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Emergency Remedy Series: Bites Makes Me Itchy. You Too?

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

June 2nd, 2019  |  13 Comments

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Buster the Bad Office Dog here.

You know me. I’m usually lying around Mom’s office — listening. (You never know when someone might say, “Snack!”)

Well, this week I overheard Mom saying bites would be the next subject in her Emergency Remedy Series.

Mom’s been so busy, though, with her clients, her Facebook Live events every Monday night, her Study Group live question-and-answer sessions, plus conducting her current live class on Rethinking Detox. So, I thought I would try to help.

With her notes right here on her desk, I decided to sit at her computer and write out my thoughts. I mean, who knows more about bites than ME!?!?

Now, don’t get me wrong; I don’t bite people! No, no. That’s not what I mean. Where humans are concerned, I’m a lover, not a fighter.

No, I used to be on the receiving end of bites all the time. In fact, I used to be a flea magnet. It’s like I had a target on my little furry self. No matter where I went, or what I did, they found me!

But this blog post isn’t about me.

Fleas bite people, too! Did you know that? In fact, people get bitten by mosquitoes, ants, no-see-ums and all manner of annoying, little creatures. Sure makes me glad I’m not a human.

For any bites resulting in itching and hives, Mom now often chooses Arsenicum album 200, especially when the itching is accompanied by a sense of frenzy. You know what I mean: feeling like you can’t quite scratch it well enough to satisfy the itch — and you might just lose your mind! Mom has had great success with Arsenicum 200 taken every few hours, depending on severity, tapering off as symptoms improve.

For wasps, bees or painful bites, the best Emergency Remedy is Ledum palustre 200. In fact, Mom says the first thought after any kind of bite — from a dog, a bat or even a rat — should be Ledum 200. It’s also generally taken every few hours, depending on severity, and as with other remedies, Ledum is discontinued when the injury site is feeling very much better.

In the instance of an animal bite (say a raccoon or a squirrel bite) when possible infection is a big concern, Mom also uses a Banerji Protocol: Hypericum perforatum 200 taken with Arsenicum 200. She calls it HyperArs for short.

(I love it when Mom uses short names. When she uses my full name, I know I’m in trouble!)

Lastly, here in Mom’s notes, she mentions Apis mellifica 200 as an Emergency Remedy for bites causing, um, “edematous swelling.”

Good grief! Edematous swelling? I don’t know what those big words mean, but it sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Luckily, Mom goes into more detail about Apis and its uses in one of her Facebook Live events found here. I bet she explains it so thoroughly even I would understand! (You really should watch her video to learn more.)

Mom is so smart. She always knows exactly what remedy to use. I’m lucky. Because of her (and homeopathy, of course), I never worry about emergencies!

In fact, when we used to live out in the country on beautiful farmland, I would roam with no fear. It was my world! When other animals came onto my property without checking with me first, I’ll admit I would get a wee bit protective. Just a bit.

Okay, okay … I’d go after them with a vengeance.

(Well, at least I barked a lot.)

I’ve gone after possums, raccoons, you name it. But one day, I cornered a squirrel in our chicken coop! I had him right where I wanted him. But apparently, that hit a raw nerve with my parents. Dad ran over and snatched me up into his arms, and boy, was Mom mad! She shook her finger at me.

I’ve seen my share of the old “finger-shake” before. But this time, she shook it so hard, I thought her finger was going to fall off.

Then she started yelling. “Bad Buster! Bad! That squirrel could’ve bitten you!”

I wanted to say, “What’s the big deal, Mom? I know you have a remedy for everything … even for animal bites. With a little homeopathy, I would have been fine!”

But the look on her face led me to believe it wasn’t the time for me to argue with her. (Besides, she doesn’t seem to understand what I say. It’s almost like she doesn’t speak dog.)

However, just between you and me — you can live without fear, too! Keep learning from Mom’s Emergency Remedy Series, and you’ll be ready for anything. Emergencies happen to everyone. So, as Mom says, pass on the good news of homeopathy to your friends and family so they’re well-prepared, too (especially if they like to chase squirrels).


P.S. Here are the links to my entire Emergency Remedy Series for your convenience. Don’t forget: if you order from Boiron’s website, you can receive 20% off your order by using the coupon code: joette.
(And just so you know … I do not partake in any affiliate programs. I am not being compensated for sending you this information. It's for your convenience only.)
Aconitum napellus (Shocking events)
Arnica montana (Fatigue)
Rhus toxicodendron (Delayed onset neck pain and headache)
Pyrogenium (Sepsis)
Ledum, Apis, Arsenicum album (Bites and itching)
Aconitum napellus (Eye injuries)
Hypericum perforatum (Injury to nerve-rich areas)
Arsenicum album (Food poisoning)
Cold Calm® (Colds)


P.P.S. You may remember, I’ve written two blogs in the past about my experiences with fleas: Fleas: A Homeopathic Solution and Buster and The Battle of the Fleas. In those posts, I shared some of the remedies Mom has used to relieve my suffering. I’m probably going to get in trouble for this, but I overheard Mom is working on her own solution for fleas. So, stay tuned for announcements in the future!

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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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13 thoughts on “Emergency Remedy Series: Bites Makes Me Itchy. You Too?”

  1. Deanna says:

    Joette ~ I absolutely love your writing ~ You made me read the whole page!!! Seriously now!! Blessings to ya girl!
    thank. you for all the great information! Really does help life be better!

    Deanna Joy, LMT

  2. Stephanie says:

    This is a perfect post, but I still struggle! My son gets big swollen area around his mosquito bites. It itches and usually swells the next day after he sratches. Then it is swollen with red patches. I have tried Apis a few times when this happens and have not noticed results. I am not sure how long or how often I should dose (I do every 4 hours in a 30, but should I give more often in a 200c?). I also tried staphasagria and urtica. Urtica did seem to bring the swelling down over the day – again, maybe more frequent would be best. In your experience, how long should you see results (I have done 4 doses). It is generally the size of a golf ball. I want to get this right because it happens every time, but I am struggling. He is very uncomfortable, itchy and swollen for a few days. Any tips would help if possible. Great blog again.

    1. April says:

      My son gets swollen after mosquito bites too and Apis 30c doesn’t touch it. One dose of Apis 200c helps quickly. I hope that also helps your son. The potency matters.

    2. Brianne says:

      Sometimes we have a hard time figuring out the right one to use as well to bring immediate relief. I have two daughters that react very badly to mosquitoes. Until we figure it out, I apply a baking soda paste directly on it, and it seems to bring the intensity of the itch down quickly. We’ve tried ledum, apis and staph with mixed results. After reading about arsenicum, we will try that one next.

    3. Barbara says:

      I use ledum 200c it works great for bites that swell up

  3. Glenrae Barker says:

    Good boy Buster. Well done! You merit a snack.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Joette!
    What about taking remedies prophylactically for bug bites? There are combo remedies out there claiming that when you take them it actually repels mosquitos and the like. Any experience with those?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have little experience with prophylactic combination remedies. If you respond back with the name of one or two I’ll take a look give you an opinion. Having said this, it stands to reason that such products can be useful. My only concern is overuse that may cause a proving.

      1. Brianne says:

        We have used Mozi-Q. Thoughts on that one?

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          Clients and students have reported to me that it is effective. I own it but have not given it a try.

  5. Pat Williams says:

    what to do for very sweatly feet

  6. Jenn says:

    After a recent fire ant bite for my daughter, we discovered that even Apis 1M did not relieve her edema, redness, heat, and itching. After also trying (at least 4 doses each of) Ledum 30, Urtica 30, HyperArs 200, Histiminum 30, and Belladonna 200, the swelling, heat, pain, redness, and itching continued 3 days after the bite (today).
    In looking, I’ve found Formica Rufa and Formica Acidum, but am not sure which might be more appropriate for future allergic reactions to fire ant bites and which potencies to consider because I can’t find the latter in a Materia Medica. Do you have any resources you would recommend to help come up with a game plan for the next bite?
    I thought I would be golden with Apis because her symptoms were a perfect match. I did Apis and Helios urtical cream, topically for the first 36 hours with no relief of symptoms, only progression. This has been my first major homeopathy fail where even my 3rd and 4th options flopped and I’m feeling like I really let my family down.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      No medicine can be counted on 100% of the time and in all situations because we’re not all the same. When it comes to a bite from an insect, when the similar medicine doesn’t act, indeed it’s useful to consider the medicine made from the exact substance; the insect itself. Having said this, the person who had the reaction may need to have treatment for the underlying allergic state, particularly if the reaction was extreme. I cover this situation in detail in my course titled “Allergic”. Its called the miasmatic state and would be worth looking into if this is a family member.

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