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BACH FLOWER REMEDIES: WALNUT REMEDY

Walnut relates the soul quality of adjustment in transition periods of life – in beginning of new life, unaffected by links with the previous life. It is aptly called the Link Breaker.In the positive state of Walnut remedy, the person can smoothly cut himself off from previous connections, howsoever strong they may have been and make a new beginning. It makes no difference whether he has to countenance natural physical changes that come with age i.e teething puberty, pregnancy or the menopause, or a major mental decision such as change of religion or profession, breaking of old conventions or social customs, or leaving one’s country for good to settle in an unknown foreign country. He may with constancy and determination leave his age-old habit of drinking or smoking. A person in the negative Walnut state, however, lacks that iron will which can surmount all vacillations that are attendant upon such major changes.He may possess the determination and strength of purpose to carry out his normal routine of life, but when a stronger personality impresses him to break off from the old and make a new beginning, he becomes a prey of duelty in his mind. He wants to change. The stronger personality has convinced him that change is in his interest. Future wants a break from the past. The present is tied to the past, which does not loosen its hold. The facts of heredity, old conventions, age-long social customs, the thought of a secure present connected to the past, and an uncertain future envisaged in the break from the past cause painful vacillations in his mind. He wants to make a new beginning, but the previous links are too strong to be snapped.*196\308\8*

POLLEN – HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, EXOPHTHALMIC GOITRE, METABOLIC DISORDERS

If the blood pressure is too high, it is not advisable to take pollen. A necessary precaution would be, first of all, to bring down the pressure by eating a natural diet of whole rice, soft white cheese (cottage cheese or quark) and salads. This diet is described in detail on pages 128-9. Only when the blood pressure has been normalised can a person start taking pollen.

Those who have exophthalmic goitre, that is to say, a hyperfunc-tion of the thyroid, should take pollen only after the functional disorder has been eliminated.

On the other hand, metabolic disorders such as constipation and diarrhoea can benefit from treatment with pollen.

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VARIOUS DIETS AND TREATMENTS – PAPAIN – ITS ORIGIN AND USES (INTRODUCTION)

In the lush woodlands of Florida there are found not only thousands of cabbage palms and many other tropical plants, but also a great number of wild papayas. The Indians living there have always enjoyed the juicy fruit because it is delicious and healthy. They also made use of the plant in cooking. Since time immemorial those primitive tribes have known that papaya leaves, stems and fruit contain a substance that breaks down protein. So, whenever the hunters happened to kill an old animal the cook would wrap the tough meat in papaya leaves and leave it overnight. On the following day it would be tender enough to be roasted over a fire. The substance which tenderises meat, called papain, causes a kind of predigestion process, one might say.

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VARIOUS DIETS AND TREATMENTS – THE ORIGIN OF WATER’S THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS (INTRODUCTION)

Not every kind of water has the same electric field, nor does it have the same therapeutic effect. The result depends upon the ‘ballast’ substances contained in the water, such as clay or black mud, which are responsible for the electric charge. Minerals dissolved in the water can also add medicinal properties. These substances are usually picked up by the water as it flows from its source deep in the earth and on its way passes over mineral deposits. It is these substances that account for the remedial effects of water when used for bathing and drinking. Any colouring matter, which we at first consider to be impurities or dirt, will have been added to the spring water as it flowed over deposits of clay and minerals. Thus the therapeutic value, as well as the content of minerals and its energy or power, is produced in a natural way, and that is of importance to us.

When I was visiting the South Sea islands I had similar opportunities to see the natives bathe in dirty, muddy waters. But please do not misunderstand my meaning, for I am not referring here to dirt resulting from the unhygienic environment I also saw there — human excrement or pollutants, or bacteriological dirt from other sources that can be channelled into the water. I am not talking about this kind of real pollution, but rather the natural process of earth and minerals being absorbed by the water, changing its clear colour. Naturally, coloured water is not necessarily unsuitable for bathing, although one has to be extra careful in the tropics because of the abundance of parasites that pollute the streams. Just think of the dangerous schistosomes, liver flukes and micro-organisms galore, which transmit all kinds of dangerous diseases.

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TERRA SILICEA PURIFICATA (SILICA) – HOMOEOPATHIC CALCIUM PREPARATION

Silica is the right remedy to use for felons (whitlows), problems with the hair roots and the disrupted growth of hair and nails.

Give silica to lymphatic-scrofulous children with swollen glands; there is no better remedy than this for improving the child’s whole constitution. As a rule these children are thin, or else puffy with a swollen stomach, and have a poor appetite and little stamina, as well as an uncertain state of mind.

Those who suffer from lung problems and scrofula should take silica together with a homoeopathic calcium preparation. Silica is very good for the skin and the connective tissues, and is successful in the treatment of excessive hand and foot perspiration that has an unpleasant odour and causes the skin between the fingers and toes to become sore. Problems arising from suppressed foot sweat can also be dealt with satisfactorily by silica, but it is probable that the sweat will be re-established after having been wrongly suppressed in the first place. This is something to be welcomed. In fact, never do anything drastic to suppress foot sweat, unless you also stimulate the function of the skin and kidneys so that elimination is increased through these two escape routes. In that case, the foot sweat will eventually disappear without any harmful consequences.

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A SELECTION OF MEDICINAL HERBS – SEA ONION OR SQUILL {SCILLA, URGINEA MARITIME) (GENERAL INFORMATION)

The plants also used it to aid those who suffered from extreme cold in the hands and feet, whose urine was pale and watery, whose pulse was light or rapid, or whose upper air passages were affected with catarrh. It was found especially helpful in treating the kind of heart trouble that is accompanied by difficulty in dispersing water and expelling phlegm caused by catarrh, and by itching of the skin. More recent observations, based on the experience of those ancient herbalists, have confirmed the efficacy of fresh squill extract in curing the range of symptoms just described.

This natural plant remedy can be of great help in treating these problems. Large doses are unnecessary. In fact, to achieve good results no more than five drops of 3x potency (1/1000 dilution of the mother tincture) need be taken at one time.

A combination of lily of the valley and sea onion produces a very good remedy, Convascillan. Where once it was necessary to give strophanthin – a virtual whip for the heart – it is now possible to provide help with this gentle and reliable Convallaria complex, which supports rather than drives the heart. The effect of Convascillan is also long-lasting, another point in its favour.

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