Today’s guest post comes from Jen of diffusingthetension.com, as she explores the truth about homeopathy.
When I say the word homeopathy, what comes to mind?
Is it slathering coconut oil all over your body, no matter what your ailment is?
Is it strategically arranging crystals on your nightstand during a full moon?
Honestly, there are a lot of stereotypes associated with those that choose to incorporate homeopathic remedies into their wellness regimen.
I wanted to bust some myths surrounding this topic and present you with the real facts.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is sort of a general term referring to healing the body in less conventional ways. Did you know that it was developed about 200 years ago in Germany? It was founded on a couple of different principles:
- “Like cures like”—This is the concept that says that a disease “can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.”1
- “Law of minimum dose”—This refers to the idea that “the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.”1
These days, many people use the term to refer to any sort of way to heal your body that diverts from the conventional. For example, using plant-based tools rather than over the counter or prescription meds. (I will get into more examples in a bit.)
The tools, while still pretty controversial in some circles, can massively improve your emotional health. They can be easily, and often, affordably, incorporated into your day to day self-care routine.
What is self-care?
Self-care is a very trendy topic right now. Because of that, there is a lot of both bad and good information available. Before I get back on the subject of homeopathic remedies, let me share some of my thoughts on self-care, since the two go hand in hand.
Basically, self-care is any action that betters your SELF – whether it be your physical, emotional, or spiritual health.
So, what does that entail? Here are three of my key components of self-care that I believe need to be met in order for the self-care to be effective.
- Affordable. Self-care must be affordable. If you are trying to work on your mental health, the last thing you need is to put yourself under unnecessary financial stress trying to get better.
- Sustainable. It must be sustainable. Self-care needs to be something that is easy to replicate and practice on a regular basis.
- Restorative. We often make the mistake of lumping together activities that are fun with ones that are restorative. But they can be, and often are, mutually exclusive. (For instance, in my case, I had a blast the other night when a friend came over. We stayed up late drinking a bit of wine and going down the funny Youtube rabbit hole. While FUN, it was not necessarily a restorative event. I was so worn out the next day, and in need of some alone time.)
How you can use homeopathy to better your emotional wellness
Regular self-care is so necessary for our wellbeing. I believe one of the best ways to get it is to rely on practices that could be categorized as either homeopathy or otherwise alternative medicinal tools.
So, when I make suggestions, they might not fall into one of the two traditional categories of homeopathy above, but they currently all get chucked into the same bin.
I started using essential oils in varying degrees about three and a half years ago, right before my second child was born. I don’t think it is a perfect science yet, but I definitely saw lots of benefits!
Here is some research on using essential oils to manage anxiety.
Some oils that I particularly like are lavender, bergamot, and other citrus oils. They are great mood boosters!
This is something I do at least once a week, sometimes 2-3 times. There are a lot of therapeutic benefits to soaking in baths with Epsom salt. Have you ever used them for any of these?
- Soothing skin
- Minimizing pain flare-ups
- Reduce stress
- Digestive health
- Optimizes nerve health
There is nothing like a hot soak at the end of a long day. You can even add essential oils to the salts and let them absorb before adding to water. (I do not recommend adding oils directly to water.)
Crystals are an ancient practice with ties to Hinduism and Buddhism. Truthfully, I do not know much about their uses, but their popularity is on the rise as more and more people question conventional medicine.
Here are just 3 types of crystals you can you use to support emotional health:
- Rose quartz: This one is all about love and interpersonal relationships.
- Jasper: It helps minimize stress and negative vibes in hard times.
- Obsidian: This crystal “is said to help form a shield against physical and emotional negativity.”3
Exercise has been proven time and again to benefit not just your physical health but your mental health as well. I feel like this one can be especially unpopular, but we cannot ignore the science.
Science tells us that exercise benefits us. We just have to take the first step.
Struggling with your fitness routine? Start slow. Make it a priority to walk around the block 3 times a week. Any activity is better than none at all. You may even begin to look forward to this time you set aside for yourself.
There is a lot of research to support a link between healthy eating and mental health. It is not conclusive. There are still mixed results, according to one article.
“Studies about the ‘food-mood connection’ have been limited and have shown mixed results. In some studies, people who don’t have a healthy diet were more likely to report symptoms of depression or other mental health issues. And there appears to be some association between certain nutrients in food and emotional well being. These nutrients include omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins, and tryptophan. These are all found in foods that are part of a healthy diet.
For now, the best way to use nutrition to support your mental health is to focus on your overall dietary patterns.”4
One important thing to consider here is that we DO know that eating healthy foods makes us feel better physically. And when we feel better physically, that tends to aid us emotionally.
Helping yourself to heal
I have battled with mental health issues for almost my entire life. It is a fight I will continue to engage in on a daily basis, probably forever. But if there are two things I want people to walk away from my blog believing, it would be…
First of all, you are not alone. Half of US adults will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.2
Also, only you can make you well. Yes, we have doctors and teams of other caregivers at our disposal. But at the end of the day, it is up to us to take that first step. It is up to us to say YES to finally becoming free from the cages our brain has built around us.
Are you a fan of alternative medicine? I would love to hear your success stories in the comments below!
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Homeopathy,” https://nccih.nih.gov/health/homeopathy
- Mental Health First Aid, “5 Surprising Mental Health Statistics,” https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2019/02/5-surprising-mental-health-statistics/
- Healthline, “Healing Crystals 101,” https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/guide-to-healing-crystals#3
- FamilyDoctor, “Nutrition and Mental Health,” https://familydoctor.org/nutrition-mental-health/
About the Author
Jen (the writer behind the blog, Diffusing the Tension) lives in Northwest Indiana with her husband and two children (ages 4.5 and 3). She has bipolar disorder and frequently writes about her experiences with that. In her spare time, she is OBSESSED with true crime. She is also a bookworm, TV junkie, and fitness nut. You can follow her on:
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