Fire—The New Normal

Fire—The New Normal

The fire season started earlier than ever this year, with more devastation than we’ve ever seen in California. In fact, it almost seems like the whole west side of North America is burning right now!


This photo was taken from my daughter's driveway in Durango, Colorado, in early June. A wildfire had just started eight miles from her home, burning so strongly that the state closed down the entire national forest in that area. The smoke would travel down the valley during the night and we’d wake up to a barbecue-like smell and intense dryness—and we could barely see anything!

Although we in the Bay Area aren’t experiencing the levels of smoke inhalation that many others are facing, some of the more sensitive among us may need help. We also may have friends in the affected areas or know firefighters who are in the direct lines. If so, please suggest some homeopathic help.

This is when homeopathic remedies for smoke inhalation are helpful! Here are a few:

For simple smoke exposure with irritation to eyes and possibly nose and no other symptoms. Eyes stream and burn—lids are red, swollen, and sensitive. Nose streams but does not burn. There may be a little daytime cough. The eyes stream when coughing.

Carbo Vegetabilis
Wheezing and/or cough with burning in chest. Shortness of breath. Oxygen starvation. Must be fanned. Hoarseness. Cough with itching in larynx. Sore and raw chest. Rattling of mucus in chest. Exhausted, weak. Cold clammy skin, cold breath. Better: cool air. Worse: evenings, open air, warm damp weather.

Calcarea carbonica
Tickling cough, troublesome at night. Painless hoarseness; worse in the morning. Suffocating spells; tightness, burning and soreness in chest. Chest sensitive to touch or pressure. Longing for fresh air.

Arsenicum album
For smoke exposure with anxiety. Eyes burn and stream. Nose burns and streams. Cough is dry and worse at night. Tremendous anxiety with restlessness, especially about what is going to happen.

Take 6c, 12c, or 30c (the potency you have on hand is always the best potency), three times a day, stopping on improvement and repeating as needed (if your symptoms return). If you’ve taken a remedy for two days and had no response, select a different remedy or call your homeopath.