The best way to learn about homeopathy is to experience it directly. Many homeopaths came to homeopathy in the first place through a positive experience of using a remedy in a first aid situation. So we wanted to give you some top tips to put together your own remedy kit to use in first-aid situations for yourself, friends and family.
Here are some of the key remedies homeopaths use all the time. These would make a great start if you’re just looking to start building up your own kit. These remedies would be ideal in the 30c potency for everyday use.
This remedy is great for shock, such as from bad news or a from having a fall. It is also very effective for treating conditions which come on suddenly, like a sudden sore throat or headache.
You’ll want this one when in your kit when you go on holiday! This remedy is used to treat insect bites or stings, and allergic reactions which can be caused by these. Affected areas will be red, hot and swollen, and the pain will be described as stinging.
This is the classic remedy for trauma, injury and bruising. The typical arnica patient will tell you that they’re fine and avoid attention, but may well still be in shock. This is also a good one for jet-lag.
This is your go-to remedy for food-poisoning. A keynote of this remedy is anxiety, and the patient is likely to be very cold. Pains might be described as burning.
The words red, hot and swollen are keywords for this remedy. This is a great remedy for fever, sunstroke, and for a skin condition such as boils.
Calendula can be taken as a pill or as a solution to bathe wounds. This remedy can be used for cold sores, mouth ulcers, cuts or burns.
7. Hepar Sulph
Very painful and infected wounds and abscesses respond well to this remedy.
8. Nux Vomica
This remedy can be a life-saver in the case of hangover! It also works well for stomach upsets and headaches which were caused by overindulgence in food and / or alcohol. A keynote of this remedy is irritability.
9. Rhus Tox
This is a versatile remedy which can be used to treat bruised and sore muscles and joints. It is sometimes used to relieve the pain of arthritis. It is also sometimes used to treat skin rashes like chicken pox and shingles.
Skin conditions often respond well to this remedy. Skin may be red and unhealthy looking, and the patient may have scratched a lot. These types of skin reactions or often aggravated from the heat of being in bed.
There are many more remedies to choose from, but hopefully this will give you a good little starter kit. Also it is possible to buy a comprehensive homeopathic first-aid kit from any of the reputable homeopathic suppliers. These kits will come with instructions on how to use the remedies too.
If you have a chronic or complicated condition it is best to see a qualified homeopath rather than trying to treat it yourself. Homeopaths will take into consideration many other factors which cannot be done in a first-aid situation.
Of course it’s important to say that you should always consult your GP in the case of serious illness or injury.
Interested in learning more about homeopathy? Check out our beginners’ courses and full practitioner qualifications. We also hold regular open days if you’d like to visit the college and get a feel for how we work.
We run regular student clinics if you’d like to experience homeopathic treatment yourself.