As the days become shorter and the darkness arrives earlier and earlier, Halloween will soon be upon us with its tales of monsters and vampires, haunted houses and scary dress-up clothes. For many, Halloween is about the fun of dressing up, and for the kids it’s all about collecting and consuming as much candy and chocolate as possible!
While many kids love a good scare during a visit to a haunted house, maybe your youngster got truly spooked last year and is now apprehensive about this holiday. Or, if they’re fearless about venturing out to collect candy, maybe your kids got an upset stomach and you’re wondering whether trick-or-treating should be avoided this year.
If you’d like a gentle, effective way to help you with any Halloween perils, consider one of these 10 remedies carefully selected for fear or upset stomachs.
The two most important remedies for children (and adults) who had a big fright are Aconite and Stramonium.
Aconite: a sudden fear has made the child agitated and has brought on night terrors. There is intense fear; fear of death, of suffocation, of crowds, of crossing the street. The child wants your immediate help, because everything is intolerable to her. Her imagination is very vivid, and she startles easily.
Stramonium The person is very afraid of ghosts, monsters, anything black (black dogs, spiders). The child can be quiet and withdrawn, or may have tantrums where he kicks, bites, slaps or stamps his feet in anger. He doesn’t like the darkness, therefore he wants the light on and he feels better when someone is with him.
If the fear is not as acute as described above, but still prevents the child from enjoying the Halloween experience, some other remedies can be helpful. These remedies also settle any stomach upsets that may have happened from overeating or overexcitement.
Phosphorus: The child is afraid of thunderstorms, ghosts and monsters under the bed. He wants company at night because the darkness makes him unsettled. Overall this child is affectionate and outgoing. He is very compassionate and can be worried about other people’s problems. He may get pain and burning in the stomach and vomits undigested foods and candy.
Argentum nitricum: The child is fearful and can have diarrhea before or during the panic attacks. She is fearful of leaving her home and wants to return. She may visibly tremble and feels off balance. The person may have been strained under too much mental efforts which has brought on a greater susceptibility to panic. The craving for sweets is intense in this remedy and overeating of sweets may bring on stomach troubles, especially burping and cramps.
Arsenicum Album:Anything can bring on fear in her, even ordinary things. He is insecure and pessimistic. He is afraid of ghosts and fears something evil or bad will happen. This is also an important remedy when food poisoning is suspected. He will have burning pains in the stomach and is thirsty for small quantities of water. His diarrhea has a very nasty smell.
Here are some good remedies for stomach upset and that will calm the child (or adult) quickly:
Chamomila is very sensitive to the least pain and will get angry, restless and irritable. The pain might have come on after a big anger outburst, or after eating too much candy. In the case of a child, only carrying him will settle the irritability and restlessness as well as the pain.
Pulsatilla will settle the nerves of a tearful child. The child might have had an stomach upset from eating too much chocolate or ice cream. There is nausea and vomiting and no thirst.
Nux vomica (also known as Colubrina) gets stomach pain with nausea and bloating after any excess in consumption of food, especially if it is high in fats, chocolates, candy, as well as coffee, alcohol and drugs. There can be constipation and cramping and a sensation of pressure in the abdomen, but attempts to have a bowel movement or to urinate are often not succesful. They are also easily angered over the least issue.
Finally, if you’re looking forward to a little fall get-away but are afraid of flying, two remedies described above may be able to help you with your fear of flying.
Argentum nitricum is especially panicked by the fact that he is in an enclosed space and cannot just open the door and step outside (or go back home).
Aconite really doesn’t feel good that there are so many people on the plane. She feels crowded in and fears suffocation.
As always, a consult with a professional homeopath is the best way to address long standing fear issues. As of the publication of this post, there remain 2 spots available at the MICH intern clinic, where you can take advantage of 4 teacher-supervised sessions at greatly reducted rates. Click here for more information.
Wishing you a boo-tiful halloween season,
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Carla Marcelis, ND, DHom
Carla brings dedication, passion and expertise as mission leader to the MICH Honduras Clinic and to her role as Director and teacher at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy. Visit her webpage to learn more about her and to read all of her blog posts.