“‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.”
–Henry David Thoreau
Chicken Pox! What used to be a childhood rite of passage is becoming less common to see. That’s why I was surprised when 12-year-old Molly sat down at the kitchen table with a face covered in red spots.
She had been sick a few days before, so it all made sense. But where did she catch it? We told her it was from hugging the chickens too much, but she didn’t believe us. Counting back a few weeks, we realized it was around the time we attended a home schooling conference. What more likely place to catch it than with hundreds of others who often have alternative ideas about education and health?
Was I upset? Nope! I was actually excited. Getting the chicken pox is the only way to gain true immunity. In most cases, chicken pox is not a dangerous disease. I think the vaccine was created for convenience rather than necessity. The vaccine holds the sickness inside the body, but having the chicken pox allows the body to push it out for good.
In addition, it was good for the rest of us in the family who already had chicken pox, as being around someone recovering gave our immune systems a natural “booster” for the virus. This explains why the decrease in chicken pox outbreaks brings an increase in shingles. People no longer have the periodic exposure to the pox as they once did.
Well, Molly certainly had a full-blown case. But I had my homeopathic remedies to help this time. There are several remedies that can be used for chicken pox, but the most commonly used is Rhus-Tox. I started her on it right away, and even though she was covered with spots from head to toe, her itching was fairly light and tolerable. She was tired and not up to doing much, but that was the worst of it.
Friends who learned of Molly’s outbreak asked to bring their kids over to be exposed. As a result, one mom was thrilled that at last all of her kids had conquered the virus.
Josh and Katie also came down with a mild case of chicken pox, even though they had the vaccine (before my understanding on this changed). I was glad they got it, too. Katie found that Calendula cream was a great help in relieving any itchy spots.
So if anyone in your family finds themselves spotty from hugging chickens, grab the Rhus-Tox and Calendula cream and you’ll be happy with the results.