Superficial skin wounds, whether they be scrapes, cuts, or puncture wounds, happen to us all.
Before the advent of OTC and prescription sprays, lotions and creams, an old standby used by physicians and consumers alike was iodine and iodine cleansers. And boy did they sting when applied!!!
Now the challenge is that many common OTC options contain broad spectrum antibiotics – drugs that, among other things, are leading to the rise of antibiotic resistant bugs.
Happily, homeopathy is a wonderful option for safely and effectively treating minor wounds.
Here is a short list of remedies every home homeopathic remedy kit should contain:
Calendula: This homeopathic remedy is made from the common pot marigold and is wonderful for cuts and scrapes when used in a topical ointment, spray, or gel form. A 30C pellet of Calendula can also be added to water and used as a clean compress or taken internally for additional protection.
Hypericum: These wounds are often known for their shooting pains as well as numbness and tingling. Fingers that have been crushed in a door or hit with a hammer often respond very well to Hypericum. At times, puncture wounds may also call for Hypericum. In the case of an injury requiring this remedy, a 30C pellet of Hypericum can be dissolved in water and applied as a dressing and taken internally as needed.
Ledum: This homeopathic remedy is often considered for use wherever you find a painful puncture wound that feels cold to the touch and feels better from cold applications. A wound that feels warm or hot to the touch would not be suitable for Ledum.
Another great option is WHP's Be gone Cuts and Scrapes. Made with Calendula as well, it too is great to have in the medicine chest!
Homeopathic remedies have been used for over 200 years by hundreds of millions of consumers to treat simple injuries of all kinds. They work beautifully and do so painlessly. They are truly a gift to humankind.
*As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of your injury or the progress of your recovery.
About Dr. Lisa Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program, the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well.