Fresh herb in flower, dried and then powdered.
Owing to its antiseptic properties, ledum is useful in preventing any type of infection and, thus, is a vital component of the first-aid remedy kit. Taking this homeopathic medicine internally helps to avoid various types of contagions, particularly severe cases like infections due to any eye injury, black eyes, insect stings, cuts, grazes as well as all types of puncture injuries. It has been found that injuries or stings that have acute bruising accompanied by puffy and purplish skin as well as stinging pain can be healed effectively with ledum. In addition to the above mentioned problems, homeopaths also prescribe ledum for other conditions, such as stiff and aching joints wherein the sufferer has a hot sensation inside, while the limb that is affected is cold to touch and the throbbing is relieved by applying cold compresses; rheumatic pains that begin in the feet and subsequently travels upward; aching balls of the big toes owing to gout; as well as sore, swollen and rigid tendons. It may be mentioned here that ledum, the homeopathic medicine prepared from wild rosemary, is not only effective in providing relief from pain, but also the cold sensation that accompanies such conditions. This homeopathic medicine is beneficial for people who suffer from night sweats and discard their bedclothes when they are sick. Such patients may also have an itchy feeling in their feet and ankles. Moreover, they are inclined to have sprained ankles, may get very angry or irritated, intolerant, fearful and panicky. Usually such people like to be left on their own and cannot tolerate the company of other people when they are ill. As aforementioned, this homeopathic medication prepared from the aerial parts of the wild rosemary plant or ledum, is very effective in healing wounds, injuries and cuts that have the possibility of becoming infected easily. Such injuries or wounds include any insect stings, puncture wounds as well as deep scratches. In fact, ledum, owing to its antiseptic properties is also useful in preventing tetanus in many cases. Ledum offers a variety of health benefits. On the one hand, this homeopathic medicine is useful in defending from any type of infection, on the other, it is effective in providing relief from pains caused due to any wounds, injuries or cuts. In addition, it is also useful in reducing any type of skin discoloration, bruising as well as swelling that may occur owing to any injury. Homeopaths generally prescribe this medicine for healing all the conditions mentioned above. This homeopathic medicine is useful for treating several conditions related to the eyes. As discussed earlier in this article, ledum is useful in healing black eyes, especially the conditions that take time to heal completely. In addition, it is also effective for treating any kind of hemorrhage that may start in the eye chamber, especially following any type of procedure or interference in the area. Homeopaths generally recommend the use of ledum following an iridectomy (removal of a part of the iris in the eye by surgery). Administration of this homeopathic medicine in such cases not only helps to heal the incisions quickly, but also provides comfort to the eye.
The herb wild rosemary is found growing naturally in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the United States, Canada and Ireland. In Europe, the herb is indigenously known as Ledum palustre, while it is called Ledum latifolium in Northern America. It is known as Ledum groenlandicum in Greenland. Among these sub-species of ledum only Ledum palustre is used to prepare the homeopathic medication ledum.