Back to the Bugs

I’ve posted remedies for bug bites and stings before, but seeing that it’s that time of year again here in Northern Michigan, we’ll do another round.  Below are a few remedies to keep on hand, including a few ways to keep them away in the first place.

Ledum – This remedy is a remedy used mainly for puncture wounds, which makes it wonderful for stings and bug bites.  It’s a great remedy for spider bites, especially if there is swelling and/or inflammation.  It is also recommended for bites that become infected and are suppurating.  In addition, it is helpful for thos who have an extreme reaction to mosquito bites, including great itching and swelling.

Apis – This homeopathic remedy is made from the honey bee, therefore it is the first remedy to thing of if you are stung by a bee, yellow jacket or wasp.  It can lessen the pain and reduce the swelling/redness almost immediately.  It is also extremely helpful for those that are allergic to bees.  The sting/bite that requires this remedy will be puffy, tender, red and may burn.  Cold applications help alleviate the pain with this remedy/sting.

Silicea – This remedy can help to extract a stinger if it’s lodged in the skin.

Aconite – This remedy can be used if a person becomes fearful and panicked after being stung.  If this is the case, this remedy should be used immediately after the sting.  Once the person has calmed down another remedy, more specific to the sting itself, can be used.

Hypericum – This is one of the first remedies to consider if a sting/bite occurs in a nerve-rich area of the body, such as a fingertip.  Shooting nerve pain will come from the location of the sting if this remedy is indicated.  Numbness and tingling may also be present.

Lavender Essential Oil – While this remedy is not homeopathic, it is wonderful for reducing the itch and swelling of mosquito bites (not to mention it smells good).  Just put one drop of Lavender oil directly on the bite.

Select the remedy that best matches your symptoms.  A potencey of 6C, 6X, 30C or 30X cam be used.  The number of the times a dose should be taken depends on the severity of the sting.  The more the severe the reaction to the sting the more frequently a dose can be taken.  Discontinue taking the remedy once improvemt occurs.  If you are uncertain which remedy to use, contact a Certified Classical Homeopath for assistance.  If the sting causes a severe allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.

To help keep the bugs off you in the first place, without using those chemical-ridden bug sprays, you can take a small 2 – 4 ounce glass spray bottle, mix 5 – 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 – 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil and fill the remainder of the bottle up with distilled water or witch hazel.  Shake vigorously until well mixed.  Spray on your skin when going outside.  Geranium oil and citronella are other useful oils.  Not only will it help keep the bugs off of you but it smells wonderful! 

Another great place to start bug control at home is in your garden!  Fill your garden with lemon balm, geranium, mint and other fragrant herbs to help keep the bugs at bay. Many herbs do well in pots and can be kept on patios and decks.

Our favorite and most fun form of bug control we have in our yard is our chickens. If you have the room and the means, we highly recommend!  Not only do they provide great bug control but the eggs are delicious!

Have a wonderful (bug-bite-free) summer!

 

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Homeopathy and Summertime Rashes

We live in Northern Michigan and spend much of our summer on the beaches of Lake Michigan.  Some of our favorite beaches have poison ivy lining the trails.  Although we have learned to avoid it (my oldest daughter is very susceptible), we still keep remedies on hand if a rash develops and avoid using any cortisone creams or other medications.  In addition to poison ivy, Homeopathy is very effective with poison oak, poison sumac, hives, allergic reactions on the skin and more.

Below are some of the most commonly used remedies for rashes.  As when using Homeopathy for other ailments, choose the remedy that most closely resembles the symptoms you are experiencing for the greatest and most rapid result.

Anacardium:  This remedy is generally most effective with rashes that come from poison Oak.  There will be great itching and swelling.  Fluid-filled blisters may also be present.  The itching will be worse with heat or if hot water is applied.

Apis:  This is the first remedy we think of when hives are present.  Rash or hives will be red and swollen.  They may or may not itch, but there is usually a burning or a stinging pain.  The discomfort of the rash is relieved by a cold compress.  My youngest daughter will develop hives if she accidentally consumes a tree nut.  This remedy has been our lifesaver.  In addition, this remedy is made from the honey bee, which also makes it a wonderful remedy for bee, wasp or yellow jacket stings.

Belladonna:  This is generally not the first remedy I reach for when it comes to rashes, however if the rash comes on very fast and is very hot with a throbbing pain, I would consider this remedy.  A fever may also be present.

Bryonia:  A Bryonia rash would be hot, dry and lumpy.  The discomfort would be worse from movement, pressure and touch.  Someone requiring this remedy may want to lie completely still and not move.

Graphites:  This remedy is indicated when the rash is oozing with a thick, sticky, golden fluid that eventually becomes hardened and crusty.  The itch will be worse at night.

Ledum:  This is the first remedy I think of for bug bites, especially if a person is sensitive to mosquito bites and ends up with large welts around the sting site.  Like this bug bite reaction, the rash will be very swollen and puffy.  It will also be relieved by cold applications.

Natrum Muraticum:  This remedy is usually considered for more chronic rashes, however, if a rash develops that is worse from the sun and from physical excursion, this may be a remedy to consider.  The rash itself will be dry and flaky.  Many rashes requiring this remedy will occur around the hair-line or at the bends of the knees or elbows.

Rhus Tox:  This is the first remedy to consider in cases of poison ivy, as it is made from this very plant.  The rash may burn and will itch intensely.  The rash will feel better with heat or by running the rash under hot water.  In some cases the heat will make the itch worse while it is applied but, once removed, the itching will cease.  In some instances, those with a rash requiring Rhus Tox will becoming very restless and will not be able to sit still.

Sepia:  A rash requiring this remedy will be very dry and scaly with a red or brownish tint.  Getting too warm under the covers or under clothing will make the itching of this rash worse, as will sweating.

Sulphur:  A rash needing sulphur will be red, irritated, burning and itchy.  Heat will aggravate it, as will washing.  This is the first remedy to think of for rashes caused by clothing irritation, especially if the rash develops from wool.  Itching will be almost unbearable but will make the rash worse and can cause it to spread.  The rash itself can be either dry and scaly or moist and weepy.

Urtica Urens:  This is the first remedy to consider when faced with a rash that resembles a nettle rash (It is made from the stinging nettle plant).  The eruptions will sting and burn greatly.  Scratching will make the rash worse, as will applying a cold compress or cold water.  If a rash develops during heat stroke or overheating, this is also a remedy to consider.

The potency to use for the rashes listed above range from 6C – 30C.  I generally go with 30C unless I don’t have any on hand.  Each remedy can be taken 3 – 6 times per day, depending on the need.  As a general rule, the remedy can be taken every one – two hours.  If no improvement is seen after a couple of doses, another remedy may be needed.  For more immediate cases, such as the times when my daughter has accidentally eaten a tree nut and the reaction is more imminent, I will increase the time frame to every 15 minutes until an improvement is seen.  Choosing the right potency and frequency can be tricky.  If you ever have any questions or concerns about which remedy, potency or frequency to use, consult a certified homeopath.

If the rash is due to a severe allergic reaction seek emergency medical attention.

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Ipecacuanha (Ipecac)

This is one Homeopathic remedy I always keep in stock, both for clients and for my family.  It is a blessing whenever constant nausea and/or vomiting are a leading aspect of an illness. 

Just this past holiday season both my girls and I were living with constant nausea.  There was never any vomiting but the constant nausea had the potential of causing us to miss out on a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  I broke out the Ipecacuanha and within 24 – 36 hours we all felt better and enjoyed all of the delicious foods of the season!

Even though nausea and vomiting are the main indications for this remedy there are a few others for which Ipecacuanha works particularly well:

  • Migraine headache with severe nausea and/or vomiting
  • Bronchitis and coughs especially in children
  • Coughs that lead to nausea and/or vomiting
  • Rattling cough that comes in warm/humid weather
  • Pertussis or severe cough with stiffness and/or vomiting
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Croup
  • Nausea and/or vomiting with a loathing for the smell of food or the thought of eating food
  • Constant nausea that is unrelieved by vomiting
  • Nausea and vomiting with great irritability
  • Aching in the thigh and/or leg bones

A must have in my practice and my home!

Say Goodbye to PMS and Menstrual Woes

[tweetmeme]Many women suffer from varying degrees of PMS. Homeopathy can make a positive difference. Listed below are some of the more widely used remedies.

Ambra Grisea: This remedy is used when there is bleeding between periods. Bleeding may be worse from exertion or from passing a hard stool.

Belladonna: This remedy includes severe menstrual pain, that may feel like it’s pushing down. Blood may be red or very dark red with clots. Pain may be worse on the right side around ovaries. Pain usually comes on quickly and is quite intense. Mood may include great anger and/or a short temper.

Bovista: Someone requiring this remedy may find that their period only comes on at night or is worse at night and/or upon rising in the morning. Many times, those who need this remedy find that their period nearly stops during the day. It may also be that every time the menstrual cycle begins there is a bout of diarrhea. Mood may change quickly.

Calcarea Carbonica: For this remedy to be useful one’s period usually comes on too early and will last for a long time. Flow may be heavy. PMS may include anxiety, headache and sore breasts.

China Officinalis: This remedy is used when the flow is dark red and tremors come on with menses.

Cimicifuga: Pain that is worse the heavier the flow is may lead one to this remedy. There may be severe cramping. Periods are irregular and may be suppressed by stress and/or emotions. Mood may be quick to change. There may be intense gloominess, as if nothing will go right.

Cocculus: This remedy is for weakness during menses. It may also help when the period is heavy and is made worse by walking or standing.

Cyclamen: If menses are easily suppressed from getting wet or from exertion this remedy may be of assistance. There may also be severe labor-like pain during one’s period. Menses come too early, are profuse and may be black and clotted.

Kreosotum: Menses that cease on walking may lead you to use this remedy. PMS generally includes irritability, headache and nausea.

Lachesis: This remedy, when used for PMS, centers mostly around mood. There will be great irritability. Emotions may also include increased jealousy and depression. The PMS may include a migraine or a pulsating headache that is worse on the left side. Flushes of heat are also usually present.

Lilium Tigrinum: PMS in this remedy includes great irritability. The irritability with this remedy can be so severe that everyone around feels like they need to walk on egg shells. Depression may also be present. Physically there may be a feeling of bearing down during menses that is worse while standing. The sensation may be so bad that one needs to cross her legs.

Magnesia Carbonica: For this remedy to be indicated the menstrual flow will only happen at night and will stop during the day. Menses will come on too early (every 21 days). There may be heightened anxiety during menses.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is one of the most widely used for PMS and menstrual issues. For this remedy the menses are easily suppressed. Periods are generally very short and may be irregular. The flow may be heavy one day and light the next, changing every day. There may be a headache that occurs at the last hour of the menstrual flow. PMS may include weeping, forsaken feeling and/or changeable moods. There may be great sadness and/or depression.

Sepia: As with Pulsatilla, Sepia is one of the most widely used for PMS and menstrual issues. There is great aggravation before or during menses with this remedy. Mood turns sour with great irritability. The irritability is so bad that one is disturbed for even the smallest disturbance. One may also feel disconnected and indifferent to family members during this time. There also may be depression, weeping and mental weakness. Menses may be very light and too early.

Sulphur: PMS may include anxiety when this remedy is needed. This remedy is also indicated when there is a strong desire for sweets before the period begins.

Whether it’s the emotional or the physical side of PMS and/or menstrual issues that come every month, Homeopathy is a safe and effective method of relief.