I put off writing this post because I was nervous my symptoms would regress. Here’s a little back story. For over a decade I’ve been suffering from sinus problems that don’t seem to be caused by allergies (non-allergic rhinitis). Due to my expat lifestyle, I’ve seen experts all of the world and had MRIs, acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, lymphatic drainage, medications and more. I also could not breathe through my nose for the entire nine months of pregnancy.

At our January, I attended an event at Place360 where part of my wellness program included a consultation with a homeopath, Willow Tipton. She’s lovely, and we had a fantastic conversation. I exited the appointment with my bag of remedies, not expecting them to work.

I took my remedies and then forgot for a few weeks. My symptoms peak when it rains, so bad weather prompted me to take them again. I woke up without the usual post rain sinus headache. A few days later, as I’m prone to doing, I forgot to refill my sinus prescription on time. I took the remedy, sans nasal sprays, and woke up fine. I felt brave and went without medicine for the next few days.

I’m now free of the prescription medication that I’ve been taking for over ten years.

I take 3 of these little pills called Nux Vomica. Willow says it’s good for, “Stress, tension and sinus issues, like rhinitis – with congestion, sometimes headaches or pressure headaches, especially if medications have been used and if the congestion affects sleep. Now, keep in mind homeopathy is very individualized, so the remedy I chose for you is very specific to your total symptom picture.”

You put the little pellets under your tongue and let them dissolve. I never understood why under the tongue, until I asked Willow. She said, “One of the easiest and fastest ways to get the benefits of your homeopathic medicines is to take it sublingually – so that your salivary glands pick it up, much less invasive than injecting it and easier and quicker than going through normal digestion. Which makes the remedies easier and gentler on your stomach, intestines, liver, and kidneys and also much quicker and than waiting for the medicine to make it through all those systems.”

They taste like little mini candies. The bottom line is that they work for me, but you need someone experienced enough to diagnose your symptoms and prescribe the appropriate remedy. If you live in the San Diego area, see Willow at Place360. If not, find a good homeopath near you.

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I will also tell you that my coaching session with Kim served as a reminder to check in with myself. Or at least that’s what I took away from it. If I’m feeling down, I need to think about one thing in my power to improve my mood. Tracy also gave me one of the best massages ever, which reminds me, I need to schedule an appointment with her. Place360 is a wellness center that incorporates Eastern and Western philosophies. The 360 part of their name is relevant because they can help your entire well being from mental to the physical. And really, everyone couldn’t be nicer.

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*It is incredibly important that you have a consultation with a homeopath before purchasing your own remedies. What worked for me may not work for you. 

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. saw you on the news in AZ tonight and wanted to cheer for you! loved it! yay for “mommy” blogs 🙂

    1. Wow, AZ? Thanks for letting me know. I’ll tell the other ladies and I appreciate you stopping by after seeing it. 🙂

    2. Thanks so much for the kind words! There are so many awesome bloggers in San Diego, hope to meet you soon.

  2. I am allergic to everything! I’d love to be free of the meds and squirt bottles, too.

  3. saw you on the news! i am a san diegan and a blogger too and felt so proud to see others. inspiring thank you!

  4. I love this…I am a chronic sinus problem sufferer…and this makes me feel like there is some relief out there.

    I feel like I’ve tried everything, seriously. This gives me hope.
    And I LOVE Place360.

  5. Awesome! So glad that worked for you! I love Place 360 and really need to make an appointment to spend all day there.

  6. I noticed your story in a magazine. How to I order “nux vomica”? I went to the Place360 page but couldn’t find any ordering pages?

    1. Hi! You can buy it at specialty markets like Sprouts or I’m sure online. However, it’s probably best to see a homeopath first so they can figure out what it is about you that is out of balance and prescribe remedies from there. I haven’t seen the article yet but it’s not really a one-size-fits-all solution. Good luck!

  7. I used Nux Vomica for many years, it led to a Strychnine poisoning. Strychnine prevents the proper operation of the chemical that controls nerve signals to the muscles. The chemical controlling nerve signals works like the body’s “off switch” for muscles. When this “off switch” does not work correctly, muscles throughout the body have severe, painful spasms. I couldn’t move my neck for over a year, went through several spinal blocks, and procedures to decrease the spasming in my shoulder blades, for over 8 months. Now I have small fiber neuropathy. It’s extremely painful, and permanent. Nux vomica cured so many things for me over the years, but ultimately, it caused irreversible severe damage to the nerve endings, their faulty signaling, and destruction of the myelin sheaths that covered my nerve endings. It cost thousands of dollars with doctors, until one day I found someone who experienced the same thing. She said, it will take 2 years to leave your system. That, it did. My neck pain is better, but the rest of my body aged 15 years in those 2 years. Please be careful, do not take Nux Vomica for longer than a couple of week, and not everyday, no matter what naturopathic tells you it’s safe, it is not.

  8. And as an adjunct to my comment, I fit the total Nux Vomica symptom profile precisely, as well, that didn’t change the fact that it poisoned my body causing irreparable damage.