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Homeopathic First Aid

by Kiran Grover

Many people are aware that Homeopathy can help with long term conditions such as eczema, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hormonal issues and others. But Homeopathy can also help in first aid situations as it’s quick to act and is effective in relieving symptoms and helping the body stimulate its own healing process.

Don’t forget Homeopathy is non-invasive, non-addictive and simple to use. It can be used with other medicines and it’s safe to use in pregnancy and for babies and children. Homeopathy is a gentle and effective treatment that does not cause any side effects.

First Aid

Bumps and Bruises

For injuries Arnica is the first remedy to take especially if there is bruising and shock. Arnica cream is also good for bruising and helps to minimise damage and speed up the healing process.

Cuts and Scrapes

For wounds, cuts and grazes Calendula ointment is useful to have in the medicine cupboard. It is gentle and antiseptic and can be applied directly to the affected area.

Bites and Stings

If a bee sting needs to be treated Apis is a useful remedy to take particularly if the area is red, hot, puffy and swollen. Look for the affected area being bright red, feeling hot and sensitive to touch, occasionally with fluid retention. The area will feel worse for heat and better for cool applications.

Ledum can also be useful for insect and animal bites relieving some of the discomfort, although appropriate medical attention may also need to be sought. The Ledum swelling will be pale but may also feel hot and be better for cold applications.

Nose Bleeds

When there are nose bleeds especially in children Ferrum Phos can be very useful. Phosphorus can be effective if the nose bleed has started with the nose being blown.


At the early stage of fever Aconite is a good remedy, especially if symptoms include restlessness and thirst. For a rising temperature combined with restlessness, developing into anxiety with burning pains use Ars Alb. Belladonna is very good for violent, high fevers in children, accompanied by a flushed face, swollen glands and a dry mouth with no thirst. However, when the fever is more flu like then Gelsemium can be helpful, especially if shivers and chills lead to exhaustion with a heavy feeling in the body.


For minor burns Arnica should be given in the first instance for the shock and trauma of a burn, followed by Cantharis to minimise the pain. The next step would be use Calendula to help speed up the healing process and minimise scarring, while Calendula ointment can be used to soothe the area. Aloe Vera gel can also be applied for its cooling and healing qualities. Remember to bathe the area in tepid rather then ice cold water. For more serious burns one must always consult their GP or Accident and Emergency Department.


Anxiety with indigestion and a great thirst can be helped by Ars Alb. A sluggish and bloated feeling with trapped wind can be helped by Carbo Veg. If there is indigestion with heartburn then try Nux Vom, particularly if it’s caused by over indulgence!

Nausea and Vomiting

When nausea or vomiting is caused by food poisoning or anxiety, with burning or cramping stomach pains and a great thirst for water then use Ars Alb. If there is constant and violent nausea which is not relieved by vomiting, with no desire to drink water then take Ipecac. If there is frequent retching but unsuccessful vomiting, this could have been from over indulgence so take Nux Vom!

Next time you, or your family bruises, suffer any cuts, scrapes etc. bear in mind that Homeopathy can be an effective first step in treating the injury. It is worth having a few key Homeopathic remedies in the medicine cabinet at home, such as Arnica and Calendula. Or to purchase an Essential Remedy kit which most Homeopathic pharmacies make, these contain about 30 – 40 main Homeopathic remedies and are useful at home, in the car or when travelling.

Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from Homeopathic pharmacies. In an emergency always contact your GP or Accident and Emergency Department.

For further information on Homeopathy

Kiran Grover BA, MA, CHE RSHom runs a clinic in Northwood Consulting Rooms. She is a qualified, registered Homeopathic Practitioner, a Graduate of the Centre for Homeopathic Education, London and a professional member of the Society of Homeopaths. For more information on Homeopathy or to book an appointment you may contact her during office hours on

07983 788762 or by e-mail, Her website also has more information.

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