New England School of Homeopathy

Springtime Joys & Challenges:

Solutions for seasonal stings & allergies

by Amy Rothenberg ND, DHANP

Living in New England, I am always eager for spring to arrive. Though I can embrace snow activities and winter outings, I much prefer the longer days of spring and summer, the hours I can spend in nature without encumbering outerwear and worries about chapped hands and face. With my patients, I am always encouraging more time outside and less time in front of TV and computer screens! Especially for children, fresh air, running around, and being as free as one’s setting allows, seems an essential ingredient to growing up!

For some people, however, the outdoors presents certain challenges. From strong reactions to bug bites to troublesome hay fever, it’s as if nature has become the enemy. Homeopathic remedies can go a long way toward addressing these health concerns. For people who have a severe tendency to such allergic reactions spanning different seasons over many years, the most elegant arrow in my quiver remains a constitutional homeopathic remedy—to shift a person’s underlying tendency to react to such stressors. If you know someone for whom allergic reactions are really debilitating, direct them to a good constitutional homeopathic prescriber.

But for the rest of us, who are bothered less frequently, fling the doors of spring open! Just be familiar with your first-aid homeopathic remedies for spring’s challenges—and marvel at the beautiful way a homeopathic remedy can take the edge off seasonal acute problems.

Bugs & creepy crawlers…

When insects bite and your body reacts with acute discomfort, consider these remedies:

Apis mellifica is commonly indicated, especially if the ­discomfort is stinging in nature and there is quite a bit of swelling. Usually the area is warm or hot to touch, and you will feel relief with ice or a cold application. The area may also look more like hives, with a spread of the swelling
and redness.

Ledum is indicated when cold applications bring some relief, but the affected area is generally cold (rather than warm). There may be a slight bluish tinge to the site of the bite.

Hypericum can be used for bites or stings that cause sharp and/or shooting pains, especially in areas rich in nerves like the fingers or toes.

Staphysagria is a remedy that I have used successfully when there are many mosquito bites, and the individual bite areas spread out into welts.

Urtica urens will be helpful when there are red, swollen bites that itch and sting, or when the area has become more like hives due to the bites.

Hay fever… a-choo!

For acute hay fever symptoms, think about these remedies:

Allium cepa can help when you have watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge. The upper lip may become irritated with that discharge, and you may complain about lots of sneezing and an ongoing cough. You may be thirsty and actually want to be in the outdoors breathing in fresh air.

Euphrasia is indicated if your eyes are super irritated and swell up, and the discharge from your eyes is itself further irritating. The nose also runs, but without that irritating outcome. You tend to feel worse during the daytime hours.

Ferrum phosphoricum is a remedy to consider at the very first sign of inflammation with hay fever symptoms; if taken early, it can sometimes stop the worsening of symptoms. A flushed face with a watery discharge from the nose or mouth would make you think of this remedy.

Natrum muriaticum will be indicated if you have lots of egg-white like discharge from the nose, you do not want light on your eyes (photophobia), and suffer with endless sneezing. In general those who need this remedy do not really want to be around others, and they may feel a bit down.

Nux vomica may bring you relief if your nose has a full feeling but it is runny inside. You may feel a tickle in the throat, and your digestive system may not be up to par. The classic irritability of those who may be helped by Nux vomica can be seen even when the complaint is simple hay fever symptoms.

Sabadilla is a remedy to consider if you have long bouts of sneezing, terrible itching in your nose, and a runny, acrid discharge. Someone needing Sabadilla may feel spaced out during the hay fever and rather “out of it.”

Wyethia may make you feel better if you have an unsupportable itchy feeling on the roof of your mouth and at the root of the nose. You have an overall feeling of dryness and irritation, even if the nose runs.


A version of this article first appeared in Homeopathy Today (Spring ’11), the monthly magazine of the National Center of Homeopathy. For more information on joining the NCH and subscribing to Homeopathy Today, click here.