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

What is petroleum?

The homeopathic therapy of  petroleum is aimed at treating nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness. Petroleum is used for skin diseases caused by a disturbed sweat function. It is used for psoriasis, cradle cap and herpes simplex diseases.

Leading symptoms

  • Complaints come and go quickly
  • Ailments that are worse before and during a thunderstorm
  • Dizziness in the back of the head when standing up
  • Pressing pains in the back of the head
  • Pain in stomach on empty stomach, better from eating
  • Watery, yellow, spurting diarrhea only during the day
  • Rough, cracked skin
  • Cracking joints
  • dejection
  • Weeping eruptions on the scalp, especially behind the ears and on the back of the head
  • Inflamed lid margins
  • Chapped, inflamed nostrils
  • itching in the anus
  • Cracked, split fingertips in winter
  • Itching, burning chilblains

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need petroleum?

Petroleum shows all the signs of motion sickness: the patients suffer from severe pain in the back of the head that slowly spreads towards the forehead, accompanied by dizziness, nausea, diarrhea with vomiting.

The stomach hurts from hunger, you can’t keep anything down. The skin feels sandy, as if worn off, tears quickly, flakes especially on the head. The sebaceous glands quickly become clogged, and the skin becomes scaly. Petroleum people have a chronic cold with atrophic nasal mucosa. They are easily angered, indecisive, aggressive after drinking, appear confused and disoriented.


Petroleum is indicated for all typical symptoms that are ameliorated or aggravated by the following modalities:


  • warm, dry air
  • Ingestion


  • winter
  • cold
  • Transportation (train, car, ship, plane)

What are typical areas of application for petroleum?

  • Diarrhea
  • skin rashes
  • morning sickness

Areas of application in detail


Slimy-bloody diarrhea, after which a feeling of ravenous hunger sets in.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


The skin is very sensitive and tends to scale, crack and crack. Painful skin tears (rhagades) form at the corners of the mouth, the bases of the ears or the edges of the nostrils and the anus. The edges of the lids are often inflamed. Increased occurrence of herpes simplex.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Recurrent vomiting in early pregnancy.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Nausea and vomiting

Feelings of dizziness and nausea as with travel sickness (car journeys, boat trips). Accompanying diarrhea can occur.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Administration and dosage of petroleum

In the case of travel sickness, one gives D3 globules, otherwise potencies up to D6.

Typical potencies: D3 to D6

fabric type: mineral oil


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