The mother tincture of a herbal remedy, ie Chamomile is the starting point. We take 1 drop of the mother tincture and dilute it with 99 drops of water/alcohol mixture. This is then succussed = the vial is banged/bashed onto a semi-elastic object for a number of times - It was believed Hahnemann used a leatherbound bible. We have now got the first Potency or Chamomilla 1C.
From Chamomilla 1C we take 1 drop and add it to a fresh 99 drop water/alcohol mixture and succuss it for a number of times. Now we have Chamomilla 2C.
To produce Chamomilla 3C we take 1 drop of the Chamomilla 2C Potency and add it to a fresh 99 drop water/alcohol mixture and succuss it for a number of times. And so on... (Insoluble substances are first subjected to a series of Trituration - grinding down the substance with lactose powder.)
Taking Homeopathic Remedies
When taking Homeopathic Remedies it is important to observe 2 simple points:
Do not handle the remedies. Tip 1 tablet into the lid of the remedy bottle and then tip this into the mouth. Hard tablets can be crushed between two spoons and given into small childrens' mouths.
- Do not eat or drink 15-30 minutes before and after taking the remedy. Remedies are absorbed in the mouth and other tastes may interfere with the action of the Homeopathic remedy. However, this point can safely be disregarded in an emergency when every second counts. (I have in the past cleaned out the full mouth of a toddler who has just banged his head and immediately put Arnica in his mouth.)