This post is part of a longer post on supporting you and your family through winter, particularly in relation to what is currently going on.
It is also useful if you are just looking for a little extra support for yourself or your kids if they are at school or going to childcare and of course we’re all out and about, mixing with family, friends and the general community.
We updated Supporting Health through Winter in the Autumn, which also covers “you know what”.
If you’d like to read the full version with comments about the current roll out and what to do to support yourselves you can read it here.
There is also a helpful hint below about being in close contact with the recently v*a*x*d. I won’t get into discussion on shedding but am also getting a lot of questions about this hence I’ve included here because this will be ongoing for some time.
1. Support & educate the system
Winter Prep 2021 which you’ll likely be familiar with by now, has been updated again this year and provides good support at these times, whether you are young or old, working, travelling or just going to the supermarket.
It’s great for kids in childcare or at school where they are more exposed and building their immune systems.
This is given once a week generally and can be given to anyone of any age if you follow the instructions for dose and frequency.
The formula includes traditional remedies that educate the system about how to behave in relation to some of the winter ailments we usually face. It includes Anas Barb (patented by Boiron as Oscillococcinum), which has been the biggest selling influenza remedy in France and has some good research and a long history of traditional use to back it up. It has also been promoted as a good general support during current times.
This year, in light of the virus, we’ve again tweaked the formula to include a couple of the remedies that homeopaths around the world were seeing as good first stage support (and they are basic cold and flu remedies too). Some of the remedies in this formula have also seen us through previous incarnations of the virus, so they are going to be good options at this time and through other winters and for travel.
V*a*x*s roll out
We have also included remedies that support and educate the system more specifically in relation to the current situation and also any potential effects from the v*a*x*s roll out, which I know is of concern to many. We worked on this for many months and discussed widely with colleagues in the USA, UK and Australia and based on many years of supporting people through a variety of similar situations, are already seeing positive outcomes.
So weekly support, good for anyone mixing at work, childcare, etc and our best suggestion in relation to the potential for shedding.
For specific v*a*x*s support, ie you are going to have the v*a*x*s, contact us for the Covid Support Pack.
Helpful Hint; Mixing with the v*a*x*d
There are some concerns about the potential for shedding by the v*a*x*s. If you are choosing not to have a jab yet or you’re just not eligible, but mixing with friends or family members who have been, you can take a dose of your Winter Prep before you meet up just for extra support.
This makes sense until we have longer term information on the action of the v*a*x*s.
2. General Immune Support
Our Immune Boost combination (Astragalus, Echinacea, Hydrastis, Olive Leaf Extract all in 30c potency) is an easy-to-take homeopathic form of all of these powerful immune boosting herbs. It is easy to give to children, more palatable than herbs and without the potential risks.
This combination can be taken to support the system in winter.
We recommend 3 weeks on and one week off, or five days on and two days off.
Continual use of immune boosting herbs or remedies can make the immune system lazy!
In an acute situation, ie someone is actually sick, take 2 or 3 times a day for an extra boost.
Don’t do it all the time or you won’t have any ammo if someone really does come down sick, so for ongoing or recurrent issues read point 3.
3. Constitutional Support
Consider an appointment for someone with ongoing or recurrent health issues
So things like asthma, tonsillitis, frequent coughs and colds are not things you can treat with over-the-counter products, although they can help to ease the pressure.
Anytime I’m asked about support in relation to something like this my comment is that if you or someone in your family has an underlying health condition that could benefit with some support and a bit of a tweak, check in with your homeopath (or find yourself a homeopath if you don’t have one) to make sure you are doing the best you can.
Many of the health issues we see in small children have their roots in the family medical history and we often need to address at this level and set up a plan for winter, if this is a challenging time health-wise.
You’re going to achieve much better outcomes with professional support over the longer term.
You can read Why is my child always getting… as an entry to understanding why we say this.
Do contact your homeopath if your home management is not working and check in with your GP/ED if you’re concerned.
Remember there are many more remedies that practitioners have access to than you will find online, and certainly many more than in our online store.
4. Do you need to have a jab for work or to visit family or for travel?
Our Covid Support Pack, which can also extend to cover flu shots, has been rolling out the door for months now and so far things are looking good with those having their needles.
Contact us if you need the information pack to organise this. One pack one price covers 4 or 5 individuals and covers whichever needle you are offered.
Obviously nothing is 100% effective so you are going to have to make sure you are mindful of what is going on around you, particularly if you are getting in the caravan and heading away from home-base!
Single remedies are generally the recommended way to use homeopathy, however, it’s not always easy for a beginner to understand how to apply the single remedy idea, so we have a range of combinations which can be really helpful when you’re starting out.
Below is a selection of remedies that might be useful through winter or as a general support.
Remedies for colds, coughs, flu-like symptoms & first stages of an acute illness
Our Winter Remedies Kit contains the most commonly indicated and useful remedies for anything to do with support for winter ailments.
Don’t want a whole kit, then see what’s in the Winter Kit or have a look at some of the items below.
TS Acutes (Kali Mur/Ferrum Phos/Nat Mur 6x tissue salts)
If you’re not sure what to give at the beginning of an illness try this! This is my all time favourite and I used it extensively when I ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Perth in the early 2000s, making sure all my parents had some on hand. But it works for adults too!
It is already familiar to many of you and is a great remedy to use if you suspect someone is “sickening” for something, but you really don’t know what to give.
In a reasonably strong system this may be all that’s required to relieve symptoms.
It is a good remedy where there is a temperature (or not), clear runny nose, sneezing and maybe a cough. It’s also good for congestion in the early stages particularly of the ears and also at the end of a cold.
ABC (Aconite, Belladonna, Chamomilla) This is a really useful 3-in-1 remedy for babies and small children, or anyone where the picture fits, for fever or pain. I’m going to include the info about the remedies to give you an idea of how useful it can be.
Aconite 30c – fevers where child is hot, dry and usually thirsty. Symptoms that come on suddenly, especially in the middle of the night such as ear pain or croup, which may result from being in a cold wind or from a fright/shock. Patient may be restless and anxious.
Always seek medical assistance for fever in a baby under six months old.
Belladonna 30c – acute illnesses where the child radiates heat, often with hot head and cold feet. Barking cough, hot, red, painful ears, teething with intolerance of noise and being jarred. Child may be hyper or lethargic. Usually no thirst. Symptoms often come on late afternoon.
Chamomilla 30c – most striking symptom is that the patient will be very irritable and usually won’t know what they want. Child is often better for being carried! Useful for fever, teething and any other ailments when it fits this picture.
Fevers Combination can be better for adults and older children, although if any of the ABC picture fits that can be helpful too. Contains those remedies traditionally indicated for the common symptoms of a mild fever associated with a cold, flu-like illness or other acute ailment in adults and children.
Always seek medical assistance for fever in a baby under six months old.
Cold & Flu Combination is useful for typical cold or flu-like symptoms if you aren’t sure what to give, often symptoms have moved on from that very early first stage where TS Acutes might work.
Dry Cough & Chesty Cough combinations – are both available. Some people are prone to chesty coughs and if you don’t already have a plan from your homeopath (which is always your best support), then this combination might be useful, but ongoing or recurrent issues need to be addressed individually for best outcome.
Congestion Combination. For lingering mucous, particularly of the sinuses, following a cold or flu-like illness.
Recovery – Respiratory – This little combination has been around a long time but is often overlooked. This can be a useful remedy for someone who has been unwell and is slow to recover as a little extra boost.
If you prefer to use single remedies, you can buy a Pick Your Own Pack to suit what you’re looking for.
If you go to the Winter & Acute Ailments category in the store, you’ll find a range of other remedies that may be helpful at this time.
Drops or Pilules
This is an often asked question but it really depends on your preference, there’s no difference in how they work.
Many mums prefer drops for babies and small children.
Pilules are good if you have a kit or want to pop the bottle in your bag.
How often to take the remedies
- If symptoms are not too intense take your chosen remedy 3 or 4 times a day as long as things are improving.If not improving, change your remedy, contact your homeopathy or check in with your GP.
- If symptoms are very intense at the beginning, which can be the case if remedies like TS Acutes or ABC (Aconite or Belladonna) are required for a temperature, you can take your remedy hourly through the first day and then reduce or change the remedy as the picture changes.
For more detailed information on how much and how often to give your remedies, you can read more here.
If someone in the family is having recurrent acute illness or symptoms that linger, they may require an individualised remedy from your homeopath to address the underlying, often inherited, weakness.
Remember if you become symptomatic you must follow health department guidelines. Refer to the health department link above for changing information on this advice.
Melanie Creedy originally trained in the UK in the early 1990s and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association.She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and was editor of the AHA National Newsletter from 2012 to 2020.Melanie has used homeopathy for over 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and video to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.