Homeopathy for Summer Ailments
Summer is an amazing time of year, however there can be a lot of accidents and injuries. Let's talk about some remedies that I recommend you keep around the house or bring on trips, just in case.
If you are unfamiliar with homeopathy and want to understand it more, read my blog regarding Homeopathy and Children. In it I explain what homeopathy is, how to use it and how it may be beneficial to you.
Recently my husband went to the boundary waters in northern Minnesota on a mini camping vacation with a bunch of guys. I tried to think of things that would be beneficial for him to bring with that covered all the "normal" summer issues but didn't make his pack overly heavy. These are what I sent.
Apis mellifica 30c - stings or bites that are red, hot, swollen,or inflamed. Worse with heat, fire, hot drinks, touch, and pressure but better with cool air, cool bathing, uncovering and sitting erect/upright.
Arnica 200c - sprains, bruises, bruised feeling of the mind or body, sore muscles where the person is better lying down and/or lying with head low or outstretched but worse from over-exertion, falls, touch, damp cold, and lying on left side.
Arsenicum album 30c - diarrhea that burns with pain and is foul smelling, especially useful if you suspect the person has been exposed to contaminated water. Burning pains in the body, the person is over sensitive, anxious, worried they won't get better, is better with food and drinks, warm wraps and motion but worse with cold drinks, cold air, and dampness.
Bioplasma - bioplasma is a combination of the 12 cell salts. If you want to learn more about cell salts, go here. They are great because if we get run down, sick or just need a boost, they act as an electrolyte.
Cantharis 30c - burns and scalds that are better with cold water - this includes sunburn, water burns and burns from the campfire. UTI where the kidney region is sensitive, urine burns, scalds with cutting, intolerable urging and dribbling. They would be worse urinating, with sound of water, drinking coffee and being cold. Better with warmth and rest.
Ledum pulastre 200c - wounds - punctured wounds like nails, stings, foul pus, red spots and rash (think tick bite), worse being covered, motion, and night but better with cold bathing, air and lying down to rest.
Nux vomica 30c - hang over and vomiting. Over indulgence of food & drink. Thinks they would feel better if they could just vomit. Violent vomiting, better with hot drinks, naps, resting, milk, fat, moist air but worse with cold, dry, open air, high living, coffee, liquor, mental exertion, and tobacco.
Rhus tox 30c - poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac - hot, dry, itching, burning, worse hairy parts. Sensitive to cold air, eruptions that are moist and have crusts. Worse exposure to wet, cold air, chilled when hot or sweaty, ice, and cold drink. Better with continued motion, heat, hot bath, warm wrapping, change of position, and warm, dry weather. Pain that makes you feel stiff, sore and inflamed. Better with motion but too much motion will make it worse.
Ruta graveolens 30c - sprains, strains of tendons, overexertion, eye strain, bruised, sore, aching with restlessness, gnawing-burning pains. Ill effects of bruises, fractures, and carrying heavy weight. Better lying on back, warmth, motion, rubbing and scratching, worse with cold air, being damp, wet, lying, stooping, exertion, going up/down hills or steps.
Silicea 6x - slivers or prickers that are stuck in/under the skin. Area will be red, hot, swollen and possibly full of pus. You may feel something poking you when you touch the area. The person feels worse with cold air, bathing, touch, pressure, change of weather but better with warm wraps to head, summer, wet humid weather, and being around others.
When using homeopathic remedies it is important to remember that the least dose is best. Give a dose and see what happens. If it helps, great, if it doesn't within 30 minutes to an hour, redose. If you don't find relief after 3 doses, chances are the remedy is not the correct one. If you are finding relief but it isn't lasting, you may need a stronger potency.
Don't touch the remedies as the medicine is on the outside of the remedy. Tip the required number of pellets (it will say on the vial) into the cover and then into the mouth without touching them or touching the cap to the teeth, lips or tongue. When using homeopathy, it is best not to eat or drink withing 15-30 minute on either side of dosing and to avoid coffee, alcohol, mint products, essential oils and strong scents during the dosing periods.
Being that I am a student homeopath and a clinical aromatherapist I will also bring along diluted lavender essential oil on trips. It is great for pain, burns, scratches, scrapes, cuts and other skin issues. I use lavendula angustifolia essential oil (lavender), 4 drops in a 10ml roller bottle and fill the rest with either safflower oil or fractionated coconut oil. That can be used as needed and in conjunction with the homeopathic remedies.
Should you have any questions, please let me know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful summer!
Love and light,
Information regarding homeopathic remedies comes from the
Materia Medica of Homeopathic Remedies, 2nd edition, 1999, Dr. S.R. Phatak
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