Words: Nicci Talbot
I’ve been taking sepia (the inky juice of cuttlefish) for a couple of months now on recommendation from my homeopath, Angie Litvinoff. She says it can take a while to kick in especially if you are run down and overdoing things. Your body needs to recoup its energy levels before it can increase them. It’s working for me in that I feel motivated and physically strong. I’ve been out walking for miles in the countryside every day this week and feel excited about working on new projects. It helps that we’ve had an unseasonably hot April and there are lots of bank holidays to enjoy.
‘It’s a good remedy for tired mums who do too much,’ says Angie. It will rebalance your hormones, boost libido and increase your energy levels. According to Neal’s Yard Remedies, who run courses in natural medicine: ‘Sepia comes from the same family as clams, oysters, mussels and snails, the difference being that the others live within their shell, whereas the cuttlefish exposes its flesh to the outside world.
‘Cuttlefish are smart and despite their apparent inertia, they can quickly dart to their prey or from their enemy, and can moodily snap out in annoyance or provocation. The shape of the cuttlefish bears a great resemblance to the female uterus, and sepia has an important affinity with the female reproductive organs, and the emotions that run alongside.’
I think most women can relate to this feeling: ‘Sepia is a remedy that is worn out, run down and at the end of their tether. They try hard, work hard, but have not been very nourished or nurtured themselves, and so their whole constitution starts to flag. They can no longer cope with any emotional demands, and they become increasingly irritable, depressed and indifferent. This is especially true when communicating with their loved ones. Like the moody cuttlefish, they will snap, tell you to piss off, strike out and tell the kids to go and play on the motorway. They want to be all right, but they get depressed and feel like they no longer know whom they are. They will cry easily, just talking makes them sob, and they don’t know where the tears are coming from.’
Neal’s Yard Remedies run courses in natural medicine – how to grow plants and make them into therapeutic remedies, and how to give a relaxing massage. Spring 2011 workshops include the art of perfumery (making natural perfumes), and holistic nutrition. See their website for further details.
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