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Nelsons Hypercal Cream is a product I have been using for a long time. It is a natural First Aid for all minor cuts and grazes. I use it on myself and on my daughter whenever she's hurt herself, especially if she's fallen. I am sure the actual act of applying this cooling, gentle cream seems to have an immediate effect on Sarah, before it has even had the chance to get to work. I also use Nelson's Arnica cream and prefer to use homeopathic remedies wherever possible, especially for my daughter. I buy this in a tube from Holland & Barret and a 30g tube costs me £3.45. I always keep it in the top of the fridge as I find the colder it is when applied to broken skin, the better it actually works and the coldness of the cream on the skin actually feels very soothing and healing.
The cream's active ingredients are Calendula officinalis tincture and Hypericum perforatum tinctur and this is a topical herbal remedy that helps in the healing of minor grazes and cuts. Calendula helps to heal the skin whilst the hypericum helps to relieve the pain.
I simply clean the affected area well before hand, taking care to be very gentle, and then I carefully apply a very thin layer. I never rub into the broken skin but gently leave it pretty much just sitting on top and let it do its work. I will often use a plaster or a dry dressing and then a small bandage, depending on how bad the broken skin or graze looks. If it's myself I generally just leave it open to the air, however, my daughter prefers me to cover it up with a dressing of some sort. Either way, the cream works well, quickly and effectively reliving pain and preventing swelling and infection to the area.
I have also used this cream on lots of occasions on rashes or stings, especially nettle stings, which my daughter appears to get a lot when she goes off to feed the horses. The cream quickly soothes the affected area and reduces the pain and swelling of the nettle rash. Believe it or not, my vet also suggested that I use this on my cat when she had an infection on the skin of her outer ear. She was losing fur and the area was sore and irritated. I applied the cream as directed by the vet and the ear was healed up within a week. The vet has also told me since that the active ingredients in this cream actively encourage the hair to grow back on the animal. I'm pleased to say it doesn't appear to encourage hair growth on my daughter's knees when she grazes them! Thank goodness!
This cream is something I thoroughly recommend as it is packed full of natural homeopathic ingredients and there are no nasties in it at all. It can be applied as often as is necessary, but obviously, as with all medication, if you have any sort of reaction to it at all, then you stop immediately and seek medical advice.
Personally speaking, I have never had any adverse reaction to this medication. It heals quickly, is soothing, calming and even suitable for the most sensitive of skins.
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Nelsons Hypercal cream is known as the "ouch cream" in our house.
--- The packaging ---
A cardboard box, containing a small (12cm) metal tube which can stand up on it's cap.
There is also the patient information leaflet. This is a natural remedy, but then, so is aspirin. It's always good to read the information before you use a medicine.
--- The cream ---
The cream contains Calendula officinalis tincture 0.45% v/w, and Hypericum perforatum tincture 0.45% v/w. Apparently. That's herbs to you and me - calendula for healing and hypericum for topical pain-relief.
The cream is white, non-greasy, mild-smelling and soothing.
--- Use ---
It is for cuts and grazes. You smooth it gently over a cut or graze and let it get on with it.
Now, we think it has several effects.
1) It soothes the sore area.
2) It does seem to make the cut heal more quickly. Clearly this is just my observation of its use on my three small children (so plenty of cuts and grazes!). I haven't done a scientific trial because that would just be mean. But I think it helps.
3) The "kiss it better" principle. My small toddler is convinced that his hurts are made instantly better when I kiss them. My two older children think this cream has the same effect. That and a plaster with pictures of dinosaurs on it.
4) It helps to stop a healing scab from itching (and thus stops it being scratched open again).
Now, moisturiser or germolene would achieve 1,3, and 4 just as well! But I am convinced by (2).
--- The cost ---
£4.15 for a 30g tube from Holland & Barrett
Nelson's Hypercal Cream was first recommended to me by my homeopath, Jenny. I had been using prescribed medicated creams on my daughter, who was then a toddler, and I was concerned about the negative effect these might have on her homeopathic treatment. Hypercal cream has a thick texture and a pleasant smell, what's more, it's really magic stuff! I have used it for all sorts of sores and skin rashes, taking care never to use it in situations where there is pus beneath the skin. I was advised that it is so healing, that it can literally heal over such areas. Where, in the past, I would have used antibiotic creams, I would now use Hypercal. Not only does it do the job of healing just as well as antibiotic cream, it also leaves you with peace of mind in the knowledge that it works with your body rather than acting as a suppressant. It's ideal for children because you know it won't actually do them any harm, as well as adults. I would thoroughly recommend it for all ages, particularly if you are worried about treating a sensitive child-incidetally it's great for nappy rash too!
Nelsons Hypercal cream is the ideal application for all types of cuts and sores. It combines the natural healing properties of Calendula and pain relieving properties of Hypericum.