This month I want to tell you about two more remedies that are
essential for a homeopathic first aid kit. Both remedies are
from the plant kingdom and both are poisonous plants if taken in
a material dose. As I have mentioned in previous articles,
homeopathic remedies are diluted so that little or nothing but
the energy of the remedy remains.
is more commonly known as ‘Monkshood’ or ‘Wolfsbane’. This
remedy is most effective at the very beginning of an illness and
symptoms come on very suddenly. It is definitely a remedy for
emergencies and acute situations, (I keep it with a selection of
other emergency remedies in my car). It is useful also when
physical symptoms follow a fright, shock, or being chilled, or
even after being very angry. Symptoms tend to be worse at
night, usually around midnight, and the pains feel intolerable.
There is general inflammation and great thirst.
– Shock, people are extremely distressed and fearful,
even inconsolable, full of anxiety and panic. It is very
useful following operations, childbirth especially if the
delivery was fast.
– pains are intolerable and the woman might say she wants to
– symptoms follow a shock, getting chilled by cold dry winds
and are often accompanied with a headache.
– a barking, dry, hoarse, irritating, tickling coughs that are
worse at night with the same causes. It is the first remedy to
think of for early stages of Croup
– Burning heat alternating with chills at night. The patient
will be very anxious and have unquenchable thirst. They feel
hot inside and chilly externally, their cheeks may alternate
between hot and red and pale and ghostly, especially in teething
– cuts/wounds bleeding excessively; with shock
is more well known as ‘Deadly Nightshade’ and its poisonous
properties have been well known throughout history and in herbal
preparations. In Chaucer’s time it was used as a sleeping
potion and in the 16th century Italian women used it
to dilate their pupils to make their eyes sparkle (belladonna
literally means ‘beautiful woman’). There have been plenty of
accidental poisonings of Belladonna to provide the symptom
picture to homeopaths:
Dry mouth, fever, constricted throat with difficulty swallowing,
Nausea/vomiting, red face, dilated pupils, dim vision,
difficulty thinking, giddiness, delirium. These symptoms were
seen to be almost identical to the symptoms of Scarlet Fever,
thus creating a classical homeopathic remedy picture.
So think of Belladonna as the first remedy to give where one
part of the body becomes inflamed or infected. There
will be violent, red, hot, throbbing pains that are worse
movement, touch or being jarred. The eyes sparkle or shine,
pupils are dilated, the tongue may be coated white or bright
red, the face is flushed and burning. All Belladonna illnesses
come on suddenly and are worse at 3 pm or 3 am. Patients are
better lying down in quiet, darkened rooms as they are
hypersensitive to light and noise, and they are very restless.
– Worse on the right side, the pain may extend down the neck.
The pains are stitching, tearing, and or throbbing
– Burning dry radiating heat and chills, delirium,
extreme restlessness, even violence.
– Pains in back of head, in eyes, forehead, temples; bursting,
hammering, pulsating, throbbing, violent; better resting head,
lying in darkened room and pressure. The pain is worse moving
the head, cold and light.
- Breasts become hard, throbbing, painful, with red streaks
– Constricted, irritated, raw, swollen glands, pains severe,
stitching, the pain may extend to the ear, worse on the right
and swallowing liquids.