I was lucky enough to spend a week backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail this summer. It's easy to find lists of homeopathic remedies for summer first aid, but there are some specific needs when backpacking so I want to share with you my list of must-haves for backpacking.
* Allium cepa - this is a must have for me because my nose often drips while I am hiking. This remedy is for those runny noses that are running like a faucet. Just watery, bland discharge constantly flowing from your nose.
* Arnica montana - obviously this is a must on the trail. After hiking 13 miles with a 40lb pack on my back, I need some Arnica montana to soothe my muscles and make sure that I don't wake up with too many creaks in my back. This remedy is perfect for inflamed and tried muscles but also twisted ankles, sore backs and bruising.
* Apis mellifica - best for stings that get quite swollen and hot. These include bites from mosquitos or wasps, but the reaction must be hot and swollen in order for the remedy to be effective.
* Arsenicum album - this remedy is used for symptoms that are like food-poisoning. Watery, acidic, burning diarrhea. Vomiting can also accompany the diarrhea.
* Rhus toxicodendron - walking through poisonous plants and getting skin irritation is often a concern on the trail. This remedy is best for these kinds of irritation, especially if the skin starts to weep a watery liquid. The skin is raised, red and itching.
* Causticum - a good sunscreen is essential on the trail. If you are looking for a safe, effective sunscreen, check out my previous blog post about it. If you do end up getting a sunburn, this remedy can help your body heal faster.
* Calendula - I recommend having this remedy on hand in the form of a gel. I use this under my KT Tape when I get a blister or for any type of scrape. It helps to heal the wound and reduces the chances of infection.
* Ipecacuanha - Dehydration is one of the most common and dangerous issues on the trail. We bring Nuun tablets with us and make it our goal to drink at least two water bottles full each day. If the effects of dehydration come on, this remedy can help if the symptoms include nausea and thirstlessness. The remedy Gelsemium sempervirens can also be considered if the symptoms include dizziness and drowsiness.
It's best to be prepared and plan for events that will hopefully never happen. I wish you all the best in your outdoor adventures and many happy hours walking in the woods!