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Barefoot in the Park … Ouch!

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

September 8th, 2019  |  10 Comments

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Joette Calabrese

It happens every year, just like clockwork. 

Well, come to think of it, it is exactly clockwork … it’s the end of summertime.

As these last days of summer transform into fall, all of us want to sneak in a few more outdoor activities while we still can. On a sunny, late-summer day, nothing feels better than walking around barefoot in the backyard, until one of your tender feet lands smack-dab on a stone or a root or a pinecone. Ouch! Stepping on something hard can saddle you with a painful stone bruise. 

For soft tissue injuries, two remedies immediately come to mind: Arnica montana and Bellis perennis. I would put Bellis perennis a little higher on my list in this circumstance because while Arnica can sometimes be useful for soft tissue damage, Bellis perennis is always helpful. 

So, how would I employ it if I were to suffer a stone bruise? To alleviate the ensuing pain, I would use Bellis perennis 30C every few hours, until the pain diminished.

Now let me interrupt myself here because this brings up a basic tenet of homeopathy I’ve wanted to reiterate. And this is key – one of the real gifts of homeopathy. Even though I said I would be utilizing the medicine based on the level of pain, I would NOT merely treat the symptom. 


While pain is certainly classified as a symptom, more importantly, it is the representation of a pathology. If the pathology didn’t exist, the symptom wouldn’t exist. For instance, in our example of a stone bruise, the symptomatic pain informs me that Bellis perennis is required. By taking it, I will correct the underlying pathology – the injury to the soft tissue of my foot. When the pathology is uprooted, my pain will then disappear.

This is one major way in which homeopathy differs from allopathic pain relievers. In traditional medicine, to treat the symptom of pain, one could take aspirin, or Tylenol, or morphine until the cows come home. But, those wouldn’t do anything to get to the root of the problem. They would only cover up the symptom.

In homeopathy, we go deeper than that. We use the symptom to determine the state of the pathology. So, when the pain goes away, it indicates that the pathology is no longer grand enough to cause the symptom anymore. We have not only relieved our pain, but we’ve also gone further than an allopathic “band-aid.” We have successfully rectified the problem!

Homeopathy performs in this same manner with all conditions, not just stone bruises. It goes deeper than allopathic medicine when addressing the pain of otitis media, stiffness of arthritis, or itching of eczema (to name but a few).

That’s why I love symptoms! They are gifts to us – helping us discern which remedy is appropriate. This is how I train people in my Gateway to Homeopathy study groups and courses. If you want to become confident and competent in your use of homeopathy – and who wouldn’t – I cannot adequately express how vital it is to be well-trained.

So, put your feet up (especially if you are nursing a stone bruise), and read as much information about homeopathy as you can get your hands on. Start with my blogs and podcasts right here on PracticalHomeopathy.com. They’re completely free!

And just because summer is waning, don’t put the Bellis perennis on the back shelf. Stone bruises can happen in the winter, too! There’s nothing worse than stepping into your boots without realizing there’s a tiny little stone in there just waiting to make you regret getting dressed! And, of course, if you have children, an errant Lego can make your foot miserable at any time of the year! Our feet deserve our respect – and, occasionally, a little Bellis perennis.

Remember to pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese

P.S. While we’re on the subject of your training, you may have noticed I’m removing potencies from my infographics. Here’s why: When it comes to homeopathic medicines, I tread a fine line between my wanting to give all this information away and my understanding that proper utilization takes training!

I don’t want homeopathy to get a bad reputation from folks saying it didn't work for them when the only reason it may have been ineffective was that they had the details incorrect.

It’s essential to fully understand the principles of this medicine rather than just taking a shortcut with too much information in a simplistic infographic. Homeopathy is a medicine! 

But not to worry! I will still give the complete remedy and potency in my blogs, podcasts, remedy cards, and Facebook Live events.  In those formats, I have more time to present the complete picture of a remedy so you are better informed in its proper use.

I assure you I’ll never be stingy with this information, but it is my responsibility to be prudent in order to safeguard the future of homeopathy.

P.S. (Boy, a lot of postscripts recently, but this is important!)

Americans for Homeopathy Choice (AFHC) is a grassroots organization that was created to protect your access to homeopathy through continuing communication with the FDA. 

They have the support of a special congressional delegation who will be meeting with the FDA soon, but they need your help in order to continue their legislative strategy in Washington, D.C.

They’re hosting their semi-annual pledge drive fundraiser on Facebook this week. During this special event, you will hear from homeopaths and people who use homeopathy from all over the world!

Also, if you purchase my Gateway to Homeopathy Study Group Curriculum during this limited time, I will donate your entire purchase price (minus the appropriate shipping and handling) to Americans for Homeopathy Choice.

Each of you who purchase will receive my booklet: Homeopathy: A Brief History of an Expansive Medical Paradigm. (The Congressional Ethics committee would not allow AFHC to give this informative booklet to congressional members.)

Plus, if you are among the first ten to purchase, I will double your donation by matching your purchase price as my own personal donation to AFHC.  Click here to learn more.

I’m doing all I can to support Americans for Homeopathy Choice and ask you to do the same. Click here for more information about the event’s schedule, and be sure to catch my talk on September 10, 2019, at 2PM EDT titled, “Secrets of a Prepared Homeopath.”



I am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

Call today and learn how homeopathy might just be the missing piece in your health strategy.

Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

We've provided links for your convenience but we do not receive any remuneration nor affiliation in payment from your purchase.

The Author disclaims all liability for any loss or risk, personal or otherwise incurred as a consequence of use of any material in this article. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


10 thoughts on “Barefoot in the Park … Ouch!”

  1. Laurie says:

    Can we purchase the Gateway to Homeopathy II Curriculum during the limited time (now), or does this offer only refer to purchasing the GW I? I’m just finishing the GW I and want to continue with the second study group. How would I designate a GW II curriculum on the application form?

  2. Christy says:

    Would you use this if you felt like you had a stone bruise on the bottom of your foot, but you didn’t actually step on anything? Meaning, does there need to be obvious trauma to a site in order for Bellis to be appropriate?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It might be worth a try.

  3. Maria says:

    I am new to homeopathic where can I get a book of deseises and treatment

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      A homeopathic repertory such as Robin Murphy’s Repertory will give you a list of conditions with the list of homeopathic medicines found to be associated with each condition but it will not give you the potency, frequency nor duration. The method I teach is based on that book but with a more practical application. I teach the simpler conditions on my blog, podcasts and Facebook Live events (every Monday, 8PM EST). For more complex conditions, such as food intolerances, allergies, menopause, mental conditions, etc. I teach in my courses. All of this is found on my site.

  4. Carole says:

    What if the object had a sharp edge? Should it be Ledum Palustre instead?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Ledum is for a puncture wound. If you ‘d call it that, then yes. If instead, it is a laceration, Ledum is not correct. But certainly it would need to be tended with cleaning the wound as well.

  5. Laurie says:

    Can we purchase the Gateway to Homeopathy II Curriculum during the limited time (now), or does this offer only refer to purchasing the GW I? I’m just finishing the GW I and want to continue with the second study group. How would I designate a GW II curriculum on the application form?

  6. Megan Metzler says:

    Joette, Could you clarify something for me? In The Banerji Protocols book when they say to take a medicine in liquid should I take that to mean diluting 4 pills in about 4-8 oz of water? Or am I getting it wrong? Thank you for your time!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I urge folks to purchase their medicine made in liquid but if that’s not possible, its worth making it yourself.

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