Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived in these regions, we can start to take advantage of the outdoors. Summer is just around the corner and maybe you are planning to go camping or spend time in cottage country. Just as we take full advantage of that short, but intense, summer season, so do many other creatures. Among them are the insects that have been waiting patiently in all that rain and melting water, to come to maturity. Yes, I am talking about Bugs: Blackflies, mosquitoes, wasps, deer-, horse-, sand flies and all manner of biting insect are getting ready to have their yearly feast so that they can produce offspring. And we are the target, with our nutritious blood.
Not all of us seem to be appetizing in the same way, or react in the same way when we are bitten. Homeopathy is precisely the modality that addresses this difference in susceptibility. So seeing your homeopath to get a personalized solution is of course ideal, but in the area of insect bites, homeopathy also has first aid solutions that work for many people and there are remedies that can be used as a preventative.
Here are the most common preventatives:
Ledum 200C taken once per week. Start it one week before going out into the forests or countryside and continue once per week until you’re back in the city, or there are no more bugs. You may still be bitten, but not notice the bites, or you are no longer bitten at all.
Pulex 30C is especially helpful for blackflies, in case the Ledum doesn’t have a sufficient protective effect. You would take it daily upon rising when blackflies are around.
Staphysagria 200C weekly can be an alternative for prevention of mosquito or blackfly bites, when Ledum doesn’t seem to protect sufficiently.
Apis 30C is among several homeopathic remedies that can be used as a first aid solution after someone has been bitten. It is recommended for really badly red and swollen reaction to bites, and should be taken every 4-6 hours at first and less as the person is feeling better.
Urtica Urens 30C can be used when someone gets an itchy nettle-like rash after they have been bitten. This remedy can also be found as a homeopathic salve to put on itchy mosquito bites.
Rhus Tox 30C is the remedy when the itchiness is especially bad at night in bed. It is also a remedy when there are flu-like symptoms, with aching all over that improves from moving around, or taking a hot shower. These symptoms may come on after a tick bite and together with Ledum, this remedy can be helpful in the early prevention of Lyme disease.
Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with any medication that you may be taking and are completely safe for people of all ages, including infants and elderly.
There are other homeopathic remedies that can be used as prevention of specific insects or to treat the effects of bites not covered by the situations described above. Contact your homeopath who will set you up with the remedies that are most suitable to your situation.
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Carla Marcelis, ND, DHom
Carla brings dedication, passion and expertise as mission leader to the MICH Honduras clinic and to her role as director and teacher at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy. Visit her webpage to learn more about her and to read all of her blog posts.