Tuesday, July 31, 2012

“No, I won’t! Homeopathy and Temper Tantrums

Guest Article by  Joette Calabrese, HMC,CCH,RSHom 

Are temper tantrums a fact of life in your household?
The cantankerous two year-old. 
The confrontational teenager.  
But what if tantrums were actually beneficial?
Sounds peculiar that such behavior could be considered valuable, doesn’t it? 

Well, temper tantrums are indicators that something is out of balance, not only behaviorally, but probably physiologically.  And since symptoms are the key to choosing the proper homeopathic remedy, then this aberrant behavior can actually become useful in addressing the underlying cause.

Many parents explain away their child’s behavior as simply an age-related stage.  Too often, they offer platitudes such as, “Well, of course he has temper tantrums.  He’s 3!” or “She has a terrible attitude, just like her dad!”

While it is true that these pathologies can be age or family related, we should bear in mind that they are still pathologies.  Therefore, even if they present, this doesn’t mean that they belong there.

Not every toddler throws a tantrum and not every teenager needs an attitude adjustment.  These problems are particular to the individual and are symptoms to which we ought to give our full attention.  

They reflect an idiosyncratic personality that can be guided and brought to its best state through homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy is gentle and won’t change your child’s personality.  When the remedy is chosen correctly, it will bring your child into balance both physically and emotionally. 

Bye-bye temper tantrums! 

Read through the following descriptions to find the remedy that best fits the entire “picture” of your child’s symptoms.  Administer one dose in the 30th potency every 3-4 hours until improvement is seen, then stop.  If no improvement after the fourth dose, try the remedy that seems to be the next best fit.  For more severe symptoms, the chosen remedy can be given every 1-2 hours. 

Nux vomica

This is the remedy to use for symptoms brought on by going “over-the-top.”  Ailments are brought on by too much sugar, too many drugs, too much stress, pressure, work, food, drinks, etc.  Irritability is a key factor in this remedy along with gastrointestinal issues such as gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. 


Although irritability is addressed by Chamomilla, it also encompasses symptoms that result from anger.  Symptoms include fractious behavior and acute sensitivity; that is, the reaction is far too great for the stimulus received. Words or physical touch which would normally cause a much less severe response will prompt testy and crotchety comebacks.  This remedy is also particularly useful in cancelling out the workings of unnecessary drugs.  


Individuals who might benefit from Lycopodium are generally insecure and cowardly and are typically afflicted by gastrointestinal complaints. Though they appear confident and self-assured, they worry about how they are perceived and judged by others.  Their worries increase when they are by themselves so just having someone nearby alleviates their anxiety. The behavior is often cross and cantankerous.


As its name alludes, Coffea is made from coffee beans, and it addresses those pathologies which are similar to the ill-effects of caffeine. Though there isn’t marked anger or anxiety, which the former three remedies envelop, there is an inability to relax and the mind races. Despite these jittery thoughts, the disposition is quite even- tempered, though there might be some, though little, irritability. Because the mind is already quite excited, even the smallest pain causes inordinate distraction and there is an increased sensitivity to surrounding elements, such as noise, light, touch, etc.

When parents ask me what they should do until the remedy takes effect, I tell them to indeed discipline the child.  Just because the behavior may have physiological roots, it doesn’t mean the child shouldn’t be held responsible and taught accordingly.  We all have our bad days, and we need to learn how to adjust accordingly, so as not to disrupt family life and society in general.

Give the remedy most suited to your child and you might find that even if anger is still exhibited from time to time,  it will be mitigated by an inner wherewithal that was previously absent.

About the Author
If you find this kind of information valuable, you can learn more about homeopathy at her site: www.homeopathyworks.net.  Contact her office at 716.941.1045 to schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation to learn if homeopathy might be a good fit with your health strategy.  Lots more homeopathic tips on her blog: www.homeopathyworks.wordpress.com.  
Joette Calabrese, HMC,CCH,RSHom is a homeopath and mom who has depended solely on homeopathy and nutrition in raising her family without a single drug….ever!


  1. I have witnessed the wonders of homeopathic remedies for temper tantrums and helping my chid through some of the age-related transitions of childhood. The growth that happens in childhood should not be underestimated. It is profound! The gentle working of homeopathy can help smooth those transitions for big people and small people. It is a blessing indeed!

  2. How eye opening. My 4 year old is very defiant and always does the opposite of what my husband and I ask him to do. We console ourselves by saying - "these are ferocious fours". Perhaps homeopathy can help us all!

  3. Thank you for this post - I have a very tantrum prone little 2 year old spirited toddler girl. I just think they're too young to properly express themselves. I let her cry it out, get rid of all that steam, giving her reassuring hugs and lots of love...

  4. Ladies, thank you for your comments. We are so glad you found this article so beneficial. Homeopathy has made such a difference in our lives that we knew we had to share more about it with you. Homeopathy can work on so many levels including on the energetic aspects. Having a well stocked homeopathy kit is very important. It works and it's affordable. Keep us posted on how well it works for your families!

  5. Wonderful article, thanks Joette and Carol for making this available. Very useful for myself (my oldest is prone to getting very tearful when overstimulated).

    Will be sharing!

    A Mom On A Spiritual Journey

  6. Sarah, We are glad you found this article beneficial. Keep an arsenal of remedies on hand, you'll never regret it.

  7. We've used homeopathy for several years for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. It has helped us through some very traumatic times and our reliance on mainstream medications has reduced by approximately 98%.

  8. For Heart and Soul, thanks for sharing. We feel very strongly about the use of homeopathy too. Although we do not claim to be medical advisers, we encourage others to check with their doctors but hopefully have an open mind to try something new that has the potential to make a huge difference in their families health.

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