Mrs Beeton's Homeopathic Hints

Homeopathic treatment of diseases according to Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management first printed in 1861. These tips still hold good today for common or garden problems in the home. The current editions of Mrs Beeton's book do not contain this information and instead firmly refer you to the doctor for the appropriate medication! In her preface Mrs Beeton refers to "A great Physician" who contributed to the medical section of her book. As a well experienced Homeopath and lecturer for 15 years in Homeopathy I can say that everything listed below is completely in accordance with what is taught in colleges of Homeopathy today. On a practical level the advice and suggestions given below are completely in accordance with the treatment and advice I have been giving for more than 20 years. How refreshing it is to find that Homeopathy does not change - has been, and always will be - a reliable source of help to those who want to learn, know and help their fellow man.Nowadays it is more likely that you would be advised to use the 6c or 30c potency (strength) remedy. Good Homeopathic Pharmacists (see links Helios pharmacy, Brauer pharmacy) will provide the potencies described by Mrs Beeton but I have used all these medicines over the years in the 6th or 30th potency with equally good results.Where drops are mentioned as the mode of delivery of the remedy -pillules are just as effective and may also be crushed and put in water in the same way. Here is her advice given alphabetically:

Appetite, Failure of

For loss of appetite accompanied by constipation of the bowels ,pain in the stomach after eating, with broken and unrefreshing sleep, NUX VOMICA is needed which may be taken in alternation with SULPHUR every 3 hours. For simple loss of appetite CHINA mother tincture 2 or 3 drops before meals is helpful.

Abcess and Boils

In the early stages BELLADONNA 1x a drop every hour sometimes cuts it short. If it fails SILICA 6 x 3 a day Especially useful for abcesses near the anus. For recurrent boils or abcesses HEPAR SULPH 30 a drop x 1 a day or SILICA 30 in the same way.


For the asthmatic paroxysms the medicines most often required are ARSENICUM IPECACUANHA or ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM. With ARSENICUM there is great anguish of mind and restlessness and the attacks are worse after midnight. With IPECACUANHA there is wheezing and rattling of mucus and the cough causes gagging and vomiting. If IPECACUANHA fails ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM should be substituted, especially if there is blueness of the lips and cold sweat. If the mucus is very viscid (thick and sticky) LOBELIA 3x may be indicated. If the attacks are accompanied by gastric disturbance and worse after eating NUX VOMICA is called for. In each case, repeat every 1/2 hour till relief is obtained. For the cure of Asthmatic tendency PSORINUM 30 or 200 is often useful given in infrequent doses once a week only. Similarly for asthma worse for cold and damp weather NAT SULPH 6, a dose daily and for those which are better in damp weather HEPAR SULPH 30 a dose every 4 days may act curatively.


For an ordinary bilious attack which frequently follows indulgence in what is called good eating and drinking ,and is often the outcome of sedentary occupations ,the usual remedies are MERCURIUS and NUX VOMICA in alternation every 2 hours until relief is obtained. PULSATILLA is prescribed for persons of fair complexion, especially women, instead of NUX VOMICA.The ordinary symptoms of such an attack are a foul tongue with nausea and frequently actual vomiting. For bilious attacks which occur at more or less regular intervals independently of errors in diet IRIS 2x 1 or 2 drops x3 a day.


For acute cases ACONITE and BRYONIA as indicated under cough. Follow with IPECACUANHA every 2 hours if there is much wheezing and rattling, or if these symptoms are accompanied by blueness ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM. For chronic cases, if the cough is dry and hard,BRYONIA; if it is rattling, especially in old people, ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM. If the phlegm is very stringy and cough worse in the early morning KALI BICHROMICUM. Repeat doses every 2 hours in acute cases; x 3 in chronic cases.


For simple bruises and contusions make a lotion of 30 drops of ARNICA tincture to 4 tablespoons of water and apply to to the part affected on lint doubled twice over and soaked in the lotion.Cover with oiled silk (waterproof dressing will do!) and change the lint or renew the dipping as soon as the lint is dry. NB - IT MUST ON NO ACCOUNT BE USED IF THE SKIN IS BROKEN. In this case CALENDULA (30) drops should be used in the same way.

Catarrh or cold in the head

As soon as one is conscious of having taken cold through feeling chilly and shivery, a camphor pilule should be taken every 1/2 hour till chill passes off. ACONITE should then be give every hour until perspiration occurs. If the attack begins with feverishness ACONITE should be taken at once.This must be succeeded by one of the following remedies according to the symptoms. For running of the nose and eyes; EUPHRASIA 1x every 2 hours. For thick discharge from the nose unirritating MERCURIUS.
If discharge is very irritating and nose becomes very sore ARSENICUM. If discharge is very profuse
(running like a tap) KALI HYDRIODICUM 2x. Every 2 hours in each case.

Colic or pain in the bowels

The sufferer should have a warm bath and be well covered by warm clothes in bed. Have flannels plunged in hot water and wrung out as dry as possible applied to the bowels. If the pain makes the patient double up especially if accompanied by diarrhoea COLOCYNTHIS 3x. If the pain is accompanied by cold sweat on the forehead VERATRUM ALBUM 6. In each case the medicine should be given hourly until relief is obtained. For colic accompanied by severe spasmodic pains BELLADONNA is required.
For colic arising from partaking of food too quickly, NUX VOMICA. For intensification of pain at night with nausea and loose green evacuations, MERCURIUS. For spasms and pain caused mainly by indigestion, MERCURIUS. For colic in infants, CHAMOMILLA.


Where the constipation is habitual and obstinate an enema of warm water or of warm water gruel is of great assistance. For persons who have a bilious temperament and suffer from rheumatism or when the constipation is accompanied by a chilly feeling BRYONIA is desirable. For constipation that is accompanied by sedentary occupation and accompanied by a headache and piles, NUX VOMICA is indicated, in alternation with SULPHUR. Where constipation is habitual OPIUM is useful when with great difficulty of evacuation there is absence of inclination and the stools are small and dark;
Where even a soft stool is passed with difficulty ALUMINA 12.In eac case a dose night and morning is sufficient.

Corns /calluses/warts

Put ivy leaves that have been soaked in vinegar on the affected site. Leave bandaged in place overnight for as many nights as needed until dispersed. Vinegar and cold water on the forehead really helps sleeplessness.


For a hard dry cough ACONITE is required in the early stages followed by BRYONIA if necessary.

For a cough with wheezing difficulty of expectoration and need of keeping the head high in bed ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM. For a dry spasmodic cough with sore throat and thirst BELLADONNA or a nervous cough HYOSCYAMUS. For cough with expectoration and pain in the side or in the head or between the shoulders when coughing, BRYONIA. For cough accompanied by fullness of the stomach and constipation or cough worse after meals, NUX VOMICA. For hard cough with oppression or soreness of the chest, PHOSPHOROUS. For a loose rattling cough IPECACUANHA. The dose may be repeated every 2, 3 or 4 hours as needed.


For this disorder when accompanied by great pain in the stomach and bowels, watery stools and exhaustion ARSENICUM is the remedy. When caused by drinking cold water when heated BRYONIA

For griping pains and indications of dysentery, MERCURIUS. When there is great straining not relieved by stool MERCURIUS CORROSIVUS 3 should be substituted. When caused by indigestion and indulgence in rich foods and pastry PULSATILLA. For diarrhoea in teething children CHAMOMILLA is a useful remedy. For painless diarrhoea with much flatulence and weakness CHINA 1x. For painless diarrhoea in early morning PODOPHYLLUM 3. For urgent diarrhoea worse between 5 and 10am ALOES 6

For watery diarrhoea with cold sweat on the forehead and great pain, VERATRUM ALBUM 6. The dose should be repeated after each evacuation occurs. Citrus leaves of any type chewed will stop diarrhoea. In children pulped raw eating apple also helps to treat this condition.


For simple feverish attacks ACONITE is indicated. Where there is dry heat, restlessness and anxiety give every 15 minutes till skin becomes moist. For fever with moist skin, FERRUM PHOS 6x every hour or two. For fever with trembling and prostration GELSEMIUM every 2 hours. For fever with flushed face dry skin and muscular twitchings BELLADONNA every hour (BELLADONNA is also the best medicine for scarlatina -scarlet fever). For fever of a dangerous character BRYONIA RHUS TOX and ARSENICUM are the remedies with BELLADONNA,MERCURIUS,and SULPHUR in scarlet fever.

Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)

When there is pain in the stomach which is aggravated by the least food or drink which is vomited soon after it is taken, ARSENICUM every 2 hours.


For acute attack -URTICA URENS tincture 5 drops every 4 hours in a wine glass full of hot water.

If inflammation rapidly shifts from joint to joint COLCHICUM 3x every 2 hours or PULSATILLA in the same way. For more chronic forms LEDUM 3x every 4 hours.

Gravel (stones in the urine)

When accompanied by flatulence and constipation, LYCOPODIUM 6 x 3 a day. When accompanied by pain in the back reddish urine THLASPI 1x 2 drops 3 or 4x a day. If these fail SARSAPARILLA 6 x 3 a day.


There are many kinds of headaches excited by various causes and presenting various symptoms ,but the most common are headache proceeding from indigestion, nervous headache and sick headache.

For the first of these the remedy is NUX VOMICA or PULSATILLA. For the second IGNATIA and for the third KALI CARB 6, also IPECACUANHA or IRIS when the headache is accompanied by nausea or vomiting coming in waves GLONOINE 3. For more or less constant headache with which the patient wakes in the morning NATRUM MUR 30. Dose - repeat every hour during attack night and morning as a preventative.


Palpitation from nervous causes, LYCOPUS 3x 3 times a day, also IGNATIA 3x may be useful.


For hysterical attacks MOSCHUS 6 every hour or two. For the tendency and general nervous condition IGNATIA 3x a day.


For this complaint in nervous and hypochondriacal patients, ARNICA MONTANA is usually prescribed; in bilious and rheumatic patients, BRYONIA. For chronic dyspepsia HEPAR SULPH and for indigestion produced by overeating or sedentary occupation, NUX VOMICA. For pain in the stomach between shoulders 1-2 hours after food, NUX VOMICA. For great flatulence as soon as one eats, LYCOPODIUM. For dull heavy pain in chest like a weight BRYONIA or PULSATILLA; when nausea is the prominent symptom IPECACUANHA. Repeat doses x3 a day with food.

Influenza headache and lassitude

In ordinary cases for the aching pains ,begin with GELSEMIUM every 2 hours. If bone pains are marked, substitute EUPATORIUM PERF 3x. If the pains produce great restlessness, RHUS TOX.
If there is much headache with with pains behind the eyes, CIMICIFUGA. If much sneezing and running of nose with irritating discharge, or if there is great prostration and restlessness, ARSENICUM is indicated.


Enlarged with pain behind the right shoulderblade ,with or without jaundice CHELIDONIUM 2x; dull pain in the liver with jaundice and depression, MERCURIUS; liver sluggish with morning diarrhoea, PODOPHYLLUM 6x, dose - repeat x 3 a day.


Right sided relieved by heat , MAGNESIUM PHOSPHORICUM 6x. Left side of face and eye, SPIGELIA 3x. Chronic periodical ARSENICUM. Recent cases due to cold or draught ACONITE. Dose - repeat every 1/2 hour during attacks


ACONITE and BRYONIA are the most frequently needed medicines given hourly in alternation.


In early stage ACONITE followed by FERRUM PHOS every hour. When fully established, PHOSPHOROUS 6 every 2-3 hours.


In acute cases begin with ACONITE every hour or two. If relief is not obtained in 12 hours give BRYONIA. If patient wants to be quite still, RHUS TOX. If the patient is restless and desires to be moved. In chronic cases BRYONIA if the pain is relieved by rest. RHUS TOX if they are relieved by constant motion. DULCAMARA if markedly aggravated by damp.


In fat, flabby children with cold, clammy feet CALCAREA CARB 30 2 or 3 x a day will do wonders, in thin children CALC PHOS 6x a 3 times a day, in fair children with sweaty heads SILICA 30 x 3 a day.

Sore throat

Simple cases (throat feels dry, looks red, pain on swallowing) BELLADONNA every hour. If it begins on the left side LACHESIS 30. If tonsils enlarged with small white spots, PHYTOLACCA 1x.


Soothe with milk baths, skim milk or buttermilk. Bathe the face freely with the milk, let it dry and leave on overnight.Wash/shower off in the morning


For teething, when they are very fretful and want to be nursed all the time, CHAMOMILLA every hour or two. When the teeth decay soon after they are out KREOSOTE 6 twice a day.

Whooping cough

In the early stages ACONITE every 2 hours. When cough becomes spasmodic IPECACUANHA, DROSERA 6 unless following indications present. If child cries before fit of coughing ARNICA 6. If there is vomiting of thick mucus with cough especially in the morning or if urine deposits red sand, COCCUS COCTI 6. If spasms very severe, turns black in the face with them, CUPRUM 6. In each case repeat dose after spasm.

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