Christmas and the New Year can bring a lot of joy and celebration – and sometimes a lot of pain and discomfort. Our overindulgence can leave us bloated and our missing of loved ones can leave us empty. Homeopathy, a very safe and gentle medical system, can help turn our holiday blues into holiday cheer.

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Homeopathy help for the holidays

Sometimes the stress and anxiety of the holidays can get to us, producing even fear and anger. Homeopathic Aconite is good for stress, anxiety and fear during the holiday season, particularly with a pounding heart. Homeopathic Gelsemium can be helpful for anxiety related to performance, whether pre-performance jitters before a play or chorus or anxiety over performing at a family meal or a get-together. For children who cannot sleep with the excitement of anticipation, homeopathic Coffea can help. Homeopathic Cocculus is indicated for the stress of shopping for everyone, staying up late at night, attending too many parties, and depriving yourself of sleep.

Quite often we will overindulge in both food and drink. One of the best remedies for overindulgence is homeopathic Nux vomica. Nux vomica is particularly indicated if one is grouchy or irritable with indigestion or a headache. Nux vomica may be helpful with symptoms from heartburn and stomach pain after eating to hangovers and constipation. Homeopathic Pulsatilla is indicated for overindulgence in too much sweet or fatty foods, particularly rich and creamy foods.

The holidays can sometimes bring sadness and grief, especially if we are missing a loved one during this special season. Homeopathic Ignatia is a common remedy for grief, and can be helpful for someone who is missing a loved one over the holiday season.

Many people also travel during the holidays. To avoid jet lag, some people find homeopathic Arnica helpful, taking a dose before departure and a few doses the day of arrival. Homeopathic Cocculus can also be used for travel, for both motion sickness and jet lag. Homeopathic Gelsemium is used for fear of flying, especially if there is a lot of weakness and trembling associated with the fear of flying.

Homeopathic remedies are available in some grocery stores, many health food stores, and in some pharmacies. They are easy to take for both children and adults, and many people find them very helpful for their health and well-being. Let’s try to stay healthy over the holiday season.


Les Moore is a naturopath, homeopath, and licensed acupuncturist practicing in Pittsford.

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