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.
Please note that natural remedies are powerful and should be used with respect and caution. If you’re not sure about dosage or age appropriateness, find out more, or choose something else.
Herbs, Supplements, and Earth remedies:
Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal is a useful poison and toxin remedy, a teeth whitener and cleaner and helps to relieve gastrointestinal issues.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Take ACV for acid reflux, alkalinizing the body, bug bites, to regulate blood sugar, support weight loss, and basically everything else. See a list of the many uses HERE.
Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is amazing for digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc. It helps with skin and allergy issues and provides minerals for the body Bentonite clay is also incredible for detoxification, bug bites and stings.
Coconut Oil: Where to begin? See the 101 uses of coconut oil HERE.
Echinacea Hydrastis: This herbal remedy provides a powerful boost to the immune system and helps to fight off colds and flu. This one works quickly and is incredibly easy for kiddos to take. Here is the Echinacea Goldenseal Elixir that I make.
Elderberry Syrup: Another great herbal remedy that supports respiratory health, fight colds and flu, and boosts the immune system. Here's my recipe made with raw honey. Here is the link to order.
Epsom Salt: Use Epsom salt baths for muscle aches and detoxification and to support mineral absorption.
Ginger or Peppermint Tea: Keep these teas around for upset tummies. Serve warm or cool with raw honey.
Magnesium Gel: Use this for sore muscles, injuries, muscle cramps, and joint pain. I have recently been using this one and love it!
Milk Thistle: A gentle, but powerful herb that supports liver function and cleansing. Milk Thistle is great for use after vacations or overindulgence of food or drink over time.
Probiotics: Probiotics are one of the basic four (Probiotics, Vit D3, Vitamin/ Mineral Supplent, and Fish Oil) that I suggest everyone take for wellness maintenance. Take probiotics for gut health, immune protection, and digestive support.
Stinging Nettle Tea: Stinging nettle is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine for hay fever and helps with urinary tract infections. Keep this around especially if you have family members with allergies.
Vitamin D3: Another one of the basic four! Use regularly to support the immune system, and to build bone and dental health.
Witch Hazel: Great for skin issues, minor cuts, burns, diaper rash, stretch marks and more.
Apis Mellifica 30c: Apis is an amazing remedy for bee and wasp stings. I use it for other bug bites as well with success.
Arnica 200c and Arnica 30c: Use Arnica 200c immediately for serious injuries, surgeries or childbirth recovery. Use Arnica 30c for soreness and bruising and as a follow up to the 200c dosage. Keep Arnica Cream around as well for bruising, soreness and muscle sprains.
Belladonna 30 c: Belladonna is great for high fevers with sudden onset and perspiration. I have found it to be incredibly helpful for the angry or irritable sick child.
Bioplasma Cell Salts: A great cell salt remedy especially in the summer. Bioplasma helps to remineralize your system and supports hydration. It’s also helpful for acid reflux and altitude sickness.
Calcarea Carbonica 30: This is a cradle cap remedy, but I have used it to clear excess heat and sweating while sleeping. It's also a very useful remedy for teething.
Pulsatilla 30 c: Use Pulsatilla for colds with thick yellow discharge. It’s also helpful for a clingy child with a lingering illness.
Nux Vomica 30c: This is a great remedy for overindulgence in food or drink, food sensitivities and nausea.
Rescue Remedy: Actually a flower essence, Rescue Remedy is a go to for anxiety or over stimulation, but also great to use in any illness or injury situation. It helps to calm the nervous system and start the healing process. If you have nothing else around, use rescue remedy.
I carry a travel case of the 36 most common remedies. You can find it HERE if you are interested in using more homeopathy for yourself or your family.
Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends:
Note: The blends listed below are mostly Young Living Blends. There are MANY other good essential oil companies with incredible oils and blends. I use oils topically, as aromatherapy, and as internal remedies Only food grade essential oils should be taken internally and with caution. Avoid internal dosing in children.
Digize: A digestive blend for upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Great to treat parasites in higher doses.
Dragon Time: An amazing blend for PMS and irritability.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Such a great oil for sinus and respiratory infections and can be used to help bring down fever. Avoid this oil in children under 6.
Joy: Keep this blend around to bring up the mood in your home. Use joy for grumpy mornings or in combination with Dragon Time for irritability. Great for depression, anxiety, and grumpy teenagers.
Lavender Essential oil: Like rescue remedy, lavender can be used to treat almost anything and should be used if you have nothing else around. Lavender is amazing for itching, allergies, sleep disturbances and anxiety.
Oregano Essential Oil: Oil of Oregano is a strong antimicrobial and amazing for colds, flus, warts, yeast infections and more. Use diluted on the bottom of the feet to pull down a chronic nightly cough.
Peace and Calming: A wonderful calming blend for stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and anxiety based irritability.
Peppermint Essential Oil: A great oil for fever, digestion, cold sores and sore muscles. Also great to diffuse for more energy.
Rosemary Essential Oil: Use rosemary oil to support memory, hair growth and to treat pain neuropathy. Also a great oil for altitude sickness and adrenal support. Avoid this oil in children under 6.
Tea Tree Essential Oil: The most common antimicrobial oil. Great for acne, rashes, actinic keratosis, open wounds, and lice.
Thieves: Thieves is an amazing antimicrobial blend, great for dental pain or inflammation and to help curb food and substance cravings. Thieves is a go to for treating and preventing illness. It's also a great blend to use as a disinfectant. Be cautious with very young children.
“Most women I know are priestesses and healers... We are, all of us, sisters of a mysterious order.” -Marianne Williamson
I love this quote. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and to help facilitate the healing of others, especially our loved ones! Happy healing.
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