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Homeopathic Ointments versus Creams

Posted Sep 27 2010 6:47pm

homeopathic ointment

There is some confusion between homeopathic ointments and creams.  People ask what is the difference between homeopathic ointments and creams?  Is one better than the other?  Which one should I use?  This article will help to answer some of these questions. 

Ointments are oil base topical applications.  This means the product has a higher oil ratio than water.  The oils typically used for homeopathic ointments are lanolin, petroleum or olive oil.  Creams are water based applications.  This means that there is a higher ratio of water to oil in creams than in ointments.  Ointments are slower to absorb into the skin.  This is desirable for some medical conditions.  Creams are generally easier to apply to a large area of the body.  Creams are absorbed quicker by the skin.  This makes creams ideal for acute conditions such as rashes.

Creams and ointments are pretty much the same medication.  A calendula ointment will work the same as a calendula cream.   The ointment maybe better if you want the medication to absorb into the skin slowly.  The cream will be better if there is a large area to apply the treatment.   

Depending on the condition, a cream or ointment may be appropriate.  Preference is also a factor to consider.  Some people prefer an ointment for their ailment.  Creams are prefered by other users.  Ointments are ideal for conditions where the medication needs to be absorbed slowly. Creams should be used a treatment where the skin needs to consume the medication quickly.  In many cases, it will not matter which cream or ointment to use.  If your medication is correct, this will not matter that much.

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