Face Your Fears with Help from Gelsemium

Last updated on February 24th, 2021 at 03:54 pm

These days, leaving home is an exercise in mental fortitude with trying to remember your mask, packing enough hand sanitizer, and taking a host of other precautions. Our daily routines have been upended, leaving us on high alert. As each day brings a new set of challenges — like hybrid learning or work closures — it’s easy for our confidence and self-esteem to take a hit.

If these feelings begin to hold you back, health professionals like Heidi Weinhold, ND, recommend turning to Gelsemium sempervirens. “I think of this remedy whenever I need help facing my fears,” she says.

Dr. Weinhold recommends Gelsemium sempervirens 30C for anyone experiencing nervousness from anticipatory or situational stress. “For college students, that could mean test anxiety before an exam. Some of us are having fears of getting back on a plane or flying, or even going to the grocery store and shopping.”

Gelsemium has a long history as a stress reducer. According to Dr. Weinhold, this remedy was found in Civil War first aid kits where it was used to help give soldiers courage before walking on to the battlefield. Now Gelsemium, too, can help you face your battles and provide you with the strength to persevere through tough times, she says.

Click here to watch this video featuring Dr. Weinhold explaining the uses and benefits of Gelsemium sempervirens.

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16 thoughts on “Face Your Fears with Help from Gelsemium”

    1. Hello Mariel, Ignatia relieves nervousness and hypersensitivity to stress, often related to grief or sadness from a traumatic event. Gelsemium is for anxiousness before a presentation or test, like when you have stage fright. Hope that helps!

  1. I was given gelsemium by my homeopathic MD for the flu…fever, aches, chills, sweats, body aches etc. within 24 hours, I was about 85% improved. Thinking there are many uses for this remedy.

      1. Hi Mary,

        Homeopathic medicine is obtained from a precise and controlled process of successive homeopathic dilutions. With each homeopathic dilution, the medicine is deconcentrated and then vigorously shaken (also called “succussion”). This process transforms the original solution into a therapeutically active medicine.

        Most single homeopathic medicines are available in several dilutions. The letter indicates with dilution process was chosen, while the number indicates how many times that dilution process was used, and consequently, which symptoms the medicine is meant to treat.

        Here’s a quick guide to using homeopathic medicines: Low dilutions, such as 6X or 6C, will relieve local symptoms – symptoms you can point a finger at (i.e., an insect bite or bruise). Medium dilutions, such as 12X, 9C, or 12C, will relieve general symptoms – more than one symptom in more than one location (i.e., muscle aches and pains). High dilutions, such as 30X or 30C, will relieve general symptoms – more than one symptom in more than one location with possible behavioral or emotional symptoms (i.e., a very high fever and chills, accompanied by agitation or sleeplessness).

        If a person has the right medicine, no matter what the dilution, they will see a lessening of symptoms. For most medicines, choosing the right dilution is merely fine tuning.

        It may be helpful for you to use the Boiron Medicine Finder at http://www.BoironUSA.com to decide which medicines/dilutions are best to relieve your symptoms.

        You can find more information about dilutions and homeopathic medicines on our website BoironUSA.com in the Education section.


    1. Hi Mandy, this medicine is not recommended for daily use. Please speak to your medical provider if you wish to take for a longer period of time.

    1. Hello Navneet, Boiron homeopathic medicines have no known drug interactions and are not contraindicated with pre-existing conditions.

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