Wild Fires: Help with Homeopathy!
Our thoughts go out to all of you that have been affected by the fires.
Here are some simple aids that can be used for yourself, your family, your children and your animals. Pass this on to anyone whom you think needs help. Most of these remedies can be found at your local health food store. As always always seek professional medical care without delay if any situation requires medical attention.
Stay safe
The team at San Diego Homeopathy.

For short term anxiety, fear, shock or grief

  • Rescue remedy drops or spray: Take under the tongue or pour into a water bottle and sip throughout the day.  Rescue remedy be used together alone or together with any of the following homeopathic remedies: 
  • Aconite: for any illness that arises from shock or fright
  • Ignatia: for grief or loss.
  • Pulsatilla: for anxiety in those who are weepy, clingy and want to be held.
  • Calcarea carbonica: for excessive fear of calamities or natural disasters. They cannot sleep due to worrying about losing their homes or loved ones.They stayed glued to the news filled with fear and worry about what may happen.
  • Phosphorous: for anxiety in open, excitable types who want to be able to help everyone and get ill seeing the suffering of others.
  • Natrum Muriaticum: For more reserved times who are sensitive to the suffering of others, especially if they see any injustice. Watching the news makes them feel ill. This is also a grief remedy where they are not able to cry or hide their tears behind a brave face.
Smoke inhalation


Smoke inhalation can be especially problematic for infants, the elderly or anyone with an existing respiratory condition e.g. asthma. Smoke inhalation can also be problematic in areas where there is poison oak or poison ivy or toxic substances burning. 

The air is very dry. Use a humidifier or place bowls of water around the house.

Try to stay indoors as much as possible. Use an air purifier in the home. When going outdoors, use a dust mask, ventilator or a wet cloth.
Please do not delay in getting immediate medical care whenever there are any signs of respiratory distress or smoke inhalation. 
Remedies which can help:
    • Bryonia: dry cough after inhalation of smoke. Thirsty for large quantities of water. Even the slightest movement makes the patient feel worse.
    • Euphrasia: cough accompanied by red, burning, tearing eyes. 
    • Rhus toxicodendron: for exposure to fumes of poison oak or poison ivy (This can be life threatening, please seek immediate medical care)
    • Carbo vegetalis: for severe exposure to smoke where breathing is compromised. (This type of situation requires immediate emergency care, please call 911) 
    • Spigelia: difficulty breathing and suffocating feeling with palpitations. Accompanied by a violent headache with piercing pain behind the right eye. (This type of situation requires immediate emergency care, please call 911)
Some people benefit from taking glutathione and or alpha lipoic acid supplementation for a brief period after exposure to smoke. This will also help with exposure to the chemicals in flame retardant, a necessary part of fighting fires.  Always discuss with your doctor before taking any supplements to avoid drug interactions or adverse reactions.


Eye irritation from smoke
  • Try to use goggles when outside to protect your eyes.
  • Use preservative free eye drops or saline solution to rinse your eyes.
  • If redness continues use Euphrasia eye drops or take homeopathic Euphrasia orally.
  • For tearing, burning eyes that feel like you've been peeling onions, use Allium cepa (Especially if you also have a watery, burning nasal discharge)
For sore throats from exposure to smoke
  • Raw manuka honey can help soothe a sore, irritated throat. Drink with warm water and lemon.
  • Echinacea and goldenseal throat spray: take as directed on the bottle
  • Home-made ginger tea: Cut up fresh ginger root and add to water. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer. Drink throughout the day. (This will also help with mucus)
  • Zinc or Propolis throat lozenges: Be careful not to take more than the recommended dosages indicated on the bottle 
  • Grapefruit seed extract taken orally can help prevent sinus infection in those who are prone to them.
  • Use a netti pot or sinus irrigation to clear out the nasal sinuses. Always remember to sterilize the water by boiling first and then cool to body temperature to avoid burns. A saline nasal spray can also help. 
General advice
  • Smoke exposure increases your need for Vitamin C. Increase your intake of Vitamin C  during periods of exposure.
  • Don't forget to back up your computer data. We love the team at Beanstalk Computing.
  • In situations like these remember what's really important: friends, loved ones and your furry friends. 
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