Ledum palustre, what it is and how it works

Ledum palustre, what it is and how it works

Ledum palustre, a homeopathic remedy useful for warding 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 combating inflammation and skin problems and preventing mosquito bites .

  • What is Ledum Palustre
  • What is Ledum Palustre for?
  • Property of the Ledum Palustre
  • How Ledum Palustre works
  • How to take the Ledum Palustre
  • Effectiveness of Ledum Palustre
  • Contraindications to the use of Ledum Palustre


What is Ledum Palustre

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


It is obtained from the 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 Ledum Palustre for?

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


There have been 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 due dilutions it has become part of the rebalancing remedies , a homeopathic tonic, with particular use as an anti-mosquito for internal use. 


Property of the Ledum Palustre

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


Herbal medicine 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 the Ledum Palustre work?

Ledum Palustre as a homeopathic remedy is taken in order to change the smell of sweat to make it unpleasant to mosquitoes . It is only for the perception of the insect, because to the human sense of smell there is no unpleasant change. 


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

How to take the Ledum Palustre

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


Even those who intend to travel 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 in different dilutions, according to the indications of the homeopathic doctor .
The granules must be taken with a clean mouth, without touching them with the hands, away from the consumption of meals and coffee.


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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 standard remedies that are effective for everyone , because the subjective factors are many and can modify the result of the homeopathic remedy in general and therefore also its effectiveness.


In homeopathy we speak of constitutional types : usually whoever requests the Ledum Palustre remedy is an impatient, lonely person who sweats a lot when he is sick, especially at night. He can be affected by:

  • Inflammation of the limbs
  • Stiff back
  • Knee pains
  • Hallux valgus
  • Rosacea


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


Contraindications of Ledum Palustre

Ledum Palustre exhibits toxicity . Overdoses of this remedy can cause 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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