Homeotip of the month: Biodynamic Gardening

Homeotip of the month: Biodynamic Gardening

Harvested vegetables in pile at garden
Harvested vegetables in pile at garden

Shifting happens when we use homeopathy.  With homeopathy, we can enter into a deeply harmonious relationship with the insects and the earth. Insects are drawn to plants via ultraviolet signals the plants emit – they ask the bugs to eat them. Homeopathy does not kill insects, it stimulates the vital forces in the soil surrounding the plant using a specific vibration that will resonate with its area of challenge. The strengthened plant will better resist pests and insects, and will not attract them.  Homeopathy, is a way to communicate with the earth and with our plants in a healing way.

As the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Hahnemann, advised: always treat the cause, not the symptom. Is the insect invasion or other imbalance due to the soil or the plant itself? If you read this month’s article on Biodynamic Farming, then you know that the primary focus is usually on the soil, not on the plant. The tendency to add chemical nutrients for the plant and not nourish the soil is often the cause of disequilibrium in plant growth. In the biodynamic philosophy, direct intervention on plants or insects is of the last recourse. Compost water, manure teas, and comfrey or nettle ferments aid weakened plants in regaining their life force.

A renowned homeopath trained by Dr. Hahnemann, Boenninghausen, noted that the excess or leftover homeopathic remedies he threw into his plant pots were having an effect on the plants. Charles Darwin, after his miraculous cure with homeopathy also wrote of the startling effects that potentised remedies had on plants. His own experiments on insectivore plants using what can be described as homeopathic doses of ammonia salts surprised him with their significant biological effect. Darwin even expressed concern that he should publish these results. Two of Darwin’s sons confirmed the results of his experiments. Since then, many people have investigated the effects of remedies on soil and plants. Here are a few tips that might help you explore this for yourself in your own garden.

Hints for Homeopathic Agriculture

Homeopathic remedies emit a signal that interacts energetically with soil and plants. They do not harm the environment, and protection can last up to four months from just one dose, even after downpours.


Remember to store your remedies away from light, moisture, and high temperatures (normal household temperatures are fine). Because they are signals themselves, close range mobile phone and microwave oven emissions may affect homeopathic remedies, so do not keep them close to these devices.


Here is how you apply the remedies. One vial of 100 pills makes 20 litres of remedy. If you are using liquid remedies, then 10 drops in 200ml is sufficient.

1. Put 20 drops of a 6X or 6CH or 6C potency in a litre of water. Succuss (rhythmically shake) the bottle 50 times. Put this litre in the watering can, fill it up with 19 litres of tap water and stir. If the watering can is smaller, the amount of remedy put in must be proportionally smaller. Thus a 10 litre can needs only ½ litre and just 10 drops of the remedy. Apply the contents of the watering can to the roots of the plants to be treated.  If using pills, add one 6X or 6CH or 6C potency pill to 200 ml of water, shake or stir vigourously. The pill does not have to be fully dissolved.
2. Spray on the soil just above the plants roots. You may also try spraying the leaves, but that may be less effective.
3. One dose (spray or water) is all that is normally needed to protect your plant for up to four months. If the plant begins to be bothered by the pest again, then repeat the treatment once more. Don’t overdose. Only repeat the treatment when absolutely needed, otherwise you can encourage the opposite effect. This is an important rule in homeopathic practice: Always apply the minimum dose necessary.

Different application for homeopathy in your garden:


Silicea terra
Perhaps the most important remedy in agricultural homeopathy is Silicea terra. It not only reduces the shock of transplantation, it strengthens weak and spindly plants. It is also known to:
1. Improve germination of seeds
2. Increase vigour and resistance of plants to pests, moulds, and mildew
3. Increase water retention in plants growing on arid soils. Change the ionisation of soil particles so that water-repellent soil readily absorbs moisture
4. Stimulate flower growth, both in number and size
5. Assist in seed generation and development
6. Improve fruit-setting when applied after flowering
7. Stimulate premature flowering and prevents seed formation when applied in overdose to weeds

In the fall, we often uproot some flowers and plants to bring them indoors, Arnica, which is used for all sorts of trauma might be an important consideration.


Camphora 30CH
“For ants’ nests in garden beds and under garden slabs. Beekeepers: especially suitable for infestations of ants in beehives.”


Petroleum 30CH
Also useful for outdoor plants that are weakened by crackling after frost and/or severe cold, and houseplants after poor overwintering and insufficient light.


Helix tosta
A homeopathic remedy made from toasted snail shell has been used in folk medicine to treat the symptoms of tuberculosis. When homeopaths potentised the snail, turning it into a homeopathic remedy, they found it helped TB sufferers, sometimes offering a cure. Just as TB is a disease that destroys the respiratory organs (lungs) of the human body, the snail destroys the respiratory organ of the plant (its leaves). This similarity across symptoms is quite possibly a reason why it stimulates a positive response in both humans and plants.

Only spray or water Helix tosta onto the plants you want to keep but not onto the weeds. Snails will eat your weeds before moving on to your plants. To test if the remedy is working, place some snails directly on the plant to see if they eat it or not.

Aphids pierce and suck the young shoots and buds of plants, feeding on the sap and stunting growth. Aphids, unlike our Helix tosta example, cannot be repelled by potentised aphid. So here are other suggestions.

Often used in the 30ch potency rather than the lower 6ch, studies show that one spray can make an enormous difference.

Coccinella septempunctata (Ladybug, Ladybeetle)
However, it was discovered that a potentised aphid predator, the ladybird, was an effective deterrent.
Good and prolonged results are usually obtained with just one dose – occasionally a second dose is required, but care should be taken not to apply it more often than is needed as unnecessary applications will have the opposite effect and encourage aphid infestations.


Bombyx processiona
A remedy prepared from the Procession Caterpillar. This remedy deters most types of caterpillar infestations on the farm or in the garden. The remedy triggers a healthy response from the plant that makes it more resistant to parasites that would normally attack it if it were in a less healthy state. It is effective both as a spray and in the trickle system.


Homeopathy for Plants by Christiane Maute
A practical guide for indoor, balcony and garden plants with tips on dosage, use and choice of potency for Helix tosta and many other homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathy for Farm and Garden

Dutch homeopath Vaikunthanath das Kaviraj is known for curing sick trees with a simple dose of Belladonna, turning arid desert into moist, arable land and eliminating snails from hundreds of Perth, Australia backyards without chemicals are among his successes.

The apple trees, which were covered in bright red spots resembling rust, were unusually thirsty and were producing sour-tasting fruit at a time when they should have been ripe for picking. The first one had developed the spots three days earlier after which, one by one, all of them caught it. It reminded Vaikunthanath of the rapid onset of scarlet fever in children. A diagnosis needs three legs to stand on. He had my three legs – the speed at which the disease spread, the spots, and the thirst. They all pointed to the remedy, Belladonna. A few days after treating each tree with the Belladonna remedy the spots had disappeared and the apples were sweet and juicy again.

However his results with Silicea were even more significant. After just six weeks of treatment a 100 hectare area of desert retained enough water under its surface that crops were grown where they would have previously perished.
“Silicea changes the osmosis of the soil particles so that instead of rejecting the water, the soil absorbs it. Any seed that is in there can then germinate.”

Related links

Biodynamic Farming: www.considera.org

Research article
Homeopathic preparations to control the rosy apple aphid (Dysaphis plantaginea Pass.). ScientificWorldJournal. 2010 Jan 8;10:38-48. doi: 10.1100/tsw.2010.12. Wyss E1, Tamm L, Siebenwirth J, Baumgartner S.

Homeopathy Research

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Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH

Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory or click here to read more posts by Judyann.

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