Ledum palustre is a homeopathic remedy that is also known as simply 'Ledum'.
This remedy is used for "First Aid" and is therefore a common choice in homeopathic "First Aid Kits". The homeopathic remedy ledum palustre is used in cases of bites, stings, puncture wounds (e.g. due to nails, splinters or other sharp objects), and wounds the look "puffy". Ledum palustre is also considered helpful in cases of eye injuries that cause the eye to appear puffy or bloodshot.
As a basic guide to selecting this remedy, it may be helpful when the person is likely to be better soothed by cold than by warmth (e.g. bites / stings), and also if wandering pain is aggravated by movement, touch and heat.
More about the substance used to prepare ledum palustre homeopathic remedy:
The homeopathic remedy ledum palustre is derived from a small flowering shrub commonly known as 'marsh tea'. It is also known by other names including Marsh Labrador tea, northern Labrador tea and wild rosemary. It is low-growing evergreen shrub that rarely reaches heights much above 3 ft (1 metre). Its small pale flowers attract pollinating insects.
A sketch of a marsh tea shrub is shown belowon the left.
All parts of the marsh tea shrub contain toxic terpenes so should not be eaten. Some people have been known to experience headaches after expoosure to the smell of this plant. Although the whole plant is harvested for preparation of the homeopathic remedy at the time when the plant first starts to blossom, only the aerial parts - such as the tips of the leafy shoots, are used to prepare the remedy.
Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.
There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.
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- Introduction to Homeopathy
- List of pages about specific Homeopathic Remedies
- Bach Flower Remedies, including a list of the Bach Flower Remedies and the Latin names of the Bach Flower Remedies
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