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When Is a Cell Salt Not a Cell Salt? (Spoiler Alert: Never.)

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, PHom M

August 8th, 2021  |  12 Comments

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Joette Calabrese

Misconceptions can take on a life of their own. Right?

One common misconception in homeopathy surrounds cell salts, and this misconception rears its ugly head over and over again. I’ve seen so many questions and comments on my Facebook group about this very subject that I decided I should clarify.

Cell salts, also called Schuessler’s tissue salts, is a subcategory of homeopathy that encompasses minerals.  Some believe that they enhance the body’s ability to utilize nutrients.  However,  they're powerful medicines used to treat specific conditions without a specific association with nutrient uptake. 

Most importantly, they follow the same homeopathic manufacturing principles, methods of administration, and rationale for their use as other homeopathic medicines.

Cell salts are made from solids, so they must first be triturated (ground to a fine powder). Is the process of trituration what makes them a cell salt?

No! Calc carb requires trituration because it’s made from the inside of an oyster shell, and yet it’s not a cell salt at all! So, just being triturated doesn’t distinguish cell salts from other homeopathic medicines.

Many people incorrectly believe that a cell salt is a cell salt only when it is prepared in the 3rd, 6th or 12th potency. Other people believe a cell salt is only a cell salt when it is in dissolvable tablet form (such as Hyland’s) instead of pellets (such as Boiron or Washington).

So, let’s say you notice Nat mur in your homeopathy kit in a 30th potency in pellet form. Would you say, “Oh my gosh, is this a cell salt or not?”

Let me put it this way:

A cell salt is always a cell salt, no matter the potency or form. The product just may not be advertised as such in the public square.

Hyland’s had the good intention of making cell salts available to the mainstream public in the most expedient way possible. So, they said, “Here are the 12 cell salts in tablet form in the potencies that are most commonly(3, 6 and 12).”

Unfortunately, some people have become confused and believe that makes them different than other homeopathic medicines.  

Remember, whether your Nat mur is a 3, 6, 12, 30, 200 or 1M potency, it’s still a cell salt!

Different potencies apply to different conditions. So, let’s see how that works:

One use of the cell salt Nat mur 6X is as nature’s water distributor. It has a powerful ability to keep the body’s water content in balance. Nat mur, twice daily, is indicated for both ends of the spectrum. So, whether one’s symptoms involve too little fluid (as in the case of dehydration) or too much (as in cases of water retention), Nat mur will prompt the body to regulate itself back into balance.

At the same time, while a bit too complicated to fully cover in this setting, the cell salt Nat mur in the 200th potency is a capitol choice for someone who suffers from certain headaches.  

You see? Two conditions call for two different potencies of the same cell salt — the same homeopathic medicine.

A couple of years ago, I produced a series on cell salts you might find helpful. Like everything on my blog, this information is 100% free. Here are the links to the individual articles:

Calc phos

Ferrum phos

Mag phos

Nat phos

Kali phos

Calc fluor

Nat mur

Nat sulph


Calc sulph

Kali sulph

Kali mur


Pass on the good news of homeopathy!



Joette Calabrese

P.S. If you want to take a deeper dive into the world of cell salts, consider Cell Salts: The Easy Homeopathy. Originally produced as a 2-CD set, it is now available as a digital download for your convenience. 

More than anything, I suggest you have a good materia medica at the ready for your reference.

There are several free versions available online, but those materia medicas are often a bit more challenging to work with. So, I wrote Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families in plain English — my English. I share stories and observations from my 30+ years of working with clients to help you discern which remedy best meets your needs.


P.P.S. I discovered this topic in a thread in my Facebook students group. These days, however, I’m spending less time on Facebook. Instead, I am turning my attention to our private Students of Joette group in our Social Center. This new discussion group is hosted on our own servers, providing true privacy to discuss your issues away from the prying eyes of Facebook.

Granted, because the group is brand new, there is not much activity yet. But that’s where you come in! Look at this as your opportunity to help form this community. Be a pioneer! I know that you can make the Students of Joette group just as robust as you did our Facebook group.

Going forward, I plan to be more attentive to the items you post in our Social Center rather than on Facebook. So, you never know when I might stop by to comment on your questions or experiences. So, come and learn in this new private environment. I’ll be looking for you!




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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12 thoughts on “When Is a Cell Salt Not a Cell Salt? (Spoiler Alert: Never.)”

  1. Jillian says:

    I have had so many questions about this and never could get a straight answer. Thank you so much for writing this! Makes so much sense now!

  2. Dolly says:

    Wonderful! Our little homeopathy group had this discussion just a few months ago. Happy to see we came to the correct conclusion! We are currently working through studying each cell salt. This month is Mag phos. Thanks Joette!

  3. Maggie says:

    Isn’t Calc Carb one of the additional cell salts, not commonly used in the United States? I believe there are 33 in total? I’d love to learn more about those! Thanks for the info!

  4. Lori Sietsema says:

    A contest would be fun.

  5. Chrissie Wallingford says:

    My friend and I just purchased Gateway I&II and
    materia medica. We are looking forward to joining in the Social Center and helping to grow it! 🙂

  6. NG says:

    Great! I had wondered about some of this. I read a book on cell salts a while ago and seemed well-matched for MagPhos. Took it in “cell salt potency,” 6x three times a day and didn’t notice much, gave up and later came to MagPhos 30c once daily with great results. Appreciate your teachings 🙂

  7. Cathi Diaz says:

    Thank you for this clarification on the Cell Salts Joette! “Your Cell Salts: The Easy Homeopathy” was the very first course that I took from you. Afterward, I bought a Cell Salt Kit for each of my adult daughters and was very pleased at how quickly their families began to use them for first aid and common illnesses. Even my sons-in-law learned quickly how to use them. This will be a great article to share with friends and family! Yes, please! I for one would love to be apart of your fun contests! Count me in!

  8. Sandy Miller says:

    I’d like to know more about this weekly and monthly contest. What kind of comments are you looking for?

  9. Michael Jones says:

    If I am wrong, please feel free to correct me. I believe that the link for Calc fluor at the end of this (8 Aug 2021) blog post is incorrect. When I click on it, I go to Podcast 40 which does not contain any reference to Calc fluor. I believe it should have gone to “Cell Salt Series: Calc fluor, The Elasticity Cell Salt” – link: https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/cell-salt-series-calc-fluor-the-elasticity-cell-salt/

    Despite this small issue, I am enjoying the blogs and podcasts. I just have to figure out what my next course should be…. tough choices to choose between.

    Thanks y’all. ~ Michael Jones

  10. Anita Vaughn says:

    Oh Joette, thanks so much for this clarification! While I’ve seen homeopaths for many years, I’ve only been learning how to use it myself for my family and pets for a couple of years and I was wondering this exact thing about the cell salts. It made sense in my mind that they were always cell salts no matter what but had never heard or read it. So thank you for clearing this up.

    My husband and I are a couple of your Mighties. Yay
    Maybe you remember him (Delbert) singing in the GW class, “come on Joette light my fire”. LOL

    I’d love to see contests and giveaways in the group in the Social Center. Especially look forward to your comments and replies.

    Thank you for all you do!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I remember!
      Thanks for all of your encouragement. We need to stick together.

  11. Abby says:

    Is there ever a reason to take bioplasma, the combination of all 12 cell salts, from Hylands?

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