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.

Spring Allergies

Spring allergy season is upon us but we do not need to let the sneezing, itchy eyes or runny nose get us down.  Homeopathy is an effective way to care for your allergies without the side effects of over the counter or prescription allergy medications.  Listed below are some of the most effective remedies for this allergy season.

Allium Cepa: This remedy is made from the red onion.  If you think about how your body reacts when you chop an onion you will see what symptoms this remedy can calm.  It is wonderful for allergies that produce extremely watery eyes and a runny nose.  The discharge from your nose may burn and cause redness on your upper lip.  Nose may seem to “run like a faucet” as the discharge is so watery and profuse.  It is especially effective for those who are allergic to flowers and pollen.  Symptoms may feel worse in a warm room and later in the day.  Relief may come from being in the open air.

Arsenicum Album: This remedy is used when the right side of the nose is stuffed up or running.  discharge from nose is watery and may burn your upper lip, causing redness.  Nose may be running but at the same time completely stuffed up.

Euphrasia: This remedy cares for eyes that burn and water profusely.  Eyes are very irritated and may be sensitive to light.  Watery discharge from nose may also be present.

Kali Bi: This remedy is wonderful for allergies where the root of the nose is sore.  Discharge is very thick, stringy and yellow.  Post nasal drip may be present.  You may feel the need to clear your throat often because of thick mucus of the post nasal drip. Sinus infections that result from allergies of this kind can also be helped by this remedy.

Nat Mur: This remedy is good for allergies when the discharge from the nose looks like the white of an egg.  Allergies may come on with much sneezing.  Watery eyes may also be present.  Those who need this remedy generally feel worse in the open air or out in the wind.

Nux Vomica: This remedy includes pronounced sneezing.  Allergies are worse in the morning when first getting out of bed.  Nose is stuffed up all night long and runs during the day.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is good for allergies that produce a yellowish-green discharge from the nose.  Sneezing is usually present.  Allergies feel worse when in a warm, stuffy room and in the evening.  Nose may run and be completely stuffed up at the same time.  Itchy eyes may also be present.

Sabadilla: This remedy is called for when sneezing is the predominant symptom.  If you sneeze 5 – 10 times in a row before relief then this is the remedy to take.  Tickling inside the nose is usually present along with very thin nasal discharge.

Enjoy the Spring!

Sore Throat

Winter is coming to an end, or so we hope, but colds and sore throats still linger.  Here are a few remedies to consider when that sore throat comes around.

Argentum Nitricum: This remedy is for splinter-like pain in the throat.  There may be hoarseness and/or loss of voice.

Baptisia: This sore throat will present with a dusky red inflammation that is remarkably pain-free.  It may be accompanied by stupor and/or mental confusion.

Baryta Carb: This is the remedy to think of when there is chronic inflammation of the tonsils.  There may be huge swelling that occludes the throat.  The cervical glands may be hard and swollen.  There will be difficulty in swallowing liquids and saliva.

Baryta Muriatica: As with Baryta Carb, this remedy is indicated when there is enlarged tonsils and cervical glands.  With this remedy however, the cervical glands may not be as hard and the swelling will be worse on the right side.  The pain will also be worse on the right side.  In addition there could be a lump sensation in the throat that prevents swallowing.  Throat pain is generally better by drinking cold drinks.

Belladonna: This remedy is used when there is acute suppurative tonsillitis that is worse on the right side.  The pain is worse from breathing.  There is generally no thirst.

Bromium: This remedy is indicated when there is left-sided tonsillitis with large stony-hard glands.

Cistus: Sore throats needing this remedy will include a burning pain in the throat that is worse during inhalation.  The throat will feel extremely dry and will there will be some temporary relief from drinking liquids and/or swallowing.

Hepar Sulph: This sore throat will present with stitching or splinter-like pain.  Tonsils may be swollen.  The sore throat itself may be the only symptom.

Lachesis: This remedy is indicated when there is left-sided throat pain or tonsillitis.  The pain is worse from swallowing liquids, especially warm drinks.  Sometimes cold drinks may give temporary relief.  The pain is better when swallowing solid food.  Upon swallowing the throat pain radiates to the ears.  There may also be present a choking sensation on swallowing.  The inside of the throat may have a deep red/purple color.

Mercurius: This sore throat will present itself with intense burning pain with a constant desire to swallow.  Swallowing, however, makes the pain worse.  The throat pain may even feel worse when the neck is touched externally.  The inside of the throat may exhibit typical strep throat color with redness and white spots around the tonsils.

Phytolacca: This remedy is indicated when there is marked pain and the throat is dark red in color.  The pain is usually worse on the right side and from warm drinks.  Cold drinks may help the pain temporarily.  This sore throat is also generally accompanied by a stiff neck.

Ear Infections

Ear infections have become something of an epidemic among young people these days.  Rarely do you hear of a child who hasn’t had one at some point or another.  Many deal with it on a recurring basis, which tends to lead to multiple rounds of antibiotics, tubes and antibiotic-resistant infections.  We have been relatively lucky in our household in that our kids have only had one or two ear infections during childhood.  Never have they had to take antibiotics.  If caught soon enough (within the first 24 hours) most ear infections can be cleared naturally.  Listed below are the Homeopathic remedies most used for ear infections along with a few other natural remedies.

Belladonna: This remedy is for an infection that comes on quickly with a fever.  The pain is usually worse at night and centers in the right ear.  The heat from the fever radiates from the forehead.  Hands and feet, despite the fever, may be cold.  There is usually irritability, restlessness and lethargy along with little or no thirst.

Aconite: This remedy is indicated when the infection comes on after being out in a cold wind.  The infection comes on quickly and may include a fever with intense sweating.  The pain is worse around midnight and the child may show signs of fear and anxiety.  The child will be thirsty.

Chamomilla: An ear infection needing this remedy will include intense pain.  The child may scream in pain.  There will be restlessness and irritability in that the child doesn’t know what he/she wants.  He/she may ask for a drink of water then will refuse it or at one point want to be carried but then decides he/she wants to be left alone.  One cheek may be red while the other is pale.  A normally content child may become angry due to the pain.   The pain is usually worse in the right ear.

Merc Sol: This remedy is indicated when there is a discharge coming from the ear.  There is usually a distinct alteration between fever and chills.  During times of fever there will be extreme sweating, which may be offensive in smell and is usually worse at night.  There is generally a great thirst.  This remedy is also good for chronic ear infections.

Pulsatilla: An ear infection indicating this remedy generally occurs in the left ear.  There may be yellow-green mucus running from the nose.  Children requiring this remedy usually become very clingy and whiny.  They want to be carried and cuddled.  There will be little appetite or thirst.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Food grade hydrogen peroxide is recommended.  Put a few drops into the ear.  Lay still for at least 10 minutes or until the “crackling” stops.  This will kill any bacteria and/or viruses that are inside the ear.

Garlic Oil: Most health food stores sell a garlic oil specially made for ear infections.  Follow the directions on the bottle.

Silver: Silver is an ant-bacterial and an anti-viral.  Take a few drops orally 3 – 6 times per day.

If the ear infection lasts for more than 48 hours with no improvement call your physician.  In most cases, if the infection is caught soon enough, the infection will clear within this time-frame.

Dental Issues

Most people, by the age of 35, have experienced some type of dental discomfort or difficulty.  While many dental issues may require the intervention of a dentist, there are many complaints that can be aided Homeopathically.

Listed below are the most commonly used Homeopathic remedies for toothaches, abscesses and miscellaneous dental issues:

Belladonna: This remedy is characterized by throbbing pain that is worse by moving the jaw, touch and chewing.  There will be redness around the affected area.  The onset of the pain will be rapid.  Tooth abscesses with these symptoms may be helped with this remedy.

Mag Phos: This tooth pain will be worse when cold food, drinks or a cold breath touch the affected area.  Warm drinks or food may make it feel better.  This remedy is also helpful in cases where there has been an injury to the jaw, including pain from a Novocain injection at the dentist.  The jaw may feel stiff and/or cramped.

Coffea: The tooth pain that requires this remedy is worse from heat and better when a piece of ice is held in the mouth.  Nervousness and anxiousness may accompany the pain.

Chamomilla: This tooth pain will be worse from warmth, even a warm room, but will not feel any better from cold.  The pain itself is intolerable and irritability is great.

Calendula: This remedy is generally used for cuts, scrapes and wounds.  In a tincture, swish around in your mouth several times a day to aid healing.  Do not swallow.  This can be used with other remedies.

Merc Sol: This pain will be very sensitive to hot, cold and chewing.  The pain is usually throbbing in nature and is worse at night, especially after midnight.

Myristica: This remedy is for swollen abscesses that are surrounded by numbness.  It is an especially helpful remedy for wisdom teeth, both before and after removal.

Silicea: This remedy is most useful when there is puss draining from an abscessed tooth.  It is also beneficial for most general tooth pain and chronic abscesses.   For chronic issues use 6X three times daily every weekday, take a break on the weekends.  This dosage is also good for hastening puss discharge.

Hepar Sulph: This remedy is the most beneficial when an abscess is caught at its beginning stages and there is great tooth sensitivity, especially to cold.  The gums may be sore and bleeding. Salivation may increase.  A potency of 6C or below three times a day will promote puss discharge if the abscess is already draining.  If the abscess is swollen but not draining use a higher potency (30C – 200C) three times a day.

Arnica: This remedy is good for use after a tooth injury or after getting a deep filling at the dentist.  It is also good for sore spots in general.  If there is bleeding from under a tooth or in the gum 30C every 10 minutes can help stop the bleeding.  This remedy is also beneficial for any apprehension that may be present before a dental visit.

Hypericum:  This remedy is specific for nerve pain or damage/injury.  It is a wonderful remedy for a broken tooth or a molar extraction that exposes a nerve.  The pain is worse from cold.  The pain will usually radiate along the nerve.  When the pain begins to subside follow this remedy with Arnica.

Staphysagria: This remedy will help heal dental incisions, extractions, and impacted wisdom teeth.  It can also help manage pain.

Tissue Salts: Tissue Salts are certain Homeopathic remedies that are used in a potency of 6X or 6C.  For cavity-ridden teeth and/or to strengthen teeth alternate between Silicea, Calc Flour and Calc Phos. On weekdays only, take one dose of Silicea 6X or C in the morning upon waking.  Take a dose of Calc Flour around lunchtime.  Take a dose of Calc Phos before bed.  Do not take any of the remedies during the weekend.

Calc Phos: This remedy can assist new teeth coming in.

Aconite: This remedy may help if you are afraid to go to the dentist.  Take a dose of 30C the night before your appointment.  If the fear is still present the next day take another dose before you go to the appointment.  In addition, if you are one that is prone to panic attacks when visiting your dentist this remedy may assist you.

Gelsemium: If you feel jittery and anxious before your dental visit a dose of Gelsemium my help you to relax.

Remedies with a touch of personal experience:

  • Our daughter’s canines were not descending and her orthodontist wanted her to visit an oral surgeon.  Instead, we began giving her Calc Phos 6X three times a day (on weekdays only) and within 3 months her canines came in.  There ended up being no need for the surgery.
  • While vacationing in Montana my husband began to get a terrible pain in the tooth that his dentist said needed to have a root canal.  He took 5 doses of Silicea 30C within a 1.5 hour period.  The pain subsided.  When we returned home and he returned to the dentist she informed him that there was no longer a need for the root canal.

While Homeopathy can be very effective with a wide array of dental issues it is still important to visit your dentist regularly for check ups.  If you are using Homeopathy for a dental issue, such as an abscess, and the issue does not clear up within 24 – 48 hours it is important to contact your dentist and/or physician for additional care.

Pink Eye

As a professional Homeopath for the past 5 years I have to admit, I have never had the opportunity to work with a case of pink eye first-hand until about a week ago.  My husband came down with it while at work one night.  It manifested with the typical symptoms of redness, burning and extreme irritation.  That morning I had him pick up the Homeopathic remedy Euphrasia Officinalis 6C and some Pink Eye Relief TM eye drops (containing Belladonna 6X, Euphrasia 6X and Hepar Sulphuris 12X) from the local health food store.  He was sure that he would have to take the next night off work because his eyes were so bad he couldn’t see.  However, by that night, after taking 3 doses of the Euphrasia and using the eye drops as needed, his eyes were no longer red and there was just some mild discomfort.  By the second day his eyes were completely clear.  No missed work.

We now have yet another first-hand experience of the effectiveness of Homeopathy.  Not only did the remedy allow us to forego a trip to the doctor’s office (with the associated cost) and unneeded antibiotics but it cleared up much more quickly with Homeopathy than it ever would have with the alternative.

We have another successful case to add to the books and I have another reason to love what I do.

Headache Relief

Head pain can be debilitating.  It can interrupt even the simplest of tasks in our daily lives.  Listed below are some of the main Homeopathic headache remedies.  While there are nearly 50 remedies at our disposal that contain indications for head pain, the ones listed below are the most commonly used and widely available.

Allium Cepa: This headache will be present during allergies and/or a runny nose.  It is generally worse while in a warm room and better outside in the fresh air.  Closing ones eyes aggravates this headache.  The pain itself may be thread-like and/or neuralgic.

Aloe: Headaches needing this remedy are usually better with cold applications and worse with warmth.  The headache will be accompanied by a severely congested head and may alternate with low blood pressure.

Apis: This headache will present with pains behind the left ear that extend to the left eye or temple.

Argentum Nitricum: This remedy is indicated when one has headaches that are very slow to come on and then suddenly disappear.  The pain improves when the head is bound up with a bandage and/or tight hat.

Arsenicum: Someone needing this remedy gets headaches at regular intervals, such as in daily, weekly or monthly cycles.  If the headaches are chronic they are better with heat and the pain is burning in nature.  If the headache is acute it will be better with cold, such as a cold compress.

Aurum: This headache will present with a boring pain at the inner angle of the right eye, especially at the root of the nose.  The pain is so intense that thoughts of suicide may be present just to relieve the pain.

Belladonna: This remedy is used for migraines that come on very quickly.  The pain begins in the occiput and radiates to the right temple or forehead and then settles around the right eye.  Head pain starts at 3pm or starts at 11am and ends at 3pm.  The symptoms surrounding this headache are typical migraine symptoms, worse light, noise, movement, sun, menses, heat, stooping and coughing.  Pain is better lying in the dark, with cold compress and pressure.  The pain itself is generally pounding or pulsating and may feel stabbing in nature.

Bryonia: This headache will be on the left side of the head, over the left eye or across the forehead.  The pain may eventually extend over the whole head.  The pain is worse with any motion, including motion of the eyes.  It may also be worse in the morning.  The pain is better with pressure, lying very still and closing eyes.

Cactus: This headache will present with severe congestion and a red face.  The pain is worse when fasting and better with food.  It is usually contained to the right side of the head.

Calc Phos: This remedy is for headaches in school-aged children whose pain originates in the cervical region.

Cimic: This head pain is usually accompanied by a very stiff neck and dullness of mind.  The pain may be at the very top of the head with great pressure pushing upwards.  Pain may also be in the eyes.

Coffea: Someone needing this remedy would have gotten the headache from loud noise, music or footsteps.  The pain may be as if a nail were being driven into the head.

Dulc: This head pain comes on from the suppression of sinusitis or facial eruptions.  It is worse during cold, damp weather or after a chill.  It is better with discharge of mucus from the nose.

Ferrum Phos: This remedy is for long continued headaches that last for 2 – 3 days.  The pain may be in one small spot around the left temple.  The pain is generally pulsating and better when lying down.

Gelsemium: This headache will come on slowly.  It may begin at the back of the neck and radiate to the forehead.   Head may feel very heavy.  The pain is better after urination and worse around 10am and after drinking wine.

Ipecac: This remedy is for migraines that present with severe nausea and vomiting.  Pain will radiate to the face, teeth and/or tongue.  Face will feel flushed and hot.

Iris: This remedy is another classic migraine remedy.  The pain is usually on the right side, centered in the temple or around the right eye.  Vision will be blurred before the headache comes on.  This remedy is also for those who only get headaches on the weekends.

Lachesis: This headache will present on the left side of the head.  The pain is usually pulsating or bursting in nature.  The pain is usually worse with heat and worse before menses.  Putting pressure on the head may ease some of the pain.

Natrum Ars: This remedy is for headaches that come on from smoke, such as from being in a smoky bar.

Natrum Muraticum: This is another migraine remedy.  The pain is worse from sun, light, reading, before menses and is better from lying in the dark, quiet, perspiration and cold applications.  The pain may be worse at 10am and feels like a hammer beating on the head.