During the first year or two of using homeopathic remedies for common ailments, you will quickly be on the hunt for the best homeopathic book to take some of the mystery out of what remedy to give. Go stress free and consider buying one or two books ahead of time for those “JIC” (just in case) times! Having your homeopathic remedies on hand is a very good thing (see last week’s newsletter for suggestions for the top 10 or 13), but you will need a couple of good homeopathic books to get started.
A Remedy Speaks Louder than Words
You will get lots of practice giving and learning about homeopathic remedies – especially when your extended family starts seeing your successful results with remedies like Arnica for injuries, Belladonna for fevers, or Bryonia for the homesick child. These small successes with first aid and acute remedies will speak volumes to even the most skeptical family member in the clan!
Some books will give you the confidence to provide a remedy that seems well indicated so I’d recommend reading and learning about the remedies in your home kit. Each remedy can be used for all kinds of ailments when the symptom picture fits. Last week’s newsletter handout gave you an idea of ‘remedy pictures,’ but some books will go into far more detail.
Your Personal Homeopathic Bookseller – Me!
One of the hats I wore before becoming a homeopath was a children’s bookstore manager. I loved finding the ‘right book’ for the ‘right person’ and the ‘right situation.’
Even though I worked at a bookstore, it was a challenge to find a source for homeopathic books 14 years ago. Nowadays, you can Google a title or do a simple search with key words and, voilà, homeopathic books galore! So how do you choose? Just a bit confusing, huh? Enter the bookseller (I knew that work experience would come in handy!) to help you find the right book for the right situation. (Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?)
Here are the top picks I would highly recommend. I’ve used them myself and they have withstood the test of time with thousands of parents all over the world. At the end of the mini-reviews, you will find links to the top homeopathic booksellers. Enjoy!
Complete Homeopathy Handbook
by Miranda Castro
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth & Your Baby’s First Years
by Miranda Castro
If you are looking for great reads with practical information and suggestions, these are the perfect starter books for you and your family.
Miranda is one of my favorite homeopaths and is a great encourager and generous soul. Check out her website, as well, to find lots of resources and articles.
Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines
by Stephen Cummings, M.D. and Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
This is the very first book I bought and used extensively when I first learned about homeopathy. The book is an easy read and covers any and all common complaints that you might face with family and kids. The writers also include a discussion about when you might need medical help at the end of each illness, which home prescribers might find especially helpful.
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants
by Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
Even though Dana Ullman’s book Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines covers many acute illnesses, this book is specifically written for children’s complaints. This was another one of my go-to books in the early days of home prescribing!
Do check out Dana Ullman’s website. He is another homeopath who generously shares articles and resources, promoting homeopathy every chance he gets.
by Amy Lansky
One of the most remarkable stories you will read is in Amy Lansky’s book Impossible Cure. Her son Max was diagnosed with autism and today, through the use of homeopathy, he is ‘normal.’ The story in itself is remarkable, but Amy’s understanding and introduction to homeopathy is brilliant. If you’re finding it difficult to explain homeopathy to family or friends, give them the gift of this book!
“[Impossible Cure] is the finest general introduction to homeopathy I’ve yet read… [Lansky’s] writing is magnificently crafted, and all her facts and figures are as straight as can be. She weaves together a seamless exposition about homeopathy — what it is, how it developed, what research exists, and with it gives us her personal journey of discovery…” ~Julian Winston~
Homeopathy for Children
by Gabrielle Pinto & Murray Feldman
If you are a ‘to the point’ kind of person, this is the book for you! You’ll find homeopathic remedy pictures along with common illnesses in a quick reference, alphabetically arranged guide – a fast and easy read for the parent with a kid who is sick now! (Murray Feldman was also my teacher at the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy)
Online Homeopathic Booksellers
Here are the links to homeopathic booksellers I would highly recommend. Some of them have specials and sales at this time of year so do check. Generally the shipping and exchange rate is the same from site to site.
Off to Mexico for a holiday but rest assured there will still be newsletters coming your way each week! Many of you will be heading to warmer climates this time of year, as well, so watch for the next couple of newsletters full of homeopathic tips for travel.