Are you a plant lover?
Do you have a vegetable garden, a flowerbed or a certain tree that you love? Do you want to grow healthy food for your family, or care for your favorite potted plant if it is not thriving well? Have you ever used homeopathic remedies to care for your plants?
As a plant lover, you probably have a green thumb and will be interested in learning a novel way to look after your plants. And even if you love from afar, you can enjoy passing on this information.
As you may know, plants are very earth-bound beings. They depend on their environment to supply the sunshine, soil and water they require. If they do not have what they need to maintain their health, they become susceptible to disease, insects or surrounding plants, which may be hardier (weeds). The sensible way to restore their health is to restore their proper environment. Failing that, a homeopathic remedy may be just what you need to rescue a diseased or bedraggled plant.
“In order to select the appropriate remedy, some observation will be required.”
In order to select the appropriate remedy, some observation will be required. After verifying the plant’s environment for maintaining causes, take the plant’s case to determine the remedy by asking these questions:
• What exactly is the symptom?
• When did it start?
• What was happening at that time (Cold, rain, insects…)?
• How does the symptom manifest itself?
• Where is it located?
• What makes it better or worse?
5 examples of how observation is the key to remedy selection
1 A simple case would be one of a plant that has been pruned a little too harshly on a very hot day. The plant looks weak and obviously has been hurt by the pruning. Water the ground under the plant with one dose of Arnica 200C. If there are open wounds then spray with Calendula 30C.
2 Your favorite rose plant has aphids sucking on its stem, new shoots and blossoms. Check out why it may be susceptible (poor drainage, too much fertilizer etc…) and address that, as well as dosing with Cimicifuga 30C.
3 You have been off on holiday and left your beloved orchid beside the sink so your neighbor could easily water it. When you return, it is bent over limply from your neglect. A loving dose of Ignatia 30C with a few kind words of apology as you set it in its usual location will do it wonders.
4 Your tomatoes are getting brown rot on the bottom of the fruits because the weather has been too wet and warm. Natrum sulphuricum 30C to the rescue!
5 Your lawn is looking sparse, with weak plants that just can’t seem to grow in that old, dry soil. Throw on a few more grass seeds and water with a dose of Silicea 200C. Only repeat in 6 weeks if you think you have to.
How to prepare the remedy mixture
Once you’ve observed your plant and know what the source of it’s distress may be, it is time to prepare the remedy mixture. The easiest way may be to add 6-8 globules of the desired remedy into a 150 ml bottle of water, and shake once the globules have dissolved. This mixture can be used to add to small or larger amounts of water, depending on the job.
As you see the above cases use either 30C or 200C as the potency of the remedy. There is another potency, 6X, that is used for remedies that fertilize and restore. In particular, the remedy called Helix tosta is given in the 6X potency. This one is a slug buster.
Since this branch of Homeopathy for treating plants is so new, the information on how to use it is still growing. Because homeopathy is inexpensive and safe, it has attracted many people who are fascinated with the idea that working with Nature presents incredible potential.
For more information…
Treating your plants homeopathically along with your family only makes sense, and if you’re interested in learning more about using homeopathy in your garden, these references will be helpful:
Jennifer Holzgang D.Hom, ND
Over the last 15 years Jennifer Holzgang has worked as a Natural Health Consultant, Herbalist, Naturopath, Nutritionist and Homeopath. She incorporates the most appropriate from these practices to address each individual, meeting them where ever they may be on their journey. She appreciates how homeopathy is both practical and life enhancing, allowing her to accompany individuals in self-exploration and discovery of potential, as well as providing down to earth tools and information for everyday situations. Click here to learn more about Jennifer.