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First aid remedy for puncture wounds, animal bites, cuts, insect stings as it helps injuries heal from the deepest point up, minimizing the chance of trapping matter inside. Its healing also applies to old yellow bruises, black eyes, repeat ankle sprains or inflamed joint pains that start in the soles of the feet or ankles and move up. Ledum is most applicable if area, joints or bruises are cold to the touch and feel better with applied cold.
Ledum pal (wild rosemary)
Ledum's uncanny ability to heal tissues carefully from the deepest point and working up to the surface makes it a perfect first aid remedy for puncture wounds (from needle pricks to dog bites), lacerations (especially hands and feet) and insect stings or rashes. In such wounds, it promotes faster healing and is known to help deter sepsis. It also has a knack for healing old yellowed bruises, black eyes and eye injuries (with the attention of a healthcare practitioner). Similar applications for Ledum include: itching feet and ankles that become much worse for scratching or heat; red pimples on the forehead and cheeks; rashes with red spots; and various discolorations.
Like Ruta, Ledum can help repeated ankle sprains and stiff joint pain, but Ledum’s pains tend to begin in the feet or ankles and move up and are particularly painful in the soles of the feet, big toe or heel and other small joints.
Ledum’s joints, punctures, sores and bruises, often feel cold to the touch, but they feel better with cold applications and worse for heat, in a warm bed, for movement, walking, or touch and for drinking alcohol.
Though its physical applications are its fame, Ledum has a constitutional side as well– whether temporary from illness or a typical pattern. These include: ill humored, anger capable of raging, dislike of human company, capable of hatred, timid with desire to be alone. If undermined by alcohol, give Ledum an extra point.
If you can imagine putting cold sore feet in ice water– consider Ledum.
If you can imagine putting cold sore feet in cold water, Ledum could stimulate a range of healing benefits.
|Keynotes||Puncture Wounds, Bites, Old bruises, Joint Pains, Needle pain, Sprains, Yellow bruises, Foot pain, Toe pain, Irritability|
|Product Type||Single Remedy|
"Although Ledum types are chilly, and although the painful part may feel cold (internally and externally), the pains are actually relieved by cold compresses or by being bathed in cold water."
- Miranda Castro Complete Homeopathy Handbook
Ledum vs Calendula
The reason you use Ledum for puncture wounds and Calendula topicals for abrasions and exposed cuts is that Ledum heals from the bottom up and Calendula mends surfaces quickly and minimizes scarring. Calendula on a puncture could lock things inside, so apply when only surfaces need mending.
Ledum vs Apis
For insect bites, if the area is red, swollen and burns, go straight to Apis, but if mildly red, puffy and cold to the touch, Ledum should keep it in check.