Natural Home "Medicine" Cabinet: 34 Herbs, Essential Oils, and Homeopathic Remedies to Treat Injury, Illness and Emotions
I get asked regularly what I keep around the house to prevent or treat illness and injury. Even in a healthy home, kids get sick, and with four athletes in the home, we have our fair share of injuries!
Below is a list of what I always have on hand along with some usage tips. The truth is, I have many more remedies at home as I need them for my work, but these are the ones that I use the most. You can treat many illnesses, injuries and emotional needs with the list below and each one has many more uses than I could ever list here! In addition to the list below, I have found that a whole foods diet, low in grains, dairy, and sugar, helps to keep us well. Don't forget that food is medicine! Try putting together your own natural "medicine" cabinet. I think you’ll be amazed at how much healthier you’ll be and how much time and money you’ll save on doctors visits and prescriptions.
These delicious little date balls are packed with nourishment, but also great for an energy boost and as paleo vegan dessert. My family loves these in the fall and we keep them in the fridge for several days as a healthy go-to treat. Try rolling them in cocoa, coconut, or cacao nibs!
Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free
Oh the liver! Our livers really do so much for us. At the most basic level, our liver plays a major role in digestion, metabolism, immunity, and storage of nutrients. According to Chinese medicine, the liver (the system, not just the organ) is responsible for the smooth flow of emotions including Qi and blood. Unfortunately, many of us experience ongoing liver symptoms, as we're living in a culture full of processed foods and chemicals that lead to congested, toxic, and stagnant livers.
The stresses of our daily lives, combined with the chemicals we’re exposed to, leave us full of toxins, and with yucky liver symptoms like headaches or migraines, PMS, acne, hormone imbalances, anger and irritability. From an energetic or emotional perspective, our liver is also a storehouse for our old pain and traumas. It’s so important that we clean out, detox, and restore our livers!
I’ve made this recipe so many times, that I know it by heart. Next to my gluten free challah recipe, it’s the most requested by our friends and family. Like everything else I make, it meets my criteria of gluten free, dairy free, processed sugar free, and delicious. These cookies also also happen to be vegan, which is a bonus! I use this vegan cookie dough raw for ice cream because there are no eggs. O,f course it's also great to have a delicious vegan cookie recipe on hand for vegan friends. This is another one of those recipes that people absolutely cannot believe how clean and nourishing the ingredients are. The original recipe came from Elana’s Pantry and I have modified it to meet my needs. These cookies are sooo good. Enjoy!
From a Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine perspective, raw foods are hard on the spleen and can decrease your digestive Qi. I’m personally very sensitive to too many raw foods in my diet and right now I’m paying the price with my digestion and energy levels. This is especially tough in the summer because raw foods like fruit and salads are just so satisfying and cooling. Yesterday, I knew that I needed to get back on track with my daily dose of bone broth and other gut healing foods. In the summer, you also have to be particularly careful not to eat foods that are too heating or you end up with a host of other yucky physical and emotional symptoms. Bone broth is a perfect solution for this. It’s not too heating, very easy to digest, and incredibly nourishing. I read all kinds of recipes for serving bone broth cold in the summer, but I just ended up sipping it for breakfast like I always do. It was so satisfying. It may take me a few days, but I’m already starting to feel better.
A couple of really important notes about bone broth. It’s delicious and one of the most nourishing foods you can consume. Bone broth is a straight shot (literally) of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals) and contains collagen which aids in mineralization of teeth and bones. Bone broth is also essential for healing the mucosal lining of the gut. I always say, if you are not already using bone broth regularly for your general health, you should be! Try the recipe below and enjoy incredible nourishment year round.
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