• Do take remedies 30 minutes before or after eating because food may interfere with absorption.
  • Do consult with a qualified homeopath if you don't respond to a remedy after two or three doses. Ask about his or her experience, training, and certification.
  • Don't expose remedies to direct sunlight, magnets, or strong odors like camphor, paint, and chemicals.
  • Don't treat every little ache and pain, says homeopath Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH. "Trust the body's ability to heal itself."

Possible Remedies for common conditions

  • Colds > Aconite, Pulsatilla
  • Headache > Belladonna, Bryonia
  • Muscle aches > Arnica montana, Magnesium phosphoricum
  • Nausea > Cocculus indicus, Nux vomica
  • Seasonal allergies > Allium cepa, Wyethia

Note: Many homeopathic kits include doses. When in doubt, consult an experienced homeopath or qualified health care practitioner.