I'm considering taking a 2 year course in Family Health Education. I'm not close to my final decision, but if it happens, I'm hoping to start in the fall.
A big part of the course is homeopathy. We do a fair bit already. Here are a few examples:
Graedon got a nosebleed yesterday. I made a yarrow compress for his nostril. The bleeding stopped almost immediately.
Maddie stepped on a bee this summer. I removed the stinger and applied some crushed plantain leaves. The burning got better very quickly.
I was recently at a birth where the mother used grapefruit and lavender essential oils for aromatherapy. I've also used peppermint as a pick-me-up.
During cold season I make up a jar of honey based cough syrup. It smells like Christmas, and tastes pretty darn good. The great thing is that kids under 6 (but over 1) can take it. I searched high and low for pharmaceutical cough syrup that was approved for kids under 6, with no success.
Stomach problems? We use peppermint tea.
Nausea? Wood sorrel does the trick.
Now, obviously, those are pretty common cures for pretty common ailments. It is nice to see them work on my own family, and even better to know that they are treating their issues without having to deal with chemical side effects.
And, really, honey cough syrup just goes down so much easier than Buckleys!