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Petroleum jelly is mineral oil based and not natural, so if you were looking for a good base to put a homeopathic remedy in, I would suggest something a little more holistic, such as a vegetable based cream or oil.
There are all sorts available such as vegetable based sorbelene, coconut oils, etc. even sweet almond oil or olive oil is a good carrier.
Try an aromatherapy supplier as they often use non mineral oil based or acqueous creams that would be compatible with remedies.
if you are going apply a remedy topically, why would you put it in a base that is not inert?
Petroleum is a remedy for skin conditions and as you can see from the link, it can cause skin irritation is susceptible persons.
I know that it has been used by many people to help their skin conditions, such as chapped hands,nappy rash and the like, but how can you be sure that it doesn't interfere with the action of a homeopathic remedy? Surely this is against the principles of classical homeopathy.
When the remedies were being proved they were tested in accordance with the Organon
the 6th Edition records
Aphorism 123 Each of these medicines must be taken in a perfectly simple, unadulterated for; the indigenous plant in the form of freshly expressed juice, mixed with a little alcohol to prevent it spoiling; exotic vegetable substances, however in the form of powder, or tincture prepared with alcohol when they were in the fresh state, and afterwards mingled with a certain proportion of water; salts and gums, however, should be dissolved in water just before being taken........
Aphorism 124 For these experiments every medicinal substance must be employed quite alone and perfectly pur, without the admixture of any foreign substance and without taking anything else of a medicinal nature the same day nor yet on the subsequent days, not during all the time we wish to observe the effects of the medicine
Whilst doses were given 'on a empty stomach daily form 4-6 very small globules of the 30th potency of such a substance, moistened with a little water or dissoved in more or less water..." (aph 128)
Aphorisms 267 268 and footnotes 143-145 discuss the crude substancesand their preparation.
Aphorism 270 ( & footnote 150) discusses the use of grains of milk sugar in the trituration and dynamization processes.
I accept that some are suceptible to effects of lactose
I also accept that some are suceptible to effects of alcohol
but, my arguement lies with the premise that the remedies have been proved and accepted into the Materia Medica on the basis of an alcohol or lactose base - not a petroleum jelly base.
Maybe the more important question is, why one wants to give a remedy topically in the first place... If the issue is simply to give a dose, that can be done by putting the medicated water/alcohol onto the skin, onto the lips, etc. If the remedy is being given specifically for a skin condition, the Organon does give special instructions about that. And if the aim is simply to soothe (palliate) a skin condition, then issues of homeopathic principle aren't really involved (of course that's assuming that the topical application isn't a suppressive one).