The Quick Six: Cuts and Bumps [My First Aid Combo]
I probably use this more than any other homeopathic, which is why it leads off the Quick Six.
It contains remedies to abate swelling, bruising, bleeding, nerve damage, and infection. It works astoundingly well as a topical, so I keep it in a spray bottle in my purse and around the house.
We had been using it for a while, actually, when my youngest tripped and hit his chin on the corner of an art table. I held him and applied the First Aid spray frequently with a gauze pad. He fell asleep, and by the end of his nap, his chin looked good. Phew. But that night, when brushing his teeth, I noticed that his gum was injured under the chin wound. The next day, it looked infected and I took him to the doctor. The recommended herbs etc. did not help, so that night in a moment of hope, desperation, and likely Divine inspiration, I grabbed the First Aid spray, pulled his lip out for a moment, then sprayed the site. Within 10 minutes, the infection was completely healed. Thank you, homeopathy!
I use 200c potency of all three remedies in this combo, though 30c would do a fine job too.
Arnica–to reduce swelling, bleeding, bruising, and other soft tissue trauma
Calendula–to fight infection
Hypericum–to preserve and repair nerves from damage [and remember, the fingertips, toes, and tailbone are very high in nerves!]
Uses: I use this for just about anything but primarily cuts and bumps…It does well for almost every injury affecting the skin but isn’t optimal for burns or bites [it helps burns and bumps but doesn’t fully resolve the issue]. Honestly, I rarely use the oral version anymore–I mostly use the spray! Still, if I had only one vial of remedy with me, it would be this combination. Or maybe an Arnica 1M for major emergencies. Tough call.
As I did in the situation with my son’s gum, if an area is wet [such as the mouth typically is], I try to dry it a bit first, thereby making it more receptive to the spray–like I recommend for the Dental treatment spray. If you have to choose between drying it and getting the remedy onto the wounded area, I would opt for the latter–the sooner you treat it, the better!
If we had a true emergency, of course, we would head to the hospital foremost, and if we had the remedy with us, we would apply it or take it orally en route.
1-3 doses per 2 oz. of distilled water. Watch the water, then, to make sure it doesn’t get gunky, because there is no alcohol or glycerin etc. in the spray preparation to preserve it. I’ve typically gone 6-12 months with it being just fine, though one bottle of the First Aid remedy spray rarely lasts that long.
Credits and Backstory: The original formulation for this remedy combination came from one of my homeopaths and mentors, John Melnychuk. I had cut my finger and was worried about a flesh-eating bacteria. He suggested I put these remedies into some water and take sips for doses as needed. It was such a brilliant combination that I began to order the combined remedy from Helios and keep it on-hand in 30c. When I began formulating and using topicals, this was one of the first I put to the test.
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