Last updated on August 9th, 2022 at 12:01 pm
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As a mom of three grown boys, Joette Calabrese can tell you that a well-stocked first kit is a life saver especially when faced with bumps and bruises, bug bites, sunburns, and other kinds of warm weather irritations.
Calabrese, a homeopathy expert and author, recommends Arnica montana as a must have for every household that loves sports and outdoor activities like baseball, soccer and gardening. Arnica, made from a homeopathic preparation of a large flower that grows in the French Alps, is known for relieving muscle pain and stiffness due to injuries, overexertion and falls, as well as to reduce pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises.*
Belladonna is also another staple in the Calabrese household. The homeopath says this medicine can be used when experiencing a red face, throbbing headache, and fever after prolonged heat exposure or a “really red-hot sunburn.”*
Nux vomica is a useful medicine for gastrointestinal issues especially during picnic season. According to Calabrese, Nux helps relieve nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after excessive eating of spicy food or drinking coffee or alcohol.*
Apis mellifica can help relieve skin rashes with swollen, itchy skin that is improved by cold applications to the area. Burning skin or lips can also find relief with Apis, according to Calabrese.*
Another family favorite is Ledum palustre, which Calabrese describes as “one of the best remedies for puncture wounds as small as an insect bite.” Ledum traditionally relieves swelling and itching of mosquito bites.*
“During the warmer months, it pays to be prepared by making sure your home kit is stocked and at the ready,” says Calabrese. “You will discover that homeopathy will be essential in keeping you and your family on track for a healthier and happier summer.”
For a more customized treatment for your individual symptoms, be sure to use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder. This free app can help match your symptoms to the right medicine in three clicks or less!
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.