One of the things that Hatti and I had in mind for the Beautiful Beginnings group was to invite speakers along to share ideas around different aspects of natural health and parenting. In West Cumbria we are very lucky to have a number of experienced homeopaths, and also the Millenium Children’s Clinic which provides affordable homeopathic treatment for families. Hatti and I are both regulars with the homeopaths and practice natural immunity with our children. We have seen the benefits of using homeopathy both ourselves and with our little ones, and were delighted when Carey Blanden of the Millenium Clinic in Cockermouth said she would like to come and talk at the group.
We had a great turn out, with our regular families, and some new ones coming along to see what the group was about. The children, of all different ages, soon got to work making Christmas tree banners from magazines and old books, they looked great, so simple and colourful, and 100% recycled. You could adapt this idea with all kinds of different shapes to make really fab banners for every occasion. The sensory table was very popular again, little ones and big ones spooning lentils and into little pots and making imaginary birthday cakes with old polystyrene packaging beads.
Carey and fellow Homeopath Val arrived with their baskets full of books and remedy kits. They gave a simple introduction and explained how homeopathic remedies can be so effective with children and provide a real alternative to the regular use of Calpol and the like. For those parents who were interested there were bottles of ABC – Aconite, Belladonna and Chamomilla, a combination remedy which is excellent for teething, temperatures, coughs and colds. It is a really good thing to have in for when your little one is unsettled, especially through the night. Arsenicum Album was also available which seems to work wonders with tummy bugs and diarrhoea.
The rest of the session saw parents taking the opportunity to talk to Val and Carey one to one about various issues in their families and how homeopathy could help. Discussions were wide and varied, ranging from remedies for pregnancy, birth and breast feeding, to dowsing and spiritual healing. A few parents bought books and remedy kits, and others have subsequently made appointments at the Millennium Clinic. I snapped up a Miranda Castro handbook and a remedy kit for childbirth which I intend to lend out to interested pregnancy yoga students.
There were also a few parents who were not interested, for a variety of reasons, and this is worthy of mention also. Whilst Hatti and I were obviously enthusiastic about the session, it was important to us that people who were not interested still felt comfortable and were able to enjoy the session with their children. Part of the Vision and Values of Beautiful Beginnings is to support parents in all aspects of natural parenting (we know this means vastly different things to different people!) and for all parents to respect the views and decisions of other parents even if these are different to their own.
A few parents were interested in learning how to dowse for food allergies and sensitivities in their children, so Val and Carey are planning to come back in the new year to show us how to do this for ourselves. How wonderful to be able to identify foods or substances that could cause a reaction in our children and avoid them from the outset. If you are interested why not ask for a crystal pendulum as a Christmas present!
This week my little ones have been struck down by the coughing vomiting bug which seems to be doing the rounds. I’ve found the remedy Ipecac. 30 to be doing a good job so far!
Have a look at www.northlakesclinic.co.uk for more details, appointments etc.