As the summer holidays are now here, many families are considering how to deal with the minor complaints and first aid situations that can arise when traveling. Homeopathy has an excellent track record in addressing stomach upsets and travel sickness; insects bites and stings; stress and jet lag; sunburn and minor injuries, among many other things.
Alongside practical measures, homeopathic treatment can swiftly relieve pain and swelling, and promote rapid healing in all kinds of burns. Here are a selection of the most frequently used remedies for first aid treatment of burns:
Calendula is most often used topically as a lotion
(it can also be taken in potency internally).
Make up a lotion for bathing the affected parts
with a half teaspoon (or 40 drops) Calendula
tincture to 150ml of cool boiled water. Eases
soreness and prevents infection in minor burns
Belladonna can be used for sunburn where there
is heat, redness and swelling, and also throbbing,
pulsating headache from sun exposure.
Cantharis is a wonderful first aid remedy for
burns with pain and rapid blistering. Alongside
basic first aid measures, this remedy will relieve
the pain fast.
Causticum is an invaluable remedy in more
severe burns involving deeper tissue and with
severe pain and rawness. Later, it can help with
painful itching as the burn heals. Do not delay
seeking medical help in this situation, but
Causticum can be taken en route.
Urtica urens is made from nettles, and is a useful
first aid remedy for painful burns and especially
scalds with itching and prickling.
These may be caused by changes in diet, effects of travel, or food poisoning. Helpful remedies include:
Arsenicum album - first remedy to think of in any complaint involving
vomiting and/or diarrhoea. From food poisoning, sudden changes from
usual diet, or an intestinal bug. Symptoms are accompanied by weakness,
chilliness, anxiety and restlessness. The patient tends to be thirsty and wants warmth.
China - a useful remedy following any exhausting complaint, especially with loss of fluids. Will help to restore strength and vitality.
Podophyllum - complaints with profuse diarrhoea which is worse early in the morning, and
relatively painless (though abdomen may be sore beforehand). Better for warmth, pressure
and bending forward.
Lycopodium - can help to relieve the symptoms of shellfish poisoning, with vomiting and diarrhoea.
Tabacum - a remedy for travel sickness with constant nausea, better for fresh air.
Insect bites and stings
Apis - use for any insect bite or sting where there is significant swelling, especially rapid
swelling with sensitivity to touch.
Ledum - use for insect bites and stings without swelling, especially wasp stings, and where
there is a coldness to touch with mottled appearance.
Jetlag and stress
Arnica - jetlag with exhaustion. Arnica can help you to adjust to local time more quickly, and
will also generally help the ‘travel weary’ who are stiff and exhausted after a long journey.
Cocculus - jetlag with exhaustion and vertigo, as if still on the move. May feel weak and faint.