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Avoid these Antidotes when using Homeopathic Remedies

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH

September 8th, 2011  |  176 Comments

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It goes without saying: Homeopathy works.

But don’t misunderstand me; this doesn’t mean that homeopathic remedies are indestructible! These delicate powerhouses can be antidoted (cancelled out) by certain items and foods.

And what could be worse than using a remedy that you know is correct and not seeing the benefits?!

It’s disheartening.

To avoid this dilemma, stay away from these chief offenders as they can cancel out the remedy’s ability to act:

Mint,  Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Oil of Oregano, Strong chemical odors, Strong paint odors, Ammonia and Coffee (if it isn’t a part of your daily habit).

Not everyone has the same sensitivity to these substances; however, it’s best to avoid them entirely when using homeopathic remedies, just to be on the safe side.

Because the remedy’s stimulus is present in the body for at least 5 days after it has been taken, hold off from these antidoting substances for at least that long, so as not to interfere with the body’s healing process.

Just rest assured, though. If you make a mistake, carry on with the schedule as though you weren’t exposed. I say this because it’s difficult to know definitely, whether and to what degree, the remedy was antidote. So it’s best not to retake a remedy after slipping up.  Retaking the dose might introduce too strong a stimulus to the body.

To help prevent little slip-ups from occurring, here are 5 easy ways to avoid the antidotes.

  • Give mint-flavored products a break and give cinnamon, clove or almond flavors, (to name a few) the lime light! Be careful; mint is often hidden in cinnamon flavors.
  • Instead of mint flavored toothpastes, try Cherry or Anise flavors,  available online or from health food stores.
  • Make your own toothpaste, like we do at home, by using baking soda and cinnamon.
  • Try moisturizing your lips with coconut oil. You can fill a small lip-balm container and keep it with you throughout the day. (I find mine with the travel-size items in local grocery stores)
  • Enjoy gentler drinks, like herbal teas or this herbal coffee blend.

Occasionally, you’ll find mint in tabuoli, kibi, meatballs and other Mediterranean fare.  In this case, it’s usually so small an amount, that it generally doesn’t cause a problem.

Meanwhile, as the remedy stimulates your body’s ability to balance, you may come to find, that these strong odors are less and less a threat for antidoting a remedy.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice.  The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.


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.

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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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176 thoughts on “Avoid these Antidotes when using Homeopathic Remedies”

  1. jeff garrington says:

    You say avoid cinnamon, yet its present in your toothpaste. I’m confused?

    1. We don’t avoid cinnamon. Mint not cinnamon.

      1. Christina says:

        Hello Joette!

        I just had an appt with the Banerji clinic in India. They told me “no mint, no lemon, lime, etc no sour foods except curds/yogurt…”
        Why would this be?! Sour would include things like apple cider vinegar, kombucha, etc too?
        I’m a bit confused as I never ever heard ‘no sour foods’ until my appt.😳 have you ever heard this from the Banerjis?!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          The foods that are considered sour, etc. in India have a different meaning there..

  2. sarah says:

    Joette, thank you! This article helps clarify for me the “when” to avoid these possible antidotes too.

  3. Crystal says:

    What about chamomile tea? I was told it also antidotes. I was told tee tree oil is okay, so I’ve been using it to wash my face everyday while taking remedies. I think I’ll stop using it now. Thanks for the information.

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

      I have not found nor heard of Chamomile tea antidoting remedy action. Tee tree oil however can be a problem if it is strong, if the person is sensitive and most importantly if the remedy is infrequently taken. Since using the Banerji Protocols, which use remedies repetitively, the concern for antidoting is not much of a concern because the remedy will simply be taken later that day or the next.

  4. Lynn says:

    Just for your info — Teechino contains gluten (barley), which may be of interest to your readers.

    1. Wanda says:

      Not all of the Teeccino flavours uses barley, some are gluten free. Shop carefully!

  5. Jaime says:

    I make my own facial moisturizer to which I add geranium, rosemary, clary sage, and lavender essential oils. Since some of these plants are in the mint family, should I stop adding them to my moisturizer for fear of them antidote get any remedies I may take that Day? Also, I drink a tea that I add Bergamot and lemon balm to. Since they are in the mint family would they Antidote? Also, can cell salts be antidoted?

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

      Cell salts are homeopathic medicines and can be antidoted like any other but I’d be quite surprised if any of the oils or plants would antidote a homeopathic. Homeopathics are more sturdy than most realize.

  6. kim says:

    hi Joette are you saying drinking coffee will antidote remedies? .. so if im on daily remedies I cannot have any coffee ?

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

      If you drink coffee on a regular basis, there’s no problem.

      1. Nelly says:

        Are 4 cups of coffee a day considered a regular basis

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

          Yes; its, the daily part, not the number.

  7. Karen says:

    Would spearmint (mentha viridis) also antidote remedies?

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

      Any mint has the potential of antidoting but if you repeat the homeopathics day after day, there should be no problem.

      1. Ursula says:

        How long does it usually take that an antidoted remedy will work again after the antidoting?

        I antidoted Coffea Cruda with just a whiff of peppermint from the breath of my son who ate peppermint chocolate eggs. It seems I am one of these more sensitive people regarding antidotes.

        And I found that Brainwave Entrainment music does definitely antidote. I think it is because there is ultrasound used.

        Before that I antidoted Scutellaria with decaff coffee (it’s not the coffeine). It still didn`t work again ca, 6 weeks later although I took it several times. Haven`t tried it since then because I lost my bottle.

        Today I used Arnica, which is very helpful against my headache. I fear I may have antidoted Ignatia with it. Abdur Rehman writes that Arnica is an antidote for Ignatia. Should have read it before taking Arnica. Better taking a painkiller than having sleep troubles.

        Thank you.

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

          When you use the method that I teach, this is not a concern since I give you the repetition schedule. Repetition is what is missing in each of your relayed stories.

  8. Karla Spencer says:

    I am new to homeopathy. And I use essential oils as well. In fact a flu blend I use topically on my kids feet has Oregano and tea tree and theives in it, among as few others. Is this contraindicated? I also used peppermint and eucalyptus, as well, which I learned is a no-no. Is it contraindicated in diffuser as well as topical? And for several days, correct? Thanks for your guidance.

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

      For most, essential oils may be used along with homeopathics if in a diffuser, hence not v. strong.

    2. Claudia Caselli says:

      When I Googled about this subject, I read tthat it is mostly a myth,or misunderstanding,that homeopathic remedies are antidotes by peppermint and coffee etc. But does suggest not using leaving 15mins btwn using them.

  9. Debbie Williams says:

    I follow both essential oil use and homeopathy (this religiously for around 15 years). I have been told by my homeotherapist not to use the eucalyptus, mint, etc. because of canceling out the benefits of the homeopathic meds. But you say here it is ok to inhale them (which is so beneficial for flu season). Is this right? Also, is it ok to put chamomile essential oil on the skin and to inhale it but not drink it? (I was also told not to drink it as it will canel out homeopathic meds). A little confused.

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

      If you’re using classical homeopathy where one remedy is taken for one or 2 doses total, then there’s a greater risk of antidoting in a more profound way than if you use my method. My method is to repeat the remedy usually daily, sometimes once, sometimes twice daily so if the oil antidotes, it won’t wipe out all the good but simply stop the action of the remedy. No problem; since the remedy will only be repeated again that night or the next day, etc.

      Also, it matters how concentrated the oil is. Are you talking about holding a bottle of mint to your nose and inhaling or are you talking about placing a few drops in your laundry?

      Another aspect of this is the question of sensitivity to smells and outside impressions.

      For something like the flu or a cold, I count strictly on homeopathy. It’s much more efficacious than essential oils. So why bother?

  10. Alexa says:

    Is it safe to drink Melissa (lemon balm) tea whilst taking homeopathic remedies ? Or will it antidote ?

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

      It will not antidote.

      1. Alexandra says:

        Hi Joette,

        You say that if drink coffee on a regular basis then can still drink it.
        I’m not a coffee drinker but I love peppermint tea and it was something I drink everyday, does it mean it might be ok to have a cup now and then whilst taking homeopathy? (I’ve been taking it for a week now, another 3 weeks to go if not more)
        Thank you

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

          I wouldn’t worry about a cup of mint tea, particularly if you use my method of repetition.

  11. Grace says:

    What happens if you eat food 30-45 min before a remedy and you notice the taste of the food when you take the remedy? Does it antidote?

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

      Pretty unlikely. It should still act.

  12. Bkamp says:

    Hell Joette,

    I use Homeopathy like Calcerea and recently started to smell Frankeincense oil which is giving stress relief. I heard that we should keep away from aromas, perfumes, deo etc., away while using Homeopathy. Could you please reply me on this.


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

      Frankincense will not usually antidote a homeopathic, nor will most other essential oils. The exceptions are aromatics or if the person is quite sensitive to odors. Having said this, when using Banerji Protocols, which use remedies repetitively, the concern for antidoting is not much of a concern because the remedy will simply be taken later that day or the next.

      1. Bkamp says:

        Thank you very much. for your comments.

  13. Lisa says:

    Would menthol as an ingredient in toothpaste be an antidote…. all other listed ingredients are fine. (Dr Bronner’s Cinnamon) – or would the tea tree oil in my Melaleuca tooth polish be an issue?

  14. Barbara Caverly says:

    Hi Joette,
    I am so excited to find a sight where I can talk to a homeopath and you will respond. Thank you for sharing all the information above and thank you for your response.
    I do not have a homeopath at the moment so I have been using ABC homeopathy online to get an idea which remedy to use for whatever ailment we have. What is your opinion of this strategy? And can you help me find remedies to treat asthma and a chronic cough?

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

      I’m happy you’ve come here. The best strategy is to take up learning enough homeopathy so that you can treat your family and self, which is why I offer my blog, study groups and courses. I enjoy answering general questions in hopes of igniting an interest in learning and self-reliance. Consider checking out Gateway to Homeopathy Study Groups but if you’re interested in a private consultation, feel free to call my office or fill out the contact form.

  15. Joanne says:

    I have a few questions on remedies as I am new to it.
    1) i Have read that they should not be exposed to electrical/ magnetic fields. To stay 5 ft away from them or remedy will be antidoted. How do you get around this in homes. We have electrical outlets, refrigerators, etc. do we need to put in protective cases and place before we enter our home? And don’t these fields exist outside our homes? How do you get around this?
    2) do appliances emit these fields only when turned on?
    3). There is no way to ensure that a purchased remedy did not get exposed to a magnetic field or electrical field during shipment. Do they only antidote when opened or can this occur in shipments to home or even to stores. I’m confused with this sensitivity and how to prevent exposure. Thank you for any information you can offer.

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

      I’ve found that through the years these concerns are pretty much unfounded. Our medicines are a rather hearty bunch. I keep some of my medicines within inches of my laptop, they’ve gone through x-ray machines at airports, in the washer and dryer at home, etc. So far I find that the precautions we were warned about have no observable consequences.

  16. Joanne says:

    Lol. Through the washer and dryer! That’s reassuring. I was puzzled on how people were able to avoid modern technology with these restrictions. Thank you for your prompt reply.

  17. Joanne says:

    Please help. I am taking ledum for a tick bite. I have been drinking carbonated water and told by a homeopathic that this antidotes my treatment. Can you tell me if this is true? I am frustrated became I cannot find any info on exactly what cannot be eaten during treatment. The list shared with me of what to do and eat/drink did not say stay away from carbonated drinks. You had stated to continue on with treatment if you think you’ve antidoted because you don’t know for sure. Would that be true in this case or does carbonation definitely antidote? This is my first time on homeopathy and I’m still learning. Any time no you can give would be appreciated. I’m not sure how to proceed..if I should start from scratch.

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

      I have no knowledge of a carbonated drink causing an antidote to a homeopathic medicine. If that were the case, a large percentage of my clientele including my self and family would gain no benefit from homeopathy over the last 30+ years. Additionally, foods will not antidote, only those aromatics that are included in this post and they must be rather potent such as in strong essential oil concentration.

      1. Joanne says:

        Thank you so much. I am very relieved. I was being guided by a homeopath online who offered me a list of items not to eat. He said I could not eat onions, garlic, beef, raw tomatoes…..and anything with a strong smell. No mention of carbonation. Yesterday he stated carbonated drinks will antidote and I needed to start regime over again. This didn’t feel right to me and I had just accidentally come across your site, so I reached out to you. I plan to also sign up for your courses because I want to learn more. Thank you so much for your availability. I will continue with the ledum regime I had already started, adhere to worrying only about the items you stated in your post for diet restrictions, and I’ll go back to my carbonated water and eat occasional red meat and not be so limited. This will reduce my level of frustration.

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

          Too funny.
          Beef, sauteed in garlic (lots) and onions served with a tomato salad (think Caprese salad) alongside a frosted glass of kombucha and sparkling water, sounds like the kind of meal I serve my family and self on a regular basis!

          Check out my study guide, Gateway to Homeopathy. I think you’ll find it not only an inexpensive start but instant community to gird you along the way.

          1. Michelle Miles says:

            So curious about your thoughts on Kombucha these days. I’ve made it for years, but recently read that it contains too much fluoride and should be avoided. Have you (or any other kombucha drinkers reading this) heard anything about that? Mercy, just when you think you’re eating all the right things!

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

            I have no information on this subject. My family and I have been drinking it for nearly 30 years and will likely continue to do so for another several decades. (I’ll be gone by then, anyway!) My question would be what kind of fluoride? Calcarea fluorica is beneficial. Aluminium fluorica is not.

  18. Joanne says:

    I am so glad I found you! Thank you. I will check out the guide.

  19. Joanne says:

    Joette would echinacea mother tincture antidote ledum? Is that smell strong enough to do that. Thank you.

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

      It would not.

  20. Katia says:

    Thank you for the article. I have a few questions. I am on a homeopathic treatment for the past 14 months and have another year or so to go (treatment is virus related). The doctor told me that I cannot have garlic, coffee, raw onion or use deodorant; however, he is okay with oregano oil, tea tree oil and mint. Does that make any sense? Am I hurting my progress by taking those items? I take my homeopathy twice daily. Thank you

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

      Perhaps your doctor has another reason that I’m not aware of such as the specific treatment being used. I don’t follow rules that include those prohibitions.

  21. Efrem says:

    Hello Joette, thank you for your useful advice on Homeopathy. I would like to ask if the use of Argon Oil body cream antidotes the remedies. Many thanks.

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

      It doesn’t.

  22. Mary Elliott says:

    Hi Joette. Just checking about my 6 year old ,she got an abscess on her gum and doctor prescribe antibiotics followed by baby tooth extraction. (this is one tooth that he worked on las may) Before using the antibiotics,I did try oregano oil in capsules,twice a day.for a week and now i discover about homeopathy so i switch to “Heper Sulph” 5 tablets of 6C 3 times a day. It is not hurting or growing. It will shrink? Do I have to puncture and clean the abscess?it is a little pimple. she doesn’t have any other symptoms, beside a little sore throat in the morning,sinus related I believed because the weather is changing right now here in the mountains.With gargles salt and water it went away.Today is Sunday, and wednesday p.m. she has her extraction schedule.she does oil pulling in the morning.Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

  23. Cheryl Davis says:

    I have a question, I used Kingfisher fennel, which I love, because of my sinus problems, but it doesn’t leave your teeth clean, they look grubby. I hate herbs and can’t find a decent toothpaste in the UK that doesn’t have artificial sweeteners in it. What to do?

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

      Your Own Homemade Toothpaste is the title of one of my posts.

  24. Abe Isra says:

    Hi Joette, I am taking alumina, nux vomica, bryonia drops for chronic constipation treatment. Would ADD medicine like Adderall antidote my regimen.

  25. Abe Isra says:

    Hi Joette, I am on Nux Vomica, Bryonia, Alumina drops for chronic constipation. Will ADD medicine like Adderall antidote my homeopathy regimen.

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

      I know of no known antidoting properties of Adderall.

  26. Andrea says:

    Hi Joette, thank you so much for this post. I am taking homeopathic remedies for depression and anxiety for the last year, and I recently learned about essential oils. I thought they could also help out, but my homeopath said to stay away from strong odors. My remedies are used once a week or two, or every other day (unlike your method). Do I need to stay away from all oils, like Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Orange? I typically use them topically, in the face and neck, and I do smell them when I put them on. Thank you!

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

      Some are sensitive to oils while others are not. If you’re improving on your homeopathics while using essential oils, then you’re ok.

  27. Debbie Hersh says:

    Hi Joette. I just started taking Anac Orientale for constitutional help. First dose was Taken the other day. Instructions are every 2 wks. I’m also doing Cannabis for anxiety. Will the cannabis antidote this remedy?? Thanks you for all your help. Your are amazing!!!

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

      I know of no antidoting effects of Cannabis.

      And thanks for your kind words.

      Merry Christmas! Happy Hannakah!

  28. Eve says:

    Hi Joette, will Copaiba essential oil antidote? My son has been taking it internally for months for his anxiety. I’m not sure if it will antidote the constitutional homeopathy. He only take the remedy once and waits to see if he needs to repeat the remedy in 6-8 weeks. So he doesn’t repeat it every day. Can he still take Copaiba essential oil? Thanks a lot!

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

      Any essential oil, if strong enough has the potential for antidoting a remedy. But since I don’t use classical homeopathy, I don’t worry about it because the medicine is repeated frequently.

  29. Alexa says:

    Hello! I’m so unclear. Your article says if I slip up, to keep taking my remedy. But then in the Same paragraph it says better NOT to continue.
    I accidenntly sucked on a cough drop last night and I’m in the middle of taking spigelia and spongia together as an antibiotic.
    So do I continue? Or do I stop?

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

      You’re right. It’s unclear. WHat I so poorly said and really meant was this:
      If you’re taking a homeopathic on a schedule of say twice daily, just continue with the schedule as planned and don’t take an extra dose just in case. If you indeed antidoted, it will right itself when you take your PM dose and you’ll be right as rain.

  30. susan wiles says:

    is cannabis w/thc antagonistic or synergistic w/homeopathy? or what homeopathic remedies are compatible with cannabis? my friend is taking prescription cannabis w/thc (not just cbd oil)for cancer

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

      In my experience, substances including drugs, plants, and herbs, in general, have no antagonistic effect on homeopathy.

  31. Mary Elliott says:

    echinacea is antidote?

  32. Rachel says:

    Mrs. Calabrese,

    Do you happen to know which chemical constituent of Eucalyptus oil may antidote? We recently tried an insect repellent that works beautifully, but it’s active ingredient is 30% LEMON Eucalyptus oil. I looked up the GCMS Analysis for both and the chemical fingerprint is quite different for Lemon Eucalyptus oil than regular Eucalyptus oil.

    I follow your methodology and therefore understand that using your dosing, it’s not too big of a deal even if it is anti-doted as you’ll soon be taking the remedy again. But a question remains regarding sudden first aid situations, say, a badly turned ankle or carbon monoxide poisoning. If we’re covered in this bug spray and need a remedy to act NOW, will it? Do we need to choose to not use it so that our bodies will always be in a state ready to accept remedies?

    Thank you Mrs. Calabrese! I am currently taking your Gateway I and have already learned a lot. I’ve also snagged my sister-in-law into taking it with me, so fun! 🙂

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

      I wouldn’t be concerned about using the eucalyptus product given that most people are not so sensitive that when a spray is applied in small amounts and has time to dissipate, it will cause an antidoting action.

      1. Rachel says:

        Thank you so much! It is very kind of you to reply.

  33. Christie says:

    When you speak of a substance antidoting a remedy, does it antidote the remedy itself or you after you’ve taken it? As an example, if an essential oil spills in the closet or container where you keep your remedies, can it antidote them?

  34. Christie says:

    Hi Joette! Thanks for the great info! Do you think coffee is ok to have if you typically drink it just a few times a week? I am pretty sensitive to smells, but I love a good cup of high quality coffee every couple of days! Have stopped since starting your ledum protocol after finding an engorged deer tick 5 days ago, but I’m wondering how long I need to hold off or if I really need to. My 200ck just came in the mail today.

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

      No need to skip coffee if its a regular part of your life.

  35. Jan says:

    Hi there. I am taking Letrox (75 mg/dady). Will it antidote a homeopathic remedy? The remedy will be taken for a couple weeks. Another homeopathic remedy will be taken after for a couple months.

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

      I don’t find that conventional meds antidote homeopathy as well as the other way around.

  36. Bridgette says:

    My son is 5 and has down syndrome. We are using homeopathy mainly to help him hold his upper cervical adjustments, which are crucial to prevent seizures. We seem to have a homeopathic remedy that works but have noticed that essential oils knock out the remedy quickly. How long does it typically take for a homeopathic remedy to take hold so we don’t have to avoid essential oils? We really like using oregano and tea tree oils but can’t with the homeopathy. Thanks!

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

      Homeopathy trumps essential oils. Learn to use homeopathy in place of the oils that you’ve become dependent on. In other words, I’d reconsider the importance of them in the scheme of things.
      Having said this, essential oils that can antidote homeopathic medicines are usually only the aromatics of which oregano oil is not a member.

  37. I found it interesting that you explained that mint, eucalyptus oil, and tea tree oil all have the capability to cancel out the effects of homeopathic remedies. I would imagine that trying to resolve issues using homeopathic remedies and having them not work because of antidotes would be disheartening. I would be sure not to use any of these things while trying out a homeopathic remedy in order to experience the full result.

  38. Katie says:

    I read in a different homeopathic resource that you should not eat or drink ANYTHING within 15 minutes of taking a remedy. Is this the case? I’ve been taking my three-times-daily protocol with meals, just for the ease of remembering to do it.

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

      Homeopathics are taken into a clean mouth. If the food is gone, then its fine to take within minutes. What you’re reading is just precautionary.

  39. sandra bivens says:

    Hello Joette,
    Thank you so much for all you share and your concern for education!!
    If a person were to use clove oil while oil pulling, is there a possible antidote?
    Clove oil is strong. 2 drops to 1 tsp coconut oil…
    Thank you
    Sandra Dee

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

      It’s possible that it could antidote, but pretty unlikely.

  40. Nina Luban says:

    taking medorrhinum 30C – 7 pellets before bed – waiting 3 weeks, then repeating. (Hahnemann’s formulaes) Question: is Tom,s Propolis & Myrrh with Fennel oil toothpaste ok to use? (also has a benzyl alcohol listed in the ingredients) I’m thinking not??

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

      I don’t worry about toothpaste antidoting homeopathic medicines unless it has a great deal of mint in it.

  41. Shannon Helix says:

    I am currently dealing with a bit of pain so I am using menthol patches. Will this cancel out my homeopathic treatment? Or is it jist what you have in your mouth or ingest?

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

      It indeed may antidote the homeopathic but the only way to know is to try it.

  42. Kassandra Rietema says:

    Hey Joette I recently opened a mattress and unfortunately found out it had to be “gassed-off” meaning exposure of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) would this (like paint) cause effects on the remedies it’s self and in addition; when doing scheduled doses? I ask because I had a remedy stored in the same room as the mattress as well as my son who is taking the remedy. Thoughts?

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

      I greatly doubt it would cause antidoting of the remedies stored in the room. If the chemical smells are as strong as say washing your floor with Spic and Span or painting with strong oil paint, I also doubt it will antidote your already taken doses. However, if it did, I’d not give it a thought since your medicines will take up where they left off once you repeat your doses.

  43. Karla Muir says:

    Hi Joette,
    I just found this post when browsing the use of homeopathic remedies. A veterinarian friend who has been using them on animals suggested traumeel and zeel for increased arthritis problems. She cautioned me however about my regular use of dmso which has a strong garlic smell. I have been using the dmso for years for my lower back. Do I have to discontinue it while using traumeel or zeel tablets?

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

      I’ve not found garlic to be antidoting, but if you use them simultaneously you’ll learn pretty quickly whether that has occurred.

  44. Karla Muir says:

    Thanks Joette 🙂
    Your site it so interesting. I’m looking forward to some more browsing, enjoying and learning in here.
    All the best, and happy Christmas x

  45. Rtn. Calwyn says:

    Hello Joette,
    Re:- Arsenic Alb 30 tincture.
    I use 5 drops to one teaspoon of water, 3 times a day. IS THIS DOSE OKAY. How long should I use this dose before stopping. I use it to eradicate my nervousness and fear syndrome.Do , please reply.
    Thanks .
    Rtn. Calwyn , 70 years, Mumbai , India

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

      We generally use the medicines regardless of what they’re used for until sympomts are much improved. then we halt its use and take it up again only as needed. Hopefully, this is only from time to time.

  46. Bhavani Bharti says:

    Hello.I have already since about two years very bad flatulence with bad smell.I have taken already all kinds of homeopathic medicines.The last doses I took was a nux comics 1M and the day after Sulphur 200 CH.its been three weeks since but I do not have any relief.In juin I did a stooltest and they found candida and amoebic cysts.I did another test in October which did not find anything..But my problems persist with itchy anus stinky flatulence starting mostly in the evening and lasting till I’ve cleaned bowels in the morning.Milk disagrees I think..also sugars.. I was thinking one dose sulpher would help but maybe I have antidotes it with a cup of coffee 2_days after I took my dose..Iam confused.this problem is not getting solved…help

  47. Meraf says:

    Hi Joette,

    I would really appreciate it if you could please clarify two things for me in regards to antidoting:

    I am already taking multiple protocols for chronic health issues. I didn’t start my treatment by doing the Camphor 200 one dose for one day because I didn’t find out about it until I was well into my protocols. I have definitely taken my share of prescription drugs in the past, the worst offenders being antibiotics and birth control, so I wanted to see if I could still benefit from taking Camphor to possible antidote some of the ill-effects from those drugs?

    I have been doing coffee enemas every two weeks (for detox, gut issues, fibromyalgia pain etc.) I know you said coffee might antidote if you are not a regular user, which I am not, so I have been doing the enemas with the understanding that I might be antidoted. My train of thought being—based on what you have said—that if it does indeed antidote, it would be fine because I will be taking my next dose soon after. However, I am now starting to have some doubts because I have been doing the enemas consistently every two weeks, so I guess my question is, if I antidote but then get back on track by taking my next dose, only to antidote again when I do the enema after 2 weeks, am I constantly setting myself back? I am just not sure how long the effects of the remedy stays in your system. I haven’t been able to verify if I am indeed antidoting because it’s hard to tell with a chronic case. I have been seeing slight improvements, but I just want to make sure I stay moving in the right direction and not take any chances. I am willing to drop the enemas if I have to because the homeopathy protocols are more important to me.

    My apologies for the drawn-out post. I just want to make sure I explain it right. Thank you very much in advance. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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

      In my experience, unless someone is quite sensitive to substances such as coffee, its unlikely that it will antidote.

  48. Rachel says:

    Mrs. Calabrese,

    I’ve heard people say to not use a metal spoon when using remedies, say to mix it in water or to dispense to an infant… have you found this to be true?

    Thank you very much.

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

      I’ve not had a problem with metal spoons.

      1. Rachel says:

        Thank you kindly!

  49. Dina says:

    Is it safe to take a supplement called artemesia and clove according to the directions on the bottle for 6 months while being on a constitutional remedy daily. Its quite large amounrs if the herb 4 dropperfuls twice a day?! My constitutinal remedy is nat mur…if there’s a way to reach you privately please let me know…ty

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

      If you’re asking me whether the supplement could interfere with Nat mur, it depends on the strength of the clove oil and how sensitive you are to it. Having said this, the method that I use and teach doesn’t consider antidotes as crucial as when using the constitutional method of infrequent repetitions. Instead, we use repeated doses so that antidoting is much less of a concern.
      Should you be interested, you may contact my office.

  50. Valori says:

    Hi Joette,
    I use wild oregano oil daily, and I frequently use tea tree oil. I put liquid chlorophyll (which contains mint) in my drinking water. The hair conditioner I’ve been using has enough spearmint that I smell like it. I’m afraid to check into my body lotions.
    Should I switch up the products I’m using?
    Thanks so much for your help and information.

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

      Only if you note that when you take a homeopathic that it doesn’t act. For many, there is no antidoting from these substances. Its a matter of personal sensitivity, amount and strength of the substance.

  51. Christina ANNE Brewer says:

    Would peppermint in a topical CBD gel antidote regular use of T-Relief Pain Relief tablets. I use the T-Relief tablets at least once per day.

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

      It depends on how strong it is and how sensitive you are to peppermint. The only way to know is to try.

  52. Regina Finley says:

    Will cbd oil antidote remedies? It is drops.

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


  53. Regina says:

    You said that homeopathy may work the other way around when used with conventional drugs. Are you saying remedies may make conventional drugs not work? I’m currently using some conventional drugs because I’m just learning homeopathy and I’m so afraid of the conventional drugs but haven’t learned enough yet. I’ve had some success with some remedies but still trying to figure out others.

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

      Homeopathy does not antidote conventional drugs. But conventional drugs can interfere with the process of using homeopathy. I urge you to consider joining one of my study groups to help flesh out your understanding.

  54. Regina says:

    You said above that it may be the other way around that conventional meds may be antidotes with homeopathy. (May 26, 2019). Could you explain this? I’m using conventional drugs because I’m just learning homeopathy – reading your site like crazy. I’m really afraid of the drugs but still learning. Hope to be drug free one day!

  55. Regina says:

    Think I may have posted twice. Sorry.

  56. Kimberly Maurer says:

    Regina, I saw that comment too, and it threw me for a minute. I think it’s just the way it’s worded, and lack of commas. She corrected herself above though, and that is what I’ve been taught also that homeopathy does not interfere with conventional drugs, but conventional CAN possibly interfere with homeopathy.

  57. Rachel says:

    Mrs. Calabrese,

    I am helping an elderly gentleman, quite the loveable grump sometimes, and he REFUSES to handle the remedies as I’ve specified. He pours a bunch of pellets into his hand, grabs a few out to take, and then pours the remaining pellets back in!

    Will this rub the remedy off the pellets over time and make them ineffective?

    With Gratitude,

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

      Don’t worry about it. THey’ll likely still act unless he has gasoline or something on his hands.

      1. Rachel says:

        Thank you Mrs. Calabrese!

        I’m very thankful for your reply! I am reassessing his case, as you teach in your courses, and I found myself very unsure whether the protocol plateaued or if the pills may have been ruined. Your answer gives me the confidence to simply move on to the next protocol. Thank you!

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

          You’re welcome!

  58. kanniappan subash mani says:

    Dear Divine Joette,
    its really wonderful and noteworthy article is yours. my wholehearted thanks and appreciations. i request you to kindly clarify a doubt of myn.the list of things you guided to avoid while taking homoeopathic medicines are only for potentised medicines or you think it is also applicable for mother tinctures also.please guide me.because i use some the mother tinctures externally along with mentholwhich u know has a strong odour.
    thanking u in anticipation.long live u and your services to suffering humanity.
    yours naturally Dr.k,subash mani,chennai,india

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

      Many thanks for your kind words. I find that mother tinctures are not affected.

  59. Azita says:

    Hi Joette,

    Is it fine to take supplements during homeopathic treatment? Thank you.

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

      Supplements don’t interfere with homeopathy but I discourage the use of them.

  60. Maeesha says:

    Hi Joette, I am so glad I came across your page. You are extremely informative. With all that’s going, I found myself to be very irritable, impatient and anxious and wanted a general tonic to get through it all. My homeopath suggested Dr. Reckeweg’s BC28 tissue salts. Along side my friend was kind enough to make a combination of essential oils in fractionated coconut oil in a roller ball bottle and told me to put some on my neck and wrists.
    The essential oils are
    Doterra Balance (Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower),
    Doterra Serenity (Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood)
    Wild Orange.

    The list seems really long and lots of oil…but i’m assuming not a lot of each as its in a small 5ml roller ball bottle. Would this affect me taking the BC28 or any other homeopathic meds?

    Thank you!

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

      Some people are more sensitive than others to antidoting from essential oils. Go ahead and try using both your essential oils and homeopathics and see how it goes. Over time you’ll likely be alerted to the homeopathic not acting if the essential oils are too strong for you.

  61. Malinda says:

    If I am correct you have said not to store your remedies and essential oils together. Can they be stored in the same room just on opposite sides of the room? How far apart? In other words a small room or large room?

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

      They should not be stored in the same drawer or the same cabinet shelf. The same room is more than fine.

  62. preeti says:

    Do we have to avoid facials,chemical peels ,retinol or moisturizers while taking homeopathy medicine?

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

      No. Peel and moisture away.

  63. Cailey Betzold says:

    Will vodka antidote remedies?

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


  64. Suzy B. says:

    Would using 1 drop of oregano oil on a plantars wart antidote homeopathic remedies. I’m currently using antimonium crud 6 mixed with arsenicum 200 eod, but I thought I could speed up the process by putting oregano essential oil on it as well. Is it the strong odor that antidotes homeopathic remedies or simply touching the skin, or both? Thanks!

  65. Katy says:

    I used a mint floss for few seconds and then suddenly realized that it was with mint. So I rinsed my mouth carefully. Will it antidote my remedy?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      ‘Unlikely but the way to truly know is if the action is halted.
      No problem. When the medicine is taken again, it will take up where it left off.

      1. Katy says:

        Thank you so much for this prompt reply 🙂 However, the next time I’ll take the remedy will be after 1 month. I’m trying to cure HPV. Is it possible to cure it with homeopathy at all?

  66. Lora says:

    Dear Joette, thank You very much for going to these miniscule to be seemed details of the Homepathic Tx. Q-n (sorry, too many comments to look for my reply): what about the Coffee Enemas Gerson-style? Thanks a TON!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Why bother when you have homeopathy? Keep learning and you’ll abandon such methods.
      Having said this, if you must, it’s unlikely it will antidote.

  67. Kathy says:

    I am finding the last 2 sentences in this paragraph confusing: “Just rest assured, though. If you make a mistake, carry on with the schedule as though you weren’t exposed. I say this because it’s difficult to know definitely, whether and to what degree, the remedy was antidote. So it’s best not to retake a remedy after slipping up. Retaking the dose might introduce too strong a stimulus to the body.” Which remedy do you stop taking? The one that was antidoted? Does that mean forever? And could you explain the strong stimulus comment, please? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I urge you to consider joining one of the Gateway to Homeopathy Study Groups.

      1. Kathy says:

        It is my hope, but the cost of a class is not possible right now. But it is on my birthday wish list! I do appreciate all the free things you offer. Even in my old age I am learning much. I do appreciate you and thank you!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          You’re very welcome, Kathy. If you read all of my blogs, listen to my podcasts and google my name for summits and other articles you’ll get quite an education.
          Consider joining one of my study groups, Gateway to Homeopathy. It’s super inexpensive and you’ll automatically be part of a community of learning.

  68. Sue Massey says:

    Hello, may I ask, would freezing temperatures ruin homeopathic remedies?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I’ve not had problems with them after frozen.

  69. Kat says:

    In general do you find that certain remedies will antidote others as claimed in the materia medica? For instance I took Aur Met one dose and have instant relief from heartbreak. I have been taking hepar and bell for a swollen salivary gland. These are both listed as antidotes, should I discontinue them? The emotional issue is a priority now.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I don’t find that they antidote as readily as stated, but the proof is if the Aurum still acts in spite of HS/Bell.

  70. Laura Chu says:

    Hi Joette, will doing other energy modalities like EFT Tapping, acupressure, rife frequency, energy medicine (Donna Eden) etc affect or antidote remedies I took? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I’ve never seen that occur. Tap away!

  71. Mick says:

    Joette, is pine (Pinus sylvestris) essential oil an aromatic that has the potential to antitode homeopathic remedies in sensitive individuals? I guess I’m confused about which oils are classified as “aromatics,” since it seems like all essential oils are aromatic to some extent.

  72. Pam says:

    Yikes. I’m of Colombian ethnicity. NO way I can give up coffee — for weeks or months. lol I just can’t. So, does that mean I should not bother taking my remedies? I am on a compound remedy, I do drink coffee — but I wait a few hours before taking the remedy. So far, the compound remedy has worked fine. So….should I continue on? Ditto for toothpaste. I’ve tried baking soda and I just gag. :/

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I don’t think you read this article carefully.

      1. Pamela says:

        Hi Joette,
        Ok. I just re-read it.

        So, since coffee IS “a part of my daily habit”, I do not need to completely eliminate it while taking my hom remedies. Right?

        And does this also apply to mint on that list (ie, in toothpaste), since it is also part of my daily habit?


        >>>Mint, Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Oil of Oregano, Strong chemical odors, Strong paint odors, Ammonia and Coffee (if it isn’t a part of your daily habit).

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          It depends on your sensitivity to odors such as mint, and how much is used. If you want to be absolutely certain that the homeopathic you’re taking will fully act then eschew mint and other antidotes. If it seems to be acting in spite of what you’re ingesting or smelling then you’ve found your sweet spot.

  73. Madane says:

    Hi Joette 🙂

    I regularly use Saje peppermint halo (it’s a roll on) to relieve tension and migraines. But I also do take homeopathic remedies for anxiety. Would the peppermint antidote the remedies? Thank you so much!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      It depends on how sensitive you are and how strong the oil is. The only way to know for sure is to try it and see.

  74. Jennifer Rose Escobar says:

    I have read that Thuja and sulphur antidote each other. I’m taking Thuja weekly as a preventive for COVID, but I also want to take Sulphur for a skin irritation. Can I take both, if I wait a bit between doses?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Which is the hierarchy of your concerns? From that, choose the appropriate medicine.
      Additionally, when we thought that the-you-know-what was an imminent threat, a prophylactic made sense. But what we know now has changed.

  75. Rachel says:

    Hi Joette,

    In an earlier comment someone asked whether other forms of energy medicine would interfere with the homeopathic remedy. You responded that something like EFT should not.

    Would you also say that a more invasive form of energy medicine such as acupuncture would not interfere with the remedy? In the past I found that both the combination of homeopathy and acupuncture worked synergistically, but I am now hearing that they can indeed antidote one another. Just wanted to get your thoughts on the matter. Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      In my experience, I don’t find that they interfere with each other.

  76. Jody says:

    Hi I totally agree with you about the Mint & Eucallyptis. Does Capsaicin cancel-out homeopathic?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I’ve not seen evidence of it.

  77. Sarah W says:

    Does drinking alcohol antidote remedies? I enjoy red wine and margaritas daily.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I”ve never seen that.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I”ve not seen evidence of that.

  78. Sara says:

    Hi Joette,

    This has been helpful to read, but I have a question about my experience. I recently started using a Homeopathic blend for motion sickness for flying (I easily get motion sick) and dose the night before and twice the day flying. I had previously found a drop of peppermint oil under my tongue to be helpful to calm my stomach during the flight so have done that before takeoff and landing. Based on your article, now I’m wondering if that is contraindicating the homeopathic blend. Do you have any recommendations based on your observations? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      The important question is: did it work? If so, you found the solution.

  79. Deborah says:

    Hi! What about TENS units and mineral pools? Thanks so much!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I can’t say if TENS units would cause a problem but if you learn the method of homeopathy that I teach there should be no concern because the homeopathics are generally repeated frequently.
      Mineral pools? ‘Sounds wonderful

  80. Maria says:

    Hi, Joette. I’m so grateful for your help! I wish I knew about topical strong smells before starting Bovista 200c for food intolerances/allergies and Cal Carbonica 200c for immune issues (both every other day, alternating)! Years ago, i was diagnosed with an immunomodulatory defect (th1 dominant), and allergic/sensitive to many foods and environmentals. Fast forward to about a week ago, I started taking the above remedies, and am convinced this will help. Was going well, until 3 days ago, I got sick from my son (nasty head cold?). Congested, so I rubbed Vicks Vaporub on my chest the last 2 days while using the above remedies. Should I wait until I’m all better from this illness, before continuing the remedies? Did I ruin my chance? 🙁

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      When there’s a need to use something that’s aromatic for an acute condition either carry on with the original schedule and consider the possibility that the rems may indeed be antidoted OR wait until the acute has passed and take up the chronic schedule again.
      No worries.

      1. Maria says:

        Thank you! If I understand your reply to me correctly, you’re saying it can be either way, but if the Vaporub did neutrolize the remedies, after the acute illness is gone, the remedies will do its work afterwards (I think, and hope). Much respect to you, Joette!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          That’s correct.

  81. elaine dolan says:

    I am guessing Rosemary shampoo, and my favorites, Sandalwood soap, Geranium and Jazmine oil, garlic, raw onions, coffee, Bergamot Earl Grey tea, Peppermint toothpaste and peppermint oil (in my Cacao drink)are making my spots multiply and have antidoted THUJA. OMG!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      None of those will antidote unless they are super strong, you’re pretty sensitive and you don’t repeat the homeopathic.

  82. Lori Emmott says:

    Will coffee enemas antidote remedies?

  83. Karina Kelly says:

    I have been using a protocol of prescribing medicated poppy-seed size granule in lactose powder, which patient then disssolves in 1/2 litre of water. I ran out of lactose powder & somone advised using icing sugar instead just as a temporary measure. Would this have any effect on the remedy?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Not being a pharmacist I have no opinion on this.

  84. Christine says:

    Are there any remedies that cannot be used together, due to antidoting or any other reason?

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