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Homeopathic First Aid Kit
Every barn has, or should have, its medicine cabinet, and a handy first aid kit for taking along in the trailer. But what about something to take along on the everyday trail ride? Accidents happen everywhere. A mile from home may be minutes from home when on horseback under normal circumstances, but not if something happens to you or your horse. A kick from another horse, a fall, a branch in the face, a twisted limb, stepping in a hole - they can happen at any time. If you have to walk a limping horse home, or ride slowly due to an injury to you, think also of the extra time involved until you get home to your medicine cabinet. If you have a homeopathic remedy along with you, it can begin to rectify and prevent worsening of the situation while you head home.
The ideal first aid kit to bring on a ride should be lightweight, easily carried, ready to use, and waterproof. The contents may vary according to your medical preferences and individual needs. You may already have some basic necessities together, but do you have homeopathic remedies as well? Homeopathic remedies are safe and rapidly effective; they stimulate the body to heal itself.
The aims of first aid are, in order of priority, to preserve life, to minimize the effects of injury, to relieve pain and distress, and to summon medical help as quickly as possible. Emergency measures require a blend of common sense and a basic understanding of biology. The purpose of homeopathic remedies in first aid situations is to calm the mind, relieve pain, and help the body to heal itself. They should only be given after the threat to life has been removed (e.g., controlling severe bleeding, use of CPR).
If you have brought homeopathic remedies along for the ride in their vials before, then you know how they can be reduced to powder by the end of your ride, and you know how a handful of glass vials or bottles can add up weight-wise. Here's a simple solution. Add this handy and lightweight homeopathic remedy kit to your carry-alongs and be prepared for the worst.
To make your own homeopathic first aid kit, you will need:
- Several clean, dry syringes, 3cc size; two 20cc or 35cc size syringes
- A few syringe stoppers (caps, may clip ¾ inch end off needle cap)
- Pure water, 3 to 4 ounces is usually sufficient, in a vial with an opening large enough to insert a syringe
- Bach Rescue Remedy ®, a flower essence; dropper bottle, smallest size
- Hypericum tincture and Calendula tincture - topical use, for cleansing and treating wounds
- Your favorite oral homeopathic remedies (in most cases, 30c is the most appropriate potency) such as:
Arnica - injury, shock
Aconite - shock, onset of illness or colic, fear
Apis - insect bites and stings
Ledum - puncture wounds, blunt injury to eye
Hypericum - painful injuries, prevent infection
Rhus tox - inflammation, itching and burning
Euphrasia - eye injuries
Nux vomica - colic, constipation
Colocynthis - spasmodic colic, muscle problems
Belladonna - fever, rapid strong pulse
China - dehydration, excessive bleeding
Cuprum metallicum - muscle cramps
Carbo veg - collapse, coldness, blueness, "corpse reviver"
Constitutional remedy for you, your horse, or pet
- A copy of the above list of remedies and uses, laminated
- Fine point permanent marker
- Masking or adhesive tape
- Zipper-lock baggie
- Piece of paper with the phone number(s) of person(s) to contact in an emergency
- Change for a phone call. If you aren't near a phone, maybe a passing motorist will go and make the call for you, especially if you hand them the change and the number to do it.
Hard pellet remedies are preferred. For each homeopathic remedy in pellet form, take a clean, dry syringe, pull out the plunger, and insert two pellets into the syringe. Replace the plunger and push it all the way in. This keeps the pellets from rattling around and crumbling, minimizes air contact, and makes the syringe short for storing.
Mark each one as you go with the remedy name (and indications, if desired) using the permanent marker and tape. The syringe itself can be written on, but in time, the writing may wear off (note also that alcohol smears permanent marker and may remove it). Put the loaded syringes, and one empty syringe, in the resealable baggie. The laminated remedy list should be kept with them.
When the time comes to use the remedies, in the case of minor injuries, there should be time to choose an appropriate remedy (refer to the laminated list). If not, administer Rescue Remedy® first, which is useful in any situation, and which can buy time for consulting the list.
Select the appropriate remedy-loaded syringe, draw up a few ccs of water from the vial, shake vigorously for a few seconds, and squirt into the victim's mouth. Remember, with homeopathic remedies, it is not necessary to swallow them; they work through the mucous membranes. The neat thing about the syringe is that it can squirt far, and if a horse is thrashing so that you can't get near, take aim and squirt from a distance. Aim for the nostrils, or other mucous membranes, if the mouth can't be accessed. Even the skin, preferably hairless areas, can eventually absorb the remedy's energies.
The pellets in the syringe do not need to be completely dissolved. Any portion that begins to dissolve carries the energies, so don't wait for them to dissolve. Also, any undissolved pellet will be used for second and third doses. Just draw in more water. This is why the hard pellets are preferred; granules and soft pellets would dissolve completely leaving nothing for subsequent doses. When administering the second dose, if the pellet completely dissolves, leave a little bit of the solution in the syringe for making the third dose, and again for another, and another, if needed. This small amount of solution, even if only one drop, carries the energies and, as it goes in homeopathy, less is more. Further dilution and succussion (hard shaking) only makes a remedy more potent. That is the mystery and blessing of homeopathy.
Rescue Remedy® is useful in any situation. Use its handy dropper bottle to administer a few drops straight into the mouth. If necessary to administer from a distance, use the empty syringe, pull out the plunger and cap the end (or put your finger on it), drop a few drops of the liquid into it, and properly insert the plunger so as not to eject the contents. Draw up some water, shake, take aim, and squirt.
For treating wounds, use the Calendula and Hypericum tinctures diluted with water to cleanse, relieve pain, and help prevent infection. Calendula is soothing and promotes healing. Hypericum tincture, like the remedy, is for painful wounds and for minimizing infection.
The Calendula and Hypericum tinctures, a few ccs each, can be stored separately in the larger syringes. Label, cap tightly to prevent leakage and evaporation, and put in a baggie separate from the oral remedies. Be sure to mark each baggie clearly. For use, draw up enough water to fill the syringe and shake well. Flush the wound, reserving some solution for later flushings.