Our biggest organ and greatest defence against the environment; the skin takes a beating in the summer months - luckily Homeopathy can help keep it healthy!
From bug bites to sunscreens, we're going to cover it all - let's break it down into two topics:
1. How to naturally reduce risks and protect your skin
2. How to use homeopathy to soothe the skin
But first, what are we up against?
Bugs and Bug Spray
Dependent on where you live, but here in Winnipeg we're up against: mosquitos, wasps, flies, ants, hornets, ticks - they sting, burn, itch, and can even lead to chronic illness.
Is there an effective natural alternative to those stinky bug sprays?
Sun and Sunscreen
Allergens & Nature!
1. How To Naturally Protect Your Skin In The Summer
Homeopathic Remedies To Heal the Skin from Summer Ailments
Ledum: For any kind of puncture wounds, or wounds with cold, blue/purple swelling, stinging pain. Ledum is great for relieving the pain and irritation of most bug bites - especially mosquitos and tick bites. Repeat Ledum twice a day for at least three days following a tick bite (pets too!) - and ensure you follow proper protocol for Lyme prevention.
Apis: For stinging, burning pain with swelling that looks shiny and feels hot - great for bee/wasp stings or any exaggerated reaction to a bite where swelling is the main symptom.
Arnica: For the initial reaction of a bite/sting, great for those who are "stunned" by the sting. Great if you don't have any other remedies, or to take while you're on your way to your kit.
Cantharis: For serious burns that are raw, smarting, stinging and itchy. There may be blisters that ooze. Worse from touch, iced drinks. Better from cool applications. Good for sunburns but also chemical burns, electrical burns, and scalds to the mouth.
Belladonna: For intense sunburns, lots of burning pain, throbbing, dry hot skin. May be associated with sunstroke - delirium, fever, dehydration. Better from quiet, dark rest and worse from getting over heated or chilled.
Apis: Skin is sensitive, swollen, puffy, red or pale. Intense stinging pains and may be sweaty, the patient is whiny and anxious. Worse from heat and touch, better from cold.
Rhus Tox: For reactions to poison ivy/oak, other plants, and from cold exposure. Will present as fluid filled blisters, intense itching and redness. The skin may be sensitive to cold air, be red hot and may turn scaly. Worse from cold applications and scratching, better from warm applications. Do not combine with Apis.
Urtica Urens: Hives, stinging nettle rash: itching with raised, pale welts on red skin, in blotches. Worse from cool applications, better from rubbing. (also good for jellyfish stings!)
Apis: hives with rapid, puffy swelling that is red and shiny. Itchy, sensitive to touch and patient may be restless and anxious. Better from cold applications and cool air. Do not combine with Rhus-tox.
Minor Cuts, Abrasions, and Wounds
Calendula: For any minor cuts or lacerations, 2 pellets orally aid in the repair of skin, prevention of infection, and to reduce scarring. Also good for blisters.
Silica: For expelling foreign substances, especially for the eye but anywhere in the body. take 3 times a day for two days to encourage the suppuration of injuries such as: foreign objects in the eye, slivers, stepping on glass, or road rash where foreign matter may be embedded. Seek medical attention when necessary.
Remember, if symptoms do not improve or are serious in nature and require medical attention, do not hesitate to visit your nearest hospital/doctor. Homeopathic remedies are safe to take alongside other medications but it is always beneficial to consult a Homeopath when applicable.
If you want to order a personalized homeopathic summer kit, contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org
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