Editor’s Note: This story provides additional context to the September 2023 story, “A Return To Nature,” which readers can find here.
Plants, minerals and animals can all be used as a basis for homeopathic remedies, according to the Mount Sinai Health System, which states on its website: “These substances are first crushed and dissolved in a liquid, usually grain, alcohol, or lactose, mechanically shaken, then stored. This is the ‘mother tincture.’” Using alcohol or lactose, a homeopath will dilute a tincture by 1 part to 10 and write it as “x” or dilute it to 1 part to 100 and write it as “c,” the health system further explains. When a tincture is shaken, its dilution becomes 1x or 1c. If a homeopath dilutes a 1x tincture two or three times, it becomes 2x or 3x and so on, and if they dilute a 1c tincture two or three times, it becomes 2c or 3c, and so on.
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