Apis – That Wonderful Honeybee

Apis is a wonderfully versatile remedy that belongs in everyone’s home remedy kit.  Just about everyone knows the effects of a bee sting  – stinging pain, burning, swelling and redness with possible heat radiating from the sting site.  These are the main symptoms of this remedy, wherever they are located, even if not caused by a bee sting.  There is also the widely used saying “busy as a bee”.  This is included in this remedy as well.  One who needs this remedy is usually someone who is always busy; someone who always has to be doing something and cannot sit still.  In addition,  someone needing this may also be someone who is very task oriented and may be a workaholic.  It should also be mentioned that Apis, in Homeopathic form, is safe even for those who are allergic to bee stings.

Here are some of the ways that Apis can be used:

Bee stings: The sting will have the typical symptoms of swelling, redness, stinging or burning pain and will feel better when a cold compress is applied.

Other bug bites or stings: Bites from spiders, wasps, yellow jackets and other insects, if the typical bee sting symptoms are present, can also be alleviated with Apis.  It is also a helpful remedy for those who react strongly to mosquito bites.  If the site of the bite gets swollen, red and hot then this is a good remedy to try.

Hives: I’ve seen this remedy work incredibly well with hives.  Generally hives are red, swollen and hot, which makes them a perfect indicator for Apis.  The hives may also feel better with a cold compress.

Allergies: This can also be a good remedy for some seasonal allergies.  Seasonal allergies needing Apis will most always  involve swollen, red eyes that may burn.

Urinary Tract Infections/Cystitis: This is one of the remedies to consider for a UTI.  This remedy is indicated if there is scalding pain during urination.  Urging to urinate will be frequent but little or no urine will pass.

Eczema: If the eczema has marked swelling and redness and feels better with a cold application then this is a remedy to consider.

Headache: This remedy will be indicated for a headache if the pain goes from behind the left ear to behind the left eye or temple.  The pain will be worse from heat and better when you go outside into the open air.  It may also feel better with a cold application.

Shingles: This remedy can give relief to shingles if the shingles are hot and red with stinging/burning pain.  Generally I don’t recommend topical creams but I have seen success using the Homeopathic remedy, Rhus Tox with a topical application of Apis in quite a few cases of shingles.

Bug Bites

[tweetmeme] If you’ve been outside anytime recently it’s more than likely you’ve been nabbed by a mosquito or another critter looking for a munch.  The itch, the sting and the welts can be part of summer.  Below are a few remedies to keep on hand for just about any type of bug bite or sting.

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 and can be helpful for mosquito bites and bee stings.  It is especially helpful for those 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 think of if you are stung by a bee, yellow jacket or wasp.  It will lessen the pain and reduce the swelling/redness almost immediately.  It can be taken orally in pellet form and can be applied topically in a cream.  It is also extremely helpful for those that are allergic to bees.  The sting/bite itself will generally 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 is 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.

Select the remedy that best matches your symptoms.  A potency of 6C, 6X, 30C or 30X can be used.  The number of times a dose should be taken depends on the severity of the sting.  The more severe the reaction to the bite/sting the more frequently a dose can be taken.  Discontinue taking the remedy once improvement occurs.  If there is no improvement after a reasonable amount of time you should select a different remedy.  If you are uncertain which remedy to use contact a Certified Homeopath for assistance.  If a severe allergic reaction occurs from a sting or bite, 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.  Shake vigorously until well mixed.  Spray on your skin when going outside.  Not only will it keep the bugs off of you but it smells wonderful!  If ticks are a problem in your area add a little Rose Geranium essential oil to the mix.

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