Cordell E Logan, ND
Those with some knowledge of homeopathy know it is used for humans and perhaps animals but for plants it is a fairly new idea. Yet in Europe it is getting more and more an accepted modality.
For this discussion of homeopathy in plants, Christiane Maute’s book, Homeopathy for Plants (4th ed, 2016, 2019 printing, translated from German), and Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj’s book, Homeopathy for Farm and Garden are used for this short treatise. These are not the only books on this subject. Some 60,000 copies of Christiane’s have been sold.
Christiane writes on how it all began: “I first used classical homeopathy in my garden about eleven years ago on a beautiful, brilliant blue delphinium. I had bought this magnificent specimen at the weekly market. Unfortunately I dropped the plant while taking it out of the pot – the main stalk snapped, and the rest of the plant was only attached by a few fibers. I planted it anyway. As I’m curious by nature, I wanted to find out whether the homeopathic remedy for shock, blow or falls – Arnica 200c – would help the blue delphinium. So I mixed a few globules (tiny pellets) of Arnica 200c in a glass of water, vigorously stirred this solution into 10 liters of water using a wooden spoon and used it to water the unfortunate plant. Next day, I was amazed to find that the delphinium was standing upright.”
This incident by itself could be questioned, but looking at the many cases of similar happenings, there is little doubt that the Arnica did make a difference.
In human medicine using homeopathy, we can use a Materia Medica, a book of remedies with their symptomatic listing. No one fits these totally but it can give a general good idea. Sometimes a tabular listing can be done as Christiane has made. This is pictured below. She calls this a Table of Modalities. This process can be called repertorization.
Commonly the remedy (the “pill”) comes as white little pellets or globules. Sometimes they are in liquid form. Here is one method: (do not use a metal spoon etc)
- Add 6-8 globules to a jar containing 150 ml of water. (approx. 2/3 cup)
- Let this dissolve (crush them to save time), cover jar and shake vigorously.
- Take this and break it down into 3 portions into three 10 liter (10-11 qts) water containers. We now have 30 liters to work with. (the 3 portions are for convenience)
- Pour 1/3 of the remedy (50ml) into a plastic watering can filled with 10 liters water. Stir with a long wood or plastic spoon.
- Water the entire plant – leaves and root area – on a bright, dry, and not too sunny morning (generally). For trees, water the truck area as wide as the canopy. For tomatoes, only water the root area, not the leaves.
- Finish the 2/3rd remaining for other plants. This is enough for 4-6 large bushes.
If it does not work in 2-3 days, it was not the right remedy.
Of major concern world-wide is the declining bee population. Manual pollination isn’t the correction. Christiane and her husband noticed bees coming to some blossoms and then turn away, like the “food” wasn’t appetizing. Locally farmers were spraying trees with pesticides. Even the bees looked “unkept.” Some homeopathic remedies such as Nux vomica 30c or Pulsatilla 30c (on the ground and/or trees) can save the day.
Plants undergo stress when being transplanted, when frost hits them, when the weather suddenly changes – all these can be helped with homeopathy.
Christiane’s book contains the following chapters: 1. The Basic; 2. Pests and damage; 3. Pathogens and diseases; 4. Treating special signs of disease; 5. Houseplants; 6. Practical tips; 7. Remedy descriptions, and Appendix (includes Table of modalities, repertory, index).
The following are from Das Kaviraj’s book: In the U.S, the average piece of food is transported almost 1,500 miles before it gets to your plate. In Canada, it is 5,000 miles.
Diseased plants cannot absorb the full amount of CO2 because their tissues reduce the uptake by at least 50%.
In Thompson and Bird’s classic book, The Secret Life of Plants, it was shown that plants have a consciousness that responds to proper care. Concerning placebo affect (an often-cited concern for those doubting the whole principle of homeopathy), plants do not respond to this like humans may. Nor do animals. We might say homeopathic remedies are holographic medicines. In a sense, homeopathy is a process of matching holograms. Nanogram amounts come into play. Small amounts of toxins appear in our environment and they can cause harm. However, they are not potentized in the way a homeopathic remedy is. Small amounts of an herbicide, Atrazine for example, can be too small to be detected by the immune system, thus harm animals such as the frog (see reports on the internet etc).
On the higher homeopathic potencies (beyond the reciprocal of Avogadro’s number), Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, does not apply (and note Einstein had theories; he never had demonstrations).
Water does not have memory as Benveniste says. It is a storage medium, much like a CD or hard disk in a computer.
With homeopathic treatment of plants, resistance is never a problem. Nor is poisoning the environment.
Here is a general article on homeopathy (from The New Medicine at the Crossroads, 2020 Update):
It seems that whenever someone thinks of a “natural” doctor, they think about homeopathy. Homeopathy is only one part of the profession of naturopathic medicine. Homeopathy is a method of preparation of remedies based upon principles of physics (and some of chemistry) that have always been with us. Indeed, a principle of homeopathy is found in basic pharmacology texts read by all regular medical students. This is that a large dose of something can shut down (or kill) a body system, whereas a very minute dose can stimulate a system. This is the Arndt-Reith-Schultz Law (or law of inversion or reversal effect).
Samuel Hahnemann studied these ideas and it was he who coined the word “homeopathy,” which means curing like with like. The opposite is called “allopathy,” which uses substances to work in a manner opposite. If we have a stomach ache caused by a bacterium, we may use something that will kill the bacterium, such as an antibiotic (this is not to say that is bad). Whereas in homeopathy we may use something that will stimulate the body to heal itself, its immunity etc. The symptom picture of the homeopathic remedy does not have to be the exact thing to take care of the problem, but it could be similar, thus the law of similars (similia similibus). Homeopathic arsenic (Arsenicum) can help with arsenic poisoning, but it also helps with typical flu symptoms (that are similar to that with arsenic poisoning).
To get the dose into very small amounts, a certain dilution procedure is used. We can start with a “mother tincture” of a plant, animal, or mineral substance (and other things as well). Then we dilute that with a diluent, such as water, using one part of the substance to nine parts of water, giving us 1 in 10. This is denoted as 1X (in Europe the “D” is often used instead of the “X”). We do the same procedure again and again. Let’s say we stop at six times. This is 6X or 1 part in a million. If we go 24 times, or 24X, something interesting happens. This is beyond the reciprocal of Avogadro’s Number, 6.02 x 1023. This says that there are that many molecules in one mole of any substance. That is the law. So, we can round this up to 1 x 1024 for convenience. This then means that theoretically there is no substance left in it! There is only energy left. This is why homeopathy is very safe. (And why anti-alternative people say it is quackery because, upon standard chemical analysis, there is “nothing” there.) We can never get arsenic poisoning by giving a 30x, a common potency of Arsenicum. These remedies can be given in liquid form or as little white pellets that are dissolved under the tongue (where much of it is best absorbed). Another method of dilution is the “C” method which is 1 in a 100 rather than 1 in 10. There are other methods also but these are the most common.
A “high potency” is one that is highly diluted. This may not make sense and no one fully understands how this works. Perhaps if we picture that in a highly diluted preparation, the molecules are spread far apart, thus they are “more free” to penetrate into tissues. The percussion-mixing is an important part of making it, and this seems to bring about a resonance (detected with instruments). Homeopathy and acupuncture principles are both energy phenomena.
To help determine what remedy to use, we can refer to a book on homeopathic materia medica. Herein we find hundreds (if not thousands) of remedies and what can be used. These are what we call “provings.” To get this, a healthy person took the remedy to the point that this person developed the symptom for which it was meant to cure or help with. Hahnemann did many of these provings on himself. For example, Belladonna is a common headache remedy. A person took a homeopathic dilution of belladonna to the point that this person came down with a headache. This may have taken many days or even weeks. In recent times, very few “provings” have been done. Perhaps it is time we did more. Any volunteers?
A “constitutional” remedy may be prescribed. This is one that tends to fit the overall picture of the person. Sometimes a miasm is addressed, which means the person’s presenting symptoms tend to fit one of three or four classic miasm patterns. The German transliteration of “miasm” is a genetic-disease condition that can be passed on for a few generations. It does not mean a person has the condition (sycosis (gonorrhea), syphilis, psora, as examples).
Dr. Jonathan Collin (MD), publisher of Townsend Letter, wrote on homeopathy (part of the commencement address at the National University of Natural Medicine, 2017), and related a case that was reported by Drs. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman on a 72-year-old man admitted to the university hospital after having his colon removed for unsuccessfully treated ulcerative colitis. Drugs failed to work. He had several severe side effects including hiccups. The initial cause was from an acquired colitis following the administration of vaccinations needed for exotic travel. Homeopathic Thuja stopped the hiccups in five minutes. Normal intestinal peristalsis resumed the next day, and the pneumonia was resolved. The shocked doctors released him two days later. Placebo effect? Hypnosis? Hardly.
You may want to put the data into a table form. Also make up a log showing date of treatment and results. Ordering from Germany is rather costly so order elsewhere.
For doing just one when 50 ml are needed, find a container with a cover (glass is ideal). If the pellets are the “small” type, may use more, like around ten (the amount is not critical). Put in container and add water. It will take a few minutes for them to dissolve. Mix. Pour this into the garden sprayer, mix a bit with a wooden stick. Filling it just past the 2-gallon mark is close enough to use.