Sugar pills? Drops that taste just like water? That’s what comes to mind for most when they think of homeopathic remedies. The fact that homeopathy does so much with so little has always been a hallmark of treatment by it.
But did you know that remedies don’t have to be taken by mouth – they can also be taken through the nose by a quick sniff? It’s true, and it’s called olfaction dosing.
Olfaction dosing, in which the energy of remedy is taken inward with a quick breath, has been used since the early days of homeopathy. It’s a simple way to give a remedy when, for whatever reason, it can’t be taken by mouth.
The gentleness of olfaction dosing is ideally suited sensitive people who overreact to oral doses and it’s a terrific way to give a remedy to a sick but sleeping child or to someone who is unconscious.
How to Give an Olfaction Dose
Olfaction doses can be given by placing one or two pills of the remedy in a container such as a vial or small bottle. Hold this container close to the person’s nose as they take an inward breath. The same approach can be used for remedies in liquid form – just hold the open bottle under the person’s nose for one inward breath.
For those who are highly sensitive, the dose can be reduced further by diluting the remedy or by taking a lighter sniff through just one nostril (use your finger to block the other nostril off). If sensitivity is not a problem, then a good breath inwards through both nostrils gives a stronger dose. Should the person’s nose be fully blocked through injury or a head cold, inhalation by mouth works just as well.
The interesting thing about olfaction dosing is that while it is a gentle way of giving a remedy for those who are sensitive, a single sniff works just as deeply and for just as long as an oral drop dose or pill will.
How does the olfaction method work?
Homeopathy depends on the transfer of energetic information into the body to trigger a healing response – it doesn’t use the chemicals of conventional medicine. While the pills and liquids used in the preparation of a remedy act as carriers for this information, the inhalation of their vapours produces equally good effects.
How this happens is not yet fully understood but recent research is providing clues. For example, we now know that the human nose identifies odours as vibrational patterns and not by odour molecules binding to receptors as was previously thought. With this knowledge, it is easier to understand how olfaction doses produce the results they do – its all about exposing the body to vibrational patterns encoded within the remedy.
For the millions worldwide who use homeopathy though, how it works is far less important than the fact that it does. So next time you need a remedy, why not try a dose by olfaction… you too can then say, “I sniff at homeopathy.”
The Organon, Aphorism 288 (5th Ed.), Aphorisms 284 (6th Ed.)
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