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I Want That: Confident Mothering

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

October 3rd, 2013  |  28 Comments

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Confident MotheringI don’t consider myself a jealous person. I usually find inspiration in those who have achieved or have more than I, but with that said, allow me to confess a moment of desire that altered my life.

About 27 years ago, having recently discovered homeopathy, I sat engaged in an appointment with my homeopath.

Her seven-year-old daughter knocked at the door of the consulting room and peeped in. She was pale and perspiring, and in a feeble little voice, she breathed, “I’m sick. My stomach hurts.”

My homeopath went to her cabinet, tucked into the corner of this office, where she had a stash of a hundred homeopathic remedies from which she dispensed the little pills. She plucked a remedy from the lot, opened the bottle, released the pills into the cap and tossed them into her daughter’s opened mouth.

She had complete confidence in her ability to address her child’s needs.

It was a display of pure, elegant mothering. No freaking out, no calling the doctor, no imploring someone else to help her to take care of it.

I, too, had benefited from the contents of that cabinet.

The first remedy she had given me — only a few months earlier — was Nux vomica 200. What a revelation that was! It relieved about 50% of my years of suffering within a few short weeks. No more migraines, fully restored sleep and nearly resolved asthma had been the gifts born of that cabinet.

The shift this remedy made in my health was significant, so I was awed by my homeopath.

She knew what to do and she did it.

She planted a kiss on her daughter’s head and sent her to the adjoining room into her father’s arms. She did the same for me, except that she didn’t kiss me … she sowed instead a seed of inspiration. If that isn’t as good as a mother’s love, it’s nearly so!

It was a pivotal moment … an epiphany. I was instantly envious, not with mal intent, not with jealousy.

It was an “Ah-ha” moment that has motivated my mothering and professional life since.

My brain and heart spoke so clearly to me that afternoon in 1986 that I can still hear it today. My inner voice said …

I want that. 

I want to know exactly which homeopathic remedy to give my son that will cure him of whatever comes our way.

But what was even more rousing that day was that by the time our consultation was complete, the little girl burst into the room and skipped into her mother’s arms, fully recovered. Her eyes sparkled and she was laughing.

In less than 50 minutes, this mom had cured her daughter without fuss. Just four tiny pills in the hands of a knowledgeable mom. A mom who wholly depended on homeopathy.

I want that.

Within months after witnessing this event, I, too, was capable of the same mothering act.

Not always perfectly.

Not always as adroitly in the beginning, but here I stand today with three adult sons to trumpet to the world that I have depended entirely on homeopathy, nutrient-dense foods … and not a single drug.

This is the cornerstone of my mothering.

Not acetaminophen, aspirin, nor antibiotic have I plunked into their mouths.

We have skirted steroids, analgesics, antidepressants, ointments, inhalers, Benadryl, Accutane, Darvocet, Albuterol, Lortab, Ritalin, EpiPens and the like.

My medicine cabinet has none of these products in it, which makes my medical budget healthy too.

Only our family’s beloved little white homeopathy pills from my closet, with a sprinkling of herbal tinctures that I make, do we take judiciously.

Lest you think we are of perfect inherited stock or that my sons lived in a bubble and never experienced an injury, let me assure you that we’ve had plenty of trials. Yet, I’ve addressed every one of them. With homeopathy.

I was so stirred by that moment in my homeopath’s office that I fashioned my life to do the same for other mothers, too … to inspire them as my homeopath inspired me.

I would like others, who know the feeling of healthy envy, to know that it is possible … this drugless, medical-procedure-less life.

And that this style of living is within reach, in fact only an arm’s length away.

If this tugs at you as it does me, let me take your hand and guide you so you can march into this world of self-empowerment and mothering the way it was intended.

I wanted that. And I got it!

A Remedy Everyone Needs to Own

The reason Nux vomica worked so well for me back in 1986 is that I had made a habit at that time to use a lot of conventional drugs, and Nux vomica is the premier remedy for that stupid lifestyle.

Stupid? Yes. Because not only was it without forethought, intelligence or research, but it was as though I was in a stupor. I simply did as I was told. I heard, “Here, take this stuff.” And I did!

Nux vomica is also a grand remedy for someone who is caught up in a whirlwind of business associated with a Type A personality.

But it is useful for many gut problems: overuse of prescription drugs, as in my case, but also overindulgence in any substance.

I consider candy and junk food to be substances of sorts as well, given the chemicals usually found in today’s pre-prepared, prettily packaged foods. Nux vomica is my go-to remedy for post-Halloween nausea, stomach issues, sleep problems and irritability.

In other words: Halloween, birthday parties, sleepovers, Easter candy overdose… even irritability from any of these indulgences.

Remember it for someone who has a hangover, whether from alcohol overuse, bad food or meds. Nux Vomica 30Cevery four hours for a day or so has a reputation for smoothing out the prickly results of an ill-conceived extravagance.

So, whether you get yourself a homeopathy kit, (a bit of an investment but a considerable savings in the long run) or purchase the remedy individually, be sure to have this remedy in your home because it’s a cinch in a pinch.



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.

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.

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28 thoughts on “I Want That: Confident Mothering”

  1. Lorna says:

    Very inspirational! It is so calming and reassuring to know that your family has made it more than two decades without drugs and continues to flourish.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Very inspiring! And, your inspiration has propelled me to desire the same for my children. And, eight years into this parenting gig, I can say the same: only homeopathy, herbs, love and not a single drug. I pray we continue on that path.

    thank you,

  3. Krista says:

    You really are an inspiration! I will never forget that day 5 years ago when it was you going to your cabinet to give a remedy, not to my child, but to my husband:) We have never looked back and you have since inspired me so much that I too have pursued this wonderful path of studies and am gaining confidence every day treating my family! Thanks for being such a great inspiration to mommies everywhere!

  4. Renee says:

    Thank you for making that choice to inspire other mothers as well! I pray that I can always continue to provide like this for my children and keep them drug free.

  5. Marla says:

    Joette, I am so glad that you got what you wanted, because you’ve helped me get what I want too – a “drugless, medical-procedure-less life”! I thank God every day for you and for homeopathy! Wonderful article!

  6. Amy S. says:

    I totally relate to this blog, having been inspired similarly myself. It is very exciting to me now when sometimes I am able to know which remedy without even having to reference my homeopathy book. Recently someone said to me, “How could you have lived here for a year and half and not have a doctor yet?” I shrugged and answered, “We don’t need one. Homeopathy covers our needs.” Homeopathy–what a wonderful, empowering tool to have in the family.

  7. Beautiful post! I wish I had known about homeopathy when I first became a parent, but am so excited to be able to give my children a better chance for health now. Thank you for sharing this moment at the start of your journey. 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    This reinforces my confidence in homeopathy and nutrition. You continue to inspire, Joette. In the last couple of years since I’ve followed your lead, I haven’t used tylenol or any other over the counter drug; it’s not even in my house. I feel regular use of cell salts are helping to keep illness at bay. But, with that now-rare inkling of a cold or headache, my little red homeopathy kit has all I need. Thank you, JC!

  9. Bethany says:

    I had to add my name to the list of people that you have influenced! I felt the same way when I first read your stories about how you treated your family. Now I give my own family only homeopathic remedies too! Thank You Joette!!!

  10. Midwife Diane says:

    It’s interesting that you should bring up Nux V! As a new student of homeopathy, I have seen what this particular remedy can do. My husband would awaken every night at around 3-4 am and be unable to sleep. He suffers from frequent migraines. He is type A personality from head to toe. And he also suffered from recurrent bouts of heartburn and acid reflux. I chose Nux V solely on the basis of his waking at night. He couldn’t take the little 30c pills because they gave him heartburn (really!) so I diluted them in 1/2 c of water and he took it one tsp at a time. IT WORKED! FOR EVERYTHING! I didn’t find out until later that it actually covered almost all of his symptoms. He is incredibly pleased with the effect of homeopathy and with the relief from symptoms that have plagued him for DECADES. I’m going to continue studying so that I can continue to help my family and keep them in good health. I loan your CDs to my midwifery clients if they are interested. Thank you for wanting that and for sharing it with all of us!

  11. Linda says:

    I am also a new student to homeopathy. How does one know an issue is not being suppressed when choosing a remedy we think is the right one (but may not be)? Could there be a downside to giving someone nux every Sunday morning to take care of the hangover? Really inspiring post. thank you.

    1. homeopathic remedies can potnetially suppress if used injudiciously, but Nux vomica 30 used for a few days or even weeks even if its the wrong remedy will not likely cause long term problems. it might cause some new nux vomica symptoms, but then, whats lovely about homeopathy is that if the wrong remedy is used, it can usually be antidoted with a couple of doses of Camphor 200 or good strong whiff of essential oil of camphor or mint. then start again with the correct remedy. indeed the very best antitode to a wrong remedy is the correct one.
      once you the hang of it, its as easy as wash rinse, repeat!

      you might be interested in the webinar courses i offer regularly in which i go into greater depth on this and many PRACTICAL subjects. if so , feel free to contact my office and ask for Jill. we don’t advertise the courses on this site.
      ‘hope this helps.

  12. John says:

    Great article Joette! As I read the intro to it, I thought “Joette should write a short novel for the New Mother’s section of the book store” 🙂 Keep up the great work.

  13. Joanne says:

    Dearest Joette,
    Your experience with your homeopath was my experience with you in your office many years ago. I was in complete awe and thought similarly, though not in the exact same words, but I wanted to know what you knew! I wanted to be able to heal myself and my family without conventional medical intervention.
    Today, I turn to homeopathy for everything! Even our 20 yr old son calls to ask me what remedy he should take for something instead of going to the drugstore, and he even recommends remedies to his friends when they are sick!
    From an itchy mosquito bite to literally, a stroke, homeopathy is and has been the answer for our family and I owe it all to you! Thank you a million times over.

  14. Sarah Z says:

    The more I read these stories, the more I want to try it. But I’d live to have someone walk me through it all. It seems so overwhelming from the start. How do I go about finding a homeopathic doctor in my area?

    1. i’m not a medical MD, but i work with folks on SKYPE and or phone from anywhere in the world. should you be interested, pls feel free to contact my office so we can speak personally for a few minutes before you make a decision. 716.941.1045

    2. hi sarah, should you be interested, i work directly with folks from the world over using SKYPE and or the phone. feel free to contact my office (716.941.1045) for a free 15 minute phone meeting to see if this method is a good fit for you and your family.

  15. Tammy says:

    Homeopathy has revolutionized our family. Nine years ago we put all our OTC med’s in the back of our linen closet. Three years later when we moved, we threw them all out because homeopathy worked so well for whatever ailment came our way. Thanks Joette for making Paul and I better parents, and people in general for that matter, through what you have taught us! We love you and homeopathy! We pray that we continue to learn, just like you!

  16. Kathy says:

    Hi Joette, We spoke last week about my son Jack and this post has reaffirmed my belief in homeopathy. Thank you so much, I look forward to you helping my family.

  17. Laura says:

    Very fun to read about your beginnings of interest in homeopathy. Very thankful you feel equally inspired to share that spark with others. Thank you!

  18. Cathy says:

    Our family has been so blessed by the knowledge you have imparted to us over the years. I will always treasure the “mom” classes you taught years ago. I KNOW my family’s health, especially my oldest and youngest with CF, would not be as healthy as they are without homeopathy. Thanks so much! Teach, teach, teach. 🙂

  19. barb says:

    i know he’d have to see you, but i wanted to ask about pancreatitis (sp?). is there a remedy that would help with this sickness. he’s had 2 bouts so far. pills, pills, pills. some alcohol there too.

  20. i love being able to share remedies for specific pathologies, but unfortunately, pancreatitis would indeed require a phone call.

  21. barb says:

    i just wanted to know that homeopathy can help with this problem.

  22. homeopathy has a history of dealing with this kind of inflammation. i recall my cousin who came to me with pancreatitis and it was improved in the 1st few weeks and resolved within a few months after using the remedies. i see her at our yearly family picnic so i get to review the situation and so far (after about 6 years) all remains well.

  23. Jim Andrews says:

    I have mild blood sugar elevation – I have attended sessions with my doctor’s nutritionist regarding good eating and exercise –

    Anything in homeopathy that you would recommend either for keeping blood sugar in-check or for keeping pancreas happy and well?

    Thank you

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

      Should you be interested, I cover this fully, including protocols in my course “Good Gut, Bad Gut”.

  24. Debra says:

    Wonderful! Brings back happy memories of visits to my homeopath 45 years ago—life-changing!! So important to keep this knowledge alive and well. Grateful for all the excellent work you do!

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