OUCH! Sunburn, Burns and Homeopathy

OUCH! Sunburn, Burns and Homeopathy
We all love to have fun in the sun without the pain of sunburn. It’s incredibly important to do things that make you feel good, not to mention the amazing health benefits of the immune boosting vitamin D that we can get from being in the sun. But what do we do when we have a little to much?
This article looks at all types of burns including sunburn and explains what you can do homeopathically to ease the pain and inflammation and assist with healing.

There are three types of burn

  • 1st degree resulting in redness of skin and pain
  • 2nd degree where there is redness, pain and blistering
  • 3rd degree where all the layers of the skin have been burnt
You might assume if it has never hapened to you that you can’t get more than first degree burns from the sun. My sister fell asleep on the beach when she was a teenager and had a strip of very white skin at the top of her bikini  inadvertently exposed that had never been in the sun. When she awoke she has 2nd degree burns right along this strip! BIG OUCH! It was weeks before she could lie on her back.

Seek Medical Help

With 3rd degree burns it is absolutely vital that medical attention is sought immediately.
Whatever the degree of severity of the burn, seek medical help if it covers an area that is larger than the palm of your hand; or if there is infection or pus present.

Things you can do

  1. Bathe/immerse the burn in cold water for 10-20  minutes or until heat subsides
  2. Be safe in the sun and avoid prolonged exposure
  3. Cover the burn area with a sterile dressing
  4. Do not puncture blisters if present

The Best Homeopathic Medicines for Burns

Homeopathy can really make a significant difference with burns and sunburn. Choose your medicine from the selection below


Give Arnica first for the shock of the burn or scald in 30th (2 doses 15 minutes apart)
or 200th potency (1 dose immediately). First choice remedy for sunburn too.

Urticaria Urens

Follow the Arnica with Urticaria Urens if it is a minor 1st degree burn. Give 30th potency each 15 minutes until pain subsides, or as needed.


This is a very good medicine for the pain of burns/sunburn and use this if the pain does not respond to Urticaria urens within 30-45 minutes. Give it in the 30th or 200th potency every 15 minutes until pain is reduced, then as needed.


Use Causticum for 3rd degree burns after Arnica 200 has been given for up to 3
doses 10 mins apart. Follow with the Causticum 200 every 15-30 minutes depending on how the
patient is coping.


If the burn is due to electric shock give Phosphorus 30 or 200 every 15 minutes until pain

Homeopathic Burns ointment

This is a very useful adjunct to oral remedies. Use for first degree burns only and you will be amazed at the rapidity with which the pain lessens and healing takes place.
So take care in the sun this summer and look after yourself!

Happy Homeopathic Prescribing!

© Sam Adkins 2011
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Sam Adkins
My name is Sam Adkins, known also as The Homeopathic Coach. I have been working as a Homeopath since 2003 in both Australia, the UK and internationally via skype. I am also a qualified and experienced holistic counsellor using a Process Oriented Psychology approach. I like to combine both these skill sets to facilitate greater balance, wellness and happiness for my clients.


  1. You know, the homeopathic treatment for burns is to use hot water, not cold. Obviously not so hot it makes the burn worse, but as hot as you can stand, and the pain subsides immediately and the burn usually completely disappears within 24 hours. Like cures like…

    • Dear Katherine, with a very minor burn you could try this approach. It is homeopathic in its philosophy but not in it’s prescribing as that would involve using Arnica, or Cantharis or another appropriately selected remedy. I personally would always recommend using a Homeopathic Medicine and applying first aid procedures such as cold water.


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