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Night-Watching: A Medicine for the Exhausted Mom

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

May 8th, 2022  |  9 Comments

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Joette Calabrese


They say that moms have eyes in the back of their heads!

It’s true. No matter what a child gets into, chances are their moms are keeping closer tabs than the child thinks.

Why? Because moms worry. It’s their job; it’s in their DNA.

This can be said especially when a child is sick. Moms will stay up all night, watching their child closely for escalating symptoms or a glimmer of hope that the illness is abating.

But who’s watching after Mom?

Homeopathy, of course!

We just need to choose the correct medicine to provide the necessary support.

Now, just because I’m addressing this to moms doesn’t mean one has to have a child. “Mothering” takes many forms. You may have a sick husband or a sick pet! That’s mothering!

You may have an elderly parent with whom roles have switched. Now, you’re mothering them instead of the other way around.

Heck, you might be caught in the “middle-age squeeze” — what I like to call the years when one might be caring for both a parent AND a child! Indeed, that’s mothering on the grandest of scales.

(You may even be a dad yet find yourself in a “mothering” role.)

If a mom has been up all night tending to someone’s needs, she might drag the next day due to sleeplessness. The feeling of being physically beat is a good fit for Arnica montana 200, twice daily until revived. 

Losing sleep can make even the strongest among us more prone to getting sick. Consequently, employing Arnica after a missed night of shut-eye will make us feel better the next day and bolster us just enough to avoid falling prey to illness.


But if Arnica has been well-used — say for a week — and Mom is still dragging, then it’s time to reassess.

If intense worry is a part of the overall picture, then we should strongly consider Cocculus indicus 30, twice daily until very much better.

A keynote of Cocculus is “night-watching” — an old-fashioned term for, as Jay Yasgur’s Homeopathic Dictionary puts it, “staying up at night to care for a loved one who is ill.”

Night-watching implies a certain level of stress and worry in addition to the physical act of staying awake overnight.

Picture the bedside vigil — that’s night-watching. That’s Cocculus indicus 30.

So, although I am teaching two medicines, we need to choose the one that best fits.

As you have probably gathered, the differential between the two is worry. If it’s strictly physical exhaustion from sleeplessness, it’s Arnica 200. On the other hand, if there is a strong component of worry, then it’s Cocculus 30.

Mothering — of children, parents, spouses or pets — is a full-time job. So, even though today is Mother’s Day, there is truly no holiday from the responsibility and the mental anxiety of mothering and nurturing.

But when the going gets tough — too tough for even the toughest of moms — remember homeopathy is there to help you soldier on and remain the steadfast rock of your family.

Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend!


Joette Calabrese


P.S. If you’re still shopping for a Mother’s Day gift for your own mom (or if your kids are still asking you for hints), consider the gift of homeopathy. Click here to peruse my Learning Center. Choose a course with the highest impact on your family or use my course selector to help you narrow it down.

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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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9 thoughts on “Night-Watching: A Medicine for the Exhausted Mom”

  1. sahmpaw says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Joette! Thanks for all you do for us Moms!

  2. Claire says:

    Would you include exhaustion from being up in the night with frequent nursing of a newborn?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      No; there are other medicines that are more specific to a nursing mother who’s up at night.

  3. Lori says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Joette! Thank you for another helpful post. I was blessed to spend time with my almost 91 year old mom today. I have a feeling these medicines will be needed someday.

  4. LindaD. says:

    Joette! Again you are speaking to me. It’s like you know exactly what’s going on in my life and write a blog post about it.
    It’s almost midnight again after another long day. I am blessed, not complaining…but exhausted.
    Middle-age squeeze is a thing? Now I can name it 🙂
    Thank you for these remedy suggestions.
    HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY from us to you.
    ttfn. ,

  5. Mohan Gupta says:

    Do you have any medicine for Parkinson’s disease since 12 years and hereditary. I am male 68 years old from India.

  6. Janet M says:

    Would this suit a nurse who does 3 night shifts a week then comes home and only get 4-6 hours of sleep? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      This is more specific for someone who has an emotional tie to the sufferer, such as a loved one.

  7. Barbara Jones says:

    Do you know a remedy for some one who hates to trow anything away. a hoarder.

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