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What’s in Your Wallet? Homeopathic First Aid for Your Wallet

wallet remediesIf everyone in the world knew how to use and had access to these few remedies, our world would be an easier place!

If you aren’t already familiar with how to dose using homeopathy, please read the As Needed post, which explains how to implement the homeopathic Minimum Dose.

If you carry just a single dose of remedy in your wallet, you can make one dose into many doses simply by dissolving it in a water bottle.  Ideally, you will use purified water and a bottle with a sports spout to minimize the addition of backwash.  Each teaspoon or little squirt or sip you take is a dose of the remedy.  If you have a topical injury [e.g., burn, sprain, bruise], you also can apply some of that remedy water to your injury.  Works like a charm, usually within 10 minutes — you might not even need to take the oral dose!

Onto the remedies…

Trauma–emotional and physical

These are the most crucial.  If I only carried one, I’d carry Arnica.  Two, Arnica and Aconite.

Shock, fright.  Something happens, you are shaken and cannot truly calm down.  Aconite.  Also called Aconitum Napellus.  One dose of 200c typically is sufficient, especially if you take it soon after the event.  If you only have 30c, you may need 2-3 doses.

Swelling, bruises.  You fall, you are in an accident, and you sustain an injury.  Arnica.  Also called Arnica Montana.  If it just hurts, take nothing or a dose of 30c.  If you are thinking, “This could be pretty bad,” take a dose of 200c.  Do not take another dose unless the previous dose gave you improvement which subsequently waned.  And certainly seek medical care when necessary!  If your injury was to a nerve-rich area, such as fingers, toes, or tailbone, turn to Hypericum where you normally would turn to Arnica.

Owies–emotional and physical 

If you have space for a few more remedies, consider these, especially if you are prone or have kids who are prone …

Sprains and Strains.  If you or your kids are active in sports, it would be worthwhile to either just take Arnica 200 with you [or send it with them] or to make a little combination of Arnica, Rhus Tox, and Ruta in 200c potencies for injuries with the uh-oh factor.  Arnica for swelling and muscle injury, Rhus Tox for ligament/tendon injury, and Ruta for connective tissue/tendons.

Stings, bites.  Apis for red, hot, swollen stings [like bee stings] and Ledum for hard puncture wounds [like mosquito stings and even injuries at the site of injections].

Cuts.  Calendula supports healing and is known to fight infection.  Staphysagria is helpful for healing incisions or other clean cuts similar to incisions.

Burns.  My favorite is Cantharis, which always has worked if I take it immediately after the burn.  I also really like Hawaiian Moon Aloe for small kitchen burns and sunburns.

Sorrow.  Ignatia for ailments from grief [when you are so sad, you just cannot get a grip].

Ruh-roh–I think I’m gonna …

Food poisoning.  Arsenicum Album is the most common remedy for food poisoning from bad meat.  If you are terribly sick, you probably want to use a 200c, as needed.

Overdoing it.  Too much rich food, too much drink, even too much work.  Nux Vomica!  Way too much coffee or tea leave you feeling sick?  Chamomilla does the trick [you’ll probably need the 200c if you’re that sick]!

Carry ’em

Key Fob Kit .  Remedia makes a great little key fob that holds 3 vials of remedy.  Choose from their selection [Arnica 200, Ledum 200, and Nux Vomica 200] or get empty vials and fill them with your choice of remedies.

Little Envelopes.  I like to use what are called “coin envelopes” to slip 1-3 doses of remedy into a small space, like a pocket, wallet, waterproof iPhone case [mine pictured here], etc.

Here's a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.
Here’s a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.

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The Sooner The Better

The sooner you get to an issue, the better.  Pretty much always, and with every modality.  For acute issues and issues that have become chronic.

This is why I am a huge proponent of treating children [yes, even babies] who are having a tough time.  And one reason I carry remedies with me at all times.

Many issues result from some sort of trauma.  The sooner you remove that traumatic layer from your body and psyche, the better!  You will still remember it and be informed by it, but it will no longer have a hold on your body or your emotions.

We can even take a simple example like a baby who enters the world with a physical issue.  The resulting accommodations–logistical, emotional, in parenting–can change the parent-child dynamic, the child’s expectations of the world, etc.  The longer they persist, the more likely they are to be internalized by the child, etc.

It is exactly like habit formation—it is easier to prevent a bad habit than it is to break one.

And it’s a bit like making a snowman out of a snowball.

Prevent Trauma from Taking Hold

I like to keep Rescue Remedy [a Bach Flower Essence] and homeopathic Aconite [for fright, shock, trauma] with me.  I find Rescue Remedy and EFT helpful for milder situations, and Aconite 200c tends to be what I use if I’m so upset that I’m shaking or my child is so upset s/he cannot catch a breath to speak.  It resolves the fright so that we can deal with the situation at hand calmly, which has lovely practical implications!  It also heals the fear immediately so that it doesn’t have a chance to get a foothold.

I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!
I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!

The cause of the emotion, and the emotional state itself, are clear in that moment and the moments that follow.  That makes them exceedingly easy to treat right then.  But if you let “time heal all wounds,” without addressing the actual emotional injuries as well as any physical injuries, the physical injuries might heal while the emotional ones simply fester.  You might be able to look back and say, “It all started after that incident.”  And you might be able to recall the emotions that arose then.  But often we simply don’t recall all of those details or are simply in the habit of ignoring our emotions.

Prevent Sickness or Ailments from Taking Hold

There are numerous proponents of leaving fevers/colds/coughs/flu’s to do their thing, but if you simply do not have the wherewithal to do that, the earlier you treat them, the better your results are likely to be.  If you’re really in-touch with your body, you’ll know when you’re just a bit too fatigued or you have a vaguely sore throat, and you can boost your immune system with vitamin C and the like.  Homeopathically, you can take something like Ferrum Phosphoricum 6x or 6c or 30c when you are feeling those early symptoms.  If it comes on suddenly and with vigor, you could take a small dose [5-10 granules] of homeopathic Oscillococcinum to try to stop it in its tracks.

For physical ailments, I carry Arnica 200c with me at all times–I even put it in a waterproof iPhone case for the beach and pool!  It doesn’t cover everything, but it is the one thing most likely to help in most situations where you are in an uh-oh state!  In fact, recently on a family trip to the beach, my husband was stung by something when a wave rushed in while working on a sandcastle.  He took the stinger out immediately, and I gave him a dose of Arnica 200.  At that point, we had no idea what it was, only that it wasn’t good.  It helped tremendously, even though Arnica is not the most oft-described remedy for assisting with stings, bites, or the like.

Prevent a Chronic Issue from Worsening

For chronic issues, the sooner you address them, the better, in my opinion and my experience.  Chances are that you will need the help of a healer with that, so start asking around for some referrals!

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Fingers, Toes, and Tailbone Injuries: Hypericum is their Arnica!

When you injure a nerve-rich body part, like your fingertips, toes, or coccyx [tailbone], think of Hypericum.

from the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk
from the website of the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk

Hypericum is great for nerve repair in general, so in those nerve-rich areas, grab the Hypericum!

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Natural Remedies for Surgery

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If you are looking for my National Center for Homeopathy webinar on recovery from surgery, it is available for viewing on YouTube.  Webinar attendees also requested access to the slides for reference:  Surgery Webinar Slides.

Sometimes we use homeopathy simply to support healing during allopathic treatment.  Surgery is one such time.

When you’ve decided to undergo surgery, homeopathy can speed healing or the surgical site while controlling pain.  To me, that’s a win-win.

Here’s my easy protocol for supporting recovery from surgery using homeopathy… People have found it helpful for recovery from vasectomy, breast surgery, knee surgery, etc.–all of which they were able to do without the use of conventional painkillers and with speedy recoveries that surprised them and their medical doctors.  [You also can purchase surgery recovery assistance from me here.]

Remedies

You can order the Helios surgery combo here; in the Order section, just request the Surgery combo in 200c & 30c, 4g, granules.  Then use it as described below.

To put a Surgery combo together for yourself, here’s what you’ll need:

~ 2 sterilized containers for water, such as 4 oz. dropper bottles, water bottles with a pop-up spout, or covered jars if you are careful to use a sterilized teaspoon for each dose.  [You can reuse one bottle if you sterilize it again when you are switching from 200c to 30c.]

– Any or all of the following remedies that are pertinent to your surgery in both 200c and 30c:  Arnica [bleeding, swelling], Bellis Perennis [deep tissue injury], Calendula [fight infection], Hypericum [nerve repair], Staphysagria [incisions].  If your surgery also involves ligaments or tendons, you might add Rhus Tox and Ruta to your mix.

If it is for dental surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, and Ruta.  For joint surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphysagria, Rhus Tox, and Ruta.  If the surgery involves broken bones, you could add Symphytum 6c, 12c, or 30c to each of the bottles described next.

~ Put 5-10 pellets each of all of the 200c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water.  When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix.  Label it “Surgery 200c” or something similar.  You will use this in the first 2 days of recovery.  One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.

~ Put 10 pellets each of all of the 30c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water.  When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix.  Label it “Surgery 30c” or similar.  You will use this after the first 2 days of recovery, when you are no longer using the 200c.  One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.

Dosage for Minor Surgery

Before Surgery:  Take one dose of Arnica 200c to limit bleeding during surgery.

Immediately after Surgery:  Take one dose of the Surgery 200c.

Recovery from Surgery, First 2 Days:  Initially, you will have painkillers and anesthesia in your body from the surgery, making it harder to use your discomfort as a guide.  So, about 2 hours after surgery, take another dose of Surgery 200c.

From then on, you likely will be able to use your pain as a guide.  Typically, in the first 24 hours after surgery, people need 2-5 doses of Surgery 200c.  You should need less in the second 24 hours than you did in the first 24 hours.

One reason I like to recommend using the pop-up spout water bottle for the remedy is that it is easy to use at night, and it is important to stay on top of your dosing at night too.  Take it when you need it, but if you need it more than every 2 hours, use the allopathic pain medication given to you by your physician.

Recovery from Surgery, Third Day onward:  You should switch to the Surgery 30c on the 3rd day of your recovery, taking it as needed.  Again, you may start with 2-5 doses in the first day, every 2 hours at the most.  Stay on top of it at night, and taper as needed.  Within a few days, you should no longer need the Surgery remedy combo.

Beware Shortened Recovery

One “problem” with supporting recovery from surgery homeopathically is that healing is faster and better than expected.  You’re probably wondering why that is a problem!  It can be an issue when a person [or animal] is supposed to restrict movement for a certain amount of time based on conventional ideas about how long healing takes.  In other words, a two-week movement restriction that is imposed based on expectation of conventional recovery might be too long for someone [or a pet] that is being supported homeopathically.

This is why I suggest that you ask your doctor [or vet] about any restrictions on movement:  Instead of sticking to a time-frame, ask what signs would indicate adequate healing that would make movement permissible.  Or, if they need to see the surgery patient, schedule your appointment a little sooner than they normally would.  So, if they normally would see the patient for a follow-up after two weeks to verify adequate healing and thus permit movement, schedule for a week or 10 days instead.

One Person’s Experience

…Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Burns, How to Select a Potency

We’ve used homeopathy successfully a couple of times to treat pretty bad burns.  Here’s a good example of selecting potency and how the healing process goes:

My son stepped on a firecracker that was extinguished but it turned out that it was still hot.  I gave Cantharis 30c and had him put it on a bowl filled with ice.  It felt better for an hour then the pain came back and 3 blisters were forming.  Since it was bedtime, I gave a 200c with the hopes that it would last him through the night.  The pain did subside, and when we awoke in the morning, there were 3 little white dots surrounded by a slightly pink area.  It never hurt again and cured completely on its own with no further intervention.

LEARN IT THE EASY WAY

Here’s what you can learn from our experience … the nuance of selecting a potency.

In general, remedies in the “c” potencies are those first considered for physical ailments.  The lower the potency, the faster its action.  Sometimes, though, the remedy is effective but doesn’t seem to have staying power in a lower potency.  You have two choices at that point:  repeat the remedy at that potency, or go up in potency.  In this case, because my son was in good health overall, the Cantharis 30c  was effective but lasted only an hour, and we were headed to bed which made hourly re-dosing unlikely, I gave the 200c next.

I once read an article about someone who kept bees.  Recently interested in homeopathy, he had a kit of remedies in the 6x potency [“x” potencies are even lower than “c” potencies].  Having been stung by a swarm of bees and realizing he was having a systemic reaction, he grabbed his kit for the long drive to the hospital.  He had to take a dose of the remedy every 5 minutes while en route to the hospital, but by the time he arrived 20 minutes later, he was quite fine!

Here is another example:  When my daughter was little, I fell down the stairs while carrying her.  We were being treated by different homeopaths at the time.  I took Arnica 200c [for bruises, trauma, and ailments from falls] and Aconite 200c [for shock and fright].  My daughter’s homeopath insisted that I treat her with 30c only.  I was fine the next day.  My daughter was fine, eventually, but it took a week.

That does not mean that a higher potency is always better!  If you give too high of a potency, even with the right remedy, you can cause an aggravation–a worsening of symptoms.  So you have to get a feel, through experience, of what level of injury responds to 6c, 30c, or 200c for you.  In general, in our family, I evaluate it like this for acute [temporary] issues:  hmmm=6c, ow=30c, wah=200c.  When I’m using a 200c, I’m wondering if it’s bad enough that it requires immediate medical attention.  If I’m thinking about a 1M, I definitely am also thinking about a trip to the E/R.

There are several remedies for burns.  I went with Cantharis, which is what is in our homeopathy kit from Helios.  It is beneficial for burns that are better from cold applications and have a raw, burning feeling.  Here’s a little article to help you choose a remedy for burns if ever you should need one.

An update from one year later!  

I burned my finger this morning, so I took photos as a means of illustrating.  I burned it twice, actually, before I treated it, both on the apparently slightly misplaced silicone pad.  After the second burn, I put some Hawaiian Moon Aloe on it.  That takes care of most minor burns amazingly well, including sunburns.  It didn’t take much more than the slightest edge off this time, so I applied it thicker.  Still burned, and I could see little blisters forming.  So I took Cantharis 200c, at which point the burning sensation faded, and by evening there is only a spot left with no pain.  The photo timeline:

12:43 ow
12:43
ow
12:44 trying aloe
12:44
trying aloe
12:47
12:47
12:55 took Cantharis 200
12:55
took Cantharis 200
better look at the burn
better look at the burn–blisters showing up
1:29 better
1:29
better
1:56
1:56 better but still tender to the touch
7:18 feels fine
7:18
feels fine

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“As Needed”: What does that mean?

In general, the dosing concept followed in homeopathy is the “minimum dose.”  That means we give the lowest potency at the least frequency required to effectively treat the issue at hand.

True to its individualistic approach, even the dosing will be different for different people and different situations.

For a chronic issue, generally [but not always] my goal is to select a potency that will last at least 2-4 weeks between doses.  In that scenario, you would take one dose of the remedy when you receive it.  You should keep track of [1] the benefits you experience from the remedy and [2] when you take the remedy to help you realize when it is time to re-dose.  [There’s more info on tracking your progress on the Getting Started page.]

So you’re tracking your progress.  You notice that after you take the remedy, your symptoms improve.  Jot down what gets better [e.g., sleep is more restful, pain reduced 80%, didn’t get sick when the rest of the house did, was able to do schoolwork that previously seemed impossible].  Enjoy that improvement!

If you notice a sag in your progress [e.g., sleep not quite as restful, a little more pain, trouble with schoolwork], jot that down too.  There is an ebb and flow to healing, so sometimes we experience a dip and then progress again.  Sometimes, the dip remains a dip, even after a few days.  At that time, it typically is time to re-dose.

Typically, we develop a pattern with a remedy and potency — one person might need to re-dose every 12 days while another person tends to need another dose every 21 days.  If you feel you need to re-dose sooner than I advised you, contact me before re-dosing because we might need to adjust the potency.

Meanwhile, enjoy the healing!

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