Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Easter – Lac Oryctolagus Cunicilus

Easter is a time where we celebrate with chocolate and decorations of chickens and bunnies celebrating the new life of spring – even though in New Zealand, like the rest of the southern hemisphere we are actually in autumn. Keeping with that theme I would talk about a rabbit homeopathic remedy. Lac Oryctolagus Cunicilus is made from the milk of a white rabbit and was proved by New Zealander Claire Bleakley in 2002. Mammals are the only types of animals …

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Ganoderma Tsugae – a new remedy

Yesterday I talked about provings, today I want to share about the remedy itself that I helped prove.  Ganoderma Tsugae is a mushroom -Reishi is the Japanese name, and in China it is called Ling zhi.  The Reishi mushrooms are found all over the world – Ganoderma Lucidum, Ganoderma Tsugae and Ganoderma Sichuanese describe different forms of Reishi mushrooms. However when buying them they can be mislabelled, often those labelled Ganoderma Lucidum should more correctly called Ganoderma Sichuanese (although fortunately …

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Sugar – the remedies

Yesterday I talked a bit about sugar and the effect in the body. Today I want to discuss the sugar remedies, as there are a few of them, and then I will talk about the remedy I use most.  There are two main forms of sugar – that from Sugar Cane (which is the form of sugar that Chelsea Sugar Works imports over a hundred thousand metric tonnes of each year), and sugar made from Sugar Beet, which is primarily …

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Four More New Zealand Native Remedies

In September for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori language week) I did a post on New Zealand native remedies. I wrote about four, and then I had a number of people point out other remedies that I had missed and didn’t even know about! So this is the follow up, with a few more remedies.  If you missed the first post you can find it here. First of all I want to start with the oldest New Zealand …

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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 is found in Madeline Evans’ Meditative Provings vol.2.  There is also the remedy Malus Domestica, aka Malus Pumila proved by …

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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 other flower essences bringing the total number of Bach’s Flower Essences to 38.  Flower essences are usually fixed in brandy …

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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 and then classified them based on the way they fermented different sugars. From this he came up with seven different …

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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 legally protected, and would require resource consent from the Department of Conservation, and also discussion with iwi for appropriate measures …

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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 well benefit from this amazing polychrest. It is also a result of using text books that are over 100 years …

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Diamond Immersion and Adamas

The diamond is made from carbon atoms, that have been compressed and heated and in doing so form the hardest mineral in earth, only another diamond can scratch it. They have a high value and are seen as a symbol of beauty and love- diamond is the symbol of the 75th wedding anniversary. In Homeopathy we have two remedies made from diamond, with slightly different pictures. Adamas was made from diamond dust procured from a jeweller in London and was …

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Dulcamara

There are some remedies that are more indicated at certain times of the year, and Dulcamara is one for now, for Autumn. It is a remedy that is often forgotten about, but they are worse when there is a change of weather from warm to cool, and the autumnal warm days with cool nights has the same effect. They are also generally worse for damp, or cold, damp weather, and from getting cold or even cold drafts. The main things …

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Near where I live there is a walkway which is part of Te Araroa trail and connects up with the Rainbow Falls track. When we go for a family walk we usually pick this track as it is fairly flat, and walk just a short way to a bridge that we call the troll bridge – not sure who came up with it, but the 3 Billy Goats Gruff is sometimes re-enacted by my 3 children when crossing this bridge. …

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Ledum

Ledum is a remedy which is an essential first aid kit remedy for busy and active kids and outdoors people. The most common reason to take Ledum is a puncture wound – it is indicated for deep wounds that do not bleed much. Puncture wounds include animal bites and stings, garden wounds like thorns or prickles, other penetrating injuries like nails, and medical procedures like injections and vaccinations. One of the keynotes of Ledum is that affected parts of the …

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Sol ☀️

This is the remedy made fromSunlight- and there are a couple of different forms, Sol Britannica which is sunlight from Britain, Northern Hemisphere and Sol Australis, from Australia, Southern hemisphere. Most of the written information is about Sol Britannica, although Phillip Robins noted in his proving document that he had also done a proving of Sol Australis which had similar symptoms but more intense. The increased intensity shouldn’t come as a surprise as we have a large hole in our …

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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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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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X ray

This was my day yesterday – a school playground accident left my youngest not wanting to move his arm, so nurse, doctor, x-ray, doctor, nurse for a cast before being able to go to school. X rays were inconclusive so it’s a trip to the fracture clinic and probably more x rays next week. In light of this, I want to discuss X ray, the homeopathic remedy. This is an old remedy, and was proved in 1897. X rays were …

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Bambusa

Bambusa is bamboo. A member of the grasses family, other plants in the family include rice, wheat, barley, oats, and sugar cane. The main sensation in this family is a feeling of heaviness and a need for support. Bamboo is used for furniture, building, scaffolding and even things like bridges. Up to 2018 there was a bamboo bridge across the Mekong River in Cambodia that was built every year in the dry season when the river was too low for …

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Schuessler’s Biochemic Cell Salts

Yesterday I posted about Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler, a Doctor and Homeopath from the 19th Century who developed his own Biochemic therapy. His theory was that by using the inorganic minerals that are needed by every cell in the body you could correct imbalances and prevent and treat disease. There are twelve Cell Salts (also called Tissue Salts) and each has its own set of symptoms and affinities. They are prepared homeopathically to a 6x potency; at this low level …

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Aconite

Two weeks ago I wrote about Anxiety, and remedies that can be useful for anxiety including panic attacks. Today I want to talk more about Aconite, because it is so much more than a panic attack remedy, and is one remedy I don’t go on holiday without. When I first started studying homeopathy, I learnt the rhyme “Fear and fright, at midnight, think Aconite” and it is still a useful prompt to remember some key things about Aconite. Aconite can …

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The Full Moon

Tonight is a full moon, a time that has long believed to have an effect on us. Many people, including health professionals, believe that there are flares of mental illness during the full moon, although studies have been inconclusive. Some people struggle to sleep during a full moon, and a study published in Sleep Medicine in 2014 showed that even in a controlled environment, with no exposure to the moon, people took longer to fall asleep and slept less. Traditional …

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Layers part 2

As discussed yesterday, in the movie of the same name Shrek said “Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers… You get it? We both have layers.” Donkey points out the cakes also have layers. Yesterday I talked about Shrek’s onion, so today it is time for some cake. The picture attached to this post makes me cringe with the amount of sugar and colourings required, and yet it does make me think of our human layers. It reminds me of …

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Carbo Veg

Carbo Vegetablis (usually just called Carbo Veg) is a remedy made from the charcoal of a beech tree. It is known as the corpse reviver – it has the reputation of bringing back patients who seem to be on their death bed. But like most homeopathic remedies it has a wider sphere of action and can be used for milder and more severe ailments. Carbo Veg is a remedy with a lot of weakness, even their vital force – what …

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Tela Araneae

I love spider webs at this time of year glistening with dew when you head out in the morning. Everything in nature can be used in Homeopathy, and even the spider web has been made into a remedy. Tela is used for anxiety with a high pulse rate that leaves you feeling unable to sleep. With a deep restlessness, even though tired and exhausted they may be unable to sleep. It has also been written about for nervous coughs, periodic …

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