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Are Maty’s Whole Food Remedies Homeopathic?

As a manufacturer of natural products, we’ve seen a boom in the number of people interested in using natural remedies to heal. We often get asked, “Are your products considered homeopathic, whole-food, or herbal remedies?” Here at Maty’s, we fall under the whole-food health category.

They all stem from the same notion that when your body is fully supported, it can and will heal itself. But a natural remedy is a broad term that encompasses many different therapies, so it’s common for people to mistakenly interchange these three types.

There’s still a distinct difference between homeopathic, whole-food, and herbal remedies; knowing that difference can help you decide what’s best for you!


What Are Whole-Food Remedies?

Using food to heal is nothing new. For thousands of years, humans have relied on food and herbs for medicine; their healing properties are well documented and have stood the test of time. Sadly, within the last 100 years we have forgone our medicinal roots and now rely on patented drugs.

The beauty of healing with whole foods is that they’re safe and natural. When you take food in its entirety, you’re not only taking important nutrients, but you’re also getting supporting elements like enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and trace elements. These factors help you digest and assimilate the necessary nutrients in the whole food. Alternatively, when you extract individual elements from the plant, it becomes very concentrated. So when taken alone, this can be toxic and therefore, produce more side effects.

Another benefit of using whole-food remedies is they focus on supporting your immune system so your body can fight any ailment that hits you. Since they’re not based solely on symptoms, whole-food remedies take a more holistic approach. For instance, honey is good for a cough, but it’s also great for sore throats, an excellent energy source and is anti-microbial. It’s not only going to help your cough, but the honey will support your entire body.

Think About It.

Have you ever had to worry about how much maple syrup you put on your pancakes because you just took your blood pressure medication? Or, do you worry about calling your doctor to find out if that extra turmeric you just added to your soup will react to your aspirin? Probably not.

With whole-food remedies, there are many ways to make them yourself at home. That’s why you see so many DIY remedies online for all sorts of health conditions. But, we know you’re busy. That’s why we take the time (sometimes years!) to find just the right combination of all natural ingredients to produce remedies that work. We save you the time and money by gathering all the ingredients and doing it for you.

Lastly, there are many ways to take them. People tell us all the time how soothing it is to put a bit of our cough syrup in a cup of warm tea or cider because it makes them feel good. You can even add it to oatmeal, a smoothie, or pancakes!

And what about hard-to-swallow ingredients like Apple Cider Vinegar? We think everyone should be taking it as a health tonic since it’s so good for you. But have you ever tried taking it alone? Yuck! By including it in our immune support cough syrups, you get the benefits without the terrible taste.

We’re proud to offer an entire line of whole-food health remedies for your whole family.


What Are Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathy is a method that is based on “like cures like”. The premise is that a substance, when taken in such small amounts, that produces symptoms in a healthy person will cure similar symptoms in a sick person.

A homeopathic remedy takes a naturally-derived substance and dilutes it down drastically, so there’s hardly any of the original element left. It’s a very concentrated solution.

Many people don’t subscribe to the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. They believe any relief you gain from the homeopathic remedy is due to the placebo effect.

Similar to medications and drugs, homeopathic remedies are regulated by the FDA. They often have “drug-like” names listed under “Drug Facts” on the label. For anyone who is not familiar with the remedy, this can cause some confusion.


What Are Herbal Remedies?


Herbal remedies use a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian writings were found to describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC. Native Americans also used herbs in their healing rituals long ago.

Since herbal remedies and whole-food remedies both come from plants, many consider them interchangeable. But that’s not the case.

In herbal remedies, an active part of the plant is isolated– whether it be the leaves, stems, or roots– and that substance is extracted from the rest of the plant. This creates a highly concentrated substance that has the potential to be toxic in large amounts. Some herbal remedies even interact with conventional drugs. Think of herbal remedies in a micro sense and whole-food remedies in the macro sense.

We have all seen those drug commercials on TV that spend half their time listing all the possible harmful side effects associated with taking it. Seriously– if you’re looking for pain relief, are you willing to risk sudden death?

When you think of it that way, doesn’t it make sense to reach for a safe, all-natural alternative first? Our belief in natural whole-food remedies should put your mind at ease when it comes to helping your family feel better. We found a safe way to do this. What have you got to lose?  It’s a no-brainer to us.