Welcome to my personal top 25 remedies in celebration of my 25 years in practice!
This was a tough decision given that there are thousands of homeopathic remedies to choose from. There are only so many we tend to use at home, so that did narrow it down a little bit.
I’ve left out a lot of the more common remedies, unless they were one of those “must be on the list” remedies, and included some that may be smaller but equally useful in specific situations.
The information here is only a little snapshot so if you need more information to help you make your choice, we recommend the small and inexpensive Homoeopathy for the Home Prescriber book, available in the online store or you could research a little more online.
Just some general comments before we get into the remedies.
30c is generally fine for home use, but really use whatever you have because the body will work with it. If you need to continue doses for a few days then a 6x, 6c or 30c can be given 3 or 4 times a day or 200c once or twice a day.
Usually we say to give the remedy until the symptoms settle and repeat if they reappear. Since this can make for a bumpy ride in the treatment of acutes, my recommendation is to give your doses quite frequently to start with – hourly or even every 10 minutes for up to 5 doses if the situation is quite intense.
Once things settle down you can reduce to 2 hourly and then 3 or 4 times a day if you feel the same remedy is still required.
For bruising or broken bones you may need to repeat remedies like Arnica for a few days to a week or more.
Nil by mouth
If you have a situation where you suspect the patient may need surgery and should have nil by mouth then drops can be a better option. You can put the drops on the pulse points, top of the head or around the lips, if you would prefer to give nothing at all by mouth just in case.
If you have pilules you can put 1 or 2 pilules in ¼ glass of water or in a water bottle, stir vigorously or shake, then do the same as above. If that’s not possible, just crush a pilule and apply where it seems appropriate.
Remember we are working with something that has a unique energetic frequency, so it’s a bit like being in contact with a mobile phone, rather than taking a pharmaceutical drug. The remedy works dynamically which is why it will often work quickly.
My Top 25 Remedies
No. 1: Aconite – great for nipping things in the bud like a cold or sore throat and first stage remedy for mental shock or after a fright or where anxiety is very high. Symptoms are sudden, acute, intense and painful, often with great fear (sometimes of dying) and restlessness. There may be a high fever with dry burning heat or drenching sweat with thirst. Useful at first sign of cold, cough, earache, etc.
Always seek medical advice for fever in a child under 6 months old.
Cause: things that come on after exposure to cold dry wind, heat of sun, shock, fright.
Better open air. Worse around midnight, cold wind and cold draughts.
No. 2: Allium Cepa – Made from the onion, colds begin with onion-like symptoms – sneezing, watery eyes which burn and are light sensitive. Nose runs profusely and nasal discharge burns, throat is scratchy and itchy. Allergies with symptoms similar to above usually worse summer. Headache from congestion.
Worse Warmth, evenings, spring, getting the feet wet. Better cool weather, in open air.
No. 3: Ant Tart – This is a really useful remedy for rattly, wet coughs where the chest sounds full of fluid, but the GP will frequently say it’s clear. There is so much mucous which is ropy, white and sticky (compare Kali Bich). There may be nausea, retching of the mucous and even vomiting at times. It may feel or sound as if the individual will suffocate with the loose cough. Tongue coated, pasty, thick white. Pustular eruptions, such as in chicken pox.
Cause: change of weather, especially in spring and autumn.
Better sitting up, vomiting and bringing up mucous, cold water. Worse 3-4am, for sour things, for lying down, in a warm room.
No. 4: Arnica – What list of remedies doesn’t include this really useful remedy. Many families come to homeopathy after being recommended Arnica by their body work therapist following an accident or injury where it can help to reduce shock, bleeding and bruising. For swelling, soreness, broken bones (follow with Symphytum 200c and Calc Phos 6x or use our Broken Bones & Fractures Combination), slipped disc, spinal injury (follow with Hypericum 200c). For shock, trauma, violence to mind or body, bleeding of small wounds. Sprains, strains, over-exertion. Useful following surgery to assist with bruising and bleeding. Sore, bruised, aching pain. Don’t want to be touched or assisted. Will often say they feel fine despite serious injury. Very restless. For fish hooks and similar wounds (with Hypericum) especially those which require stitching. Threatened abortion from a fall, soreness of body during pregnancy.
Worse touch, being jarred. Better lying down.
If in doubt, always use Arnica as your initial first aid remedy.
No. 5: Arsenicum Album – Often the first remedy we think of for upset tummies with cramps, so travellers diarrhea and a must for trips to India, Africa, Bali etc. It’s one of the main remedies in our Gastro combination. Can be very thirsty but only for frequent sips. Burning, cramping pains and discharges – vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal distress. Food poisoning, headaches, asthma and chesty coughs, sore throats. May feel cold. In the bigger picture, people who need this remedy are generally anxious and restless. They fear being alone, anxiety about health, fussy and difficult to please.
Worse midnight to 2am, cold food and drink. Better heat, hot drinks and food, company, fresh air (headaches).
No. 6: Belladonna – For pain or temperatures which may come on suddenly. Pain may be throbbing, sharp, cutting or shooting and there may be burning radiating heat, very high fever, bright redness, restlessness and dilated pupils. Lethargic or hyper, delirious, striking and biting. Sunburn, heat stroke with headache and fever, minor burns. Headaches which are hammering, bursting, from too much sun. First stage of ear trouble with red, hot ear, sore throats, fever. Usually no thirst. (Aconite – more anxious and fearful of death, more thirsty).
Worse touch, light, noise, being jarred, draughts to head, night. Better warmth
Always seek medical advice for fever in a child under 6 months old.
No. 7: Bryonia – Dryness is characteristic of people needing this remedy. Any movement aggravates, even talking or just moving the eyes. Sitting up can bring on vomiting. Symptoms come on slowly. Bronchitis, colds which descend to chest, stiff neck, dry cough, constipation. Patients can be very irritable and are better alone. Very thirsty for cold drinks.
Worse deep breathing (from pain in chest), hot room, dry weather, movement, touch. Better pressure & lying on painful part.
No. 8: Calc Phos – This is a remedy to think of for bones and teeth, during growth spurts often with leg cramps, for poor appetite, and as a tissue salt (ie 6x potency) it can help improve the absorption of nutrients and bolster up the constitution. There may be swollen glands and chronic mucous, headaches in school children and the children may be whiny and unhappy.
Worse: change in weather, humidity, teething, puberty. Better: Warm, dry weather, lying down, after dinner.
No. 9: Cantharis – Burns with blistering, bites and stings with blistering. May help the pain following a burn and help promote healing. Sunburn, insect bites, all with blisters. Burning pain in the affected area with other symptoms. Cystitis with burning, scalding and urgency. Constant desire to pass urine but only manages a few drops. Included in our Bites & Stings combination.
Worse movement, drinking, urination Better lying down, warmth, night
No. 10: Cocculus – This is a great little remedy for motion sickness, morning sickness and for jetlag. In ye olden days (and I do still say this) it was known as the remedy for ailments from night watching, which really means losing sleep from worrying about someone elses health and from nursing the sick. Useful if you have a new baby and are not getting enough sleep or are caring for a family member. This experience can leave the individual feeling sad, depressed and oversensitive, probably because they are so exhausted!
There is often vertigo and nausea, and that weird up and down feeling you can experience with jetlag or lack of sleep. There may be an empty feeling, weakness, trembling and a desire to lie down as they are so tired.
Worse travel, loss of sleep, smell or thought of food. Better lying down quietly, warm room, sleep.
No. 11: Ferrum Phos – First remedy to think of in beginning of any acute ailment where there is inflammation/heat eg fever, ear infection, or just for general unwellness. Keynote is that there are no keynotes! Symptoms are vague. Patients take cold easily and are susceptible to chest troubles. Can be helpful in anaemia as it increases the haemoglobin. Helpful in bleeding and vein problems.
Cause may be taking cold, blood loss, excessive sweating
Worse Cold air, exertion, between 4-6am. Better Gentle exercise, warmth
(TS Acutes which contains Ferrum Phos 6x – can be useful in small children for beginnings of ailments with runny nose).
No. 12: Gelsemium – Heaviness, weakness, drowsiness with drooping eyelids. Trembling, chills and heat up and down spine, cold and/or flu symptoms with aching muscles. Good remedy for anticipation, nervous excitement and paralysis before events such as public speaking, exams with frequent urination or diarrhoea. Symptoms may come on after shock or fright.
Worse anticipation, humid weather, surprises. Better urination, sweating.
No. 13: Hepar Sulph – Over-sensitive is a keynote on all levels. Very painful, inflamed wounds. Good for inflammation which is slow to resolve – wounds, abscess, etc. Angry, irritable, speedy – very difficult when sick. Very chilly. Splinter-like pain anywhere, as if swallowed a fish bone or pin.
Better warmth of bed, heat, wrapping up. Worse getting cold, at night, touch, pressure.
No. 14: Hypericum – “Arnica for the Nerves”. Crush injuries, lacerations of fingers, tips; painful penetrating wounds; may have spasms from the injury. Shooting pain along the nerves. Wounds which are excessively painful. Surgical pain, forceps delivery, dental work. Falls on spine or coccyx, concussion, episiotomy. Bites or stings, wounds caused by nail or splinter with pains as above. May require a 200c potency but use what you have in an emergency.
Worse movement, touch, cold air. Better keeping still.
No. 15: Kali Bich – Sinusitis with discharge (nasal or post-nasal) which is thick, sticky, stringy and difficult to shift. Pressure and fullness at root of nose and through sinuses with metallic taste in the mouth. Hawks thick mucous from the throat. Asthmatic-type productive cough with thick or stringy green or yellow mucous. Sinus headaches or start of a migraine with visual disturbance.
Worse cold, damp, mornings on waking, 2-5am. Better warmth, motion, steam inhalations, pressure.
No. 16: Kali Mur – This was one of the most useful remedies in The Children’s Ear Clinic, along with Ferrum Phos. It’s a great remedy (in 30c or 6x) where there is thick, white nasal discharge. Useful for deafness from mucous, crackling in the ears on swallowing or blowing the nose, ear pain, swollen glands, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers which are white. The tongue and gums may be white coated.
Worse open air, drafts night, lying down. Better rubbing, letting the hair down!!
No. 17: Kali Phos – This is a tissue salt we often think about for the nervous system and it’s said to act as a tonic for the brain and nerve tissue. There may be headache from over-studying, over-work or from mental strain, sometimes with humming in the ears and vertigo. The imbalance in the nervous system may lead to sleep disturbance, insomnia, nightmares and sleepwalking. It can be a useful remedy for convalescence after an illness.
Worse worry, mental and physical over-exertion, cold, excitement. Better heat, sleep, eating.
No. 18: Mag Phos – Another useful remedy (as a tissue salt or in homeopathic potency, eg 30c) where there are cramps, tummy pain, menstrual cramp and spasmodic pains anywhere in the body. It’s indicated for neuralgic pains, and stirred into a cup of hot water and sipped, it can bring better relief than taken as a dry dose.
Worse washing, right side, night, cold air. Better warmth, massage, pressure, bending over.
No. 19: Merc Sol – Yellowish-green, burning discharges. Metallic taste, profuse saliva, bleeding gums. Ulcers in mouth, throat, genitals, etc. Offensive breath, sweat, discharges, which may burn. Easily overheated and chilled, like a barometer. Drenching night sweats. Earache with discharge, sore throat, swollen glands, sinus, tonsillitis, rheumatism. These patients are like a barometer, changeable and uncertain.
Worse night, temperature changes, sweating. Better rest.
No. 20: Nat Mur – While we might think of Nat Mur as the big sadness or grief remedy, it has a lot of other uses in the home. Colds which start with lots of sneezing, nose running like a tap, particularly in adults (it’s in our TS Acutes, which is one of my favourite “first sign of anything” remedies). Because of the cold picture, it’s also a useful remedy for hayfever. It’s one of the first remedies to think of for cold sores around the lips (compare Rhus Tox) and the individual will often be sad or depressed.
Cause: sun exposure, grief, disappointment.
Worse at the beach, sun exposure, consolation, fatty food. Better at the beach (yes either way), rest, deep breathing.
No. 21: Pulsatilla – People needing this remedy will usually be affectionate, timid, clingy and can be whingy. Their moods are changeable, as are their symptoms. They cry easily and desire company. They are chilly people but dislike heat & stuffy rooms. Symptoms include colds or sinus with lots of mucous, thick, yellow or yellow-green, or bland. Coughs which are dry at night and loose in the morning, ear aches, upset tummies, fevers, breastfeeding problems, styes, thrush, varicose veins.
Worse rich, fatty food, getting feet wet, evening. Better company, fresh air, cold food and drink, after crying.
No. 22: Rhus Tox – Following accidents and injuries especially to the back or from overuse of a limb which is stiff on first movement and better for continued motion. A good remedy for acute flare ups of arthritis and similar, with stiffness. Usually restless. Abscesses, boils, sprains and strains to fibrous tissue and joints, hot painful swelling of joints.
Better for warm applications, hot baths, movement Worse cold wet weather, before a storm, at night, getting chilled or wet after being hot
Worse over-exertion, touch, cold, damp. Better lying down, warmth, motion
No. 23: Sepia – is one of our main hormonal remedies so puberty, menses, pregnancy, menopause, but men may need this remedy too. Menstrual symptoms with irritability, dragging down sensation (as if everything would fall out) and desire to be alone or escape from the family. Emotionally worn down, depressed and sad and while they want to be alone, have fear of being alone. Headaches before or at period or with menopause. Feels much better for vigorous exercise of dancing. Morning sickness with picture similar to above, worse at sight or smell of food.
Worse noise, smells, hunger, touch, consolation. Better vigorous exercise, warmth of bed and sleep, crossing the legs.
No. 24: Silica – Injuries that are inflamed and often full of pus. Can be used alongside antibiotics if necessary. May help to expel foreign objects such as splinters by producing pus and then erupting. Useful for abscess, boils, styes, for wounds that are slow to heal. Good to finish up lingering mucous after a cold. Ailments after immunisation. Patient is often very cold.
Worse drafts, open air, storms, immunisation Better wrapping up warmly
No. 25: Staphysagria – symptoms like cystitis or urethritis, with frequent urging for urine, often worse after sex. Honeymoon cystitis. Generally worse after sleep, especially from a short nap. Headaches from anger, grief, emotions generally. Styes on eyelids. Abdominal colic from anger or which dates from surgery. People needing this remedy are often sweet, gentle patients who cannot stand up for themselves and suffer quiet indignation or anger about a person or situation. May be victims of bullying, rape, abuse.
Cause: emotional suppression, being humiliated, surgical intervention without consent and similar.
Worse after surgery, from indignation, shame, after sleep. Better at night, from rest, after sex (sometimes!).
Always seek medical help in an emergency.
Lotus Materia Medica: Murphy, Robin
Home Remedy Notes: Elements of Health
Homoeopathy for the Home Prescriber: Jan Owen
Melanie Creedy is a Licentiate of the British School of Homeopathy in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association. She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and editor of the AHA National Newsletter from 2012 to 2020.
Melanie has used homeopathy since the mid-1980s and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in helping individuals manage their life and health through looking at a diagnosis or condition in relation to the symbolism of this unique picture. Armed with a range of remedies from the most common to the most unusual and esoteric, Melanie guides people to plumb the depths of their life and spiritual path with homeopathy to help them find insights, to understand and to heal.
Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone, zoom and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.
For many years Melanie taught people how to use homeopathy in their homes, with their children and with their pets. She has run classes on how to use homeopathy with native animals and taught courses on homeopathy for birthing to doulas. Since moving to Tasmania she has found writing a better forum to reach more people. You will find many posts reaching back over her 25 years in practice here, revised and updated over time.
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.