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GELSEMIUM

Gelsemium sempervirens
Carolina jasmine, yellow jasmine, false jasmine.

Key Uses:
  • Acute influenza and sore throat
  • Hay fever
  • Paralysis, linked with phobias, exam nerves, stage fright, and other anticipatory terrors

    Origin : Native to the southern US and Central America, and now grown worldwide.

    Background : Carolina jasmine came into regular use from the middle of the 19th century, chiefly as a treatment for nervous disorders such as sciatica and neuralgia.

    Preparation : The fresh bark of the root is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Gelsemium is most suited fear losing control. They dislike being disturbed, especially while feverish, when they feel dull, drowsy, and dizzy, but want to be held. Their faces are flushed dark red, with a dull, besotted expression.
    A general state of mental and physical paralysis, with weakness and an inability to perform, are key symptoms linked to this remedy. At times the remedy has been given to strengthen courage on the battlefield, and it is often used for phobias, exam nerves, stage fright, and other anticipatory terrors, which cause trembling, weakness, diarrhea, and frequent urination. In the long term, these symptoms may lead to more complicated, serious neurological disorders and possibly even paralysis, which the remedy may help.
    Gelsemium is also used to treat acute influenza or sore throats, with weakness, limp limbs, chills, fever, headaches with double vision, and heavy, drooping eyelids. There may be a lack of thirst, even during fever. In addition, the remedy can be given for hay fever if accompanied by these symptoms.

    Symptoms Better : For profuse urination; for sweating; for shaking; for alcoholic drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : In humid weather, especially during spring; for extreme emotions; for dread or ordeals; for surprises or shocks.

  • Weather conditions


    Look at this list of common weather words. Notice that it is very common to form adjectives by adding -y.



    Note: When it rains for a short period of time, we call it a shower, e.g. We had several showers yesterday afternoon.
    When it is raining a lot we often say its pouring or its pouring with rain. This phrase is much more common than its raining cats and dogs, which many students seem to learn.

    Temperature




    People round the world have different ideas about temperature:
    5C (five degrees centigrade) is freezing for many Brazilians.
    -10C (minus ten degrees or ten degrees below zero) is very cold but quite normal in the mountains in Switzerland during the winter when it usually snows a lot.
    30-35C is boiling for England and very unusual, but it is very common in parts of Spain during the summer.

    Wind


    The first word here is very gentle; the last is more than 100 km per hour and can be very dangerous.

    a breeze a wind a strong wind a gale a hurricane

    It was a hot day but there was a lovely breeze.
    The wind blew my hat off.
    The hurricane in Florida destroyed trees and buildings.

    Thunderstorms


    A spell (= period) of very hot weather often ends with a thunderstorm. First it becomes very humid (= hot and wet), then you get thunder and lightning, and finally, very heavy rain (= it pours with rain). Afterwards, it is usually cooler and it feels fresher.
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