Ledum Palustre Homeopathic First Aid Remedy

To buy Ledum Palustre Cream, from the First Aid Creams Company, please click here.

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Ledum Palustre Homeopathic First Aid Remedy

Dear Friends,

I want to keep this issue short and sweet and just tell you about the wonderful homeopathic first aid remedy, Ledum palustre. In the summer months when the insects are out in numbers, this is a good remedy to know about, as one of its uses is to help relieve painful insect bites. Here is an extract from my book entitled Homeopathic First Aid Remedies and Creams about Ledum and its uses.

Ledum palustre or Marsh Tea is another one of our leaders in homeopathic first aid treatment. The genius of Ledum lies in its effects on puncture wounds, animal and insect bites, and in certain rheumatic or arthritic conditions. To understand when to employ this great remedy instead of one of the other first aid remedies or another constitutional remedy, we need to know the characteristics that should be present to make Ledum the remedy we are seeking.

The most striking characteristics of Ledum are:

The patient is extremely chilly or cold to the touch, but he wants to be uncovered, feels ameliorated from cold application, or even desires to put his feet in ice cold water. The chilly Ledum patient may also perspire profusely at night, but cannot bear to be covered.

The amelioration from cold is so strong in Ledum that when the patient is suffering from stiffness, his joints will loosen up from cold bathing. This is the opposite of Rhus tox, which is better from hot bathing.

1)          Another striking characteristic of Ledum is that in rheumatic or

arthritic conditions the pain begins in the extremities and extends upward. The pain is also much more severe in the lower limbs. In painful wounds the pain originates at the sight of the wound and ascends.

2)         The next area in which Ledum has dominance is in puncture wounds.

Think of Ledum for someone who has stepped on a sharp object, or has a splinter under the nail. In such injuries there is not much bleeding at the wound, but there is a lot of pain. James Tyler Kent, the great homeopathic teacher, says to think of Ledum “after puncture wounds when the part becomes cold and then pale, paralyzed and mottled.” The amelioration from ice or cold applications has to be present. He says that Ledum is one of the remedies surgeons should know about, for just such conditions. Ledum and Hypericum are the two remedies that you would think of to prevent tetanus or lockjaw. Think of Ledum for a horse who has stepped on a sharp object.

3)         Ledum has to be remembered as one of our principal remedies for the effects of animal bites, from cat and dog bites to the bites of poisonous snakes. Ledum has to be thought of for snake bites, partly because many of its symptoms are so similar to Lachesis, with which it can be confused.

4)         No less important is Ledum’s positive effects on insect bites, especially mosquito bites, but also spider bites, tick bites, wasp and bee bites, and scorpion bites. In animal and insect bites Ledum, must be compared with Hypericum and other remedies. Here the characteristics which I have already mentioned should be present to help select the remedy, such as inflammation at the site of the wound, amelioration from ice and the ascending pains. The injured part is also often swollen, purple and mottled. In serious animal and insect bites Ledum should be administered in high potency.

5)         Ledum should also be thought of for negative local effects from vaccinations, such as induration or hardening at the sight of the vaccine. For constitutional effects of vaccinations, think of remedies such as Silica and Thuja.

Ledum has many other uses, one of the principal ones being its positive effects on acute and chronic arthritic or rheumatic conditions. As I said above, here the guiding characteristic would be that the rheumatism begins in the feet and travels upward. For arthritic pain Ledum runs the gamut from helping with functional pain, to the pain from arthritic nodosities in the fingers, feet and other joints. Ledum is good for the pain of gout. The patient is cold, but he is aggravated from the heat of the bed and the pains are worse at night. The joints are swollen, pale and hot, and the peripheral joints will be affected first. The patient will want to uncover, and the part feels better from ice or cold applications. The feet and the small joints are often affected.

Here is a list of some of the other conditions that Ledum can help with when its characteristic indications are present.

6)         Wounds that are very painful to the touch.

7)          Abscesses and septic conditions that are very tender and relieved by cold.

8)         Like Hypericum, it can help with crushed fingers and toes, but here the pain shoots up the limb and would be better from cold applications.  The fact that it is better from cold applications is what would lead you to Ledum over Hypericum in injuries to the extremities.

9)         Long lasting discoloration after injuries.

10)       It can antidote poison oak when the characteristic indications are present.

11)       Pain from spinal injuries, and muscular rheumatism of the shoulders.

12)       When Arnica does not work sufficiently to clear up bruising or ecchymosis, Ledum can complete the cure.

13)       Some people believe that Ledum can clear up a black eye better than Arnica.  If the injury is to the eyeball itself use Symphytum.

14)      Ledum also helps when there is a tendency to sprain ankles, and with ankle swelling, and painful soles of the feet.  Remember the characteristic indications of Ledum need to be present to use it for these conditions.

15)       Ledum is a member of the Ericaceae family of plants, and the common sensation of this group of plants is a need to move from one place to another, or to wander.  This is interesting as I have seen some books describe the mental state as restless, and it also has ascending pains.  Other words used to describe the mental picture are cross, surly and disagreeable.

In conclusion I would like to tell you about a woman I treated about two years ago who had severe pain in her shoulders. She had been suffering with this pain for ten years. The thing that helped her deal with the pain the most was applying cold applications or ice packs to the shoulder. Based on this indication I asked her to see if the Ledum cream would help. The cream relieved her shoulder pain tremendously, but she would have to apply it frequently to sustain the positive effects. I decided to move her to a 200C dose of the remedy, and that single dose took away her shoulder pain.

I have given you a good picture of Ledum here. It is up to you to decide when it will be more appropriate to use the internal potentized remedy or to apply the cream topically.


To buy Ledum Palustre Cream, from the First Aid Creams Company, please click here.

To watch a slide show about Ledum palustre, please click here.


Here is a link to an article on this website on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies. Click here.


In love and service,


Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)



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  1. Dear John,
    I am sorry for taking so long to reply to you. My father had an unfortunate accident and I have been taking care of him, hence my delay.

    I am sorry about your tic bite. From my perspective you have taken more than enough of the Ledum 200C and you should stop it. I would not try to suppress the itch with an anti-itch cream, but observe yourself and see if there are any other symptoms that could be useful in helping you determine another remedy to follow the Ledum with. You most likely do not need the Ledum cream, because the 200C is much stronger, and you are getting the effect of the remedy.

    Another good idea is to wait and give the remedy time to work, and the symptom time to heal. The itching may very well be a sign of healing going on. If you have no other indications for other remedies, I would follow the watch and wait approach, until you have clarity about what to follow the Ledum with.

    I hope that you feel better very soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • John on September 24, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I’ve been taking 200c Ledum in pill form twice a day for several weeks in response to a tick bite that triggered a fairly pronounced itch around the bite area. There were no lyme symptoms or any other symptoms, just the itch. Unfortunately though, after trying to stop taking 200c ledum, or even after metering it down to 1 per day, the itch returns. The itch is not painful, just a noticeable itch that makes you want to scratch. I am wondering if I should just stop the pill form ledum and let the immune system deal w/ it for a while and perhaps treat the itch w/ an anti-itch cream (benadryl). But I also noticed your unique ledum cream solution which seems like it could be a good alternative to switch to. Do you think I should try the Ledum cream? It seems good to have on hand for other byte related incidents as well.

    Thank you,


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  2. Dear Sana,
    Congratulations on being pregnant. I am sorry to hear about your tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. The first remedy that came to my mind was Ruta graveolens, but I am not positive that this remedy can be taken during pregnancy, because the herb itself has been used to cause abortions.

    A remedy that is listed even higher for tennis elbow is Symphytum. This may be a good remedy to take, as it would be safe to use during pregnancy

    There are a number of constitutional remedies that are also listed for tennis elbow, such as Pulsatilla, which is a great women’s hormonal remedy, but also Calcarea carbonica, Silica and Sulphur are listed.

    My suggestion is to work with a classical homeopath who can guide you in your treatment, and recommend a remedy to help your elbows.

    I hope the delivery of your child will go easily.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Sana azmi on November 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Sir, I had both tennis elbow and golfers elbow on my right hand a year ago. Even after various treatments and one dose each of steroid injection the pain hasn’t gone completely. It keeps coming back. The doctor asked me to put warm application on side of golfers elbow (inner) and cold packs on tennis elbow (outer). Although tennis elbow is much better but the golfer’s one keeps coming back whenever I have some extra work and at times constantly for weeks.
    The pain radiates from my elbow joint towards the fingers and wrist. I can’t even sleep on my right side, as sometimes the pain breaks my sleep.

    Can you please please please suggest something..as I am 5 months pregnant with my first child and am worried how will I handle my kid.

  3. Dear MB,
    There are hundreds of remedies that can help with intense itching. It is not possible to prescribe on this symptom alone. You have to look at the entire case, and find a remedy that matches the person. Since I do not know you, I cannot say whether Ledum palustre would help with the condition that you mentioned. My suggestion is to work with a homeopath, who can take your case, and guide you with the homeopathic treatment.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • MB on October 17, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Can Ledum help with alleviating the symptoms associated with Prurigo Nodularis (intense itching)? Thanks

  4. Dear Venkataraju,
    I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from this skin condition. In homeopathy we do not treat the disease diagnosis, but the patient, so this is insufficient information in order to make a prescription. I recommend that you work with a homeopath who can take your complete case and guide your treatment.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  5. Suffering from leachen spanious(modigajji skin deseage atuo immunity ) and gout .

  6. Dear Anne,
    I am sorry for my delay in responding to your question. The reason people say not to touch the pellets (of any remedy) is that the remedy is actually sprayed onto the pellets, so when you touch them some of it can rub off on your hands, and potentially reduce the efficacy of the remedy. Also if you are giving the remedy to your dog or to a person when you touch the remedy you can actually get the dose. Another reason not to touch the pellets is because it is just not hygenic. You can then touch a door knob or faucet and affect the next person who comes along.

    Since you gave your dog the pellets of the 30C, please do not repeat it. The dog got the remedy. You do not want to interrupt an active of a remedy you have given. Please see the article on my website entitled How to Take Homeopathic Remedies.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Anne Kaufmann on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Someone on a website mentioned that you should not touch Ledum pellets with your hands when giving to your dogs? I had never read this before in instructions. I gave each of my dogs 2 pellets of 30ch for ticks… should I give them another dose… it is preventative… did it last season.

  7. Dear Karina,
    Thank you for writing with your question. I never thought of using Ledum palustre as a prophylactic against Lyme disease, and I do not know whether it would work to give immunity against Lyme.

    I generally, believe the best protection is to be on a good constitutional remedy, and to be careful in all situations, including practicing caution when in tic infested areas. If you do decide that you want to try the Ledum for this purpose, I would not give about a 30C strength, and I would not repeat the dose.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Karina on May 3, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    To prevent Lyme in children (5 and 7 years old,) what potency of Ledum would you recommend? Should it be taken just once?
    I have the same question for adults.

    Thank you!

  8. Dear Ginny,
    Thank you for writing. If your dog’s symptoms match with Ledum palustre, then the remedy should be beneificial. I would only give one dose one time, and not repeat. I would evaluate at seven weeks to see what is better, the same, worse, old or new. After that point I would only repeat if the symptoms that had gotten better at the seven week point started to return for a while. The reason for this is that I like to allow each dose time to work uninterrupted and only repeat when there is evidence that dose has exhausted its action.

    I hope your dog feels better soon.

    In love and service,


    • Ginny McCrohan on March 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Can a small dog weight 15.4 pounds take Ledum Pal 30x. 2 pills a day ( one in the morning with food and one in the evening with food). He also has a heart mumor. Will this harm him in any way ? ( heart, liver, kidneys and etc ). Can he take this on a constant base ?

  9. Dear Rose,
    I am not sure whether Ledum palustre would be effective in cases of African Tryponosamiasis or Chagas disease, but I feel it is worth considering.

    Mercurius vivus, Antimonium tartaricum and Nux moschata did show up in a search I did. It would be good to take the entire case and see what the manifestation of the disease is in order to figure out the remedy, not just identify the parasite that caused it.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Rose on January 7, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Is it effective to cure african trypanosomiasis and chagas disease or kissing bug disease? 

  10. Dear Donna,
    Thank you for letting me know that you took the 1M strength of Ledum. You definitely did not poison yourself. Now what I recommend you do is not repeat and allow the healing process on the remedy to unfold. Give the remedy seven to eight weeks and evaluate yourself at that point. If the remedy was on target for your symptoms you should see a definite improvement in your health.

    A 1M strength can hold a year and even many years, so you should have no need to repeat. Keep your eyes open to see if the remedy has done its job and uncovered another layer that needs to be addressed. Perhaps you will need to find a good constitutional remedy for yourself.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,


    • donna on September 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks, Deborah. OMG! I took the Boiron 1M pellets, which I see is the strongest one! I probably took about 15-20 total, within 3 days. Did I poison myself? Should I do something to detox? I appreciate your help.

  11. Dear Donna,
    Thank you for comment. You did not mention what strength of the Ledum palustre you purchased. Whether it was the 6c, 12C, 30C, or 200C, you have taken enough of the remedy. My recommendation is to take a single dose and not repeat it. Please read the article I wrote on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies to undertand the way I work and my philosophy on homeopathic posology. Here is the link: http://www.homeopathyforhealth.net/2016/07/16/how-to-take-homeopathic-remedies/

    I hope my answer is helpful and I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,


    • donna on September 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I was recently bitten by a tick. A week later, I developed a rash about 6in in diameter. It was not a bullseye, just red. It went away after 3 days, which was about the time my ledum arrived in the mail. I started taking 3 pellets, 3x a day. I did this as prevention of Lyme, because I was scared. I have had plenty of tick bites but NONE that resulted in a rash, until this one. I do not have any symptoms of Lyme. This is day 3 of Ledum. Should I keep taking it, or discontinue? Not confident in my ability as a homeopath. 😉

  12. Dear Shamim,
    Thank you for introducing yourself and letting me know about your Leg Pain. Ledum Palustre is known for ascending pains, so it may indeed be helpful for you.

    In addition to Ledum there are 20 other remedies that have that combination of symptoms: ascending pains, burning pains, stinging pains, pain in small joints. It may be good for you to consult with a homeopath to help you select a good remedy for yourself.

    If you chose to take the Ledum palustre on your own, please read the article on this website, entitled How to Take Homeopathic Remedies, so that you do it safely.

    I hope you recover quickly from your leg pain.

    In love and service,


    • shamim on August 27, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear sir,
    I am 30 years old,Male. I am suffereing leg pain for 1.5 years.The pain start at feet and ascend upwards and also body.The pain like bee or insect bite with burning sensation in the limb and leg muscles.The pain also affect small joint and finfer and toe.The pain aggravated in heat.Pls sir suggest me for appropriate medicine

  13. Dear Ila,
    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately I cannot recommend a remedy based on just one symptom, the swelling in the legs, because there are many remedies with this symptoms. With homeopathy you have to look at the totality of the case, which means seeing all the symptoms that the patient has and selecting a remedy that covers the whole case.

    If your husband is interested in consulting with me for homeopathy, please ask him to complete the questionnaire on my website and e-mail it to me to let me know he would like to proceed.

    I hope your husband recovers very soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Ila on August 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Will Ledam Pal help in lymphedema? My husband has swelling in legs which are due to the BP medicines.

    • Ila on August 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Will Ledam Pal help in lymphedema? My husband has swelling in legs which are due to the BP medicines. I read here that Ledam Pal helps in swelling so asking.

  14. Dear Bushra,
    I do not know if Ledum 200C is the appropriate remedy for your daughter or not, since I have not taken her homeopathic case. Generally if you are not 100% sure about a prescription, you should prescribe a 30C potency and below.

    If you do want to give her the Ledum 200C, please do not repeat. A single dose of a 200C dose holds anywhere from three to four months, and up to many years. Please read the article on the website on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies to understand the way I would administer this.

  15. Hello ,
    I want to use Ledum 200C for my 9 year old .As she suffering from back and lower leg pain.How many drops i put in water .Any advise

  16. Dear Raj,
    Thank you for writing about your positive experience With Ledum. I believe that your homeopath said not to continue the remedy for more than five days, because he did prescribe high potency remedies.

    A single dose of a 200C or 1M potency can hold for six months to a year and longer. When the remedy is administered it sets up a healing process that unfolds over time. It is not necessary nor helpful to keep on repeating the remedy, as it only disrupts the healing process. An analogy would be turning on a halogen lamp. You do not need to keep on flicking the light switch on and off for the light to continue to shine. You just need to turn it on once. When the bulb begins to wear out, you will know, because the light is beginning to dim.

    This is the same with homeopathy. You do not need to repeat the remedy continuously. You only repeat if the symptoms that had gotten better begin to return. At that point the remedy can be repeated safely and will further the healing process along.

    I am happy that you had a good experience with Ledum and homeopathy. I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,


  17. No doubt, Ledum is a wonderful remedy for many things. I just had a very good experience with Ledum. A few days ago, I suddenly had pain around my back and hip joint which was so intense that I could not stand, sit, lie or walk. There was no injury and it started suddenly when I was talking with my better half. I thought of some sudden jerk or muscle pain; consulted my homeopath who suggested me three doses of Arnica with 15 minutes gap and asked me to apply hypericum. However, the pain kept increasing by the next day; and, then he suggested me doses of ledum with two hours gap. It has not healed completely but remarkable improvement is there. At least, I can sit and walk; some problem in standing is still there when some sudden stinky pain starts. Some of the other issues (for which I was taking regular medicines) have also been improved like I haven’t taken carbo vegetabilis and Ledum has offered a comparative much better relief than cargo veg. My homeopath has, however, suggested me not to take Ledum for more than 5 days (today is fourth day). I could not ask the reason (don’t want to offend him) but will be happy if you people can enlighten me in this regard (if Ledum should not be taken regularly or more than 5 days). The potency, I was suggested, is 200 for first three days and 1000 for fourth and fifth day.

  18. Dear Jamil,
    I looked up pain in the right heel, and pain in the heel at night. Ledum is not listed for pain in the right heel, but it has pain in the heel (not specifying sides). I have not taken your case, so I cannot make a remedy recommendation.There are 227 remedies listed for pain in the heel; 15 remedies listed for pain in the heel at night; and 58 for pain in the right heel.

    If you want to test the Ledum palustre to see if it could be good, you can purchase Ledum palustre cream from firstaidcreams.com and see if it helps at all. if it is helpful, and you still need it, you can take the 30C. Here is a link to an article I wrote on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies.


    I hope your heel pain gets better soon,

    In love and service,


    • JAMIL on December 28, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I am suffering from pain in right heel . It is more when I get up after sleep. Will ledum 30 palustra 10 ml dilution help
    to get rid of this pain and if so than what should be the dosage with frequency and for how long.
    Early reply is appreciated.
    Are there any side effects ???

  19. Thank you, Deborah, for your remedy wisdom. My partner just asked me what it’s for as his massage therapist gave it to him; turns out, he has been rattled by a spider bite and it’s the most perfect remedy! Take good care.

    • Aaron on February 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I have personally used this herb for many years for bug bites of all kinds. Luckily I haven’t ever had a serious puncture wound that required attention but I always have some ledum on hand while hiking, just in case. I buy mine here for a great price, you can trust the quality…


  20. Dear Katrina,
    If you want to buy Ledum palustre in potency, please see the links section on my site for links to homeopathic pharmacies. If you are interested in buying Ledum palustre cream for topical use, please go to http://www.firstaidcreams.com, or send an e-mail to firstaidcreams@att.net. Good luck!

  21. Wild Rosemary ( Ledum palustre homeopathic remedy) is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses and also MOSQUITO REPELLENT PLANTS

  22. Dear Gertie,
    Thank you so much for writing in about your experience with Ledum palustre. I am so happy you wrote this. My http://www.firstaidcreams.com website is up and running. You can go there and order first aid creams if you would like. I wish you all the best.

    • Gertie on November 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Just want you all to know of the incredible healing power of ledum palustre. I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. I went to doctors twice for help but they couldn’t do much for me, since I am allergic to some medicines. They gave me steroid shots to prevent necrosis, but they couldn’t do a thing for the pain and swelling. Icing & elevating the leg didn’t help much either, Upon the advice of a homeopathic doctor, I began applying ledum salve to the site of the bite and taking drops of ledum in water. It started working right away. After 3 days, the swelling is much less and the pain is totally gone! I could hardly walk before, now I am exercising and swimming.
    Ledum palustre should be in every First Aid kit!

  23. Dear Ethyl,
    I am not a webmaster, but I believe you need to click on the RSS feed icon on the browser and I think that does it. If anyone else can give better directions, I would appreciate it.

  24. One of the most important things you should know about natural dietary supplements for dogs is that they are meant for long term use. A lot of dog owners make the mistake of giving these herbal remedies only when their dog has a health problem. To get the best results in the long term, you should and make these natural supplements a part of your dog’s regular diet.

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