H ow wonderful it is to be able to soothe your family’s sudden acute ailments easily and quickly with a well-stocked homeopathic first aid kit. Bruises and bumps disappear quickly, sprains become tolerable and flus and fevers are milder and shorter in duration. It is empowering to be able to help keep your family in good health. Homeopathic remedies are inexpensive and last for a long time. It becomes a very economical way of treating family members and you can treat them on the way to the doctor or alongside doctor prescribed medication.
An illness is acute if it tends to be a sudden occurring one-off situational illness as opposed to a chronic complaint that is low lying, constantly there in the background with flare ups of the illness from time to time. An example of an acute would be the onset of flu with fever while a chronic complaint is more likely to be eczema or asthma. Chronic complaints are best treated constitutionally by a qualified homeopath.
Homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to how similar the collection of symptoms is in the sick person, to the group of symptoms that the original substance could cause in a healthy person. The homeopathic remedy made from the substance that can cause the most similar symptom group will be the best prescription. So it is important in an acute to be observant to such symptoms as
- The time of day the acute came on
- The sensation of the acute…is it stinging, cramping or itching?
- If it is a fever, does the person feel hot and dry or is there perspiration?
- How is the person feeling? Are they irritable, exhausted with no energy or teary?
- The location of the ailment
When you have a remedy you feel is similar to the acute symptoms that the person is showing then it is time to think about dosage.
If you are beginning in homeopathy, then a potency of 30c or less is appropriate. These are the potencies that are readily for sale in a health shop or pharmacy. In an acute, we want to dose the person often enough so that we can stimulate their body to begin to heal but, at the same time, taking note of when the symptoms begin to worsen again so that we know when to dose again.
The general rule I get my client’s to follow at home with their first aid kits is:
Give a dose of the remedy 15 minutes apart for 2-3 doses. If you haven’t seen a response by the second or third dose, it is likely that there is a better remedy to try. A good response would be that the person would feel improvement in their emotional/mental state firstly and may even sleep. The person may also notice that any pains have eased or disappeared within the first few minutes of taking the dose. As soon as the person exhibits signs of the pain returning or becoming restless or irritable again, then that will the exact time the next dose is needed. To begin in an acute, you might be dosing 10-15 minutes apart but as the day goes by the doses may begin to lengthen out a little, perhaps every hour or two. Once the symptoms have stopped or are no longer responding to the remedy, then we stop dosing. You will see the responses strongly when you have the exact remedy for the ailment. In flu or fever you will see the person become much brighter within themselves and almost have a burst of energy! However it is very important that they continue to rest. The homeopathic remedy can make you feel much better than you actually are. No treating yourself for a sprain and then going out and doing the gardening after a good remedy! You will feel much worse afterwards and wish that you had rested.
Which remedies do you need for a basic first aid kit at home?
There are many more that you could have than the ones I will list but these are the ones that have been most useful to my family and have served us well. They will form a good basis for any first aid kit.
Aconite – Used after emotional fright and distress after strong emotions. Best at beginning of ailment. Worse 9pm-midnight. Sudden onset of fever, from becoming chilled or fright. Chills.
Arnica – Helps shock after physical trauma such as bruises, blows, injury, concussion and surgery. Pains are bruised, sore, restless and aching. Relieves injuries of soft muscle tissue.
Apis – beestings
Arsenicum – Food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhea with burning pains. Better for heat. Weakness and tiredness. May be very cold. Will be anxious, fearful and irritable. First aid for asthma when they are worse at midnight, restless and anxious.
Belladonna – Burning hot red face. Sudden onset of fever worse at 3pm/am. Sore throat. Dilated pupils, hallucinations and nightmares with fever. Wants to be covered. Good to help relieve sunburn.
Calendula – mild scrapes and grazes. Will heal the wound very fast, do make sure it is clean!
Causticum – burns
Cantharis – general remedy for urinary infections, take at first sign of one.
Chamomilla – May be used for colic and pain while teething, child may have one red cheek and be very irritable.
Ferrum phos – great for warding off early signs that you might be coming down with a cold. Normally great tiredness will accompany.
Gelsemium – Great flu remedy, for shivering and weakness. Very tired, eyelids and limbs heavy. Worse at 10am.
Hypericum – Relieves pain in areas that are injured and nerve rich e.g. falling on the tailbone, cut fingers, cut lips. Helps to prevent infection. Insect bites that are itchy and puncture wounds.
Ignatia – sudden grief and disappointment.
Nux vomica – unsettled tummies after rich food or drink.
Pulsatilla – colds with bland discharge. Children who are teary and clinging especially when unwell.
Rhus tox – sprains and strains especially when worse on first movement.
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