Monday, November 20, 2017

Allium Cepa, The Red Onion

First, let me say that I am not a homeopath, nor a medical doctor, nor a registered nurse. I am just a mom who has access to the work of others through books and the internet. I am just sharing information I have gleaned from those sources.

Allium cepa
Red Onion

This week’s homeopathic remedy is Allium cepa, the red onion. This seems appropriate for several reasons: it is next alphabetically among common remedies, it is cold season in much of the northern hemisphere, and many of us will be cutting up these little darlings this week for Thanksgiving, although I prefer the yellow onions. This is an easy remedy to understand since there are probably very few among us who have not experienced the effects of the non-potentized substance. Eyes and nose run, sneezing sometimes occurs, eyes burn, in short, it is no fun at all.

When I think of Allium cepa, I think of profuse nasal discharge that burns the nose and upper lip, burning eyes with bland tears flowing and sneezing. The nasal discharge burning and the tears not burning is a key here. If the opposite is true (bland nasal discharge and tears that burn the skin beneath the eyes) then look into Euphrasia.

If your child complains of the tissues being rough or his nostrils and upper lip are red, Allium may be indicated.

Many symptoms begin on the left side of the body and move to the right.

Better from moving and cold, open air

Worse from sitting, evening, and warm room

Useful for:
Allergies and hay-fever if the symptoms match the above.

Colds during cold, wet weather.

Nasal polyps, if symptoms match

Spasmodic, tickling coughs in autumn

Earaches with pain shooting up the Eustachian tube

Shooting pains after surgery

Sneezing, especially when entering a warm room

Cough especially when breathing cold air

Colds that begin with sneezing

Nose stuffed with just one nostril dripping

Traumatic neuralgia (phantom limb pain)
Colicky babies with abdominal pain

Headache mostly in forehead


Feels as if thread runs through head, face, neck, elsewhere. Threadlike pain in face

Light sensitivity

Sensation of glowing heat on different parts of the body

Sensation of weakness in bladder

Canine hunger

Burning pain in urethra

Sore, tired arms

Awakens at 2 a.m.

Information gleaned from Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants by Dana Ullman, Homeopathic Medicine at Home by M. Panos, Homeopathy for Mommies by Sue Meyer, Boericke’s Materia Medica.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

ABC's of Hompeopathy- Aconitum napellus

I have been using some homeopathic remedies for about a decade. Just recently, I have begun to study homeopathy more deeply. Since at the root of homeopathy is the remedies, I am wanting to learn many of the more common ones in depth. Here is my information on Aconitum napellus. It is certainly a remedy I would not want to do without.

Aconitum napellus
A is for Aconite

Aconitum napellus is a European species of Monkshood. It has an attractive purple inflorescence.

According to J. H. Clarke, the remedy is made from a tincture of the entire plant, including the roots, taken just when it is beginning to bloom.

Here, in Kentucky, we have a different species of Monkshood (Aconitum uncinatum) which also has pretty purple flowers.
As with many items made into homeopathic remedies, you wouldn’t want to consume a non-homeopathic version of Aconitum napellus. It is quite poisonous.

According to J. H. Clarke, Aconite is more closely associated with the rise and progress of homeopathy than any other member of the materia medica. Aconite was the remedy by means of which Hahnemann was able to meet most of the conditions which in his day were treated by blood-letting. It was Aconite more than any other remedy which paved the way for the disappearance of blood-letting from general medical practice.

Ideal for situations where symptoms set in with great rapidity and intensity. Not simply a remedy for acute cases, with guidance of a homeopath, can be used to treat chronic symptoms as well.

Think of Aconite in cases of sudden inflammation, especially if caused by cold, dry air.

According to William Boericke, a state of fear, anxiety; anguish of mind and body. Physical and mental restlessness, fright, is the most characteristic manifestation of Aconite. Acute, sudden, and violent invasion, with fever, call for it. Complaints and tension caused by exposure to dry, cold weather. Also complaints from very hot weather.

Great fear, anxiety, and worry accompany every ailment, however trivial.

Excellent for when you are afraid you are getting sick.

Sue Meyer says always Aconite before Belladonna when fighting off something. A before B.

Hemorrhage with great fear and shock. Bright red blood.

For the earliest stages of colds and flu. Up to the first 24 hours.

Patient desires ice cold water.

Many times, patient thinks death is imminent.

Vertigo from sudden fear.

Violent, tearing, burning, sudden headaches. Violent headache over the eyes. Bursting headaches. According to a member of a homeopathy group I am a part of, it is a good remedy to take at the beginning of a migraine to prevent development.

Sudden, throbbing, intense earaches and toothaches. Sensitive to light and sound. Feeling as if drop of water in ear.

Helpful in violent after-pains with shooting, tearing pains. (I wish I had known this post partum!)

According to S. R. Patak, symptoms are acute, violent, and painful.
Symptoms appear suddenly, remain for a short while, as a big storm which soon blows over.

The mind is affected by such emotional factors as FRIGHT, SHOCK, and vexation.

Nerves are excited and patient is under emotional and nervous tension.

Neuralgic pains are very intense.

FEAR is INTENSE, so much so that patient becomes frantic, screams, groans, gnaws on fists, bites nails, wants to die.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vintage Sewing Machines

I have been collecting vintage sewing machines for quite a few years. 
Packratting runs deep in my genes. As with many old things, these don't all work 100%. 

My  most recent project has been a Coronado Select-o-matic.

Tell me that doesn't look like a car from the 50's!

Right now, it doesn't sew yet. The hand wheel doesn't move the needle. 
I hope to get it working soon.

Here are some of my other vintage sewing machines.
All of these, as well as the Coronado, were made by Brother.

Meet the Electro Grand:

Atlas Deluxe

This is a bad photo, but this one is actually Brother branded.

I also have a lovely hundred year old treadle that does function fully.
And maybe another couple of portable machines from the 50's to 70's.

If you sew, what is your favorite sewing machine?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Travelling Smoothie

I have a favorite smoothie I make especially when travelling. 
It's yummy, portable, and keeps me filled up a long time. 
But the best part is it is diet-friendly! 
So, here is my "recipe" for Low-Carb Berry Smoothie:

To a strong blender add equal portions of frozen strawberries and frozen mixed berries.
Add to that enough heavy cream or coconut milk 
to allow the blender to blend.

I know it's a complicated recipe, but it is worth it. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of homemade vanilla extract, too. At first this is so thick it's like fresh made ice cream. Later, it is drinkable. But it is always thick and rich. This is so cold and satisfying, I could have one everyday except I don't enjoy washing my blender that much. 

 You'll know it's done when it looks like this-

Enjoy! I know I will!


Friday, September 9, 2011

The Harcombe Diet

The Harcombe Diet.

Ever heard of it? If you are like most Americans, you probably haven't. I hadn't either until earlier this year. Even then, I didn't look into it.

Yes, I weighed more than I did before I had kids, but so what?
Well, my sister (who has consistently been shown to be smarter than I) tried the diet.
Not only did she lose weight, she felt great! And she looked great. Her skin looked great even without makeup, and she was practically glowing! No, she's not pregnant.
She strongly encouraged me to get the book,
Well, I did, and boy, am I glad!

I have been doing the Harcombe Diet for a little over a month now and have lost 16 pounds without portion control, calorie counting, fat counting, or exercising.
I couldn't be happier!

The question is,
why isn't the world doing this?
Who would prefer cardboard-flavored meal replacements over real food?
Who would prefer tiny portions over eating enough to be pleasantly full?

I suppose the answer is that, outside the UK, Zoe Harcombe is virtually unknown.
What a shame.

I wish I had the money to buy the book for all my friends.
All of my friends would be happier if they were healthier.
Nearly everyone could stand to lose a few (or more) pounds.

The benefits of this way of eating go beyond weight loss.
I'm not depressed anymore. I still take my St. Johns Wort because the days I don't I do feel more anxious, but this is the first time in my adult life that I am not battling depression. I'm having fewer headaches. I have more energy. I am eating only real food. No junk. I can have strawberries and cream after most my meals if I so choose. But I don't crave them, and I don't want them that often.
I actually have a good appetite for the first time in years.
I look forward to meals now.
I feel so much better.

One month of no wheat, no caffeine, no sugar (except what occurs naturally in fruit),
and this is the result.
Most of the first week was hard, but, honestly, for the first time in my memory,
I don't crave sweets anymore!
Even as a kid, I was a sugar junkie.

I used to live in fear that I would become a diabetic. I no longer worry about that.

It is sooo freeing! This isn't a diet anymore, it's a new way of eating.

I hope to lose about five or ten more pounds, but even if I didn't lose a pound on this diet,
I am MUCH healthier than before.

I know I sound like an ad. Sorry. I'm just so happy. I wanted to share with as many folks as I can.
No, I am not getting paid for this. I don't care. Get the book.
You know you have wasted more than twenty bucks before, but what if this isn't a waste?
What if this is the book that will change your life, too?
I HIGHLY recommend Zoe Harcombe's book,

Zoe Harcombe even has a forum for support and tips. It can be read for free.
You can find it at

That's the end of my public service announcement.
Have a great weekend! I know I will!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Amber teething necklaces

I "discovered" amber teething necklaces relatively early in my career as a mom. Luckily for me, the first ones I discovered were from Inspired By Finn. Amber necklaces help with teething NOT by giving your child something to chew on, as with plastic teethers, but by releasing succinic acid as it is worn against your child's skin. The succinic acid is then absorbed into the body and that is scientifically how the pain relief occurs. Practically, however, a fussy child wearing an amber necklace is less fussy. And a child with mild teething symptoms may not be fussy at all.
Baltic Amber is supposed to be the best type of amber for pain relief. That is what they use at Inspired By Finn. Since I am a do it yourself kind of gal, I looked for Baltic Amber beads on ebay only to find that they aren't cheap. Not by a long shot. That being said, the prices at Inspired By Finn are really quite reasonable. I recently discovered the "Inspired By Finn difference." As I said, when my daughter was just a few months old, my mother bought her a teething necklace from Inspired By Finn. Since then, Mom has bought Stinkerbaby a few other necklaces- all from Inspired By Finn. Well, Mom thought she had found a deal on amber necklaces. She asked my advice and I told her it looked like a great deal. She ordered them and what a disappointment! The seller is a great WAHM who primarily runs a cloth diaper store, so I know this wasn't an intentional scam or anything. The difference in quality is stunning!

Here is a photo to illustrate my point:
The necklace on the left is from Inspired By Finn, the color is cognac. The one on the right is from the other seller. I think they call that color butter, if I remember correctly. Since amber being in contact with the skin is what makes these necklaces work for pain relief, the smaller beads and larger gaps between the beads really could make a difference in the effectiveness. The other major difference is that the necklace from the other seller lost a bead almost immediately. Of course, the other necklace is not nearly as pretty either. I suppose that shouldn't matter in a teething remedy, but it does matter.
I am not attempting to fault the other seller, but their product is simply inferior. So, the "great deal" turned out to be quite a learning experience. I still buy cloth diapers from her, but no more amber.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a very nice discount on my next purchase of a necklace from Inspired By Finn,
BUT I honestly don't think that influenced this blog post as I was already shopping and had a necklace in my cart before I read about the discount for bloggers.

I really do wholeheartedly recommend Inspired By Finn.

Baltic amber teething necklaces work for us.
Do they work for you? Have you tried them?


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Selfie Saturdays

While I don't think these are "good" as photographs,
they are good for my own journey.
Hopefully, the photographic merits will improve as I get more comfortable in front of the camera.
I had great plans today for shooting myself with an "I am beautiful" sign. But it's raining and the light inside is not that good. So, that will postponed for another day.

Photos where my face is clearly visible are the hardest for me.
I have always been especially self-conscious of my face. Of course, since I have had kids, I have a whole new set of body issues.
My purpose is not to complain, but just to talk.

I know I am not the only woman out there who has been through this.
I am determined to stop second-guessing God.
He knew what he was doing when he made me.
He made me on purpose.
The same is true for you.

So, here are my long-arm selfies for today.