Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet Review & Giveaway

an excerpt from the new book

A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Common Ailments
by Burke Lennihan

Published by GreenHealing Press

Reprinted here with permission.


What follows is an excerpt from Burke Lennihan's book, Your Natural Medicine Cabinet, dealing with natural remedies for fear, anxiety, and panic.

The article begins with Quick Fix suggestions to use when you're in the midst of an upsetting episode. It continues with suggestions for ongoing care if you regularly experience these feelings, including herbs such as chamomile and St. John's wort, supplements such as magnesium, and vitamins.

The article includes homeopathic remedies for specific personality types and circumstances. Anxious about going to the dentist? There's a remedy for that. Worried about public speaking? There's a remedy for that. Concerned about losing your job or not having enough money? There's a remedy for that, too.

Finally, for those with chronic anxiety, the author suggests resources that go beyond the basic remedies in her book.

This excerpt illustrates the wide range Burke Lennihan covers in Your Natural Medicine Cabinet -- from vitamins and minerals to homeopathic formulas and breathing exercises -- all drug-free solutions to common, everyday ailments.

More information about the book, Your Natural Medicine Cabinet, and author Burke Lennihan, follows the excerpt. Thanks for giving this material a try -- we hope it helps!

Natural Remedies for Fear, Anxiety and Panic
by Burke Lennihan

~ Quick Fix ~

* A GABA formula like Natural Factors PharmaGABA. GABA is short for "gamma-aminobutyric acid," a brain compound that increases the production of alpha brain waves, promoting a sense of relaxation.

* Rescue Remedy works for sudden frights or shocks of all kinds, and it can help heal physical traumas as well as emotional blows. It comes in a wide variety of formats now: a special blend for kids, another one for falling asleep at night, and the option of lozenges for those who want to avoid the few drops of alcohol in the original formula.

* Homeopathic blends Calms Forte, Sedalia, or Liddell Anxiety Oral Spray.

* Breathe as slowly and deeply as you can. Deep breathing helps to calm your system, just as anxiety makes your chest tight and your breathing shallow. Inhaling the fragrance of rose oil makes it luscious!

* The herbs passionflower, wild oats, hops, and chamomile are traditional calming herbs contained in the Calms Forte formula recommended above, in mildly potentized (homeopathically energized) doses for best results. They can also be taken in an herbal blend. If you prefer a hot cup of herbal tea, chamomile is a good choice, especially if you have trouble sleeping when you are anxious.

* Kava kava, valerian and St. John's wort are additional herbs traditionally used for calming. (Some people seem to be sensitive to valerian and report a sort of reverse effect from it: they don't sleep as well and they wake up with a feeling of mental dullness, almost like a hangover.)

* Magnesium has a calming effect for many people, and an easy way to take it is in powder form: Natural Calm, which can be stirred into water to make a lemon-flavored drink.

* The B vitamins are also really important for your mental health. Take a multivitamin that contains a lot of B vitamins (50 to 75 mg of each) and consider taking extra inositol and B3. The B3 (niacin) should be in the form of niacinamide so that it does not cause flushing and a pins-and-needles sensation.

~ Homeopathic Alternatives ~

NOTE: For more information on how to prepare homeopathic remedies, see pages 204 to 208 of Your Natural Medicine Cabinet.

The single homeopathic medicine that matches you best will give you greater relief than the more generic combination remedies Calms Forte and Sedalia. For example:

* Aconite: for people with sudden panic attacks, which might include the feeling that they are about to die. It's also used for physical problems that come on suddenly, typically around midnight, perhaps with heart palpitations and/or a high fever. Aconite is most commonly used when fear of dying accompanies an acute physical complaint (and it can often resolve both the physical and emotional symptoms). It is sometimes used when the problem is primarily emotional, such as panic attacks with heart palpitations.

* Arsenicum: for people with many fears related to survival -- fear of illness, of dying, of not having enough money, of losing their job, of becoming homeless. These fears may seem groundless to anyone else but may seem overwhelming to people who need Arsenicum. These people also tend to be neat freaks and control freaks. They may also be parents hovering over their children and fretting over every possible germ exposure.

* Argentum nitricum: for people with specific fears (flying, going over bridges) where the person has a vivid imagination for what might go wrong ("What if this happens? What if that happens?"). If the person has the typical physical symptoms of Argentum nitricum, it is especially likely to work. These include rumbling intestinal gas and explosive diarrhea. Sometimes fear of not finding a bathroom is the biggest fear!

* Gelsemium: most often used for fear of the dentist, fear of going to the doctor, fear of medical tests, fear of exams, and even for pets who have a fear of the vet. (How do they know they're going to the vet?) People who need Gelsemium express their anxiety with a numb, brain-dead, "deer in the headlights" kind of quality, and they may feel totally drained of energy with droopy eyelids as if they are about to fall asleep. They may get diarrhea because their anal sphincter is also too relaxed.

* Lycopodium: most often used for fear of public speaking, although Gelsemium will work better if the physical symptoms match better. People who need Lycopodium tend to have digestive symptoms, especially intestinal gas. The basic feeling with Lycopodium is "I'm not big enough for the job. I'm not qualified for what I've been asked to do." I've used it for clients who have been promoted, with full confidence from their manager, but who feel like imposters in their new position.

~ Lifestyle Support ~

These suggestions are meant to help with occasional or mild anxiety. If anxiety is a major ongoing problem for you, homeopathy is likely to help, but it's beyond the scope of self-care. A professional homeopath can find the best match for you from among hundreds of medicines, many of which are not available over-the-counter.

If you would like to know more about how professional homeopathic care can help heal your emotional symptoms, consult Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman's Prozac-Free. It's not a self-help book, however its vivid case stories will give you a sense of what professional treatment can do.

If you have ongoing major anxiety you'll need nutritional support too, which you can learn about from Dr. Mark Hyman's excellent book, The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First -- The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind.


Burke Lennihan entered Harvard planning to become a doctor like her father, but she developed a passionate commitment for natural healing as an undergraduate, and her life took a different turn. At a time when there was no professional training in natural medicine, she graduated from Harvard at the top of her class and opened a health food store.

She ran her health food store until she was 40, interacting with thousands of customers and developing a treasure trove of knowledge about natural remedies -- from her studies and, more importantly, from talking to customers about what worked for them and how they could tell it worked.

She currently practices homeopathy at the Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine in Cambridge, Mass. She lectures on homeopathy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and at Lesley University. A health expert on Dr. Mehmet Oz's, she produces a local TV show, A Healer In Every Home, available on the GreenHealingTV channel on YouTube:


A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Common Ailments
by Burke Lennihan
Published by GreenHealing Press
(978-0-9834430-2-5, 261 pages, paperback, only $14.95)
Available through this site or directly from the author at:

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet features the most important and up-to-date information for healing nearly 200 common ailments using the most effective, fastest-acting, and affordable natural remedies available today. Its concise, user-friendly format is ideal for overworked moms, stressed-out dads, and anyone interested in simple, natural, drug-free alternatives for themselves and their children. This hip, easy-to-understand A-to-Z guide provides "best practices" for the speedy and effective treatment of key health problems. You will learn how to save money on health care, safely treat yourself and your family, and enhance your overall health and energy with:

=> vitamins, minerals, and superfoods
=> medicinal herbs, fish oils, and probiotics
=> homeopathic remedies and cell salts
=> Bach flower remedies and flower essences

The author also recommends related books and web-based resources, carefully researched for your further, in-depth study. She outlines healthy foods to eat and those to avoid, shares effective energy-based exercises, and shows when craniosacral and chiropractic techniques are an effective adjunct to her recommended treatments. Your Natural Medicine Cabinet is an indispensable health resource that you can refer to time and time again.

Copyright ©2012 by Burke Lennihan. All Rights Reserved. 

My Thoughts

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet is interesting enough to be read back to back, but its also one of those books you'll come back to again and again because it is filled with so much information. From my husband's back pain to my baby's ear infection, I was able to find all natural remedies to ease their suffering with items found in almost any household.  This book takes things a step further than other home remedy books. They give you advice on how to stock your medicine cabinet, how to use homeopathic medicines, and even advice for pregnant and nursing women. For anyone looking for homeopathic remedies, this book is a must have addition to your bookshelf.

The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to win a copy of Your Natural Medicine Cabinet.  To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on 12/11/12. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to  Burke for offering this fantastic prize.

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***Please note that I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a sample of the product to try in order to write a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way.  Please note that I  am not responsible for the delivery of this prize and can not be held accountable if, for any reason, is it not received. Furthermore, I am in no way liable for any injuries that may result from the use or misuse of this product. ***


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