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January 15, 2012

Nature’s tool kit

Naturopathy is not well known though it has been around for a long time. It is a philosophy and holistic healthcare system that recognises the healing power of nature present in all living things. As a healing system it aims to promote and restore health by employing various natural treatment approaches that may include: nutrition, lifestyle advice, detoxification techniques, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, naturopathic psychosocial support and other appropriate techniques.

The quote below, a definition of Naturopathy by Edward Earle Purinton has been described as a ‘beautiful and ‘idealistic’ .

Naturopathy is the perfected Science of Human Wholeness, and it includes all agencies, methods, systems, regimes, pratices and ideals of natural origin whereby human health may be restored.”.

Naturopathic principles

Naturopathy follows certain principles. The first, and one which informs all that Naturopathy is : Only nature heals or the healing power of nature.

Man and nature are amazingly resilient. Naturopaths were not the first to notice that the living organism possesses an inherent tendency to revert to the normal, and to overcome adversity, injury or disease. It is ordered, intelligent and virtually miraculous – provided that it can occur unobstructed. Nature has her own wisdom, and the greater part of naturopathic work consists of removing obstacles to nature’s healing power, the vis medicatrix naturae, thereby allowing her to complete the task unhindered.

The Hot Mustard Foot Bath

This technique helps with detoxification and symptoms of withdrawal such as headaches that can occur when stopping caffeine or other foods. It  is also a pleaseant technique to use if someone has a nasty head cold as it helps with congestion.

The principle is that by having the feet in hot water and a cold compress on the forehead, congestion is drawn down.

Supplies needed:

*    large basin or bowl of hot water big enough for both feet

*    1 teaspoon of dried mustard powder

*     lavender essential oil

*     face flannel

*     bowl of cold water


  1. Dissolve the mustard in hot water in large basin
  2. Add  2 or 3 drops of lavender oil to the cold water immerse flannel, then wring it out
  3. Sit and relax with feet in the hot mustard foot bath and cold flannel on the forehead- when it is no longer cool, wring it out again in the cold water and place on the forehead
  4. Do this as long as desired or until hot water cools
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