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Podcast 103 – Moms with Moxie: Homeopathy on the Farm.

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

August 13th, 2020  |  10 Comments

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Joette Calabrese




05:45    Homeopathy Journey                                                                 

08:55    Children Using Homeopathy

23:30    Methods Used in Giving Homeopathic Medicines to Animals

29:49   Keys to Success with Homeopathy



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Kate:  This is the Practical Homeopathy® Podcast Episode Number 103.

Joette:  Joette Calabrese here, folks. I’m happy that you’ve joined me for my podcast today. You’re in for a treat. From my virtual classroom, I’m privileged to see how homeopathy is transforming lives all over the globe. Their successes inspire me. They’re glorious and powerful, and I can’t keep their triumphs a secret. I want you to hear the excitement my students experience, too. So, you can be inspired by their unique stories.

With the help from Kate, my reporter, I bring you a podcast series I call, “Moms with Moxie.” Sometimes we even interview “Dads with Audacity” or “Teens with Tenacity.” See how regular mothers and others — average folks who love healing those around them — have gone from freaking to fabulous by simply applying what they’ve learned using what I call Practical Homeopathy®.


Kate:  Hi, this is Kate. I want to welcome you back to the Practical Homeopathy® podcast.

Today, I have a Mom with Moxie with me, and her name is Lyda. She's going to share with us a lot of information. But something I wanted you to know up front — so you're ready to take notes — is that she's going to talk about animals today because she's very educated and has a lot of experience on using homeopathic medicines with the animals on her farm. So, for those of you who have a farm or just animals, be ready to take some notes.

All right. Lyda, welcome to the podcast.

Lyda:  Thank you. I really appreciate you having me on, and it's quite an honor.


Kate:  We're so glad to have you. I'm excited for you to share with the listeners of this podcast because you have some pretty amazing stories — and one in particular I'm thinking of, but we'll get to that in a little bit.

First, I want you to tell us about yourself.

Lyda:  We live in Western Colorado just outside of Grand Junction. My husband and I have been married 27 years. We have five kids: four boys and a girl, ranging in age from 11 to 25.

My husband has been in the printing business for 30 years, but he's just this next week transitioning into a real estate job, so that's exciting. He's very supportive of me and everything I take on, especially homeopathy. He's been very helpful in that.

We have the farm where we raise Herefords, chickens, Jersey cows, sheep, turkeys, hens, and a really big garden, and we also raise Australian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees puppies. So, we're very busy.


Kate:  Oh, my gosh, I don't know how you do it all. I love those Pyrenees. We talked about this earlier, but we had a Great Pyrenees, and they're amazing dogs.

Lyda:  They are. They're very different than any other dog I've ever been around.


Kate:  You use them as protection for your other animals, right?

Lyda:  Yes, I do.


Kate:  Yeah, yeah, they're amazing. It sounds like you have a very busy life. I'd love to hear about your day. What does your day look like?

Lyda:  Oh, goodness! I start the day out milking as soon as I can — before it gets hot right now, because it is so hot.

We grass feed all of our animals. So, it's a lot of moving animals around to new pastures. We raise the meat chickens that have to be moved (which my son does that). We put all our cows on new pasture every day; put our sheep on pasture. So, it’s just a lot of taking care of animals.

I raise pullets to sell to people — that are young laying hens — and so I take care of those. I stop somewhere in there for a meal. I spend as much time in the afternoon in the garden getting that taken care of, and then it's pretty much supper time, and we go to bed.


Kate:  Exhausted, right?

Lyda:  Exhausted, yeah.


Kate:  Now, when you move the animals around — the Herefords — do you use horses or four-wheelers or just walking? How do you guys do that? I'm just trying to picture it.

Lyda:  Yes, just walking. I mean, we have horses. My daughter, shows horses, but we don't use them. We only have 10 acres. But my oldest son lives right next door to us, so we use his 10 acres. The cows know that in the morning they get to go to a new pasture. They pretty much move themselves. You just open gates and close gates and away they go.


Kate:  Do you try to make most of your own food from scratch like from your garden and do you do a lot of canning?

Lyda:  I do. I don't do as much canning as I would like just because of time. But yeah, we have, of course, all of our own different kinds of meats. We have our own milk and eggs. We do freeze and can as much as possible. I like to make sourdough bread and just try to be as self-sustaining as we can.


Kate:  What is the weather like for you in the area of Colorado that you're in?

Lyda:  Well, we have pretty hot summers — dry. It's very dry here. That's the other thing I do during the day is a lot of watering. I'm watering something all day, every day.

The wintertime is pretty cold, usually in the teens and 20s during the day. That’s a four- or five-month winter. We don't get a lot of snow, and we don't get a lot of rain, but we do have the cold and hot.


Kate:  It's better than Wisconsin, let me tell you.

Lyda:  Yes, we don't have humidity, and I'm very thankful for that.


Kate:  I was thinking of the cold when it gets below zero. I think one year we had three months that it never got above zero, which was crazy.

Lyda:  Oh, my goodness! Oooh, yeah, that would be very hard.


Homeopathy Journey


Kate:  Let's talk about your homeopathy journey, how you learned about homeopathy or started to use it and found Joette. Tell us a little bit about that.

Lyda:  Okay. My older sister knew more about homeopathy than I did when I got married. She suggested that I buy a Hyland’s kit, which I did. I didn't really use very much of it, mostly Arnica and Chamomile are the two that I used the most with my kids. I didn't really know that much about it, or what I was doing.

I did take my oldest to a homeopath when he was about a year old because he didn't sleep. He hated to nap. He wouldn't sleep unless he was in my arms pretty much. So, we took him in. He gave him Calcarea — and I don't remember now if it was Calc phos or Calc fluor or which “Calc” it was. It was just a “Calc,” but it helped him. He started sleeping better, and that was a real blessing.

So, that kind of sold me on more homeopathy. But I still didn't really learn too much about it until about four years ago when my whole family came down with the flu. I was Googling stuff trying to figure out what would be the best way to treat us. We hadn't gotten flu that often in our lives, and so I just was trying to find some things to help relieve everyone, and I came across Joette’s website. I put in the search bar “flu” (like she always says to do).

I learned quite a few different things to try, which I did. And it ended up being the best flu we've ever had. It was very easy. We just watched movies and just kind of sat around and got better.

From then on, I just started reading her blogs and listening to her podcasts as much as possible.

Then I decided to do a Gateway I with my family: my mom, my sisters, and two of my kids. We all did it together, which we really enjoyed. But I wanted to go further so I did the Gateway II class with you and really enjoyed that.

Then I started purchasing the classes or the courses. I got the Survivalist course and The Antibiotic Alternative course, and then I did the live Pain course with Joette this winter.

I've been able to learn a lot in the last two or three years, which has been a huge blessing.


Kate:  I love that you did the Gateway I with your mom and your sisters and your family. What a great way to do that.

Lyda:  Yes, it was fun. It was nice to learn together.


Kate:  So, are they all using homeopathy as well or did it kind of stop there? How did that go?

Lyda:  No, they all use it. It's mostly just the easy things like Arnica and different things. My folks are older and having more health issues, and so, I'm trying to help them as much as I can. It’s mostly structural things that they're dealing with: pain from arthritis, carpal tunnel, hip problems, and things like that. They're very open to using homeopathy for whatever I can help them with. And again, my older sister, she uses it quite a bit for her family as well.


Kate:  Your husband, is he supportive of you using homeopathy?

Lyda:  Yes, yes, very. He wanted me to use it on the kids. He was totally fine with that, but he didn't think it would work for him for a long time. But we finally had a few successes, and he's more sold on it working for him now.


Children Using Homeopathy


Kate:  You have some older children, and I know you've talked about your sons using homeopathy. I think it's really interesting to hear about that. Tell us about your sons, and what they consider to be their medicine?

Lyda:  My oldest son, he's very open to it because he's had some good successes with it. He got rid of a bunch of warts with Thuja. He gets really bad ingrown toenails. They grow into the side of his toe. He has to have a little surgery done on them to cut them back, and they just keep growing. We’re trying homeopathically to fix the problem. But until then, the last time he had surgery, he used Arnica before the surgery, and he didn't even hardly have any pain afterwards — which was a huge change from the other surgeries he’d had in the past. That really sold him — plus just colds and flus that we've addressed with it.

My second son, he is a total over-doer.  He overdoes everything in his life, and he has found that Nux vomica works very well for him. He doesn't really sleep very often. He'll go a day or two without sleeping. He uses Nux vomica when he has situations like that, and it really helps keep him going.

Third son is the most hesitant to use it, but he had … I'm not sure if it was a strep throat or just an infection in his throat. It just started out with being painful and having white pustules in it. He had that one evening, and I gave him Hepar sulph. The next morning, the pain was gone. By the next afternoon, the white pustule was gone. That really helped him to kind of see that it actually works.

My little guy (my 11-year old, I guess he is), he gets real bad headaches. We've done the Belladonna/Picric with those and sometimes just Belladonna, sometimes Chamomilla — just depends on his headache. But we've been able to address his headaches really well with homeopathy.


Kate:  When you mention the Belladonna and Picric, that's actually Belladonna and Picric acid, and it's a combination remedy, a Banerji protocol.

I know Joette talks about that on a blog. I just looked it up here, and it's called Sepia for Mother's Day! This Time for Headaches. If you're prone to headaches, look up that blog because it has a lot of information about headaches. And not just hormonal headaches! There's that Banerji protocol in there for general headaches.

I know headaches can be a bit tricky. I mean, if you're new to homeopathy, it might not be the first thing to try to tackle. But that's a great protocol. So, look up that blog.

Lyda:  Also, two of my boys went to the March for Life in January in Washington, DC. They were around just thousands and thousands of people plus being on six different airplanes, I think. They came back, and the day after they got home, were both sick.

And that was when coronavirus was first being talked about. I have no idea if that's what they had or not. It was just kind of a flu-type illness, but both of them came to me as soon as they started feeling symptoms, and we got right on it.

The younger one, he was in bed for a day. The other one, my older one, he was in bed for a couple days. But they got better very quickly and with not a lot of residual problems after that.


Kate:  Didn't you say that your boys consider homeopathy to be their medicine?

Lyda:  Yes, they do. We've always raised our kids to try to heal themselves. Since I've gotten into homeopathy so much, it's been pretty inspiring, I think, to them to do the same. Because the doctor around here is the last resort! Whatever we can do to avoid going to the doctor, we do — and they're all in on that. They really enjoy being able to use homeopathy.


Kate:  I love that your family uses homeopathy. Because I'm sure you probably feel like I do — and Joette says all the time — that homeopathy keeps us relevant in our kids’ lives especially those who have grown up and moved out of the house. It's another way for us to share something in common and stay connected. Isn't that great?

Lyda:  Yes, I agree totally.


Kate:  So, let's switch gears, Lyda, and talk about animals because you have a lot to share regarding using homeopathy and all the different animals on your farm. Let's dive into that. Tell us some ways that you've used homeopathy with your plethora of farm animals.

Lyda:  Okay. Well, one of my best successes was with one of my milk cows. We had bought her from a dairy, so she was a very heavy producer. She started kicking when I milked not very long after I got her — just mainly when I touched one teat.

I struggled with that for quite a few months, and she finally quit. The next time she calved, she started doing it again. It was rather dangerous because she would try to kick me off the stool. She absolutely hated for me to touch that teat. It wasn't like it was the pain. It was like — it was a tickle, a very annoying tickle.

The reason that it was such a success to me is a vet never would have addressed that. They would have just said, “Well, you're just going to have to deal with it.”

So, I went and repertorized her symptoms — and mainly the skin being sensitive to touch, I think, is the one that I started with — and ended up corresponding that with loss of bodily fluids. I tried China on her.

Within two doses, she had totally stopped kicking, totally stopped twitching every time I touched it. That was the end of it. I've never had that problem since. That was just so amazing to me because I couldn't have ever fixed that any other way.


Kate:  Isn't that a great feeling?

It was something that you figured out. “Okay, what are the symptoms?” You went to a repertory. You looked up those symptoms. What medicines match that symptom and then looked up those medicines and matched that to what best fit your situation. What a great success! You're right. Good job!

Lyda:  Then, like I said, we raise Great Pyrenees, and we have an older Pyrenees female. Well, just so anybody knows (because I didn't know this) that dogs do not go through menopause. They just keep getting pregnant no matter how old they are.

I had thought that she was too old to get pregnant. She's 11 years old, and that's really old for a Great Pyrenees. But she got pregnant, and we didn't know about it until she went into labor.

She ended up having two puppies, but she had an extremely hard labor because she is so old and arthritic and lots of different things that would make labor hard.

The first puppy came out just fine. The second puppy was blue and not breathing. So, I ran and got some Carbo vegetabilis and gave a couple doses of that to him and kind of did CPR with my thumb on his heart. He started turning pink and got completely breathing and was in great shape.

And we still have him now. He's a big old pup now that is just as healthy as can be!

But that night after she'd had the puppies, she started going downhill very quickly. She got to where she wouldn't get up unless we made her get up. She would not eat anything, which is very unusual for a mama dog right after they’ve had puppies. She wouldn't drink. Whenever I'd make her go outside, she would go and strain and try and get up and go again and go again and go again and wasn't ever going, just constantly straining.

I came in and got my books out again and started trying to figure out what could be wrong with her. So, I started with the urinating and the straining was the main symptom that I can see. I gave her Cantharis 30, and I gave her some Arnica just for the trauma of the birth.

Within 30 minutes — and I am not kidding — within 30 minutes, she was up walking around, eating ravenously, drinking, went out, went to the bathroom, everything and was totally fine after that.

I was just shocked because I really didn't have any hope for her. I thought she was going to die before the night was out. It was just amazing how quickly she came back and had absolutely no more trouble after that.


Kate:  Wow! You saved two dogs within probably 24 hours!

I can't get over how amazing homeopathy is,. How it can literally save whether it's human lives or animal lives. It's incredible! I have new people that I talk to, and they ask me, “Can this medicine help this? Can it help that?” And I kind of chuckle to myself because when people are new, they don't have the confidence yet. They haven't seen what you've seen, Lyda, that homeopathy can literally save lives — like someone that had an anaphylactic reaction to something, and we are far away from a hospital.

Lyda:  I have to with all of our animals. I haven't had the opportunity to use it in a life-threatening condition with a human at this point, but I have with the animals, and it has definitely been a blessing.


Kate:  Yes. Tell us the story about your Hereford cow that was pregnant and what happened.

Lyda:  We had a Hereford cow that was about six months pregnant with her second calf. She had a vaginal prolapse which is extremely unusual during pregnancy. That's not supposed to happen obviously. It just looked like a very large cantaloupe hanging outside of her.

So, I pushed it back in hoping that it would stay — I had talked to the vet — but it didn't. It came back out again even larger. And so, he had to come out, and he pushed it back in. He said that because she hadn't had her calf yet … normally, they would sew up the vulva area so that it wouldn't come back out. But because she hadn't had her calf yet, they couldn't do that.  Otherwise, if they go into labor when they have that sewn up, it can tear them apart literally. He didn't want to do that.

Instead, they placed a pin that looks like a spool that thread comes on, only it's really long and really, really narrow. They go inside, and the pin has kind of a nail-like head on it. He puts that inside, goes up through the hip, out the other side on the outside of the hip and puts a cap on it. It's like this spool that goes all the way through her flesh and holds it in so that it doesn't have that problem anymore.

Well, he couldn't get it in exactly where he wanted it so he put it a little further than he should have, I guess. It affected her hip terribly, and she couldn't walk. She went for two or three days, and she didn't move — maybe 10 feet during that time. Completely stopped eating. She was absolutely miserable.

So, he came back out, took the pin out. Now she has this gaping hole in her side, and he said, “You’ll just have to watch her very closely and make sure that if she goes into labor, take that stitch out.”

Well, that was kind of overwhelming. I wasn’t really thrilled about that, plus she was in so much pain already. It was awful. She was absolutely miserable, couldn't move, and totally stopped eating after that even.

During those two procedures, he gave her penicillin twice I believe, and then gave me sulfa powder to give to her for vaginal infection, for possible bladder infection, for infection of the wound. She just had so many possibilities of really being sick.

So, I gave her I think one more dose of penicillin. I gave her two or three doses of the sulfa, and she just got sicker and sicker. I mean, she got really sick. I believe she had a fever. She looked like she felt bad all the time. She got a very snotty nose. All the skin came off her nose. She was just in awful shape. She couldn't move. She wasn't eating. She wasn't doing anything except just laying there being sick. I could get her to drink a little bit of water.

So, I said, “She's going to die. Why not just experiment a little bit?”

I took her off all the drugs.

I started her on Pyrogenium and Hyper/Ars combination — the Banerji protocol for infection — as well. I was alternating those every two or three hours for the first two or three days probably.

By the fourth day, she started eating, which I was absolutely shocked. But she licked up some grain that had molasses on it. That's the only thing I could get her to eat. Then gradually she came back. She started eating hay. She started drinking lots of water. She started “going,” which she hadn't really done much of that, and just feeling better. Her nose cleared up and all the skin came off, and then she got new skin on her nose. She was able to start getting around a little bit.

I did that for probably two or three weeks spacing it out like Joette says to do. As she got better, I spaced it out to where I was just giving it to her a couple of times a day.

She had a really bad vaginal discharge, of course, too, which was what I was most concerned about. That all cleared up. I packed the hole in her side with cayenne pepper — which is not homeopathic, but it's a really good thing to know, because it was getting maggots in it. I packed that in there twice and killed all the maggots. And it stimulated that hole to heal so she didn't get other infection from that as well.

She got better, and I was just amazed because the drugs were bringing her down, and the homeopathy brought her out of it.

Then after we finally got the infection conquered, I started her on Hypericum and Arnica, both 200, alternating those. That all happened in April. And today you could look at her — she hasn't gained back all of her weight — but she looks pretty much normal. She doesn't even hardly limp. It's just been an amazing story!

She never lost the calf that we are beginning to think now that it's mummified in her because she never had the calf. She probably should have had it by now. That's our next thing to conquer is to try to get that figured out what's going on there. But just the fact that she lived through that was, to me, the best testament to homeopathy that I have ever seen. I could not believe that we conquered that horrible infection and illness that she had.


Kate:  Yeah, that's an amazing story!

Lyda:  It was!

Methods Used in Giving Homeopathic Medicines to Animals


Kate:  Those who are listening can visualize this. How are you giving these sick cows the remedies? What method do you use?

Lyda:  I buy little brown glass spray bottles. I get them on Amazon. You can get a whole package of them, so that I can do lots of different remedies for different ailments that we have. I fill it about a third full of vodka. Then I put three or four pellets of whatever remedy that I'm wanting to use. I shake that up and let it dissolve. Then I add water to that, to the top. And then every time I use it, I succuss it about 10 times.

Then for our cows, I can either spray it on their nose — which they hate, so it's hard to do that — or their vulva. You just open up their vulva, and you spray it in there. That's what I did with her the entire time. Thankfully, she was crippled enough that she couldn't get away from me. So, I was able to treat her very easily.

But that's how we do it on the cows.

Or if it's something that I'm wanting to treat the whole herd — like I give them a pinkeye nosode because Herefords get pinkeye really bad — I can just put a capful of a liquid remedy into their trough, which I do get some liquid remedies from a company in New Zealand. It's called Natural Pet.

They have remedies for cows and chickens and dogs and cats and horses and the whole gamut. And they come in liquids so they're very easy to administer whether you have to spray it or pour it into their water or whatever.

We find that's the best way to administer to animals.


Kate:  Now, when you were talking about succussing earlier, you basically just take the bottle of your remedy, and you hit it on your hand a few times. Is that what you do?

Lyda:  Yes. I've read this. Succussing a liquid remedy is a good thing to do every time you administer it.


Kate:  I just actually administered a homeopathic medicine to our cat the other day. And what I did — as you can imagine, giving a remedy to a cat is not easy unless you can get them to drink, but she was throwing up and throwing up a lot, and she just didn't want to drink anything.

So, I put a few pellets into a little paper cup and put water in there and let those dissolve. Then I just dipped my finger in the water and then kind of stuck my finger in her mouth a little bit on her gums. Of course, she didn't like it, but I could do that for two seconds and get away with it.

She was better after that. She didn't throw up anymore, and she felt fine. It must have worked. I didn't have a spray bottle, so I had to come up with something else.

Lyda:  They don't like the spray bottle. I try to give it to the dogs, and they don't care for it too much.


Kate:  Our dogs actually love homeopathy! They'll come when I call them, and they sit there. I just open their mouth, dump the pellets in their mouth, and I put my hand under their chin gently a little bit — so they don't tip their head down, and then it just falls right out. But they love the homeopathy.

Lyda:  That's great!


Kate:  Yes. They think it's a treat.

For your chickens, you said you just put the homeopathy in the water.

Lyda:  Yes.


Kate:  Speaking of chickens, you have a great homeopathy story with your pullets. Tell us about that.

Lyda:  Yes. I get pullets about 100 at a time, which shipping that many little tiny chickies is kind of stressful for them. They put them in one big box, but they divide them into four sections. So, they're not all in there together, but it's pretty stressful. We get our chickies from Ohio. So, they come a long way, but usually they're here within 24 to 36 hours.

I take them out. I give each one of them a drink which I have Aconite in for the shock and stress that they go through from shipping.

I have always had a problem with them getting a lovely little ailment called pasty butt.  They get manure all over their rear end. It's like they don't eliminate completely, and so it sticks to their rear end. Then the next time they go, it just keeps building up and building up, and they'll get a big ball of it on their rear end. And it can clog them up so bad that it kills them.

So, I have been trying to figure out what to do about that. One day for some reason, I just thought well maybe Nux vomica would help because maybe it's “too much.” They're getting too much stress, too much shipping, too much of everything. And being a digestive issue, I thought that would be the one to try. So, I tried it.

Before, I had been having at least half of them get it. And, you know, cleaning off 50 little baby chick bottoms is not a fun thing. So, I was really thrilled with that. I had maybe five or ten that got it. I cleaned them off once, and then that was it. They didn't have it anymore. That was a really good find because it saved me a lot of time, hassle, and not having to do a stinky job.


Kate:  Wow, yeah! Because I would imagine you don't want to spend your day cleaning up chicken bottoms.

Lyda:  No.


Kate:  You'd rather be out in the garden.

Lyda:  Exactly.


Kate:  Let's do one more story about your Great Pyrenees, and then we'll wrap up the podcast with some great advice that you have for everyone.

Lyda:  Okay, our male Great Pyrenees started walking around one day with his head hanging low and just acting like he didn't feel good at all. I couldn't figure out what was the matter with him. He went two or three days that way.

We had our large animal vet out for one of the cows. (This was two or three years ago.) He looked at him, and he didn't know what was the matter with him. So, we decided, “Well, we're going to have to figure this out for ourselves.”

We started Googling his symptoms and finally determined that he probably had a sinus infection. So, I started giving him Hepar sulph. Within 24 hours, he had definitely made improvements, and within a couple days, it was completely gone.


Kate:  That's funny. So, the vet didn't know what was wrong, and you Googled, figured out the correct homeopathic medicines, and he was fine!

Lyda:  Yes.


Kate:  Way to go!! Yes, that's exciting! Awesome.

Thank you so much for sharing all your animal stories with us. I know I've gotten some great tips. So, I want to wrap up the podcast by you sharing with us what you called “Keys to Success” with homeopathy. Share that with us, Lyda.

Keys to Success with Homeopathy


Lyda:  One thing is definitely to catch things early before they get a real stronghold on an animal or person or whatever. It's so much easier to treat it if they're not deep into the problem already.

The best way to do that is just constant observation — which being on a farm and being around the animals all the time, I'm with them every day. I see them through the window. I'm with them, whatever. I'm watching the animals pretty much all day. So, when they do something different, I know immediately that something's not right and can get right on it.

I have definitely found that that is the easiest and the best way to treat it is to just as soon as you see that something isn't right, figure it out and get on it, and it's helped me many times.


Kate:  Your first key was catch it at the beginning.

The second key, which kind of goes along with that, is observation.

We talked about that a lot in the Gateway to Homeopathy study groups. Really watching and seeing what's going on, like you just said, is so important. Those are two keys.

What would be your third key to success?

Lyda:  Joette!

I could not have done it without Joette because she has taught me so much beyond protocols. The protocols are great. I love having those to quick reference and go-to. But she has taught me so much about just handling things — how not to panic when I see something wrong.

I used to get sick to my stomach every time one of my kids would come up and say, “I don't feel good” or “I have a sore throat,” or I just noticed that they didn't look like they felt good. I would just go into a panic that, “Oh, they're going to be sick. Now the whole family is going to be sick. I'm going to be sick.”

With a farm like this, it's hard to be sick. You can't just lie around and get well. You still have to work. When somebody got sick, it was always a very scary thing for me.

Then Joette has also taught me that I can do this! I can heal my family. I can heal our animals. I just have to figure it out. I have to study. So, she's given me the belief in my ability to heal.

She's just taught me to handle life better than I've ever been able to do that before. I'm just so thankful to have her there. I listen to her all the time. I listen to her when I'm in the garden. I listen to her when I’m milking. I listen to her when I’m doing laundry because I don't have the greatest memory. I don't pick things up by reading very well. I pick things up by listening.

There's so many times that I have just … something has just popped out of my head, “Oh, well, yes, I know exactly what to do for that” because I have listened to her, and I have instant recall in a lot of things.

That would be my biggest thing to recommend to people is just immerse yourself in it so that it just comes back to you whenever you need it. It's been such a blessing, and I just really am so grateful for Joette.

I'm so grateful for Perry! He never gets mentioned very much. But I'm so grateful for both of them — for what they do — because I know that she couldn't do it without him. It's just been a huge blessing for me and my family — life changing.


Kate:  Lyda, it's been such a pleasure having you on the podcast. I've loved listening to your stories and hearing about your bravery, and how it's really changed your life. Amazing. Thank you so much for the time that you took to share with us today.

Lyda:  Well, thank you, Kate. I appreciate that, and I really appreciate you letting me share all this.


Joette:  As I hope you know by now, on my blog, podcasts and Facebook Live, I offer as many protocols for simple conditions as I can — for free, without affiliates or advertising.

But let me be clear. When it comes to more complex conditions, it’s key that you learn how to use these medicines properly. I want you to be well-trained. So, I save discussions of the more involved methods for my courses in which I walk students through each method with step-by-step training.

In these podcasts, I focus on those students of mine who have already tunneled in and learned how to take care of themselves, family, friends, and pets, and even livestock using homeopathic medicine. Many of these students began their education by participating in one of my Gateway to Homeopathy study groups. And now, after taking one or more of my courses, they’re well-trained to use my specific brand of homeopathy.

I hope listening to this podcast has inspired you to follow in their footsteps. With the proper training, you, too, can nurture and protect the health of your family and loved ones with Practical Homeopathy®.



Kate:  You just listened to a podcast from PracticalHomeopathy.com where nationally certified homeopath, public speaker, and author, Joette Calabrese shares her passion for helping families stay strong through homeopathy. Joette’s podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Play, Blueberry, Pandora, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.


Thank you for listening to this podcast with Joette Calabrese. To learn more and find out if homeopathy is a good fit for your health strategy, visit PracticalHomeopathy.com.


These Moms with Moxie podcasts are designed to be inspirational, not specifically educational. No Remedy Card is provided.





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.

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10 thoughts on “Podcast 103 – Moms with Moxie: Homeopathy on the Farm.”

  1. jennifer says:

    Hi Joette,
    Do you have anything for my insomnia and
    the other is a very bad breath, chronic
    halitosis. My husband said that it runs
    in my family. I floss and take good care
    of my teeth. It is embarrassing sometimes
    because people can be really rude and mean
    sometimes, instead of telling you in a kind
    way, some people at work have told me in a nice way, but others don’t care how they hurt you and say, ooh smelly smelly.Can you believe that, some of these young people were not brought up right.
    thank you for your response, Jennifer

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

      Wow. SUrgery for halitosis. Thank God you don’t have axilla body odor!
      I urge you to dig around the internet using the words Homeopathy for halitosis. If its caused by tonsil stones or infections, its not that difficult to find a solution.

  2. jennifer says:

    Hi Joette,
    Do you have anything for my insomnia and
    the other is a very bad breath, chronic
    halitosis. My husband said that it runs
    in my family. I floss and take good care
    of my teeth. It is embarrassing sometimes.
    thank you for your response.

  3. Kathy says:

    Is it ok if you give the pellets directly into the animal’s mouth and they swallow them? I’ve been giving our kitty 2 pellets in her mouth, but she swallows them. Should I switch to dissolving them in water?
    She is getting a bit better, but not much. FCV. I’ve tried Allium, then Hepar, now Aconite.
    Thank you Joette.

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

      It’s worth trying in water and observing the difference.

      1. Kathy says:

        Thank you Joette. I will try it in water.
        Love all your articles here.

  4. Jan says:

    I generally give remedies to my cats by putting a pellet in a 3ml oral syringe, the way my homeopathic vet did it. He always used 3 pellets dissolved in 1ml of good water, no matter the potency – and it worked. I’ve since been using only 1 pellet, occasionally 2 if it feels right (it still works, and I don’t use them up so fast.) And the oral syringes need to come with tip caps.
    I recently found some on Amazon for just under $15 for 100. Just used one for the first time tonight – they’re not really 5 star quality (not like the name brand ones I used to get from Allegromedical) but they work – AND they were in stock! (Bonus!?)
    To use: first, have your water ready (don’t need much). I always use a Valentine cup that says “I LOVE YOU” or anything with “LOVE” on it (because it’s been shown that water will take on the energy of words applied to the container it is in).
    Then, pour out your remedy into its cap. Leaving syringe tip cap on, pull plunger all the way out (and hold it carefully or set on clean surface); drop pellet into syringe from its cap; put rubber end of plunger carefully back in the end of syringe and push in a little to seat it; remove tip cap and set it somewhere safe and clean; push plunger all the way in; withdraw 1ml to 3ml of water into syringe (Sometimes I make up to 3 doses in a syringe so it’s ready to go next time – with 1ml = 1 dose, Tho sometimes I put more than 1ml of water in for 1 dose – just in case my first attempt fails and I need a second attempt to get the remedy in, I won’t have lost it all).
    After I draw up the water, I push out any air, then replace the tip cap on syringe and set aside on clean surface for pellet to dissolve.
    When it’s ready, I squirt into the side of kitty’s mouth after lifting the upper lip slightly. If you get any of it anywhere on the lips or mucus membranes it’s a success!
    If I’m giving more than 1 dose of the same remedy, I succuss the syringe before giving each dose by tapping it carefully against the edge of kitchen counter, or other suitable surface, a couple of times – adding at least 1 succussion to each following dose.
    If THAT fails, put whole or crushed pellet into some wet food, let it dissolve and mix into food (only do this if they are still eating, and they will eat wet food). I have had demonstrable success doing this even with higher potencies in stinky fish cat food.
    After I’m done, I rinse syringe with good water, shake dry, pull back plunger about 0.5ml, and replace cap. Then I store in snack size zip lock bags with each kitty’s name on it, to be used again until syringe becomes unusable (if you’re dosing more than one animal).

    Also, Aconitum usually works best if given with first sneeze – sounds like you’re past that. Other remedies to consider: Mercurius – usually sol/viv for F, corr for M (tho corr may be tried for either); Ars alb; Nat mur, “for stopping a cold commencing with sneezing”.
    And if anything you’ve already tried seemed to help a little bit without resolution, try it again in a higher potency.
    Good luck!

    1. Kathy says:

      Thank you so much, Jan.
      I will try it in water. She is eating and drinking. She does seem to have a bit more energy, so Aconitum is helping even though it was given late. I will check into the others you mentioned.
      Again, thank you.

  5. Beverly says:

    I would love to connect with Lyda through email to ask about other remedies she’s used for chickens. Is it possible to get her email address, or I give mine to her?

    1. Bev says:

      Hi Lyda, I’m still hoping you’ll see my comment and reach out. 🙂

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