It all started back in the early 1990s when I had my second daughter. My midwife used reflexology and aromatherapy along side allopathic medicine. She told me about the homeopathic remedy Chamomilla for teething, it worked like magic, no more nights of pacing the floor with a crying baby. I began to read about homeopathy and use it for myself and my children.
When I there was no job vacancy following my maternity leave I decided on a career change and studied homeopathy. The college I chose was Soluna in Cromford, Derbyshire.
The four year course was a life changing experience. It presented great challenges to study whilst looking after two young girls whilst my husband was working away.
I graduated in 1998 and have continued to develop and learn ever since. Homeopathy provides a life long learning experience, it is impossible to know everything as the discipline is so vast. Many of the remedies we use are plant based and latterly I have been harking back to herbs which were my first interest as a teenager.
Dioscorides (c. 40-c. 90) and Galen (131-200 A.D.), both Greek surgeons in the Roman army, compiled herbals that remained the definitive materia medica texts for 1500 years. Through the Middle Ages, herbalism was preserved in the monasteries of Britain and mainland Europe.
Before the establishment of universities in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, monasteries served as medical schools. Monks copied and translated many of the works of Hippocrates, Dioscorides, and Galen. Their “physick” gardens, well-stocked with the most common and useful medicinal herbs, served as basic training grounds for the next generation of physicians–monks and laymen alike. I am now the mother of three children who have taught me more materia medica than any book or lecture.