I’ve not had much training on drop doses, and I’ve been curious to learn more. I learned how to calculate “normal” tincture dosages during my time with Maia Toll, but the most I knew about smaller dosages came from only a few conversations about other herbalists who use them, and possibly using a drop on the wrist for sensitive people who can't stand a whole dose.
I took a cue from the experiential learning that is part of Maia’s Sage School program and decided to test out some smaller doses on myself before doing research. This all started when I was trying to explain Homeopathy and Flower Essences and vibrational medicine. “It sounds like total BS but it works!” didn’t seem like enough; I wanted personal experience to back me up.
On my kitchen counter I collected my potions- 3 Flower Essences, Milky Oat and Gotu Kola tinctures, and a high-mineral vinegar I made from wild edibles a Spring or two ago. (I chose these to help me rebuild mentally and physically, and to help me let go of some past baggage that kept weighing me down.)
Using my metal water bottle, I first simply added a squirt of everything to my daily filling. Then, I was careful to never completely empty it before refilling. The idea is that the energy of the medicines remains in the water, and as long as you never drink all the water first you’ll have its "vibrations" in each refill. I said it sounded like BS! But this is exactly what I was testing out.
After a few days I realized that every single time I “made” my water in the morning, I was overflowing the bottle and spilling some in my kitchen- on the floor, on the counter, everywhere but in the sink. How could I be suddenly so careless, when I didn’t usually spill things? I thought that perhaps the Earth wanted some and I said that aloud in frustration one morning. Immediately I had a different understanding- there was too much going into the bottle, like it was jumping out to escape overcrowding! It seemed ridiculous, yet I was totally sure.
So I lowered the Flower Essences to 3 drops each day for the next week, and was more judicious with the amount from the two tincture droppers as well. The vinegar is in a pump bottle and the 6 squirts I had been using felt right, so I kept that up. I stopped spilling right away, and haven't since.
The third week I lowered the Flower Essences further, to 1 drop each, and I added in a small dribble of Urban Moonshine’s Energy Tonic. I had been using that in the Fall but it is drying, and had become uncomfortable for me. Maybe, I reasoned, a little in all this water would balance out.
After this third week I had my monthly acupuncture appointment. I always prep before our sessions, thinking back over the month and what I have to report to her. Really, there wasn’t much- nothing momentous had happened, sleep and digestion were fine, my month had been uneventful. The biggest thing was that Winter had suddenly broken and Spring was peeping around the corner, harkening change.
She was a bit startled to feel how strong my pulses were. Weak Kidney energy had been a particular concern and she commented on how much more reserve she felt in me. This was strong evidence that the small doses, repeatedly diluted in water, were working to rebuild me! She even nodded gravely and said, “Impressive!” with a smile. She then proceeded to give me a Spring Liver treatment which was good and painful, since she got to needle all my most tender points.
A few days after my treatment I started dreaming vividly, and realized I hadn’t done so for quite a while, at least several months. On that same day my intestines woke up and started gurgling madly, and I again realized I had missed out on any inside noises for a while.
It seems I am restored enough that the Liver treatment was allowing me to ‘let go’ of more than just emotional baggage. My body is waking up from its Winter hibernation and is doing its own version of Spring Cleaning.
So after several weeks of experimenting with tiny doses and ‘vibrational’ or ‘energetic’ medicine, I’m in. I can’t tell you why this works, or how. But I’ve seen better success with this method over the last month than I have in the past, using larger doses several times a day for the same amount of time for chronic issues.
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