Do you have a homeopathic first aid kit? Homeopathic remedies can be successfully used for minor first-aid conditions, alleviating minor symptoms and discomforts for both Children and adults. Non-toxic and safe to use, homeopathic medicine is a relatively inexpensive and effective method for this.

Key remedies you should include in your homeopathic first aid kit are:

  • Apis mellifica: This homeopathic remedy, derived from the honeybee, works well for any kind of hot, dry, itchy swelling (bee stings and insect bites are a great example!). The afflictions that apis mellifica (30CH potency) works best for are those that improve with cold, but worse with pressure and heat. For injuries that do not have these characteristics, but are still the result of an insect bite or similar injury, check out the remedy Ledum palustre.
  • Arnica montana: This remedy, probably one of the most well-known homeopathics, is indicated in soft-tissue (ie., muscle) injuries and swellings. Bruises can also respond well to Arnica, and it can help alleviate the shock associated with burns. Arnica is also specifically indicated when the injured person feels sore or bruised. Sprains with swelling can also respond well to arnica. Traditionally, arnica is used in a 30CH potency for first aid issues.
  • Glonoinum: For victims of minor heat exhaustion, glonoinum can potentially be the remedy of choice. This homeopathic remedy, in 30CH potency, is best indicated for a throbbing, splitting headache, accompanied by a sweaty, flushed skin and a feeling of heat. Typical dosing patterns involve one pellet every 5 minutes in the acute phase, for a maximum of 10 doses.
  • Hypericum perforatum: Traditionally indicated for nerve pain, hypericum is a good remedy for injuries with shooting nerve pain, puncture wounds, and spinal injuries (in addition to medical treatment). The potency used would be 30CH.
  • Ledum palustre: If you have an insect bite that's swollen and painful, but does not have apis mellifica's specific characteristics (hot, dry, itchy, etc.), ledum palustre (30CH potency) may work well to alleviate the uncomfortable feeling associated with your injury. (Mosquito bites are reported to respond well to Ledum). Ledum is also key for injuries involving bruising (such as a black eye), and those injuries that feel cold and numb.
  • Rhus tox: The remedy rhus tox shines for ligament and tendon injuries. It also can be effective for joint sprains. As well, the remedy is used for plant-based rashes (e.g. poison ivy) that involve blistering and swelling with redness. A 12CH potency is usually used.

Katie Patrick, Naturopath