I thought it would be good to write a little post about homeopathy, as in my readings it had often been used in place of the word “natural”. I had assumed any natural cures, such as essential oils, were homeopathy. I am wrong. so wrong, in fact, that apparently it discredits me completely. I’d like to clear that up.
When I look up “what is homeopathy” a simple statement comes up “the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease.” This alone isn’t a very good explanation because this makes it seem akin to the flu shot. On WebMD it states that it is based upon the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself and homeopathy serves to enhance that ability by using small doses of natural medicine. While it is not commonplace here, it is widely used in other countries and an article I read said some government programs even back it. There is a lot of skepticism with homeopathy, as with nearly all herbal cures (There is a time and place for man-made cures, but I believe that nature has given us cures for a reason). Historically, homeopathy has been based upon; the law of similars, the law of infinitesimals and the law of succession. (Link) This description reminds me a lot of flower essences as the basis of them is the energies and vibrations given from the flowers. A good, unbiased description of homeopathy comes from Wikipedia: Homeopathy involves a process known by practitioners as “dynamisation” or “potentisation” whereby a substance is diluted with alcohol or distilled water and then vigorously shaken in a process called “succussion”. Insoluble solids, such as quartz and oyster shell, are diluted by grinding them with lactose (trituration). The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, believed that the process of succussion activated the “vital energy” of the diluted substance, and that successive dilutions increased the “potency” of the remedy.
I am not sure I’d ever become an extremist for homeopathy, but I value their goal. It does make sense that the body has the ability to heal itself (at least to an extent) and I have come to rely more and more on self-healing and less on traditional medicine.
I’d also like to direct you to this blog: https://homeopathytoheal.wordpress.com/ for more information. This person has done their research and are committed to informing others about homeopathy. They were kind enough to point out my mistake without discrediting me or being rude. Again, I apologize for any offense in using the word, I honestly thought it was a cleaner word for natural cures. To err is human, yall!
In conclusion, while homeopathy shares a lot of the same principles with “crunchies” but it has stricter parameters. There is a formula for dilution which I have seen on a couple of websites (read all about it on Wikipedia). They are two parallel, but still different ideas. I often find you can tell an uneducated post about homeopathy as it gets confusing and muddled. It is something I would need to research for a while to understand fully, but to get you started here are 150 facts about homeopathy.
So, is there an actual word for Crunchy living then? I thought maybe Naturalism, but this is also a word with a definition unlike what I am looking for as well. (Naturalism (philosophy) is any of several philosophical stances wherein all phenomena or hypotheses commonly labeled as supernatural are either false or not inherently different from natural phenomena or hypotheses. Taken from Wikipedia) If there is, I’d like to know! If not, we should come up with one and submit it to Webster’s methinks!