By Kristina White; Educator, Certified Classical Homeopath, CCH
Agrohomeopathy for Garden and Agricultural Resources
The American Institute of Homeopathy defines Homeopathy, “as the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness. Homeopathy is natural because its remedies are produced according to the U.S. FDA-recognized Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States from natural sources, whether vegetable, mineral, or animal in nature.” “The word Homeopathy, which comes from the Greek, through Latin into English, literally means “like disease”. This means that the medicine given is like the disease that the person is expressing, in its totality, not like a specific disease category or medical diagnosis.”
Agrohomeopathy is the specialized area of homeopathy used to treat plants and agricultural resources. Agrohomeopathy is an inexpensive, chemical free, non-toxic method of healing and protecting plants and agricultural resources from pests and disease. In nature, it is the weakest of organisms that are attacked and destroyed. Agrohomeopathy strengthens the plant’s basic structure allowing it to reach its optimum health, thus reducing and sometimes eliminating the ailment, or it’s susceptibility to pests and diseases. Agrohomeopathy can also be used to reduce weeds and enrich the soil. With the use of homeopathic remedies, we can reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides by dispensing environmentally friendly solutions to our plants, and other resources including soils and compost material to improve the overall health of the gardens and farms in our communities.
Benefits of Agrohomeopathy
The incorporation of Agrohomeopathy into our homes, yards and farms will bring amazing short- and long-term benefits.
As mentioned, Agrohomeopathy in place of pesticides and herbicides will build up the plant’s resistance to pests and diseases. Currently, in the application of conventional herbicides and pesticides we are typically spraying to kill the plant or pest. In Agrohomeopathy, the goal is to build the plant’s resistance and vitality so that the diseases and pests they are prone to will be deterred if not eliminated.
Homeopathic remedies are applied in very low doses much smaller than conventional and even biodynamic methods. No harmful residual levels are introduced into the environment which allows for our plants, soils and surrounding waters to remain safe for human consumption and safe for our wildlife. As we take a serious look at Agrohomeopathy we can see that its approach allows farmers, and gardeners to plan and prepare for the inevitable threats instead of reacting or eliminating desirable crops due to the propensity for certain diseases and pests in their local areas. As our agricultural resources are increasingly compromised by weather changes, and seasonal spraying of chemicals, Agrohomeopathy offers the potential to offset and mitigate the detrimental effects from excessive rain, droughts, and chemical exposures that our crops are subject to.
In addition, Homeopathy is being used to strengthen livestock against worms, parasites and other health ailments. The reduction of chemicals, antibiotics and de-worming products in livestock will ensure healthier food for human consumption and farm compost and soil, run off, all of which are interconnected.
Treatment of Soil and Weed Control
One of the greatest challenges in farms that follow organic practices, second to pests and disease is the control of weeds. These three challenges are what brought me to investigate Agrohomeopathy.
The original source that began my own research and testing of homeopathic remedies is Vaikunthanath Das Kaviras, Homeopath and author of Homeopathy for Farm and Garden. Through Agrohomeopathy we can use remedies such as Ruta to kill and deter weeds. According to Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj, the homeopathic remedy Ruta contains a substance which is not liked by other plants. Flies also have a dislike of Ruta making the remedy ideal as a week killer and to deter flies. Das Kaviraj cautions Ruta must be allowed to breakdown completely before sowing crops and recommends forty-eight hours if very sunny and up to four days if weather is predominantly cloudy. Like conventional weed killer, Das Kaviraj recommends applying Ruta in double doses in short succession with the first application in the evening and then a second application the following morning. The recommended potency is Ruta 6X and the volume will vary depending upon acreage and water dispenser size.
Silica, a Staple Homeopathic Remedy
The homeopathic remedy Silica has endless possibilities in both personal gardens and the agricultural field. Silica derived from pure precipitated Silicea can make plants thrive. When humans use the homeopathic remedy Silica, they will typically see an improvement in skin, teeth, hair and nails. It is typically recommended for when “something” fails to thrive. In Agrohomeopathy it can be added to soils where plants are not thriving. It can be added into water at times of sowing crops to increase the strength of their epidermis. It can be used against mildew, mold and during transplanting. It can also be applied at time of germination to expedite growth and avoid straggly plants.
A test was performed to identify how two different houseplant species would respond to the homeopathic remedy Silica in 12C po