Homeopathic remedies cost only a small amount of what drugs cost; they are non-toxic, are effective against bacteria, viruses and parasites and are surprisingly easy to use. Successful homeopathic treatment is best provided by a skilled homeopath but there are a selection of remedies that work for a variety of common aliments which are suitable for everyday problems such as bruising, stings, minor burns and vomiting.
Homeopathic Remedies for Everyday Problems
Here is a list of useful remedies for a first-aid kit that can be used at a moment’s notice:
Aconite for fever
Aconite is one of the most common remedies to use for a variety of minor childhood illnesses such as earache, sore throat, flu and fever. Aconite should be used if symptoms develop very quickly or if the illness begins after exposure to a cold, dry wind. Best of all, when aconite is used, symptoms do not come back so this remedy is sure to be a lifesaver for many a parent woken in the middle of the night by a child screaming from ear pain or restless with a fever and rapidly spiking temperature.
Apis for stinging, burning, swelling and itching
Homeopathy is based on the science of “like cures like.” In practical terms, this means that a homeopathic solution includes an extremely small amount of a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person but cure or improve those same symptoms in someone who is ill. This remedy is proof of the principle that “like cures like” because apis is derived from the honeybee and stings cause burning, swelling and itching. It can also be used to relieve symptoms caused by allergies, arthritis and herpes.
Arnica for trauma
Arnica works miracles for physical trauma such as a fall, sprain or even surgery. It helps prevent bruising from developing, prevents swelling and relieves aches and pains. Arnica can also help refocus a person who is feeling disoriented and it doesn’t interfere with painkillers or other medicines. It should be kept on hand in the home, office and car and used at a moment’s notice. It is the miracle remedy for children who are accident prone.
Arsenicum Album for vomiting and diarrhea
Arsenicum album brings poison to mind but this homeopathic remedy has none of the harmful effects associated with arsenic. Seasonal viral attacks that bring on vomiting and diarrhea or food poisoning can stop anyone in their tracks from 16 to 48 hours. This remedy taken immediately at the onset of symptoms can relieve gastritis and is extremely helpful to have on hand for children who are particularly sensitive to dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting.
Cantharis for burns
This remedy comes from the blister beetle. The beetle contains a chemical which can raise blisters and cause inflammation. Based on the principle “like cures like,” cantharis works best on second degree burns that cause blistering. It can also relieve pain and promote healing in third degree burn victims.
Nux Vomica for hangovers
Translated from German, nux vomica means “no vomit.” It can relieve symptoms of nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache and cramps caused by one drink too many. Nux vomica has a specific action on the digestive system and is also used for heartburn, ulcers, hiccups and constipation.
Rhus Toxicodendron for rashes and itching
Rhus tox is a dilution of poison oak, which is a plant that causes a blistering rash. It is one of the best remedies for people who have touched poison ivy or for treating eczema. Anyone with chronic eczema may feel their symptoms get worse at the beginning of the treatment but that is a sure sign that the remedy is working.
Consult a Homeopath for Homeopathic Remedies
This brief list of homeopathic remedies is intended as a checklist that can be used to put together a homeopathic first-aid kit for personal use and for the relief of common, everyday illnesses. A homeopath should be consulted If symptoms persist or intensify. In keeping with the homeopathic principle of “like cures like” homeopathic remedies can cause the very illnesses they are meant to treat.