I was asked recently to help with a list of essential remedies for the home. And not one to ever shy away from a homeopathy challenge I have curated my Top 50 remedies that you should have in your household kit.
So, without further ado, here we go:
For intense conditions which come on suddenly, such as cough, cold etc. These may also come on after being exposed to cold winds.
#1 remedy for fright and shock.
Symptoms are worse around midnight.
A useful remedy for hay fever with lots of burning, watery discharge from the nose. Burning pains in the nose and top lip may be sore.
Symptoms are worse in cold, damp weather. Feels better for fresh air and exercise however will want to be well wrapped up.
For respiratory conditions with lots of rattling mucus. Heavy breathing from abdomen.
Symptoms are worse at night, for getting chilled or for being too warm.
The person will need to sit up or bend forward in order to cough.
For stings or insect bites or other histamine reactions. These will look ‘puffy’ and may be red and hot. Person feels very restless and irritable.
Good for stinging and burning pains.
For anxiety with a want to move bowels. Will worry about ‘What ifs’.
Any pains will be splinter like. Person may pace up & down.
Eyes can be gummed up with yellow mucus. Will crave sugar.
#1 remedy for physical injury and shock following physical injury.
The person may not realise how injured they are and will insist they are ok when clearly not. They will want to be left alone.
Use in both pillule and cream forms for bruising. Never use the cream on broken skin.
Helpful with sore muscles and after surgery.
Lots of uses for this remedy; colds, coughs, stomach bugs, food poisoning etc.
There will be a dry mouth and wanting sips of water. Feeling of restlessness and anxiety. Feels worse around midnight.
For fevers with red, dry skin. The eyes may be glassy and there may be some delirium.
For injury to internal organs either through accident or surgery.
Very useful in kidney and liver complaints. Kidney pain radiate down to the bladder. Pain is worse while urinating.
Oftentimes will have back stiffness. One of the main remedies for UTIs.
Strong thirst with this remedy. Good for headaches, coughs, muscle & joint pains.
Wants to be left alone. Very irritable and wants to be left alone.
Feels worse from any movement.
For colds, ear issues, coughs, teething problems and more.
May have a sweaty head and cooler hands & feet. Sleep may also be disturbed with bad dreams.
Heals cuts and helps to prevent infection.
Use also on grazes, burns etc.
One of the best remedies for burns and scalds. Burns tend to blister and appear red underneath.
Also good for cystitis with intense burning pains. Urine comes out in drops and may also contain blood.
A great remedy for anyone who is weak and debilitated with shortness of breath. They will feel exhausted and chilly.
Good for stomach upset also with indigestion and belching.
For a burn or scald with intense burning pains. Deeper burns than in cantharis.
For coughs with a raw, burning sensation. Voice may be affected.
For earaches or sore throats after being in the cold air.
Best known for teething but useful for any intense pains.
The person will be irritable or angry and impossible to please. They will ask for something and then immediately reject it.
For teething, earache, sore throats and more.
For weakness from dehydration from fluid loss (such as heavy periods, vomiting, hemorrhage, diarrhea)
For loss of sleep while nursing or tending to others.
Also, a very good remedy for motion sickness.
The person will feel lightheaded, weak or trembly.
Irritation in the throat that feels like dust.
Fits of coughing that bring up clear, slimy mucus. The cough may make the person red in the face.
Intermittent violent coughing preceded by a gasping intake of breath.
For intense cramps, calves, shin, soles of feet or during period.
Chesty cough that takes the breath away. Eyes may water from the intensity of the cough.
Worse for stress and overwork.
Persistent cough which is worse lying down at night. May feel a tickle in the throat. Cough is barking/hacking. The person will be irritable and restless.
For flu with aching pains in the bones. Thirsty for cold water.
Headaches and nausea. Feels restless but needs to be still.
Great for the early signs of clod, earache, sore throat etc. If given soon enough may stop the illness in its tracks.
Face will be flushed and hands sweaty.
Good for nosebleeds that are not a result of an injury. In that case give arnica.
For colds or flus with a lot of weakness. No energy, chills and eyelids feel droopy. Headache at the back of head.
Very sensitive to draughts. Needs to be well wrapped up.
Does not want cold, noise, touch when ill.
May have splinter like pains in ear, throat etc.
Good for boils and abscesses, encourages them to drain.
For injuries to nerve-rich areas such as fingers and toes.
Can be used after surgery to encourage repair of nerves.
For emotional upset, grief.
Sobbing and sighing.
Sensation of lump in the throat.
For constant nausea and vomiting.
For coughs with mucus that is hard to get rid of. Cough may bring on vomiting.
Feels worse for becoming overheated. Feels better for fresh air.
Mucus from nose or chest that is very sticky and yellow or greenish.
Headaches from build up of mucus in the sinuses, especially around the eyes.
Needs to be wrapped up in the open air.
A good remedy for severe sore throats. Cannot swallow or stick out tongue. Symptoms may start on the left and shift to the right side.
For any puncture wound, bites, stings, injections etc. The affected area may feel cold to the touch.
Also good for black eyes.
Good for digestive issues such as wind, bloating and indigestion. Person may have a real sweet tooth.
For colds and respiratory infections. Nose is stuffy, throat is sore. Chest will have rattly mucus.
Right side is usually worse or complaints start on the right side and move left.
Mercurius sol/Mercurius viv
Switches between hot and cold. Very thirsty for cold water with excess salivation. Breath may smell.
Good for abscesses and ulcers.
In sore throats will want to swallow a lot. Glands in neck will be swollen and tongue will be coated yellow with a red tip.
Good for cold sores that some on with fever. There may be a crack in the centre of the lower lip.
Lots of sneezing and egg-white-like mucus.
Headaches with a hammering pain.
Craves salty foods.
Will feel emotionally withdrawn.
For blisters, ulcers and fissures that appear anywhere on body. Commonly used to help mouth ulcers.
Pains are sharp and needle-like.
Very sensitive and irritable.
Worse from excesses of anything (food, alcohol, work etc.)
Constipation, feeling that can’t expel all that is there. May also have indigestion and cramping pains.
Extreme exhaustion. Person may stare into space and feel apathetic.
Dark rings under eyes.
Good after illness.
Usually very sociable, but illness may have left them feeling a bit clingy and wanting sympathy.
Thirsty for cold drinks and craving salty foods.
Tendency for recurring coughs.
May also have sudden nosebleeds.
Feels very weepy, clingy. Changeable moods.
Not thirsty. Loves the fresh air.
Mucus will be thick and green or yellow. Worse in the morning and evening.
Useful for colds, earache, teething.
For skin eruption with little blisters such as chickenpox.
Injuries and strains. Muscles are stiff on first movement but improve once you are going.
Feels restless and can’t get comfortable.
Useful in upper respiratory conditions such as coughs, bronchitis. Intense tickling in trachea.
Feeling of rawness and burning in upper chest.
Injuries to bones and joints and their protective coverings. Dislocations, bruises and damage to cartilage.
Sore and aching.
For heavy periods with a ‘bearing down’ feeling. A dragging feeling, down into the legs.
Very irritable, can snap at family.
Use silica to remove splinters etc. from the body.
Also good for helping the body get rid of abscesses and boils. Encourages them to drain or be reabsorbed and dispersed.
Ears that are blocked and have crackling or popping sensations.
Upper respiratory tract infections.
Coughs, croup, whooping cough.
Cough is dry and barking or sounds like sawing of wood.
Cystitis. Irritable bladder, burning in bladder while passing urine. Bladder feels as though it will not empty.
After surgery or dental work.
Very thirsty for cold drinks.
Hot at night, sweaty. Sticks feet out from under the covers.
Useful in skin complaints, eczema is dry, itchy. Skin unhealthy.
For watery diarrhea and vomiting.
Severe cramping in the gut. Excessive sweating.
Face is pale and bluish.
Feels ‘out of it’.
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