Summer has arrived in Minnesota. As I sit and type this in the air conditioned comfort of my office, I am able to avoid the outdoors where temperatures are in the upper 90’s with humidity hovering around 45%. Fortunately, it is windy outside, but hot and windy is my least favorite summer weather combination.
While I get to stay inside, others aren’t so fortunate. So if you must spend outside in the heat, be sure to wear sunscreen, try to stay in the shade if possible, try not to over exert yourself, drink plenty of water, and replenish your electrolytes. I like to do that by squeezing lemon and lime in to the water, perhaps ½ to a whole of each into a quart jar. Put ½ to 1 tsp salt in the water, add ice, and blend or shake well. Yum!
What happens if you over heat?
If you, or someone you are with, gets overheated, be sure to have these homeopathic remedies along. You never know which you will need, so be sure to have them on hand ahead of time. Treatment should begin as soon as possible, so having to run to the store will delay treatment. In fact, the person needing the remedy will probably feel better pretty quickly with the right remedy. If not, then try a different one. The person given the right remedy will likely want to get up and move around. Do not let them. Have them rest as long as they would have needed to had you not given them a remedy, usually about 24 hours.
In trying to find a remedy for sunstroke or heatstroke, you will need to do some observing with a keen eye, because the person needing the remedy won’t be able to tell you some of what you need to know. For example, they probably won’t say they are confused, but you can most certainly observe that.
There is a difference between sunstroke and heatstroke, but if you pay attention to the symptoms you will be able to find the correct remedy and the difference won’t matter that much. Except that if a person has sunstroke, there is a problem with reoccurrence, so it is important to prevent it in the future. With sunstroke, the patient usually has dry skin, a hot head and a severe headache. Heat exhaustion presents itself with greater weakness.
Remedies for Sunstroke and Heatstroke
Dosing: Usually one 30C is adequate, although it may need to be repeated. Please see the blog post on dosing for further information.
Aconite, like Belladonna, has a rapid onset of fever, a very painful headache, sensitivity to light and pupils which are constricted. Aconite will be fearful as well. It will help many types of headaches from exposure to the sun, as well as heat rashes. Worse from falling asleep in the sun.
This is the #1 remedy for people with sunstroke or heatstroke. Symptoms that would indicate Belladonna include a rapid onset of what seems like a fever (elevated body temperature), throbbing headache, red face, dilated pupils and confusion. The skin will be very warm to the touch. They are made much worse from jarring, such as walking across the floor to check on them or sitting on the bed. He will be dry and very thirsty for very cold water. This remedy is in every remedy kit, so if you aren’t sure what remedy to give, choose this one, unless you are certain another one is correct.
This remedy is not readily available but has a very peculiar symptom that would make it easy to spot. A person needing Camphora would be very chilly to cold from over exposure to the sun. And they would not want to be covered up. In fact they would want a cold shower or bath. Veratrum Album is also chilly, but they would want to be covered up.
Weakness and collapse from exposure to the heat and the sun. May include fainting from being over heated. Clammy and cold. Nausea is a strong symptom when Carbo Veg is needed. They may also have diarrhea after too much sun and heat.
The symptoms of Glonoine are very similar to Belladonna, except the people who need Glonoine are worse for tipping their head backward and applying cold water to cool down the patient can make them spasm. People needing Glonoine are very desperate to rest in the shade. Movement makes the patient worse. There may be a blue tone about the face and the jaws may be clenched tightly. Flushes of heat and hot sweat (Bell. is dry)
Hot, thirsty, dehydrated from being in the sun. Stars or sparks in the field of vision.
There are at least 50 remedies for sunstroke and heatstroke. These are just the most common ones. If you need more information, please contact Lotus Homeopathy for help. 651-748-1556.
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