Introduction to homeopathy, a natural, effective alternative method of treating your family, using remedies such as Arnica montana, Chamomilla, and Hepar sulph. Homeopathy was developed in the early 1800's by Samuel Hahnemann. It is based on the "law of similars", wherein "like cures like". As in vaccinations, you receive a dose of what you're trying to eliminate. All homeopathic remedies are natural, derived form animal, vegetable or mineral matter. Illnesses are treated according to their symptoms. It doesn't matter where you got the cold, flu, diarrhea, muscle cramp or headache. How it is manifested is what a homeopath looks at. For instance, a cold can come on slowly or quickly, make you thirsty or not. A headache can be in the front or the back of the head.
List the symptoms and include mental and emotional states as well. Include, too, the time of day your patient feels worse, and what, if anything, makes the symptoms worse or better (lying down, fresh air, movement, etc.). Now check out the repertory. This is a book (or just a chapter in a book about homeopathy) that describes symptoms categorized according to parts of the body. There are homeopathic remedies listed under each symptom. Once you have gone through the repertory with your symptoms, you will most likely find one or two remedies that repeat themselves.
Now turn to the materia medica, another book, or chapter in a complete book. It describes the remedies and their actions on the body in detail. Read about the remedies that show up most often for the symptoms you've listed. When you find what seems to be the most suitable, administer it. This is a 'dose' three times a day for three days, or until the symptoms change. At that point you would change the remedy.
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic. If you administer the wrong remedy, there are no ill-effects. You just won't see a change in the symptoms. Simply re-evaluate and re-administer.
This is not as complex as it sounds, and can be simplified with the purchase of a good book on homeopathy in the home and a small kit. Some are sold as children's kits, with 8 remedies. Another kit has about 35 remedies in it. The small one is a good way to start, and frankly, kids only use a few of the same remedies over and over. Here are the ones most used in my house: Arnica montana - This is indispensable for bruises. It takes care of shock in any situation, and aids in healing of dental work (even a cleaning) and other surgeries. It reduces swelling, making the patient more comfortable. Chamomilla - This is the best remedy for teething babies, when they are irritable and feverish. Hepar sulph. - I use this frequently for colds at all stages. It's good for sore throats, abscesses and other infections. Ipecac. - This is good for intestinal cramping and nausea. Bryonia - Great for constipation. Usually works with one dose. Hypericum - This is St. John's Wort, and is used for damage to nerve endings. Sulphur - For skin problems. Apis - For bee stings and bites.
You can see that homeopathy covers anything you could possibly need to treat in your family. With medical costs so high these days, homeopathy is worth looking into!
Your rug can last a lifetime if cleaned properly. We suggest a professional cleaning every 1-3 years, depending on the traffic and location. We recommend professional carpet cleaners that use the hot water extraction method for most rugs. You should not dry clean your rugs, with the exception of silk rugs, and you should not use bleach. Always check to make sure that your rug cleaning service is familiar with your type of rug. Professionals should know the best way to clean your rug type, nevertheless here is some useful information that will allow you to select the correct method of cleaning for your area rug.
Oxy Cleaners- There are many oxygen cleaners on the market that are environmentally safe and work well for spot cleaning of various stains on synthetic fiber area rugs. Most of these cleaners are biodegradable and form oxygen, hydrogen peroxide and soda ash when mixed with water. Soda ash is sodium carbonate and has alkaline properties, so do not use this cleaning method on wool or silk and avoid prolonged skin contact. Carefully follow the usage and dilution guidelines for all oxygen cleaning products. Rinse the cleansed area well and be sure to test for colorfastness.
Dry Powders- We do not recommend using dry powders with plush or deep pile area rugs as the cleaning residue may be difficult to remove. For surface stains on low pile area rugs, use a dry powder to absorb dirt particles and then remove by vacuum. This is a relatively simple method that uses no water and is easy to perform without a professional. If the area rug is heavily soiled, we recommend a different procedure or using professional assistance.
Dry Foam and Absorbent Pads- Another method that uses little water is light detergent foam that is worked into the pile, then vacuum out once dry. Use care on looped area rugs that may not tolerate heavy beater bar use or other brushing.
Steam Cleaning- This method is most effective when performed by a professional, although many rug cleaning machines may be purchased or rented. The dangers of performing this method on your own are using too much detergent or water. Some cleaning agents available with rented units leave a heavier residue, so use care or the advice of a professional when choosing a product. Test the product on a small area to check for residue or a sticky feel. Do not use if a residue exists, or if in doubt about a product. Finally, do not use laundry detergents to clean your area rug to avoid possible optical brighteners.
Area Rug Stain Removal- Accidents happen! If an area rug becomes spotted or stained, work quickly. When possible, scoop up solids and blot liquids immediately after a spill occurs. Absorb as much liquid as possible with a white cloth or paper towel without scrubbing the area to prevent matting or fuzzing.
Methods of Cleaning for Various Area Rug Fibers
**The type of fiber in your area rug should be the primary consideration in selecting a cleaning method.
The majority of area rugs manufactured with synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon and acrylic may be cleaned with most cleaning methods. We suggest that you follow the area rug manufacturer's recommendations when choosing a cleaning technique and follow the directions for dilution and application. Never use laundry detergent, automatic dishwasher detergent or any strong household cleaning products intended for use on woodwork, linoleum, laminate or tile.
Natural fibers- May require additional consideration before cleaning. Do not use oxygen cleaners on wool or silk.
Wool - Excessive agitation and heat should be avoided, but generally wool fibers may be cleaned with most cleaning methods. Wool should be cleaned with neutral detergents and dried quickly. Use special care around household cleaning products, as bleaches and other alkaline products such as bathroom cleaners easily damage wool.
Cotton/Rayon - Cotton and rayon are cellulose fibers and may be cleaned using all cleaning methods. To avoid shrinking and possible browning, avoid excessive drying and agitation. As with wool, take care with alkaline products.
Silk - Silk should be cleaned using a dry cleaning process. These fibers may be damaged by natural and synthetic acids (e.g. lemon juice), and sunlight. Consult a rug cleaning specialist for additional information about cleaning silk.
Sisal and Other Plant Fibers - Plant fibers such as sisal, jute, coconut (coir), ramie and hemp have characteristics similar to cotton. It is generally safe to clean these fibers with all cleaning methods. As with any fiber, dry the area rug as quickly as possible.
Caring for your Flokati Rug
General- We recommend combing your flokati rug with a wide-toothed plastic hairbrush or a simple wood or plastic garden rake to fluff it. A good shaking will also help to substantially fluff up your new rug.
Washing- Your flokati rug should be given a good shaking outdoors periodically to remove dust. Small rugs can be put in the washing machine on the gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent, like Woolite, and air dried out of direct sunlight to prevent distorting the color. Larger rugs, 30" x 54" and above, must be cleaned in a commercial washer (35 lbs). They can be found in many laundromats. Add mild detergent as the water is filling, then add flokati only after detergent is mixed well with the water. Lay flat to dry. If the rug looks disheveled, comb it. DO NOT: bleach, wash in hot water, place in dryer, or dry clean.
Vacuuming- Although vacuuming is NOT recommended, use the attachment suction hose if necessary. DO NOT: run the vacuum over rug with the rotating brush; the long hairs of the rug will get caught.
Storage- Use a moth repellent as flokati rugs are 100% wool.
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