I have a weird symptom that occurs periodically: I keep smelling something burning, like trash, or wood…cigarette smoke…it is the strangest thing. It always occurs at night, when I am about to go to sleep, or otherwise if I wake up at night and it was driving me crazy. A quick Google search of the “problem” revealed I was not alone. Long conversation threads indicate that this is far more common that I had thought, and it made me feel as if I am not the only crazy person on the planet.
Many people who were talking about the problem in the forums online indicate that consulting medical professionals has not helped: they are told they may have a brain tumor or a sinus infection. MRI’s seem to reveal nothing, according to what I read. Some people found relief after using a neti pot.
Being a bit of a sleuth ( and that is why I love homeopathy), I realized that the “smell” occurred on nights when it was very cold and in summer when the a/c was running. It had nothing to do with the heat pumps or cooling system, but it had a lot to do with the lack of humidity. Putting my head under the covers when I was in bed helped, and so did putting a tiny drop of Olbas oil at the base of my nostrils. I also found that putting a tiny bit of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) inside my nose helped a lot.
However these were palliative measures. I wanted something that would cure the problem, so I consulted my Materia Medica, which I should have done in the first place. But hey, there is no cure for laziness!
There are several homeopathic remedies listed under Nose, ODORS: imaginary and real. Under -smoke, I found bar-c, cor-r, Sulf and Verat.
I tried the Sulfur in a 30 X potency, took one dose for two days and then forgot about it. It has been three weeks and the problem has not recurred, even though we had a really cold spell this past week.
It is a huge relief! This is an inexpensive way to cure the problem, but as always, the caveat is: consult your doctor, I am not prescribing or practicing medicine. The information here is merely anecdotal.
This information is not meant to cure, treat or prescribe. Please consult your medical doctor or professional homeopath to rule out any of the associated underlying medical problems which may be causing this odor
Schroyens, Dr. Frederick (Ed.). Synthesis. Repertorium Homeopathicum Syntheticum. New Delhi. 1998
I would like to share some information about this very useful remedy, Hekla (or Hecla) Lava.
While mental/emotional symptoms are not fully explored, one could consider the Doctrine of Signatures by taking into account the state of a volcano: even when the volcano appears dormant, much goes on inside that is unseen, with sudden, violent eruptions bursting forth and spewing lava. Think of the person who is always calm, keeps his feelings to himself while his emotions are churning inside. Alternatively, as the tension of opposites, we can have the active volcano, the person who habitually spews rage and vitriol.
The remedy is prepared from the fine ash of the volcano in Iceland.
This remedy has been used for treating the following:
- bone spurs
- joint pain
- facial pain
- swollen glands
Here are some interesting websites that discuss the remedy more fully:
Bone spur image: sportsandyourfeetct.blogspot.com
Please consult your medical or homeopathic professional if you have any of the medical problems discussed in the article. This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe or cure, it is for informational purposes only and is not sponsored by any company. Images were obtained from Google Images.
Menopause can be an uncomfortable time for women as their hormone levels begin to fluctuate, very often causing sudden surges of heat up into the neck and reddening the face. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Many women report a feeling of dread or anxiety prior to the flash occurring which may feel like the heart is fluttering. Another common occurrence is lying down to sleep, falling asleep for a few minutes and then being suddenly wide awake. This is often followed by another “power surge”.
If you have consulted your physician and are still experiencing these symptoms, you may safely try some Cell Salts which are prepared in the same way as homeopathic remedies. They are known as Dr. Schuessler’s Cell or Tissue salts, and there are 12 of them. They are safe to use, and inexpensive and have no side-effects. They will not interfere with your medications.
The suggested combination is:
#4 Ferrum Phos
#10 Nat Phos
- Ferrum Phos will not only help with the hot flashes, but also night sweats, insomnia, vertigo, and water retention. It will alleviate stiff muscles and joint pains as well.
- Nat. Mur will help with headaches, irritability, and excessive tearfulness (mood swings) vaginal dryness and will boost the libido.
- Nat. Phos alleviates dizziness, insomnia, tension and anxiety, and night sweats. This tissue salt is also useful to those who tend to lack bladder control when sneezing when used in combination with the other remedies
Dosage: In severe cases, taking two tablets of each tissue salt three to four times a day is sufficient, taper off the dosage to twice a day as symptoms improve. Taken sublingually (under the tongue) the tablets dissolve quickly and cause not harmful side-effects.
Other homeopathic remedies that are useful are Cimicifuga Racemosa and Sepia. Consult your homeopath to determine which one would suit your physical and emotional symptoms best.
Disclaimer: This information is not to diagnose or treat or prescribe. If you are suffering from menopause symptoms please consult your physician or homeopath.
Current medical wisdom treats the body as if it were a robot, which follows a mechanistic, material view of health and wellness that fails to take into account much of the more modern view taken by not only holistic practitioners but also, increasingly fringe scientists who take a more complex view of the reality of man.
When are “health” practitioners going to get it? That everything is part of the whole: the body, emotions, intellect, thoughts…all these things are important, not just the physical symptoms.
In homeopathy we understand that indefinable things such as sensations, thoughts (recurring thoughts and beliefs about ourselves), strange behaviors, all these form a picture of the individual. In this picture we attempt to find the source of the dis-ease. Symptoms are merely symptoms of a deeper disturbance. Physical symptoms are not the disease. They are a sign that something else is going on, often unseen within the body or in the mind, or the emotions.
Homeopaths are skilled at unraveling the mystery or story of the individual. They want the whole picture, every detail, every sensation, every strange behavior, every strange pain or physical symptom. Homeopaths do not diagnose disease, but look further, deeper and then study the information to arrive at a remedy that best mirrors the information that has been supplied.
Even mechanical problems such as broken bones can benefit from homeopathy. Of course I do not advocate that a broken limb should not been seen by an allopathic doctor. Of course the bone should be set by an expert. But there is a remedy that can speed up the healing. It works so well and so fast that we are cautioned that we should ensure the bone has been set properly for it will mend so fast that a poorly set one may end up being crooked. (Symphytum Officinale is such a remedy, but please, be cautioned, do not use it unless the bone has been set by a professional medical doctor!)
Our bodies are extensions of ourselves, the solid, flesh and bone reality that we dwell in. Every cell has memory and consciousness; every thought and emotion we have affects every part of this body.
Treat it well, but above all, be aware of how you can damage your vehicle. Treat it kindly, monitor your thoughts and emotions. Meditate. There is a greater, different reality that exists beyond what we see. It is an interconnected web of Love, The Universe, God – whatever you wish to call it, but it exists and has been experienced by many, especially those who have had Near Death Experiences.
We are not just flesh and bone.
Treat yourself well, and treat others as well as you would like to be.
For more information about this remedy, please see: