Substances to Avoid

Homeopathic remedies are cancelled by:

 Certain substances antidote or cancel homeopathic remedies and we need to avoid them very carefully if we want a homeopathic remedy to work. They are as follows:

  • Coffee, even decaffeinated, even coffee in yogurt, coffee ice-cream, coffee in sweets or pastries; caffeine is not the issue, but the plant coffee itself. However, black or green tea, chocolate, soft drinks that contain caffeine do not antidote homeopathic remedies.
  • Avoid herbal teas.
  • Camphor in any form whatsoever – on the skin, in the mouth, in any of the openings of the body. Even the smell of camphor will antidote a homeopathic remedy. Camphor is used in a wide variety of products – creams and lipsticks for chapped hands and lips; cough drops; lotions, ointments, rubs and balms for muscle pains, colds, cough, sore throats, etc.; mothballs and many familiar household products.
  • Mint and Menthol – used as commonly as camphor in all kinds of products (toothpaste, mouth wash, gum, shaving creams, vicks vaporub, mentholatum, etc.).
  • Harsh Chemicals – the best rule is to avoid any strong smelling substances like eucalyptus, essential oils, ammonia, chlorine, paint, nail polish remover, certain products used in hairdressing, strong perfumes (high quality perfumes are not harmful to the remedies).
  • Medicinal substances, natural or synthetic, herbal, prescribed, or over-the-counter, all medicines for anything at all, from laxatives to sleeping pills, could antidote homeopathic remedies. Even different homeopathic remedies will antidote each other if taken concurrently. Also, many other kinds of therapy will antidote homeopathic remedies. A medicinal substance is anything used therapeutically, whether taken in the mouth or through any other opening in the body, or on the skin, or even inhaled.
  • Avoid sleeping under an electric blanket.
  • Avoid swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool.