Backpack Homeopathy

| By Bonnie Price Lofton

When you send children to college, you can be sure you’ll hear from them on at least two occasions: when they’re broke, and when they’re really sick. I could handle these crises by telephone when my 19-year-old daughter, Allison, was only halfway across the US , but this summer she’s heading halfway around the world-to India , on a study-abroad program. Suddenly we’re talking about clean drinking water, money belts, and what medicines to take.

Allison has been treated with homeopathy since she was eight. But knowing I was around to choose remedies for her, she never learned the system, and now we had to build her homeopathic repertoire from scratch. It needed to be simple enough for her to understand and follow, as well as highly portable; and it needed to be sufficient to get her through six months on her own.

We agreed on one paperback book for her suitcase. My choice was Homeopathic Medicine at Home: Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries, by Maesimund B. Panos, MD and Jane Heimlich (J.P. Tarcher, 1981). This book was the first book I ever read about homeopathy. Some 50 homeopathic books later, it is still my favorite, as evinced by its long-gone cover and dog-eared pages. With the Panos book, you can find Hepar sulphuris quickly in a nifty chart when you’re frantically looking for something to stop a sweaty, irritable child’s croupy, suffocating cough in the middle of the night. Read the rest of the Mothering article…

Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.