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Having a Swell Summer

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

August 27th, 2023  |  4 Comments

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Joette Calabrese, Practical Homeopathy


Many schools are back in session, but some folks are still having a swell summer.

By “swell,” I mean that certain people are experiencing swelling in the crazy heat and humidity blanketing the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, one of my reader’s fingers was so swollen he could barely get his wedding ring off!


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As always, homeopathy provides a polite, gentle medicine that has been shown to nudge the body back into proper function. Indeed, one of our valuable cell salts, Natrum sulphuricum, has been shown to address aggravations from warm, humid weather.

More commonly referred to as Nat sulph, this cell salt would generally be employed in a 6X potency, twice daily, for edematous swelling. (Of course, as always, we halt the use of the medicine when the condition is very much better or if no measure of improvement is observed after giving it due time to act.)

In fact, when we moved to Florida, my body was completely thrown off kilter by the oppressive heat and humidity. So, I utilized Nat sulph with great success. (You may remember I discussed my experience at the time in my Cell Salt Series: Sweltering and Swelling.)

What’s interesting about Nat sulph 6X is that it may be taken in advance.

For instance, let’s say the weatherman says a heat dome is expected to encompass your area. (Sound familiar this week, middle America?) Suppose a sufferer knows without a doubt that their body doesn’t react well to hot, humid weather. It always makes them unbearably uncomfortable or perhaps even makes them out-and-out sick. A little advanced use of Nat sulph — perhaps a few days ahead of the impending weather — may naturally bolster their body’s ability to cope and preempt ill effects as the heat settles in.

Plus, Nat sulph is not only for edema. It may also be called upon for other conditions related to hot, moist weather, such as asthma, nausea, headache, body aches and fatigue. The keynotes — what differentiates this medicine from other medicine choices — is the condition’s worsening from moist heat.

Under the rubric of edema, we also find Apis mellifica listed as a strongly suggested medicine in the homeopathic repertory. Apis 30 can be helpful as well, most notably if stinging accompanies the swelling. But we’ll talk about Apis and edema more soon, so be sure to return to this site!

And here’s a little tidbit I’ve discussed several times previously, but it bears repeating. Wisely, my son regularly makes a homemade electrolyte rehydration beverage. The recipe actually includes Nat sulph. This healthful, delicious drink sure beats the questionable ingredients (such as dyes and artificial flavorings) contained in commercial Gatorade. Plus, it’s quite refreshing.

Through this year’s blog posts, we’re slowly but surely curating a well-stocked homeopathy inventory. In case you missed earlier posts, here’s a list of the must-have medicines we’ve included in our kit so far. (Click on the medicine names to learn more.)

  1. ColdCalm®
  2. Ruta graveolens
  3. Symphytum officinale
  4. Arnica montana
  5. Hypericum perforatum
  6. Oscillococcinum®
  7. Arsenicum album
  8. Aconitum napellus
  9. Hepar sulphuris calcareum
  10. SleepCalm®
  11. Pulsatilla nigricans
  12. Ignatia amara
  13. Rhus toxicodendron
  14. Helleborus niger
  15. Euphrasia officinalis
  16. Lycopodium
  17. Nux vomica
  18. Sepia
  19. Cantharis vesicatoria
  20. Cyclease® Menopause
  21. Sulphur
  22. Bryonia alba
  23. Berberis vulgaris  
  24. Ledum palustre
  25. Belladonna
  26. Gelsemium sempervirens
  27. Hyoscyamus niger
  28. Coffea cruda
  29. Cina maritima

You can also learn more about many of these medicines in A Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families. I wrote this materia medica with families in mind. There’s no complicated homeopath-speak … just my plain-spoken English with examples from my family and practice. It’s an excellent materia medica for beginners as well as a quick resource for the more experienced user when time is of the essence.

Be sure to pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese


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08/27/23 Having a Swell Summer


Joette laughingI 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.

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Having a Swell Summer”

  1. Mariella says:

    Would the remedies also work for lymphedema?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      What I’m teaching here is based on what brings on the symtpoms or what makes them worse. If eczema is made worse from hot, humid weather then N.S. is a remedy to consider. If asthma is brought on or mmade worse by hot, humid weather then N.S. is the likely a good choice. Hence, if lymphaedma is made worse by hot, humid weather, N.S. might in turn be a wise choice.

  2. Bethany says:

    Would nat sulph be a good choice for pregnancy swelling?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      If its edemeztous, then perhaps.

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