Whilst the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano has expanded our knowledge on such geological matters, for Icelandic residents, there are potential health effects. These include eye and skin irritation, as well as increased respiratory problems for conditions like asthma or other lung conditions.
Volcanoes emit water (H2O), and a variety of gases including carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), hydrogen chloride (HCl), ammonia (NH3), hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and hafnium (HF). These gases interact rapidly with the ash particles of a volcanic plume and especially atmospheric water to form acidic aerosols.
Volcanic ash may contain potentially harmful substances in the form of water-soluble materials, mostly acids and salts, which cling to the particles of glass and crystals. The most common are sulphate, chloride, sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and fluoride.
Since the UK is located over 900 miles from the volcano, it is unlikely that these health issues will affect us. However the stress, frustration and anxiety of being stranded abroad because your flight has been cancelled, can give rise to a whole range of emotions. If you find yourself in this or a similar situation, you may find the following remedies helpful:
Restores balance and calm during a stressful situation
Really worried, feels like bursting into tears, sighing a lot, mood swings, over-sensitive and on-edge, may become hysterical
Irritable and very sensitive, takes offence easily, feels extremely frustrated, may try to suppress feelings but then explodes and can become very angry
Nux Vomica 30C
Gets angry very easily, rather impatient, over reacts to situations, needs a stiff drink or a strong coffee to calm down
Please note the above remedies and their symptoms are a guideline only. For an individualised therapy, consult your homeopath or find a practitioner at:
This article was first published in an ARH Newsletter, dated May 2010. The ARH would like to thank Myriam Shivadikar for her contribution towards this article.