Summer is upon us and holidays are here! With schools breaking up, family trips – abroad or days out nearer to home – have fun wherever you are. So it’s good to know that homeopathy can help you with summer complaints such as bites, stings and sun burn.
Homeopathy is easy and quick to self prescribe for non-serious, common ailments. However, if you suffer with more complex illnesses such as hay fever and allergies you should consult a qualified, professional Homeopath.
Homeopathy is a complete form of complementary medicine that treats mental, emotional, and physical complaints. It is non-invasive, non-addictive and simple to use. It can be used alongside other types of medicines and it’s even safe to use in pregnancy and for babies and children. It is gentle and effective and does not cause any side effects.
Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from Homeopathic pharmacies, if you suffer from chronic complaints like allergies or hay fever then it is advised to consult a qualified Homeopath. In an emergency always contact your GP or Accident and Emergency Department.
Stings and Bites
For minor bee stings Apis 30c is a useful remedy particularly if the area is bright red, hot, puffy and swollen. Other symptoms can include feeling hot and sensitive to touch, while there may also be some fluid retention. The area feels worse for heat and better for cool applications. Ledum 30c can also be useful for minor insect and animal bites to relieve some of the discomfort, it is appropriate for a hot, pale swelling that is soothed by cold applications. Try Witch Hazel gel as well as it is antiseptic and healing.
If you get sun burnt try the Homeopathic remedy Cantharis 30c. It’s a very effective remedy which reduces inflammation and cools and heals the skin. . Belladonna helps if the skin is red with a throbbing heat that is hot to the touch. Also, try Aloe Vera gel, which can be applied to the area for cooling and healing. When bathing the burnt area it is best to use tepid water on the skin.
Keep the back of your neck and head covered, drink plenty of water and you should be fine. However, if you do suffer sun stroke, then the remedy China can be useful. Typically symptoms include dehydration and exhaustion.
Cocculus is great for travel sickness. It eases motion-induced nausea and helps with missed or disturbed sleep. Arnica is also useful to take to help ease the symptoms of jet lag. We hope you enjoy a healthy and happy summer holiday season!