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How To Make Your Own Remedy

Hpathy Ezine, March, 2005 | Print This Post |

Elaine shows us how to make our own remedies when we don’t have access to regular ones or regular ones don’t address the problem.

What’s the value of knowing this? It’s immense! If you’re sick from vacationing in Mexico, you can make a remedy out of the pathogen-infested local water–no offense to our lovely Mexican readers!  (And here they are now!)  

If the polluted air or pollens in the air are causing your problem, you can put a cup of water outside for a few days and let it collect whatever is in the air (make sure the water doesn’t evaporate out), and then make a remedy out of the water.  If you’re sick from something you ate, drop some of it into half a cup of water, swish it around a few times, and make a remedy out of the water.  If you threw the food away, then spit into an ounce of water, swish it around, then make a remedy out of the water.  If you’re sick from the side-effects of a drug, make a remedy out of the drug.  If you’ve over-dosed on something you’ve smoked, blow some smoke into a half-filled, small bottle of spring water, shake it up and make a remedy out of that.  The list of possibilities is endless!  Remember that whatever something causes, it can cure in homeopathic doses!  So now, if you’re ready, here are the instructions:

Get a small bottle of spring water

(in an emergency any safe water will do), the exact amount of water or the size of the bottle is not relevant. I always say a small bottle because small is cheapest. So, an 8 ounce or 12 ounce bottle, let’s say.

Pour half the water out (but save the water, don’t pour it down the drain; after all, you paid for it).

Now you have half a bottle of water. Pour in a small amount of what you’re trying to make a remedy of–let’s say for the sake of argument that you want to make “Homeopathic Pepsi Cola”–maybe because you drank some Pepsi and now it’s making you sick; therefore, your water bottle should now consist of a solution of 90% water and 10% Pepsi–there’s no need to be fussy about your percentages–just guess at what 10% might be.

“Succuss” this solution (pound the bottle into your opposite palm) 40 times and after having done that, get a piece of paper and write down “Pepsi 1X”–meaning that you now have Pepsi in the 1X potency, this means you’ve done a one-in-ten dilution with 40 succussions and you’ve done it just once.  (Now, I know, some of you are going to say, “Elaine, is this a 1X or a 1C?”  Answer:  I don’t know and I don’t care!  What’s important is the number!  It’s the first dilution!  You can call it whatever you want.  We’re not counting drops here, it’s just not necessary, this remedy, this way of doing it, will work just fine!)

Here’s a short video that demonstrates “succussion”; its on youtube and it’s called “How To Make A Remedy Solution Bottle”:

Now pour out 90% of this solution (your 1X)–again, no need to be fussy about the exact amount–and refill half way with spring or distilled water, succuss 40 times, and write down “2X” or just the number 2 (meaning you’ve now dumped out, refilled, and succussed 40 times, twice).  Now pour out 90% again and refill half way with water again and succuss 40 times again and write down the number 3 this time.  Keep going in this way until you’ve reached either a 6X, 12X or a 30X depending on what potency you want.  A 6X would have to be taken a lot more often as it’s a lower potency; in a chronic case, two to four times a day, in an acute case, maybe every half hour; whereas, a 12X would be taken, generally, once a day in a chronic case, maybe twice; once an hour in an acute case, and a 30X on an as-needed basis–one dose may be enough depending on what’s wrong with you.  Dosing in acute cases is usually needed more frequently.  Take less often as you start to feel better.  Always succuss your bottle a few times before each dose.

Now label your bottle (Pepsi 6X) and store it in the refrigerator.  A sip is a dose.  Before each dose, succuss a few times, as I just said; maybe five times.  When the bottle gets low (when 90% is gone), fill it back up half way with water, succuss 40 times and now you’ll have a 7X; then, resume as before.

If food has made you sick, and the food is still there, dump some of the offending food into roughly 2 oz. of water in a disposable cup; stir it around, swish it around, then pour the liquid portion of that into your half filled water bottle and proceed with succussing, dumping out and refilling as stated above, make a 6X, take a dose, and you should feel better.  Repeat as needed.

If you’re trying to make your remedy from something more solid, like for example, if you want to antidote the side effects of a drug you’re on, like Penicillin, let’s say; or let’s say a drug was helping you but you had to stop taking it because of the side effects but felt that the drug, itself, was helping you in general; well, here’s what you need to know: the homeopathic remedy made from the drug can be given for the following reasons–it can be given for what the drug was FOR, it can be given to antidote the drug, it can be given to help you ease off an addicting drug and it can be given for the side effects of the drug.  

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and


  1. Aiko

    July 18, 2012

    I forgot to mention, that the store bought remedy have not only multiple remedies mixed, but different potencies for each remedy (6x and 12x). This is why I’m wondering how to succuss. Thank you.

    • Elaine Lewis

      elaine lewis

      August 2, 2012

      Aiko, that doesn’t change anything. If you want to make another bottle of your remedy, the instructions are as given. It will still consist of multiple potencies and multiple remedies. Actually, I’m not really sure I’m a believer in combining remedies and potencies like this because, do we really know what we’re getting or doing? I’m sure Hahnemann would be horrified. Nevertheless, the directions I gave are the same.

  2. Lisa

    September 12, 2012

    Hi! Last week, in an acute sciatic nerve pain situation, unable to get out of bed, a friend taught me this particular way to take a remedy, IN MY SITUATION, and so, I would like your feedback, as I am learning. She suggested Belladonna, but I dod not have that and could not go buy it, so, from the remedies I had, she chose Staphysagria 1m, of mine. Her direction – Place three teaspoons of water in a crystal glass (I used a regular glass); 2.) From a number, the ailed one chooses, from 1 to 10, put that many pellets in this water. Succusp it. Take it. Within 20 minutes, I was up and walking!!! But now I want to know what potency I made those five 1 m pellets, and how to continue…I am still, although less, in pain, and healing it, but am curious for feedback. Thank you!

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      Elaine Lewis

      October 16, 2012

      You took a very high potency. You shouldn’t need to repeat it any time soon; but, if you relapse, just do the same thing over again that you just did. I wouldn’t use your good glasses or spoons.

  3. liza

    September 17, 2012

    Hi Elaine
    What do you think about making remedies from addictive substances, obviously for the purpose to help the addict himself? If I want to give up smoking, should I make a remedy out of my cigarette? Thanks for the great article. It makes total sense to me.

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      Elaine Lewis

      October 16, 2012

      Liza, I do this all the time–making a remedy of the addicting substance to help the person get off of it.

  4. abhijeet

    September 22, 2012

    hi dear author of the article,
    i have a query about your article that this method is not homeopathy but its tautopathy.

  5. Preston

    September 24, 2012

    Elaine, thanks for the wonderful article. I would like to use alcohol to make the remedy. Cal you please tell me when to add the alcohol and how much? In other words, do I add alcohol at the end to the final solution?

    Also, what is the best alcohol? Vodka? brandy? Other? What proof? Thanks.

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      Elaine Lewis

      October 16, 2012

      Preston, I’ve never used alcohol myself, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it. I would add it at the end. Vodka sounds fine. As to how much, a little bit would be enough.

  6. kaygee

    October 22, 2012

    Elaine, thank you for these instructions.

    I wanted to bring your attention to an excellent description of how homeopathy actually works from a scientific perspective. It is described in the chapter “Aquatic Interlude” in the book “The Basic Code of the Universe” by Massimo Citro. It describes research by chemist and physicist Vittorio Elia that shows important variations in the thermodynamic profile of homeopathic dilutions using a technology known as microcalorimetry, as well as work by Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier published in 2009 in which the existence of homeopathy is confirmed. Water, in homeopathic dilutions, is shown to not only keep memory of the solute but also to emit specific low-frequency electromagnetic signals that are both recordable and reproducible.

    I didn’t really know anything about homeopathy before I came across this, but now I’m both convinced and intrigued.

    Also, can a dilution made with one’s own blood help with anemia?

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      Elaine Lewis

      December 6, 2012

      Prescribing homeopathic blood for anemia is something I don’t want to express an opinion on. If you’re anemic, I would be more likely to recommend Ferrum phos. 6X and simply follow the directions on the package.

  7. Andy U

    October 26, 2012

    Is this the way Hannemann made his remedies? What about the solvent? If the original method doesn’t matter, what about globules from homoeopathy pharmecies that have never been wet, or homoeopaths who think remedies are too expensive ‘write’ their remedies electronically instead. Is this still homoeopathy?

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      Elaine Lewis

      December 6, 2012

      No this is not how Hahnemann made remedies. What we are trying to do in this article is show you how to antidote a poisoning: you’ve eating bad food, drunk bad water, you’ve taken a drug that is causing a bad effect, and so on.

  8. Noel

    November 3, 2012

    Dear Elaine,
    I’m taking 4 different allopathic pills for one chronic condition. In order to counteract their side effects I gather I can use your method to make a remedy with them, no? And, can I use all 4 of them together in the same homeopathic remedy?

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      Elaine Lewis

      December 6, 2012

      Noel, I suppose theoretically you can make remedies out of your medicine; but, are all 4 causing side effects and problems? I would question your need for them in the first place. I don’t think dangerous drugs are the way to solve issues of chronic disease. But I don’t know what’s wrong with you so I feel really uncomfortable weighing in on it.

  9. Satish Pathak

    November 22, 2012

    Dear Elaine,
    Thanks for the super article.Pl let me know if I make 6x potency of ayurvedic
    medicine used for hair fall, can 6x potency be used for hair fall.
    with regards

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      Elaine Lewis

      December 6, 2012

      Satish, why do you want to make a remedy out of your ayurvedic medicine? Is it not working? Also, I would have to know if this is normal balding. I don’t know if homeopathy will work for for what’s normal in certain men.

  10. Dr.Mapolin

    January 16, 2013

    Dear Elaine,
    I like to discuss with you all my fail? case of psoriasis.I have a paient of K/C/O Psoriasis after repertoriation I select Ars.Alb.30 three times a day for a day and called him for follow up after a week no change so agin I repeat Ars.Alb.30 for three day and called to come after a week, He start getting medicine prescribed, called after two weeks his complaints changed,again I did case taking and repertorisation and remedy came out Sulphur.Sulphur 200 prescribed, but his aggravation didnt stop its still going on.(before also he took Some Homeopathic medicine and he went in aggravation.) In psoriasis can we use prepared remedy by his own discharge and if so which discharge or skin we can use? In this case where I went wrong is selection of remedy? Dose? Potency?
    Thanks for beautiful article.

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    Elaine Lewis

    February 14, 2013

    Sorry I didn’t see your email sooner. People, if you want to consult me regarding a case, you should email me at

  12. Robyn

    March 6, 2013

    Elaine I have read so many wonderful uses of this way to treat illness how would you suggest using this for addiction such as make a remedy out of the cigarette’s you are addicted to and have a sip instead of a cigarette’s I have been studying Homeoopathy and working with remedies for 10 years but would like to start making my own remedies how would you treat addiction. any ideas

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      Elaine Lewis

      March 29, 2013

      Take a puff of your cigarette, blow the smoke into a half filled bottle of spring water, succuss 40 times, pour out, refill half way, succuss 40 times, keep doing that til you get to, let’s say, 12C and take a sip once or twice a day as you’re trying to quit smoking. It should give you an aversion to your cigarette.

  13. Nasir

    March 17, 2013

    Elaine, first the process is correct only correction is required and for your understanding as well as readers that 1X dilution is 1:10 ratio. In other words, 1drop of something in 10 drops of alcohol or distilled water will make 1C or in bio chemic dextrose 1X. Similarly, 1C represents 1:100 ratio. In other words, 1drop of something in 100 drops of alcohol or distilled water will make 1C.

    So C represents 100 and D represents 10 and X represents dextrose instead of alcohol or distilled water. In biochemic medicines of homeopathy you rpresent in X.

    I hope you can edit now in your article.

  14. Donna

    March 26, 2013

    Elaine, The answer you gave to Aiko about reproducing a liquid remedy w/various potencies, seems to be closest to the
    addition information I’d like to request from you, please: If the said remedies also included substances like: Bach
    flower essences and extract of vanilla 1:2, and Micelized a-Tocopheral, Lavender essential oil, and Sodium
    chloride, can I still make more of this combination of remedies, & would these substances also be present in the result?

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      Elaine Lewis

      March 29, 2013

      Donna, I’m confused. Are you asking if your combination remedy can be reproduced? Are you worried about running out of the remedy, is that what you’re saying? If you take a pellet of the combination remedy and drop it in a bottle of spring water, the water will be exactly like the pellets.

      • Donna

        March 30, 2013

        Elaine, Thank you for answering. Yes, I am concerned about having to purchase this many times,
        because it is supposed to be taken for 2 years, 2x a day, and the comb. liquid is supposed to last about
        two mos. from the purchase bottle.
        I’m thinking that perhaps I didn’t explain what I was asking well enough. I do realize that the homeopathic part of this comb. will reproduce faithfully, but wasn’t sure whether I would have to ADD in the other non-homeop. ingredients again to my repeated attempts of reproducing this combination. Again, I appreciate your expertise and your answer. Thank you very much! Donna

  15. Donna

    March 26, 2013

    Elaine, still asking about the above info, the basic homeopathic remedies in this solution are:
    Hydrastic canadensis 30C, Ulmus fulva 30-C, Smilax ornate 30C, Opuntia Vulgaris 12X.
    As a long time lover of homeopathy, I have always been averse to this kind of prescribing, but, after
    having read of one person’s recovery from Parkinson’s using this formula (along w/other life changes),
    I’d truly like to reap the benefit of this combination, but want to reproduce this for myself after I
    purchase it once. Thank you. Donna

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      Elaine Lewis

      April 5, 2013

      Donna, after reading the list of ingredients, they appear to be ALL homeopathic remedies, hence, all are reproducable by dropping into a bottle of water. By the way, I have contact information at the bottom of all my articles, but, no one seems to be aware of it, why?

  16. carly

    April 26, 2013

    I have been in a situation when I needed a remedy but had nothing with me. I wrote the name of the remedy on paper and stood a glass of water on it for 15 minutes, then sipped the water. Unbelievably it worked (I have even cured a septic cut on a child’s foot with nothing else, on a remote island of Thailand with no first aid facilities anywhere). I can’t convince myself to use that a my general way of taking remedies, but I have done it a few times.

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    Elaine Lewis

    May 4, 2013

    I’ve heard of that Carly. I think I tried it once and it didn’t work, but, if it’s your only option, what’s the harm in trying it?

  18. Alayna

    May 6, 2013

    Elaine, can you tell me how much grain alcohol to add to each ounce of water remedy to make it shelf stable? ~ thanks so much for this article, I reference it often & have shared with everyone I know who uses homeopathy :)

  19. Elaine Lewis

    elaine lewis

    June 2, 2013

    As to how much alcohol? It’s your choice, really. You only need alcohol if you’re going to be keeping the bottle for a long time. The more alcohol you add the longer it will keep. If you want to keep it for just a month or less, maybe 10% alcohol is enough.

  20. Jodi

    July 9, 2013

    Hi Elaine! I’m a former client of yours. :) Hope you’re doing well. I have been out of the loop of homeopathy for a while now but am now in school for holistic healing. I am interested in trying to make a remedy for my hubby using your method above. He is unfortunately allergic to our cute little precious kitty cat. So, I told him I would make him a remedy. Now with a cat, would you take a piece of fur, or how would that work? Also, wondering if maybe I should go straight for the 30x potency as he is a hard one to chase down to give him any kind of medicine/ And hoping for a quick and complete cure. Please let me know asap. Thanks! Take care!

  21. Elaine Lewis

    elaine lewis

    July 11, 2013

    Hi Jodi! You should probably email me at Very often, people with cat allergies need Tuberculinum.

  22. Peter

    August 12, 2013

    I was a bit confused after reading the article “How to Make your own remedy”. Were the examples given like Pepsi etc just for explaining the process or for their real medicine value. Will making a dilute solution of sugar, as explained in your article will make a remedy for Diabetes?

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    Elaine Lewis

    August 19, 2013

    Mostly for explaining the process. But, if Pepsi made you sick, then pepsi prepared in this way, is the cure.

  24. Serdar Buyukozer

    August 19, 2013

    I knew about this process because I am a homeopathy student myself. I decided to to treat a common flu of myself with some popular flu remedies I thought well indicated for me but I did not feel better at all, so I made a 6X remedy of my nose drip, and later 30X, unfortunately, both did not work either. :-) I had to wait to be better by itself slowly without remedies and gradually I felt better after a week.

    My question is: you also underline that it does not work always, but, do we know, when it does and it does not work? I mean I am specifically asking about home-made isopathic remedies, otherwise I do know the common factors of when a remedy works and when not.


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    Elaine Lewis

    August 20, 2013

    You know the remedy works the same way you judge any “normal” remedy. There’s no difference. The next time you get the flu, you can try giving your case to me.

  26. Polina

    October 17, 2013

    Hello, Elain. I am from Russia, so excuse me for my mistakes in English. I read your article and decided to try your method. I have had chronic cystisis for around 7 years, constant pain and some other problems coming out. Nothing that I tried helped me and i tried a lot. homeopatic remedies made no effect no matter what potency I tried, i only got new symptoms with time. I decided to try your method and made a remedy of my urine. 12x. I used it for several days and may be it wasn’t enough to see any effect or the potency was too week. but then i read somewhere that one should use the morning urine and i used the urine after the second urination. Then I made another bottle out of my morning urine. 13X. I wonder if it will work considering the fact that i already used my urine to make a remedy and took it for several days (what if it haschanged my urine) or will it be better to take the remedy from the first bottle? The next question is – I added 30 percent of alcohol as I don’t know how long I will have to take the remedy, so before taking the remedy i take a tea spoon of it and add it to some water to make it less concentrated/ is that all right? and what do u mean by spring water? I bought some artesian bottled water as i didn’t find spring water/ is it the same thing and can i use it as well?

    • Polina

      October 17, 2013

      And what if I take 13x more than 2 times a day? Can it make the remedy work better?

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    Elaine Lewis

    October 18, 2013

    I would take the remedy every hour for a few hours until you get some kind of result, then you can take it less often. Your water bottle sounds fine. Succuss 10 times before each dose. If you’ve had this condition for 7 years, it may be very stubborn, difficult to get rid of. You might want to read my “Tidbits” article on my vitamin C protocol for bladder infections. I’ll try to find it and post the link.

    • Polina

      October 18, 2013

      Thank you very much for your fast reply, Elaine. I’m going to read your article right now. But I still didn’t get if it’s better to use the first bottle I’ve made or the second one.

  28. Will

    November 7, 2013

    Hi Elaine, I found this page months and months ago and have referred back to it to make a homeopathic remedy a few times now. I just wanted to say thanks. I made a remedy out of (among other things) cacao beans, ha ha.

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    March 6, 2014

    Excellent ,many thanks to Dr. Elaine.May I ask a question which may not be directly related to this? Is there any expiry time of potentised remedy?

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    Elaine Lewis

    March 13, 2014

    No. None that I know of. However, I understand that at any time, any remedy can become de-activated. I’ve heard stories of this though it hasn’t happened to me. I think you are best off holding on to a remedy if you make a stock bottle. By that I mean, put one or two pellets into a dropper bottle, add a little bit of water and mostly alcohol, like brandy. Let’s say, 80% alcohol, 20% water. This will make your remedy more stable and less easily influenced by environmental factors. Then when you need a dose, shake the bottle and put a drop in a couple ounces of water in a paper cup and swallow. This remedy should last indefinitely.

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    April 8, 2014

    First, a minor technical issue. Only Chinese Medicines (nowadays) are given as true “pills”. Western medicine uses capsules and tablets, which are vastly different than pills.
    Pills are often herbs and something edible (honey for example) to hold it all together. Tablets and capsules contain ingredients to hold them together, lubricants to help the process, disintegrants, and other substances. If you grind up a tablet/capsule you will be making a Homeopathic prep of ALL the ingredients, some of which could have undesired effects. Thus, it is NOT a good method. You really would do better to obtain a sample of the active ingredient. Of course, in an acute emergency, your method would probably be better than nothing.

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    Elaine Lewis

    April 24, 2014

    Robert, when I say “pills”, I mean whatever form or shape your medicine was in. Tablets have to be crushed into a powder, capsules have to be emptied; and it makes sense to make a remedy out of what you TOOK, which includes ALL the ingredients. Maybe one of THOSE is what’s causing your bad reaction, and not the active ingredient!

  33. Joan

    December 8, 2014

    Have enjoyed your information tremendously!
    I have a heel that flares up and becomes very sore and the next day its fine. Am not able to go for my walks anymore and am very discouraged. Is there anything that you could recommend me do.


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    Elaine Lewis

    December 9, 2014

    Hi Joan, I would have to take your case. I send out a questionnaire. There’s nothing in the information you’ve just given that spells out a remedy, I would need to find out much more. Thanks again.

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    Elaine Lewis

    December 10, 2014

    I sent your message to Dr. B and hopefully he will look into it.

  36. Aimee

    January 21, 2015

    Hi Elaine,

    I’m allergic to something in my home and I thought I saw something in the comments about this when I first read your article but cannot find it now.

    I think what you said was to leave a bowl of water out for a week then make the remedy from that. Does that sound right?

    Thank you for this article!


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    Elaine Lewis

    January 22, 2015

    That sounds about right, Aimee. Let us know if it works. I think you may be thinking of the post where someone who worked in an auto body shop put out a bowl of water and made a remedy from that.

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