September 23, 2013
This week I’d like to tell you about a couple of products that have their roots in one of my loves – homeopathy. For those unfamiliar with (or dubious of) the latter, my friend Dr. Dana Ulman, who writes about homeopathy for the Huffington Post, puts homeopathy into layman’s terms rather well, and I highly recommend his books on the subject, too! The Homeopathic Research Institute has a good database of randomized controlled clinical trials into the field of homeopathy as well as an excellent collection of research projects.
I discovered the all-purpose homeopathic pomade Homeoplasmine in an article in a British Style magazine a few years ago, and luckily I was just heading off to France, where I was able to track it down and stock up. It’s an absolutely lovely, unscented fixer or dry skin, rough cuticles, grazes, unruly brows and chapped lips (for which I use it religiously, every night). I’ve also used it for cracked paws and other minor abrasions on our dogs, from time to time. Apparently, French ladies are never without it!
Now whenever I go back to France, I love venturing into gorgeous French pharmacies and procuring a couple of tubes from behind the counter in my very best French. But you can also find it these days through specialty online stores like Chelsea Pharmacy. You only need a very tiny bit and a tube lasts absolutely ages.
Formula 303 is a, ever-so-slightly oddly-named homeopathic supplement that I was introduced to by a chiropractor a few months ago after Willow had seen a squirrel as I was getting her out of the car, and ended up pulling my lower back and a rather painful way as she attempted to set off in hot pursuit, whilst I remained tenuously attached to the other end of her leash.
It hasn’t got a terribly pretty label, but this stuff is brilliant as a supplement to combat muscle spasm, tight muscles and other bodily stresses and strains.
It’s a very simple combination of valerian, passionflower and magnesium, in convenient tablet form. I tend to only take it at night, because it’s almost too relaxing and can make one feel a little on the sleepy side, but it really does make for a good night’s sleep.