As an acupuncturist, I use lots of natural remedies for my family during times of illness and injury. 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. 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. In fact, we rushed Aiden to the ER a month ago and he ended up staying the night there. 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: This “anti-stress” drink balances calcium and magnesium in the body. 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. I drank it religiously when I was pregnant for leg cramps. 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. I also use this for wound healing.
Vitamin B Complex: I take a sublingual one that helps with low energy when I’m dragging.
Vitamin D: 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. 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: This has become a staple for both Aiden and I (my husband won’t take it, but he should). It has a great source of essential fatty acids that protect against inflammation and encourage heart health. In kids, it helps bathe the neurotransmitters in needed fat to help brain cells develop. 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: This is the best remedy I’ve found for fighting off colds. Make sure to take it at the first sign of getting sick and keep taking it until the symptoms are gone. 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: This little capsules are great to have around for bleeding – internally or externally. They can be used to stop bleeding for things like nosebleed, bleeding ulcers, postpartum bleeding, menstrual pain and externally cuts and scrapes. It can even be used in pets.
Garlic: This can be used for anything! 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. I use them in skin care, cleaning supplies and as a nice aroma for my house. They also boast great health benefits.
Lavender: I use lavender for calming a lot in my house. Whenever I feel a little anxious, I put a drop on the back of my wrist and sniff it there. I also dilute a drop in some coconut oil and put it on the botton of Aiden’s feet. 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. 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. 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. I use the spray, but it comes in several different forms. It helps with stress and anxiety. I also give it to Otis sometimes in his water when he is acting nuts. 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. 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: We use this to relieve muscle aches and pain, muscle tension, stress and as a skin softener.
Coconut Oil: I use coconut oil for just about anything and everything in my house from cooking to on the body. 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. 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?