7 Homeopathic Remedies for Your First-Aid Kit
Homeopathy is a health care system that has been around more than 200 years. The principle of homeopathy is “like cures like.” In other words, your body creates symptoms to help fight off disease. By giving your body small therapeutic doses of natural plant-sourced remedies that mimic your symptoms, your body may be able to heal faster.
You can typically find them in grocery stores, drug stores, or online. Here are seven essential homeopathic remedies you’ll want to keep in your medicine cabinet.
Arnica, a perennial yellow flowering herb in the sunflower family, can help ease pain and swelling associated with muscle soreness, bruises, and other minor injuries. For example, if your toddler falls and gets a goose egg on his or her forehead, apply arnica cream immediately. If you stumble and fall while jogging, try to apply arnica cream or ointment as soon as you get home.
After applying arnica, an emerging bruise may eventually start to disappear. Arnica can also help relieve injuries to the soft muscle tissue. Keep a tube of arnica not only in your first aid kit, but also in your diaper bag, your car, and your purse or backpack for easy access.
Common Uses: Muscle soreness, bruises, scratches
Also known as English marigold, calendula treats wounds, scrapes, minor burns, and skin redness. Calendula can also be used to help soothe mild diaper rash. It works as an antiseptic and quickly draws dirt and germs out of a wound.
For a deeper wound that starts to become inflamed, treat it externally and take calendula 30c internally. Although there is no official definition of “potency” in homeopathy, the number and letter usually refers to the degree of dilution a homeopathic remedy has undergone in its manufacturing process. For example, calendula 30c has undergone 30 steps of dilution, as indicated by the letter “c” meaning centesimal.
Calendula may also prevent scabs from forming too early, possibly reducing scarring.
Before applying, make sure you gently wash the wound with water to remove dirt from the wounded area.
Common Uses: Minor burns, skin redness, rash
Arsenicum is commonly used for food poisoning, indigestion, and heartburn. Although it is derived from the toxic chemical element arsenic, prepared in homeopathic potencies, it can be used to treat a variety of digestive problems. Arsenicum can also help treat diarrhea and vomiting. In addition, it can potentially ease the fear and irritability that may occur as a result of these symptoms.
Common Uses: Food poisoning, indigestion, heartburn
Pulsatilla, also known as pasque flower, a purple herbaceous plant, helps treat the onset of cold symptoms, such as a clear runny nose, stuffy nose, and cough. Pulsatilla can also be used for earaches—if ears are stopped up or throbbing, or if their exterior is swollen and red. In addition, pulsatilla may help with faintness or lightheadedness.
Common Uses: Cold symptoms, runny nose, cough, earache