Oh dear – what a summer we have had so far in the UK. In fact, if I recollect correctly, summer came and went in April when we had a really hot spell!!
People are really suffering with this damp rainy atmosphere and the first remedy which comes to mind is Dulcamara – the woody nightshade that has as one of its main symptoms Ailments from getting wet in the rain!!
One of the best ways to avoid it is to take a teaspoon of local honey a day. This works on the homeopathic principle that Like cures Like. Homeopathic constitutional treatment may make Hay Fever appear weaker and weaker every year.
The main remedies I tend to give out for acute Hay fever and their indications are as follows:-
Allium Cepa- Begins by sneezing, with increasing frequency. Watery discharge drips from nose and burns the lips and wings of nose. The watering of the eyes does not burn. Every year in August in the morning, there is catarrh with violent sneezing. Very sensitive to the smell of flowers and skin of peaches.
Yes it’s the onion!! Think what happens when you peel one, your eyes water!!
Euphrasia – This remedy has the opposite symptoms to Allium Cepa i.e.Profuse burning watery eyes and profuse bland catarrh. It is a short-acting remedy. Eyes are worse open air and the wind.
I often make up a very weak solution of the tincture to use as eye drops for patients whose eyes feel as if they have sand in them. They tell me it is miraculous!!
Wyethia – Peculiar itching in roof of the mouth. For relief the patient must draw his tongue back and forth over the soft palate.
I believe the Tissue salt combo for Hay Fever also works well for some people.
The best thing to do is to avoid it by keeping covered and if you do get burnt use Aloe Vera gel to relieve it.
Belladonna – this is a fantastic remedy for sunburn and heatstroke. Actually any ailments from being out in the sun for too long can respond well to a dose of Belladonna, especially throbbing headaches, redness and heat.
Cantharis – For stinging blistering sunburn- the bad type. It stops the pain.
Oh yes – we use animal remedies in homeopathy!!
Bites and stings
Apis Melifica – Apis works well on any insect bite or sting which swells up and is red and hot. This remedy is also used for allergic reactions which have these same symptoms.
Ledum – Another important remedy in bites and stings, but those with puncture wounds like mosquitoes. The symptoms are different than above, as the wound feels cold not hot!!
Use for puncture wounds such as stepping on a nail.
General First Aid Remedies
Calendula – In the cream this is essential for healing any cuts and grazes very quickly. Just make sure they are clean first, so the dirt doesn’t get trapped under the skin as it heals.
Arnica – Who would be without this king of kings remedy, a must for all falls, bruising and shock. You can stand there and watch the swelling go down if you give it fast enough. You can buy it in a cream, but make sure it is not applied to broken skin.
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Rochelle Marsden MSc, RSHom, AAMET