Welcome to my summer newsletter!
At this time of year as everyone is getting ready to make the most of the warmer weather both at home and abroad, I get lots of enquiries about how Homeopathy can help with some of the challenges that the summer holiday season can bring. This includes finding the right sun protection as well as dealing with the common problems resulting from over exposure!
Over the years I have found that EWG.org (Environmental Working Group), whose mission is
‘To empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment’ is a wonderful resource for helping us to make informed choices over our health generally.
With consumer guides and up to date research on many subjects including foods, farming, household products, energy and toxins it’s a ‘must’ for anyone who is seeking to improve their wellbeing.
Every summer they produce a very comprehensive guide to the latest sunscreens, providing safety ratings, tips on what to look out for and what to avoid along with a general guide to some of the misconceptions concerning commercial sunscreens. Accessing the guide is simple and the information is invaluable in helping you make the best choices for all the family. You can also purchase the recommended products through their Amazon store if you are unable to source them locally. Visit the EWG homepage and follow the links or search for ‘sunscreens’ in the search bar.
Homeopathic remedies for summer ailments
When you finally get a chance to catch some of that illusive summer sun, even with the best protection, it is all to easy to accidentally over indulge and find yourself looking a little ‘pink’ by the end of the day! Thankfully there are homeopathic remedies that can really help to calm the skin down and make you feel much more comfortable.
The skin is burning and stinging and better for cold compress. There may be blisters.
10 drops in half a cup of cooled, boiled water sponged on to the skin to soothe.
Urtica ointment or burn ointment will also help to soothe.
(both available direct from Helios pharmacy on www.helios.co.uk)
The gel from an aloe plant can also give great relief – you can buy it in gel form from most health food stores.
This is a potentially serious condition which should be monitored carefully and appropriate medical advice sought if necessary. However in mild cases, the following remedies can be very helpful.
Bright red face (though hands and feet may be cool), burning hot, dry skin. Throbbing headache that is worse lying down. Dilated pupils with glistening eyes. Very sensitive to light and jarring.
Splitting headache with nausea which gets worse every time you move. Thirsty for large quantities of cold water. Must remain perfectly still to get relief.
A bursting sensation in the head and eyeballs or a feeling of a band around the head. Weak, trembling, dazed and feelings of dizziness.
DON’T FORGET…………… drink plenty of water or electrolyte drinks like coconut water to replace lost fluids.
It’s not just the sun that can influence our enjoyment of the summer months.
Here are some more tips on how you can use
Homeopathy to help you and your family get off to a
flying start this year.
If you or members of your family do not relish the idea of taking to the skies to find some guaranteed sunshine at this time of year, here are two great remedies that can help you to get ‘up up and away’ this summer.
The very thought of going to the airport, getting on the plane and being trapped in a small box for several hours makes you feel extremely anxious. You have lots of irrational ‘what if’ thoughts and feel your anxiety in the abdomen with lots of gurgling and wind. You definitely can’t stray too far from the toilet!!!!
Sudden onset of panic attacks about flying, lots of anxiety with restlessness. You feel better for walking around, but can’t stop thinking that you might die!
Whilst we can not wait to see the summer sun, we soon remember that we are not the only ones who are ‘out and about’ enjoying its warmth!
Here are some great remedies that can help if you become the victim of an irritable insect!
For puffy, tender swellings that are red, burning, stinging and hot to touch. Cold applications will bring relief
For swelling that extends some distance which may have a bluish tinge. The sensation will be of cold, numbness and aching and the area will be cold to touch. Inspite of the coldness of the area, cold applications will bring relief and any heat will aggravate.
For reddish blotches/ hives that sting, burn and itch (like the sensation of a stinging nettle)
Useful if you feel fearful or panicky immediately after being stung. It will help to calm the situation and can be followed by another remedy as indicated.
With all of the above remedy recommendations, take in a 30c potency every 15 minutes, stopping when you see an improvement and only continuing if the symptoms return.
Remedies can be obtained from www.helios.co.uk
If the problem is an ongoing one or doesn’t improve then it would be best to contact me for some advice on 07774 233721.
You can also contact me for advice on other travel related issues such as jet lag, motion sickness, cystitis, constipation and diarrhoea and I will be happy to advise you.
Wishing you a warm and very happy summer!
Summer break – the practice will be closed from 25 July – 14 August 2016