I’m often asked what’s in my natural medicine cabinet. While I’m certainly not opposed to pharmaceutical medicines, my first line of defense is usually natural or homeopathic remedies as I prefer to give my body time to try to heal on its own.
Stress, anxiety, skin problems, coughs, and colds are all problems I’ve had good luck treating on my own over the years. I’m excited to share today what I keep in my natural medicine cabinet to help with a whole host of problems! #StressLess2BmyBest #CleverGirls
Homeopathic Remedies, Essential Oils, & Colloidal Silver
Homeopathic remedies were first used in Germany in the 19th century and are based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. While I do believe that there’s a time and place for conventional medicine, there are many common problems I would prefer to treat myself first, if possible. My kids will willingly take homeopathic remedies and so I always try to have some on hand. We use Arnica more than any other remedy since it’s good for bumps and bruising and can help the healing process from aches and pains and with four kids, we have a lot of those problems. Imagine that.
Essential oils are great for a lot of reasons. They can help support the immune system, improve skin and digestion, help fight the flu, deal with jet lag and congestion. Some of our favorite essential oils are Thieves Oil, Lavender, Grapefruit, Tea Tree Oil, and Oregano.
Colloidal Silver is controversial in mainstream circles, but in the natural circles, it is acclaimed for anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. We drink a bit with some orange juice when we feel sickness coming on and I think it is a useful tool in our quest to stay healthy.
Honey & Apple Cider Vinegar
We use raw, unfiltered honey to help out with a variety of problems – it’s great for coughs and also has wonderful antibacterial properties for cuts and skin problems. Manuka Honey is supposed to have the best antibacterial properties so it’s our go-to choice for skin issues. Otherwise, if my kids get a cough, I have them eat a spoon full of raw, unfiltered honey and it seems to help them.
Did you know apple cider vinegar also has a lot of medicinal properties as well? We use it to get rid of warts. Yes, seriously – just put it on a cotton ball and apply it overnight to the affected area. After doing this every night for a couple of weeks, the wart vanishes! We’ve had great luck getting rid of warts in this manner. ACV can also help with indigestion, dandruff, and nasal congestion and a whole host of other issues, as well, so I always have ACV on hand.
I’ve blogged about herbal teas before, but they’re a great way to support your overall immune system and help with coughs and congestion, as well as sore throats and a variety other problems. Plus, they just taste good and I enjoy drinking them.
Epsom salt isn’t actually salt at all, but a pure combination of magnesium and sulfate. It’s great to add to a bath when you’ve got aches and pains and it’s also supposed to be a natural way to draw toxins out of your body. Bathing in it three times a week is often recommended by natural health proponents, but we only use it when we’ve got problems we’re trying to treat.
We use Arnica Cream, Calendula Cream, and Coconut Oil most often as I try to avoid petroleum based products. Creams are good for dry skin, aches and pains, and rashes.
Finally, I love RESCUE Remedies to help with anxiety. These remedies are natural and also homeopathic. They were developed by a doctor and are gentle, safe, and non-habit-forming. There are no side effects and they are used by millions of people worldwide. RESCUE remedies help me in my chaotic life. I keep the gum and pastilles in my purse so they’re handy when I need them. With four kids and a busy work at home schedule, I need all the help I can get! I’m sure you know what I mean.
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Please let know in the comments how you manage stress and what items you keep in your natural medicine cabinet!
Just to be clear, I will say that I’m not a doctor, I’m not giving you medical advice, and if you’re sick, please contact a trusted medical professional. 😀
Tuesday 17th of March 2015
Hi, I use homeopathy for my kids. My #1 remedy is arnica for bumps and bruises, and also for shock; I also use witch hazel gel to put on bruises- these are especially effective for when kids trap their fingers in doors. I also use rhus tox for muscle aches [eg when I do too much gardening in one day]; urtica urens to speed up healing from minor burns; vespa for wasp stings and apis for bee stings; chamomile for babies when teething [it worked brilliantly for 2 of my 3 kids]; and I find that gelsemium helps me fight off heavy colds or flu quicker than my husband, who does not use homeopathy. I also use rescue remedy to take the edge off scary events. I'd love to know more about which essential oils you use!
Tuesday 17th of March 2015
Elaine, Thanks for your comment! I love hearing what you use. I will share more about essential oils soon - My favorite EO to use on people is Thieves oil, honestly, especially in our nasty winters. :-)
Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple
Wednesday 11th of March 2015
You know me, girl. I'm all about the essential oils. I also started taking an elderberry capsule each morning when I noticed that the flu was going around the schools I work in. I did get sick this year, but was able to bounce back a few days faster.