Also known as Nat Mur by those in the Naturopathic and Homeopathic communities. Cell salts are often referred to as tissue salts. For those new to cell salts – a quick background per my professor Dr. Louise Edwards – “Developed by Dr. William Schuessler, a German physician in the late 1800s, he recognized the inorganic salts found in the body had clear physiologic functions and that the imbalance in the amount of a particular salt could result in specific, identifiable pathology. So he followed the lines of Hahneman (father of homeopathy) and started experimenting using diluted and potentized forms of the salts and discovered, again like Hahneman, that they often had a more profound healing effect in the diuted and potentized form than in nutritive doses.”

So in total there are 12 salts. There are 11 elements used singly or in a variety of combinations. The combinations pair one cation (positive charge) with an anion (negative charge). Cations include: Calcium, Iron (Ferrum), Potassium (Kali), Magnesium, Sodium (Natrum), and Silica – though Silica is dosed by itself – the 12th salt. Anions include: Chloride (Muriaticum), Fluoride, Oxygen, Phosphorus, & Sulphur. They also come in a 6X or 30X strength or potency as well say. For general physical symptoms 6X is best, with cell salts you will rarely need the 30X as this requires a very specific diagnosis and just like homeopathic remedies the higher the potency the more specific you are getting. How do you know which one to use? Well, finding or repetorizing as we call it, the correct salt for your condition is what Naturopaths do best! You just have to ask : )

I prefer Hyland brand because it’s the one we used at the school dispensary, it’s made in the USA, and has always worked well for myself and my patients. They come in bottles of 500 or 1000 tablets and range from $8-$15 per bottle depending on where you get them. They last a long time too – so they are a really affordable and super safe way to treat health concerns – because they are homeopathic dilutions there are no side effects and no possible drug or nutrient interactions. Fabulous, right?!

So for the last two days I’ve been using Nat Mur for allergies. It’s quite incredible really. I take 4 pellets under my tongue for some immediate relief 3x daily, while sipping on a liter of water with a cap full of pellets dissolved in it throughout the day. Viola, no need for antihistamines! Apparently I developed an allergy to molds after living in a moldy building at school for almost 3.5 years. Now every late February into early March the sneezing, clear runny nose and sinus headaches comes around for a week or so. People always ask if I’m sick, and when I say I have allergies in the middle of winter I always get funny looks, but apparently this is the time of year when molds start growing – yeah, right?!

In addition to the cell salts I also started taking Vital Nutrients brand BCQ. From Vital Nutrients website: “BCQ® combines Boswellia and Curcumin extracts with Quercetin, a potent flavonoid, and Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme derived from the pineapple plant. This powerful formula provides antioxidants and may help reduce substance P levels in the body. In addition, BCQ® supports a healthy inflammatory response, which may aid in reducing minor pain.* The nutrients in this distinctive formula are also known to support gastrointestinal function and help maintain healthy connective tissue.*”

The Quercetin is also a mast cell stabilizer. Hint: it’s the mast cells that are over acting and causing the allergy type symptoms. So hopefully this in addition to 500 mg vitamin C – also a mast cell stabilizer a few times a day will help decrease the duration of my symptoms by calming those crazy mast cells down, while the Nat Mur keeps my runny nose and sneezing to a minimum for now.

Another tip: My nose is also so stuffed in the morning that the neti-pot barely touches it. So in these instances I resort to nasosympatico – basically sticking some Q-tips directly into the sinus passages in my nose. This allows them to drain – sounds crazy but it works like a charm, especially when the neti-pot isn’t enough. For those who love their neti-pots you know how well it can work and this is even better than that in some really sticky instances!

I don’t recommend trying nasosympatico on your own, let a professional at least demonstrate it on/with you for the first time. There is a trick to it, (getting six Q-tips up your nose should be considered a trick) and you should use a special kind of slimmer Q-tip and a carrier oil, often with an essential oil in the case of infection to help fight the bug. It’s truly gross when you do it, but I love sharing the gross and wonderful. On that note have a lovely, allergy free day! I sure am!

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