I’m old enough to remember going to the health food store.
There, I could buy individual homeopathic remedies for just a few dollars.
Or I could jump in the car and drive 40-minutes to a well-stocked homeopathic pharmacy, where I could find virtually every remedy in a range of potencies.
That pharmacy is still there.
But it’s totally allopathic now.
Only a handful of homeopathic pharmacies in the United States still sell to the general public.
Some sell to homeopaths only.
One pharmacy is so strict that you need to show them your certificate, plus your business license, before establishing an account.
Another has a long waiting list.
To get on this list you need a referral from another homeopath.
In coming years I expect the remedy situation to get even worse.
So it’s important to get the remedies you need now.
This leads to the obvious question.
Can I buy homeopathic remedies on Amazon?
Should You Buy Homeopathic Remedies On Amazon?
I am an Amazon affiliate and I earn a small percentage on each sale, at no extra cost to the consumer.
Amazon sales are a very small percentage of my income.
My main occupation is as a homeopathic educator.
So my reputation is more important than any potential affiliate sales.
No way am I going to risk it to give bad advice.
If I ever find out that you absolutely shouldn’t buy any remedies on Amazon under any circumstances I will update this article.
But as of right now it appears to be safe to buy remedies on Amazon as long as you shop through a well-recognized store.
For instance, Boiron has a store on Amazon.
I assumed it was okay to shop there.
Since it carries the well-known Boiron name.
But I called Boiron USA to double check.
A nice lady who identified herself as Sonia H., a Consumer Experience Specialist, answered all of my questions.
She didn’t give her last name, stating that Boiron employees use their first name and last initial.
Sonja H. confirmed that it’s perfectly safe to buy Boiron remedies on Amazon, as long as you go through the Boiron store.
“Amazon is our distributor; they have a contractual agreement to carry our medicines,” she explained.
Sonja said consumers should make sure they’re buying from the Boiron store, instead of a third-party vendor.
This is easy to do.
Just look for the blue Visit the Boiron Store hyperlink.
In fact you can click on this link and you’re taken directly to the Boiron Store.
You can make your purchases right there and they’re still fulfilled by Amazon.
Basically, according to Sonja H., you can rest assured you are getting a real Boiron product with the expected quality control if you shop through the Amazon Boiron store.
Amazon is a Boiron distributor.
Similar to the arrangement Boiron would have with any other retailer.
There are other homeopathic stores on Amazon that I would trust as well.
Just make sure you go through a real store and not a third-party reseller.
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the company behind the store, like I did with Boiron.
Is It Safe To Buy Homeopathic Remedies On Amazon?
The favorable price is the biggest benefit of buying certain homeopathic remedies on Amazon, as free shipping is often part of the deal.
This is versus shopping at one of the few homeopathic pharmacies left in the United States.
You won’t find the largest selection on Amazon.
But you can pick up certain remedies not included in the popular 36-remedy Helios kits, such as Sambucas Nigra.
This is a really good remedy to have during cough and cold season.
There are people who will tell you to never ever buy a homeopathic remedy on Amazon.
However, these people aren’t going to reimburse you for the extra money you’ll spend if you need to shop elsewhere.
Nor will they be there to help if you have a feverish child and don’t have the remedy you need, because you were too afraid to buy it on Amazon.
Homeopathic remedies are getting harder to source within the US.
I don’t think anyone would argue.
Sonja H. confirmed that Boiron can only sell a limited range of remedies to the general public.
Nosodes, sarcodes and some other remedies are only available for certified practitioners.
Due to stringent regulations Boiron also can’t sell certain remedies in the United States.
Another example of the ever-increasing difficulty of obtaining remedies.
Every home should have it.
Ideally, if you need Pyrogen you’ll be working with a practitioner.
But your practitioner may be located halfway around the world and won’t be able to help you get the remedy.
This is why you want it in the house.
Yet Pyrogen is almost impossible for the average home prescriber to obtain.
At one time, Pyrogen was more widely available on Amazon.
However, Sonja H. confirmed it will not be stocked again, due to regulations.
So my best recommendation is to get the remedies you need while you can.