Speak Your Mind: Testing Homeopathy
For about five years, I’ve been afflicted by depression. I’ve finally decided recently to look into medication, since therapy has been unsuccessful thus far. I chose to speak to my grandmother about this issue, since I’m poor and I thought she’d be interested in helping. She was, just not in the ways that I had hoped for.
She gave me an essential oil called “Elevation: Joyful Blend,” which she directed me to smell every day, or possibly make a scented necklace to wear around. Now, I understand that certain scents are supposed to have certain effects on the body–like lavender having a calming effect. However, she was insinuating that smelling a mixture of oils would have a lasting effect on my chronic depression, rather than just making me feel better.
I accepted the oil, because it does smell good. For the most part, it just sits next to my desk. I like the way it smells, but I don’t want to smell it all the time, thinking it’ll make a difference to my chemical problem. It feels foolish and silly to sniff something for effect. It almost feels like I’d be compromising who I am as a skeptic by engaging in such a frivolous attempt at inducing a placebo effect.
Is there anything you wouldn’t try, as a skeptic? Would you use a homeopathic remedy, with or without another option? Would you turn it into an experiment with controls to try to learn something?
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