Homeopathic First Aid for Your Summer Holiday at Home or Away.

Most of us tend to spend more time outdoors during the summer months, whether at home or traveling. Summer comes with all sorts of fun and enjoyable adventures and activities; occasionally leading to minor or more serious first aid situation.

Having a few homeopathic first aid remedies available can really save the day, and take care of the injury or illness very quickly. Should a more serious incident occur, you will have immediate access to good and effective first aid help, while waiting for medical assistance, or while on the way to a doctor or hospital.

I can’t tell you how many times I have needed my homeopathic first aid remedies throughout the years. Blistering sunburns, sprained ankles, jet lag, food poisoning, insect stings, bumps and bruises, have all been treated quickly and effectively with homeopathy.

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HOMEOPATHIC FIRST AID


Fear of flying:

  • Aconite:  Fear of planes and crowds. Sudden fright and emotional shock about the flight. Terrified of impending death. Great anxiety and restlessness. Rapid heartbeat. Violent palpitations. Profuse sweating.
  • Argentum nitricum: Anticipatory anxiety and apprehension before the flight. Fear of heights, being trapped. Worried about making the flight on time. Impulse to jump out of the plane. Fear of elevators and bridges.
  • Arsenicum album: Tremendous pre-flight anxiety. Fear of dying in plane crashs. Extreme worry about health. Insomnia after midnight. Cold.
  • Calcarea carbonica: Anxiety about safety and natural disasters in general: fear of flying, heights, earthquakes, storms. Issues around security/insecurity.

Food poisoning:

  • Arsenicum album: Bad effects of spoiled fish, meat and bad water. Burning pain in abdomen, person feels chilly, restless, anxious, thirsty for sips of water. Vomiting and diarrohea at the same time. Better for warmth and warm drinks, worse from cold drinks and sight or smell of food
  • Phosphorus: If there is marked thirst for cold drinks that initially stay down, but are then vomited up as soon as they are warmed by the stomach. There is a high level of anxiety when feeling nauseous that is eased by reassurance. Diarrhea is painless but may be severe, especially in the evenings, when there is a real difficulty in controlling bowel movements.
  • Veratrum album: Good for vomiting and diarrhea (if Arsenicum album doesn’t help). The skin will be especially pale and feel clammy to the touch. There is also a thirst for cold water, which tends to be vomited up very soon after it has been drunk. Moving around intensifies the nausea.
  • Ipecac: For a particularly intense sensation of nausea that leads to episodes of vomiting that do nothing to relieve the awful sensation of sickness, even temporarily, use Ipecac. Nausea is aggravated by movement of any kind, or by stooping and bending forward. Although patients bring up frothy vomit frequently, there is an unusual lack of thirst when this remedy is helpful. The abdomen feels sensitive and distended with spasmodic colicky pains, and there is an unpleasant, constant urge to empty the bowels.
  • China: This it an excellent remedy to help promote recovery after fluid loss which has arisen because of symptoms such as persistent sweating, vomiting, diarrohea causing exhaustion and dehydration.
  • Urtica urens: This remedy, homeopathic stinging nettles, is more commonly used for cases where hives are associated with food poisoning, as is often the case after eating bad fish.

Be aware that food poisoning can be potentially life threatening. If symptoms persist after 24 hours be sure to seek medical assistance. Seek immediate medical attention if difficulty focusing, double vision, convulsion or paralysis. 


Sunburn and Sunstroke:

  • Calendula: Use cream to soothe sunburn or when blisters have broken to promote new skin growth.
  • Belladonna: Violent heat, redness, throbbing, swelling and burning pain which comes and goes suddenly.  Worse for motion, heat, better for light covering.
  • Cantharis: Violent burning pain and blisters. Pain is raw and smarting. Worse for touch and better for cold application.
  • Causticum: Serious burns with burning pain, blisters and weakness
  • Cuprum: If sweating and cramps occur with sunburn.
  • Hypericum: Burns with blistering and shooting pains. Worse for cold and movement.
  • Urtica urens: Stinging burning pains and violent itching. Use topically as well as internally. Worse for cold bathing.

If you do get a burn, apply cream of Urtica, Calendula or Hypercal immediately and liberally to the affected area. For more serious burns that begin to blister take Cantharis or Causticum. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.


Insect bites and stings:

  • Apis: One of the most common homeopathic remedies indicated for insect stings that are red, hot, swollen and puffy looking at the site of the bite. The patient may experience great stinging and burning pains, accompanied by itching. Additionally, there may be swelling around the mouth, lips and throat, which indicates possible anaphylaxis. Applications of cold compresses soothe and relieve the pain. Seek medical assistance in the event of swelling of the throat.
  • Ledum: The homeopathic remedy Ledum is indicated for bites and puncture wounds where the injury site feels cold and becomes bluish in color. The person bitten wants cold applications for relief at the site of the sting or bite. It is especially helpful in snakebites and stings from poisonous insects such as brown recluse spiders and ticks. Anyone who is bitten by a poisonous insect or snake should be given Ledum to reduce symptoms, and immediate medical attention should be sought.
  • Hypericum: This remedy is known for its soothing effect on injuries to nerve-rich body areas. It is also useful after puncture wounds, including bites and stings. Shooting pains or pains with numbness and tingling often are experienced when Hypericum is needed.
  • Formica rufa: Useful for insect stings from fire ants and other bites where there is terrible stinging pain accompanied by intolerable itching and blistering at the site of the bite. The area will be red but not as inflamed or swollen as one that needs Apis.
  • Urtica urens: Indicated where there are large, bright red
    blotches or hives that burn and sting, have violent itching and a crawling sensation on the skin. This homeopathic remedy is especially useful in insect allergies and allergic reactions to bites. As an aside, it is also well indicated for allergic reactions after eating shellfish.
  • Staphysagria: Excellent homeopathic remedy for the prevention of mosquito bites. For those who are prone to attracting every mosquito in the area, it may be taken as a prophylactic or can be used after being stung to reduce the effects from the mosquito bite.


Sprains, strains and accidents:

  • Arnica: The first remedy to try after sprains. Sprain your ankle? Is it sore and lame? Arnica is what you need! Feel sore all over after hiking all day? Arnica will restore beautifully. Whenever trauma produces pain, swelling, bruising, inflammation, and injury think of Arnica. Remember that the key indicator that Arnica is needed is a sore, bruised, and beaten sensation.
  • Ruta: First and foremost think about Ruta graveolens for injuries to the ligaments, tendons and the periosteum or lining of the bones. This remedy is of use in areas where the skin is close to the bone, and in injuries to cartilage and fibrous tissue. (Hypericum is for injuries to nerve tissue, Arnica to muscle  tissue, and Bellis perennis to soft tissue.) Ruta is for fibrous tissue such as ligaments and tendons, the remedy for damage to the surface of bones.
  • Rhus Tox: Sprains and strains are the types of injury where rhus tox. is most often indicated by the symptoms. The pain or stiffness is nearly always relieved by movement, but getting going is difficult; hence the title ‘the rusty gate remedy’. Beginning to move makes it worse, feels better after continued motion. A sprained ankle will perhaps hurt most the following morning, or whenever the patient begins to move after being at rest, so he or she may like to keep the joint moving all the time to prevent it seizing up. Sometimes the patient will be so  weak or exhausted he or she cannot move, even though movement would help. Another lead towards rhus tox. is an aggravation from getting wet or  from damp conditions. Hot bathing, and warmth in any form feels better. Arnica and Rhus tox. are the two remedies most often called for after over-exertion, such as straining to lift something too heavy, or too long in the garden or the gym. ( Arnica cases are not relieved by continued motion.)
  • Bryonia: Bryonia is the opposite of Rhus tox; everything is nearly always made worse by movement, in some cases even the slightest movement. The patient usually wants to keep perfectly still. Pressure also helps to relieve the pain, so the patient may be holding the affected part or lying on it, or may like tight bandaging. The first aid cases covered by Bryonia are usually broken bones and sprains. Broken ribs often call for this remedy.
  • Ledum:  Ledum can be very useful in treating sprained ankles. Switch to using Ledum, from Arnica if the ankle looks black with bruising and has the sensation of being cold, yet putting heat on it worsens the pain which is actually relieved by applying ice. Ledum is often needed for a couple of days. Ledum is also particularly useful for black eyes.

Dosing and frequency:

A 30c potency should be sufficient in most cases of first aid treatment. I do however recommend having Arnica on hand in both 30c and 200c potency.

I suggest taking a dose (up to 10 granules, or 2-3 pellets) of the remedy every 15. minutes for the first  few doses, and reduce to every 2-3 hours as the patient improves. If no improvement after 3-4 doses you might want to look into a different remedy. The remedy might be repeated once per day for a couple of days after the initial 24 hours. Stop taking the remedy after 2-3 days of improvement, or consult a professional homeopath for further questions regarding continued treatment.


Where to purchase remedies:

Homeopathic remedies may be purchased separately at many health food stores, or by contacting the homeopathic pharmacies listed below, (travel kit from Helios Pharmacy, U.K pictured below).

https://www.helios.co.uk/shop/traveller-kit 

 

UK
Helios Pharmacy
www.helios.co.uk

Ainsworth Pharmacy
www.ainsworths.com

USA
Hahnemann Laboratories, USA
www.hahnemannlabs.com

Washington Homeopathic Products, USA
www.homeopathyworks.com


Contact me:

If you would like to book an appointment, please click here! 

I specialize in the treatment of ADHD, OCD, ODD and Anxiety in children, teens and adults.

ONLINE HOMEOPATHY by video call consultations (Skype, VSee, or other)

For questions: https://www.naturligvishomeopathy.com/contact

Wishing all a fun filled, healthy and happy summer!