by Bonnie Camo
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, you may be cut off from medical aid. One of the most important things to have on hand will be a homeopathy emergency survival kit.
Homeopathy is cheap, effective, and has no side effects. This medical science uses natural substances to stimulate the body to heal itself. Most homeopathic remedies are made from herbs and minerals, and they are based on the principle discovered over 200 years ago in Germany by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann that a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure the same symptoms in a sick person, when prepared according to homeopathic principles.
Many of us have heard propaganda from Big Pharma and the medical industry that homeopathy is quackery. In truth, the medical industry is afraid of the competition homeopathy represents. Anyone who has ever tried it will know the truth.
Emergency kits and individual remedies are available at health food stores, herb shops, and online. For most purposes 30C (60X) is a good potency to begin with. My kits are among the most precious things I brought along with me to Italy.
The most useful remedy in your kit will probably be Arnica montana, made from a type of daisy found in the mountainous regions of Europe and the United States, which has been known since ancient times for its ability to heal wounds and injuries quickly. This plant was also known and used by Native Americans. You won’t have to wait for a disaster to put this one to use!
It is the first remedy to take after any injury, and the perfect solution for everyday bumps and bruises, cuts and scratches, and even the tired muscles that come with a full day of gardening. I am somewhat accident-prone, so I always keep it handy. I once punctured my thumbnail with a screwdriver while trying to repair a window crank. A few tiny pellets of arnica on my tongue relieved the excruciating pain in seconds!
Many home gardeners are getting into beekeeping, not only for the honey, but to help promote the survival of the bees that we rely on to pollinate our gardens. Bees are under siege from pesticides like neonicotinoids, which have been banned here in Europe but are still widely used in the United States. Einstein once reportedly said that if the bees were wiped out, humanity would follow within four years!
Well cared for honey bees rarely sting (they die when they do), but when a sting does happen, instant relief can be found in the homeopathic remedy of Apis, which is made from bee venom. Apis is also good for wasp stings and anything else that causes burning, stinging, redness, or swelling. Some wasps once decided to build a nest right underneath the eave of our house near the front door, and they regularly stung me. Apis always relieved the pain and prevented any reaction.
For insect bites, tick bites, and puncture wounds, Ledum frequently brings quick relief. According to Robin Murphy, author of the homeopathic “bible,” Lotus Materia Medica, ledum can help prevent tetanus when it is given immediately after a puncture wound occurs. If no hospitals, doctors, or tetanus shots were available, ledum would be a valuable remedy to have, and it could even save your life.
Silica is a useful remedy for helping to expel splinters or shards of broken glass from the body. Amazingly, silica also brings welcome relief for the severe pain of infected teeth.
Here in Italy gardeners are not bothered by poison ivy, but I encountered plenty of it in my garden in New Jersey. A homeopathic dose of poison ivy leaf, Rhus toxicodendron, proves again that like cures like. Rhus tox is also good for rashes that resemble poison ivy – with redness, swelling and intense itching. Rhus tox is well known as one of the best remedies for arthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia.
Food poisoning can be caused by eating spoiled food or pesticides, often causing nausea and diarrhea. Arsenicum is a homeopathic remedy that will bring blessed relief.
If you or your children come down with a sudden onset of high fever with headache, sore throat, tonsillitis or earache, which worsens around 3:00 PM, Belladonna is the remedy you need.
For women who are subject to bladder infections with burning pains and a constant urge to urinate, Cantharis works like magic. I have been called a “maga” (magician) by people for whom I recommended this remedy.
You don’t have to wait for the collapse of society to take advantage of homeopathy to overcome and even prevent the flu. Many readers are probably aware of the dangers of flu shots, which contain brain-damaging mercury and other harmful elements you wouldn’t want in your body, or in the bodies of your children (born and unborn).
Vitamin D, taken at the dosage of 5000 iu per day, can prevent the flu if taken long enough to keep your levels up. If it is too late for Vitamin D, and you do start coming down with flu symptoms, or even the common cold, Oscillococcinum often relieves symptoms within a day. Another handy cure for colds is a medicine made from onions, Allium cepa. Because peeling onions makes your eyes water and your nose run, allium is a good match for cold symptoms and cures them homeopathically.
For burns and sunburns, Urtica urens relieves intense burning, itching and vesicles. Urtica is made from stinging nettle. Outside the realm of homeopathy, many people are aware of the burn-healing power of Aloe vera, whether it is purchased as a drug store gel or just squeezed out of a fresh leaf. It is easy to keep an aloe plant growing on your windowsill. Aloes grow very well here in south Italy – I have about a dozen, and they are constantly multiplying.
During times of disaster many people suffer from sever anxiety, shock and emotional trauma. These natural reactions can hinder your ability to successfully confront the dangers that you face. Aconite restores your mental equilibrium, allowing you to find solutions and increase your chances for survival.
These are some of the homeopathic remedies that I carry in my emergency survival kit and in my everyday first aid kit. There are many other remedies available, and with a little research you can easily put together a set of homeopathic remedies tailored to your family’s needs. I hope that this information encourages others to get started building emergency kits of their own.
About the Author: Bonnie Camo is a retired MD living in south Italy. She practiced Orthomolecular Psychiatry and Homeopathy near Princeton, New Jersey, for 30 years before moving to Italy in 2009. Bonnie has written a book, Natural Medicine for a Healthy Mind and Body, and a Healthy World, which will be published soon.
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