Ledum palustre in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

Ledum palustre, a homeopathic remedy useful to ward off mosquitoes, but also in case of joint inflammation and venous stasis.

When we refer to Ledum Palustre in alternative medicine we mean a homeopathic tonic that deals with counteracting inflammation and skin problems and preventing

What is Ledum Palustre

The marsh ledum is also called wild rosemary and is an aromatic plant of the Ericaceae family, which nowadays is used in herbal medicine for its repellent properties against mosquitoes.

It is obtained from Rhododendron Tomentosum. It is an evergreen shrub typical of Canada, Scandinavia and Ireland and can reach a height of 50 cm.

Its aromatic leaves and contain myrcene and terpenes with antiseptic properties, the flowers are characterized by a sweet-spicy scent with a repellent effect for mosquitoes.

What is the Ledum Palustre used for

In the past, even in the Middle Ages, ledum Palustre was used to treat inflammatory forms, colds, arthritis. In fact it turned out that it is a remedy that has rather important contraindications and must be handled with care.

There were particular uses due to the Swedish botanist Linnaeus in the mid-1700s, who had identified its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and who used it for coughs, infections, but also for topical disinfectant washes, against itching, ulcers, lice.

In modern times it has been re-evaluated by homeopathy and with the necessary dilutions it has become part of the rebalancing remedies, a homeopathic tonic, with particular use as an anti-mosquito for internal use.

Facts of Ledum Palustre

As anticipated, it also carries out anti-inflammatory activity, and homeopathic medicine recommends it in case of arthritis and joint problems, rheumatismgout, venous stasis.

Phytotherapy is also making extensive use of it in topical preparations such as sprays and creams to be applied as needed to ward off mosquitoes.

How does Ledum Palustre work?

Ledum Palustre as a homeopathic remedy is taken for the purpose of modifying the smell of sweat to make it unpleasant to mosquitoes.
It is only for the perception of the insect, because the human sense of smell does not result in any unpleasant change.

It is also indicated for children over 2 years, but for dilution it is necessary to contact the homeopathic doctor.

How to take the Ledum Palustre

The action of the homeopathic remedy, like the remedy itself, is diluted over time, and the marsh ledum, if taken to protect us from mosquito bites, must be taken well in advance of summer and the appearance of these annoying insects.

Even those who plan to face a trip to exotic countries must start prophylaxis with Ledum Palustre a few weeks in advance and in some cases it can be considered a homeopathic antimalarial prophylaxis.

The remedy comes in granules and we can buy it at the pharmacy at different dilutions,according to the indications of the homeopathic doctor.
The granules should be taken with a clean mouth, without touching them with your hands, away from the consumption of meals and coffee.

Effectiveness of Ledum Palustre

Regarding the effectiveness of Ledum Palustre there are conflicting opinions that can be summarized according to the philosophy of homeopathy: there are no effective standard remedies for everyone, because the subjective factors are many and can change the result of the homeopathic remedy in general and therefore also its effectiveness.

In homeopathy we talk about constitutional types: usually those who require the Ledum Palustre remedy are impatient, solitary subjects, who sweat a lot when they are sick, especially at night. You may be affected by:

  • Inflammation of the limbs
  • Back stiffness
  • Knee pain
  • Hallux valgus
  • Rosacea

On the market the various preparations for topical use are generally well tolerated, some in addition to the ledum palustre have mixtures of essential oils of lemongrass, geranium with proven anti-mosquito actions.

Contraindications of Ledum Palustre

Ledum Palustre has toxicity. Overdoses of this remedy can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, and manifest themselves with abdominal cramps, dry mouth, irritability, partial paralysis, excessive sleep. It is therefore important to stick to the prescribed dilutions, such as 5CH, 7CH or 9CH.


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