For emotional trauma– grief, disappointment, anger, fear or even homesickness, Ignatia can add clarity and help balance nerves and sadness. It also helps you avoid or ease many stress-related ailments, especially if marked by a lump-in-the-throat sensation and much sighing. These may include: colds, indigestion with hiccups, cramps and a sinking-in-the-stomach feeling, sleeplessness or nightmares. Its symptoms tend to be erratic, feel better for eating and worse with emotional stress, coffee and cold air.
Ignatia amara (St. Ignatius' bean)
This plant deserves its sainthood for its remedy’s ability to ease the paroxysms of grief, anger or emotional turmoil and minimize physical manifestations of suppressed emotions.
On the physical side, grief, anger, fear, jealousy or other emotional upsets can set off a wide range of ailments, any of which can be avoided or relieved by Ignatia. An Ignatia cold usually starts with a lump-in-the-throat sensation. Its spasmodic cough is set off by what feels like a feather in the throat and grows worse the more you cough; there may be much sighing and no sign of a cold with the cough. If a fever sets in, it is likely to be very chilling and may make you quite thirsty or itchy with the chills. Its stabbing violent nervous headaches feel ‘as if a nail were driven through the sides’. Ignatia can also relieve tummy aches and indigestion with a series of hiccups, sour belching, cramps and an empty sinking-in-the-stomach feeling.
As all disappointed loves know, insomnia or nightmares may be your only choice– until Ignatia. Its symptoms tend to be erratic and spasmodic, they may tighten and release often as the body and mind try to restore balance. Its conditions usually feel better for eating and with warmth and worse with emotional disturbance, coffee and cold fresh air.
Whether natural to the individual or induced by emotional stress, the individuals who need Ignatia’s support the most are sensitive, idealistic, sometimes secretive. Their moods may alternate frequently– tears turning to laughter and back again. They may internalize their feelings so well that only their sighs let you know what is beneath the surface. Over time, they can become very defensive, touchy, suspicious, jealous and even rude. The line between Nat mur and Ignatia for grief and suppressed feelings is narrow. One way to tell the difference is their response to sympathy, Nat mur may resent it, while Ignatia just prefers to be alone. Ignatia should be considered first when overwhelmed by recent grief.
Isn’t it fitting that such an emotionally stabilizing plant is the namesake of the patron saint of ‘spiritual retreats and exercises’ who introduced it to Europe from the Philippines?
|Keynotes||Emotional Trauma, Grief, Anger, Sadness, Homesickness, Fear, Jealousy, Sleeplessness, Colds, Indigestion, Nausea, Lump sensation, Throat pain, Nerves, Nightmares, Sighing, Hiccups|
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“Ignatia is valuable at all stages in life, for sensitive children who have developed sore throats or a tummy-ache or insomnia after being punished or severely frightened or if homesick; for teenagers who brood and pine after being ditched by a ‘loved one’; for men and women at all ages and in all walks of life who have suffered inwardly and become introspective and moody ... suffering from ill health as a result.”
–Miranda Castro, The Complete Homeopathy Handbook