Medicinal Plants for Summer

You’re a health-savvy, eco-conscious consumer. You use organic and high-quality supplements to fuel your body and stay hydrated during the summer months. You carefully apply coral-reef safe sunscreen to your skin and spritz yourself with all-natural bug spray to ward off sunburn and bug bites.

And yet those warm weather nuisances still happen. You find yourself with a painful sunburn, itchy bug bites, and bruises, blisters and chapped skin from outdoor activities. Rather than give up the good fight and turn to conventional medications, this is when homeopathic remedies can help provide just the relief you need.

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Homeopathic medicines use natural substances in micro-doses to relieve common everyday symptoms. They do not cause drowsiness, do not interact with conventional medications, supplements or herbal remedies, and do not mask symptoms. Homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years, building a remarkable safety record and generating a great body of knowledge. Check out some of our favorite medicinal plants for summer healing.

Arnica

Arnica is a type of mountain daisy that bears yellow flowers. It is widely used to relieve common aches and pains, including bruising, swelling, and arthritis. It can also be used to temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion, and falls, and can help reduce discoloration from bruises.*

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We recommend:

Arnicare Cream
  • Contains Arnica montana
  • 1X HPUS-7%
Arnicare Gel
  • Contains Arnica montana
  • 1X HPUS-7%

Calendula

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Calendula is a Mediterranean plant of the same genus as the common marigold. Calendula has been used in both herbalism and homeopathy to heal sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, and insect bites.* It has properties which can assist in healing of the skin.

We recommend:

Calendula Cream
  • Contains Calendula officinalis
  • 1X HPUS-10%

Ever wonder what the dosing information means on the labels of homeopathic medicines? The letters HPUS indicate that this ingredient is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States. Most homeopathic medicine is prepared in this way: Soluble substances are dissolved in alcohol to form a “mother tincture.” One part of this tincture is added to 99 parts of alcohol and succussed (shaken). This yields a 1C dilution; read the label on homeopathic medicine to see the dilution of a given substance.  

Additionally, the percentage of each active ingredient in topical formulas like creams, gels, ointments, or eye drops must be clearly indicated. For example, Arnica montana 1X HPUS: 7% means that there is 7 percent of tincture (1X) of arnica in Arnicare Gel. Unless otherwise indicated, all ingredients in oral pellets or tablets are present in the same proportion, for a total of 1 percent of the inactive ingredient weight.

For more information on homeopathic medicines, visit boironusa.comThis post is sponsored by Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

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