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Use the power of HOMEOPATHY this summer
by Kiran Grover
Summer is upon us and there are so many things to enjoy. With hot weather here and abroad it is good to know that Homeopathy can help you and your family with any bites, stings, tummy upsets etc that you may encounter. This summer try some simple Homeopathy to help you with many of the common complaints. If you suffer with more complex illness such as hay fever you should consult a qualified, professional Homeopath.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete form of complementary medicine that treats mental, emotional, and physical complaints. It’s a holistic treatment that stimulates the body’s own healing power by identifying and addressing the cause rather than suppressing the symptoms. Homoeopathic treatment is designed around the individual, specific to their condition and character; a unique prescription. Homeopathy values the individual above all, taking in to account personal lifestyle and specific symptoms, rebalancing mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Homeopathy can also be useful in first aid and for treating minor ailments.
Homeopathy is non invasive, non-addictive and simple to use. It can be used with other types of medicines and it’s even safe to use in pregnancy and for babies and children. It is gentle and effective and does not cause any side effects.
What are Homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted quantities of substances derived from a variety of plants, minerals and other materials to stimulate the body’s own healing. They may be used for both prevention and treatment of disease and are specifically designed to suit the individual and their needs. They are non-addictive and free from side effects.
Suggested summer Homeopathic hints
Cuts, Grazes and Bruising
Arnica is great for bruising and also for exhaustion and shock. Arnica cream is good to have in the medicine cabinet as it helps with knocks and bruises etc and minimises damage and speeds up the healing process.
For wounds, cuts and grazes Calendula ointment is also an invaluable addition to any medicine cupboard. It’s a gentle and antiseptic ointment that can be applied to scrapes and cuts.
Both remedies can also be taken as tablets as well to help speed recovery.
Stings and Bites
If a bee sting needs to be treated Apis is a useful remedy to take particularly if the area is bright red, hot, puffy and swollen. Other symptoms include feeling hot and sensitive to touch, while there may also be fluid retention. The area will feel worse for heat and better for cool applications.
Ledum can also be useful for insect and animal bites to relieve some of the discomfort, although appropriate medical attention may also need to be sought. Use Ledum for a hot, pale swelling which is soothed by cold applications.
Witch Hazel gel can be applied to the area as it is antiseptic and healing.
Many of us enjoy having a golden tan but we must be all aware of the dangers of sunbathing. If you’ve stayed too long in the sun then the Homeopathic remedy Cantharis is very effective at reducing inflammation, while cooling and healing one’s skin. Cantharis is also useful if there is an intense burning, or a raw heat.
Belladonna helps if the skin is red with a throbbing heat that is hot to the touch.
Aloe Vera gel can be applied to the area as it is very cooling and healing. Remember if one bathes the area it is better to use tepid rather then ice cold water.
Sun stroke can be avoided by covering the back of the neck and head and drinking plenty of water. However, if there is sun stroke, which normally includes dehydration and exhaustion then the remedy China can be useful.
Stomach Ache and Food Poisoning
Summer snacks and barbeques can tempt one to overeat. If one over indulges in food, drink or both then try Nux Vomica. It’s very good for upset stomachs, irritation and oversensitivity. It can help alleviate hangovers too!
For food poising try Arsenicum Albumen, particularly if there is restlessness, anxiety and exhaustion. Other symptoms can be a dry mouth and a thirst quenched in small sips. They’ll also be a burning pain particularly in the stomach.
If you are travelling this summer by car, train or plane Cocculus is great for travel sickness. It eases motion-induced nausea and helps with missed or disturbed sleep.
Arnica is also useful to take to help ease the symptoms of jet lag.
If you suffer from hay fever or other more chronic complaints then it is advised to consult a qualified Homeopath. Homeopathy is a complete form of medicine which employs a holistic approach to treat mental, emotional and physical complaints.
A few homeopathic remedies can help you enjoy a healthy, happy summer, safe from all these minor worries and annoyances!
Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from Homeopathic pharmacies.