Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Rescue Kitten

A couple of weeks ago it was bucketing with rain, my husband’s flight was cancelled so I had to drive out to the airport to collect him. I got to the top of the road and there was a tiny kitten on the road. I stopped and got out to pick it up, and it ran under my car and disappeared. A tourist couple had also stopped and we looked for it and couldn’t find it, so I went out

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Gun Powder

This is one of my favourite remedies, excellent for supporting immunity, preventing and treating infection. If you are wanting to avoid antibiotics Gun Powder is an essential remedy to have in your arsenal. John H Clarke wrote about Gun Powder as a remedy in 1914, an article that caught the interest of many Homeopaths of the time. His booklet (published in 1915) had a history of gun powder as a treatment, including soldiers taking the crude substance to treat wounds,

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

What would the world be like without Antibiotics? Unfortunately with increasing antibiotic resistance this may be a world that our great grandchildren have to live in. Prior to antibiotics things like infected wounds and pneumonia killed people- in fact Pneumonia was sometimes called old man’s friend, because it assured a quick death, not a drawn out painful and slow death. We have come a long way in standards of living, and nutrition and supplements have a big part to play,

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At What Point Should You Consult a Homeopath?

Homeopathy is an amazing modality, and something that you can use at home to treat acute conditions from coughs and colds to first aid conditions like bruises, puncture wounds and minor burns. Sometimes though, it is worth getting a Professional involved. Although I am a Homeopath myself I have my own Homeopath who I see for myself and my family when I am needing support. Some situations to consider asking for further help include: When you’re stuck. You have a

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Fireworks and animals

I’m a Guy Fawkes baby, and I used to love the fireworks, seeing the sky light up, the colours and all the different types of fireworks that were available. These days I have come to the conclusion that while the failed act of terrorism was a crime and the perpetrators were punished in the accepted manner of the time, the commemoration of this very act hundreds of years later, and in a different country is somewhat obscene. There are other

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TEETH

I recently heard a new acronym, which I absolutely love (credit to Luke Norland on Eugenie Kruger’s Homeopathy Hangouts podcast, episode 25). The acronym is TEETH- Tried Everything Else, Try Homeopathy. It is such an accurate term, and I am sure any Homeopath will have experiences in this. Do we get results for these people? Absolutely. Is it a quick process? Often it is not. Usually the longer you have had a condition, the longer it takes to return to

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Worms

This is the catch all term for the small parasites that live in our gastrointestinal tract. There are different types of worms, but in New Zealand we are fortunate that usually it is only Threadworm (aka pinworm) we have to deal with. The main symptom in children is itching around the anus that is worse at night. For some it can cause irritability, difficulty sleeping or changes in appetite – an increase or a decrease in appetite. For girls there

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Arnica

Despite being the one remedy that is known by most people even if they have never heard of Homeopathy, I have never written about Arnica on here, apart from the personal family stories of injury. So here it is 😊 Arnica is our number one trauma remedy, and indicated for any type of injury, including overuse or repetitive strain injuries. Predominantly the feeling with Arnica is sore, bruised, like they have been beaten. They are tender, the bed may feel

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Go Kerikeri! National Team Sailing Championships

My daughter is competing this week in the National Secondary Schools Team Sailing Championships. So before I go any further – go Kerikeri!! When my kids go away I always send them with a small kit of remedies that they can take themselves and brief instructions on what and how to take. In her kit this week she has Arnica – for injuries, bruising. She often comes back from sailing with bruises in different places. Rhus Tox – for muscle

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Homeopathy and the Placebo Effect

Homeopathy is often dismissed as a placebo effect. My short and pithy answer to that is that it works for babies and animals who don’t know what a placebo effect is. Despite that, I want to actually discuss that and though why we cannot rule it out entirely, it can not be responsible for all the improvements we see homeopathically. The placebo effect basically says that by seeking help from a health professional, and taking a drug/herb/other treatment, a certain

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