As an acupuncturist, I use lots of natural remedies for my family during times of illness and injury. Â There are endless vitamins, supplements, herbs, homeopathics, essential oils, etc. that claim to have healing benefits and have a whole host of uses for healing.
Becoming more green and using natural remedies is an ongoing journey, so don’t feel overwhelmed trying to learn how to use these remedies. Â They are indeed healthier and most of them have less side effects than allopathic medication does, so instead of rushing to the doctor the next time you get sick, try a more natural approach.
I am obviously a proponent of natural products, but there is definitely a time and place for western doctors and hospitals. Â In fact, we rushed Aiden to the ER a month ago and he ended up staying the night there. Â I am very grateful we live in a society where medical attention is widely available.
Your Guide to a Natural Medicine Cabinet
Vitamins and Supplements
Natural Calm: Â This “anti-stress” drink balances calcium and magnesium in the body. Â Magnesium deficiency is becoming a lot more common and can manifest with symptoms such as anxiety, muscle aches, hormonal imbalances, PMS, low energy, irritability and headaches. Â I drank it religiously when I was pregnant for leg cramps. Â It was the only thing that worked for me.
Vitamin C: I mega-dose on this when I feel like I’m coming down with a virus. Â I also use this for wound healing.
Vitamin B Complex:Â I take a sublingual one that helps with low energy when I’m dragging.
Vitamin D:Â Most people are also low in this vitamin, which can cause a whole host of illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, muscle pain, low immunity, fatigue and lots more. Â I use cod liver oil to ensure I have enough vitamin D, but when I feel like I’m coming down with a virus, I’ll also take 5,000 mg of this for a couple days.
Cod Liver Oil:Â This has become a staple for both Aiden and I (my husband won’t take it, but he should). Â It has a great source of essential fatty acids that protect against inflammation and encourage heart health. Â In kids, it helps bathe the neurotransmitters in needed fat to help brain cells develop. Â I wrote an entire post on this supplement.
Probiotics: These are also an immunity booster and help stomach issues, including ones that manifest on the skin such as eczema.
Yin Chiao:Â This is the best remedy I’ve found for fighting off colds. Â Make sure to take it at the first sign of getting sick and keep taking it until the symptoms are gone. Â I also take a dose on planes or when I feel like I’m going to be picking up lots of germs.
Yunnan Baiyao Capsules:Â This little capsules are great to have around for bleeding – internally or externally. Â They can be used to stop bleeding for things like nosebleed, bleeding ulcers, postpartum bleeding, menstrual pain and externally cuts and scrapes. Â It can even be used in pets.
Garlic: This can be used for anything! Â It’s antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It can help with high blood pressure, vaginal infections, colds and flus, allergies, high cholesterol and iron absorption to name a few.
Essential oils deserve their own post because they can be used in so many areas of life. Â I use them in skin care, cleaning supplies and as a nice aroma for my house. Â They also boast great health benefits.
Lavender:Â I use lavender for calming a lot in my house. Â Whenever I feel a little anxious, I put a drop on the back of my wrist and sniff it there. Â I also dilute a drop in some coconut oil and put it on the botton of Aiden’s feet. Â Lavender is also antimicrobial, so it can be used to sanitize things as well.
Eucalyptus: This oil is great for clearing congestion and runny noses. Â I often add it as a vapor to a steaming shower.
Thieves: I put this on the soles of our feet for an immunity boost and I also diffuse it to purify the air.
Tea Tree: Infections, acne, athlete’s foot
Orange: It’s uplifting and I diffuse this to wake up in the mornings
Hyland’s Teething Tablets: We used these with Aiden frequently when he was teething.
Hyland’s Kids Kit: This kit is great for babies and toddlers through kids. Â There are 6 great remedies for the most common ailments in childhood – fevers, colds, teething, irritability, cough and skin issues.
Rescue Remedy: I got started with this when I was in acupuncture school and our family loves it. Â I use the spray, but it comes in several different forms. Â It helps with stress and anxiety. Â I also give it to Otis sometimes in his water when he is acting nuts. Â It’s safe for everybody.
Activated Charcoal: I keep this around my house in case of accidental poisoning because it reduces the absorption of toxins and poisons. Â It can also be used for upset tummies.
Bentonite Clay: Used for detoxification, skin issues and digestive issues such as acid reflux, constipation, etc.
Epsom Salt:Â We use this to relieve muscle aches and pain, muscle tension, stress and as a skin softener.
Coconut Oil:Â I use coconut oil for just about anything and everything in my house from cooking to on the body. Â I use it for a moisturizer, face wash, as an antifungal for athlete’s foot, rashes, bug bites, etc.
These are some basic things we keep in our house for when illness and injury plagues us. Â Some of these things are also used almost daily.
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What are your favorite natural remedies for health?
Do you take supplements daily?