if you develop measles. Before we talk Homeopathy, let’s discuss the basic supplements you can have on hand and use

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Holistic Health and Well being

Health is more than the absence of disease. It is a holistic well-being on every level, including physical, emotional and spiritual, and peace and balance with the world around you.* This doesn’t mean that bad things do not happen in your life, but that you have resilience. You feel emotions but do not become stuck in them; you get acutely

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Bach’s Flower Essences

Dr Edward Bach’s work with flower essences was groundbreaking, and his technique has been used all over the world to extract the emotional and spiritual healing properties of flowers and plants.  His original work he called “The Twelve Healers” which he published because they were so effective, even knowing his work was not complete. He went on to discover 26

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The Bowel Nosodes

It is quite well understood now that the gut is not only important in its own right, but also is important for immunity, general health and mental health. Dr Edward Bach was very much ahead of his time when he identified the Bowel as a leading cause of disease.  When he started working with the bowel he cultured faecal samples

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Dr Edward Bach

Happy Birthday to Dr Edward Bach, who was born on this day in 1886, in Moseley near Birmingham in England.  Most people know about Dr Bach from his work with flower essences- and even if they don’t know his name, know of Rescue Remedy- but there was another important contribution he made to Homeopthy: the Bowel Nosodes. Tomorrow I will

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Headaches

Headaches  Headaches can be debilitating, and affect a large number of people – a 2022 review showed the prevalence of active headache disorders in the Global population was 52%. All types of headaches also disproportionately affected more women than men. (1) Common types of headaches include Tension headaches and Migraines. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, can

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Four New Zealand Native Remedies

It is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, and so an opportunity to reflect on the Māori language, and for me, time to reflect on remedies that we have from New Zealand. There aren’t many of them. There are obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi to protect our tāonga, including Rongoā rakau, our plant medicines. New Zealand native species are

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Does Homeopathy treat my disease?

I have [insert disease name here]- can Homeopathy help? Does Homeopathy work for xyz? These questions, and others like them are frequently asked, but they are not straightforward to answer. For one thing, it is illegal for Homeopaths to say that they can “cure” anything – even with our founding document, Hahnemann’s Organon stating that our sole purpose is to

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Lac Leoninum

At the moment I am reading Living Free: The story of Elsa and her cubs by Joy Adamson with my 10 year old. This is the sequel to Born Free: A Lioness of two worlds, and they chronicle the amazing true story of a lioness who was born wild, raised by the Adamsons in Kenya in the 1950s, then released

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Petition for the Therapeutic Products Act

To all our members, The Therapeutic Products Act (TPA) was recently passed with urgency by Parliament, ignoring over 16,000 submissions calling for important changes to how Government intends to regulate importing, manufacturing and exporting of Natural Health Products (NHPs). This new legislation is complex, poorly written and based on insufficient evidence that NHPs are inherently risky and need to be

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Healing is Forgetting

When you first consult a Homeopath, the consultation is long and comprehensive. You talk about the things that are a problem for you now, including physical and mental emotional symptoms as well as your past. Your Homeopath prescribes a remedy, and you go on your way.  Sometimes it doesn’t really seem like anything has changed. This may even be a

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World Breastfeeding Week – Mastitis

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! I am passionate about breastfeeding and supporting mothers to breastfeed. I breastfed all three of my children, for over ten years in total, and over that time I dealt with under supply, expressing when returning to (nearly) full time work, and mastitis.  Today I want to talk about mastitis as this can be a terrible infection,

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Therapeutic Products Act

If you have not already heard, the Therapeutic Products Bill passed its third reading last week on Wednesday.  It really feels as if this legislation was rushed through – the Select Committee normally gets 6 months to work on a bill, for this they had 3 months, and the third reading was only 3 weeks after the second reading.  This

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Dr James Compton Burnett

On this day, 20 July 1840, James Compton Burnett was born in Redlynch, near Salisbury, England. Dr Compton Burnett was an allopathic doctor who trained in Vienna and Glasgow, and then completed his internship at a hospital and asylum in Glasgow. He was an amazing Homeopath who contributed much to the modality. It was during his internship that he was

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Time

One of the most important things for healing is time. Whether it is time to work through something emotionally, or the physical time to heal, we need to allow time for the process. While Homeopathy can support the process of healing, and speed things up in cases, we still need to allow time. These days life is busy, there is

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Homotoxicology

Homotoxicology is another modality that sometimes gets confused with Homeopathy. Homotoxicology was developed by Dr Hans-Heinrich Reckewig in 1952. There are a few key people who developed the theories that are used in Homotoxicology: Claude Bernard, who looked at terrain therapy, that the body needs to have nutrient requirements met and also be able to eliminate toxins, and to do

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Principles of Homeopathy

Principles of Homeopathy, and an Introduction to other modalities using Homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is a form of medicine that has been around for over two hundred years and has a few fundamental principles. Firstly, the Law of Similars- that like cures like, or the symptoms that a remedy can cause in a healthy person in high doses, can cure those

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Frequency and Repetition

When you are treating an acute condition homeopathically, it is common to see a suggestion of “one dose every 15 minutes for up to six doses” or something similar. This is often the way I write it on my labels. There’s a few reasons we say this. One is because repetition is important. If you give a single dose of

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Take another look at Pulsatilla

Sometimes Pulsatilla is dismissed as a women’s remedy, for hysterical, changeable girls, women who cry too much, those who need to rely on others. Children who cling, and whine when they are sick, babies who cry when they are put down. However, that is prejudice coming in, misogyny in some cases, and it is terribly unfair to others who may

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Cognitive Dissonance

As part of my certificate of adult and tertiary teaching we looked at various theories of learning, so that when designing teaching sessions we have understanding about different ways that people learn. This sort of things fascinates me, and there were a few that stood out. One theory I have known about for years is Piaget’s stages of cognitive development

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