Homeopathic Remedies for Bites and Stings
Summer is officially here and hopefully you'll all be enjoying more time outdoors. Whether you're camping, hiking, fishing or simply spending time in the backyard, bug bites and stings can hinder and even ruin your outing. Homeopathic remedies can get right to the source of the matter as "like cures like" in homeopathic remedies.
For more insight we call on details from the book, The American Institute of Homeopathy Handbook for Parents, by Edward Shalts, MD, DHt.
Aconite - While not a remedy often considered for insect bites and rashes, Dr. Shalts suggests it first in certain cases, "I've seen cases when a child stung by a bee gets so scared that the need for Aconitum is obvious. Use it if your child is scared, red faced and has an expression of terror...Quick Overview
Treating sudden colds and easing shocked nerves are Aconite's specialties. For first aid, it helps calm fear and reduce shock after a scare, bad news or an accident. For sudden colds and acute fevers, Aconite eases symptoms in the initial phases – sniffles, sneezes, sore throats and inflammation, especially if symptoms follow a cold wind or emotional stress. Other applications include sleeplessness, restlessness, pain, burning headaches, eye irritation, acute ear pain and teething, especially if fear or anxiousness are present.
Then to remedy the sting:
Apis mel - "Use this remedy if the area of a sting is swollen, red, warm to the touch and the condition is made better by cold. ... I've seen cases of severe allergic reactions to bee stings that almost instantly respond to Apis. Severe swelling with inflammation after stings from other insects responds similarly well. ... A dose of 30C is good... If there's an initial, but not a complete, improvement, repeat the dose two more times at thirty- to- sixty minute intervals. Stop giving doses sooner if the child is more than 50 percent better."Quick Overview
This homeopathic remedy is a specialist in inflammation, Apis mel eases redness, swelling, inflamed skin and membranes, and burning stinging pains in a wide variety of cases. Its applications include: burning swellings or welts caused by bee stings, hives, or irritants; swollen inflamed joints; swollen sore throats, eye irritations and acute stinging, burning urinary pain. Its symptoms tend to improve with applied cold.
Ledum pal - "Frequently, the bites of wasps and other large insects require Ledum, but not always." Whether dealing with large insect bites or animal bites, this is the bite master remedy. "A main indication is that the area of the bite or sting is reddish blue and surrounded by a very pale area. The wound is also cold to the touch. Paradoxically, ice-cold applications bring about a dramatic improvement although the areas of the bite are cold."Quick Overview
First aid remedy for puncture wounds, animal bites, cuts, insect stings as it helps injuries heal from the deepest point up, minimizing the chance of trapping matter inside. Its healing also applies to old yellow bruises, black eyes, repeat ankle sprains or inflamed joint pains that start in the soles of the feet or ankles and move up. Ledum is most applicable if area, joints or bruises are cold to the touch and feel better with applied cold.\
Urtica urens - If planning to comb exotic beaches, or if scratching feels too good to stop, "this remedy is used for stings of jellyfish and medusa. It's also used for any other type of insect bites or stings in which the main symptoms are hives and itching that get better from rubbing."
Relieves a range of itching, burning, stinging skin symptoms, whether related to minor burns, scalds, rashes, prickly heat, stings, hives or other rash-like eruptions. If skin or other symptoms alternate with or accompany stiff joint pain and nerve pain, Urtica can prove very healing, especially if symptoms are aggravated by cold air or cold water.