Having a nurse as a mother was great for the adventurous and athletic child that I was. Although she was always so confidently bandaging my scrapes and holding me through fevers, I am sure inside she was an anxious wreck.
But she’s a professional, and a great mom. Her medicine cabinet was always equipped with Band-Aid bandages, ice packs, bacetracin, hydrogen peroxide and the like. She was the first to teach me the virtues of self-care, attempting to avoid a doctor visits, she would break out the flashlight and tongue depressors to check to see if I had strep throat.
So it’s no wonder when I ventured out on my own as an adult that I became interested in ways that I could prevent injury and illness and remedy myself when the occasion arises. I also became keenly aware and concerned at the long-term side effects of certain chemicals especially pharmaceuticals.
I am of the school that everything is all well and good in moderation; I am not one to avoid a doctor or ER visit when absolutely necessary. However, if I can help myself and my loved ones with holistic remedies and first aid I will choose that option first.
Over the years I have found some very helpful allies in the journey to maintain wellness and make it a point to always have them on hand in my “green medicine cabinet”.
# 1 Rescue Remedy is a Bach flower remedy is a boon when you are in need of immediate calming from trauma and stress. This tiny yellow vile is packed with a homeopathic remedy that is appropriate for all ages and works at calming the nerves and emotions in an instant.
#2 Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil from a desert cactus found in Australia this antiseptic oil is great for acne, cuts and scrapes, eczema, yeast infections, cold sores, fungal infections and anything that you need sanitized.
#3 Herbal Tonics and Capsules are helpful depending on your specific issues. Herbal tonics are great to have on hand because when you are dealing with natural medicines its’ best to try to nip whatever you are combating in the bud at the first onset of symptoms. At the onset of cold or flu symptoms echinacea, golden seal, pau d’arco are all great to take at regular intervals to help boost your immune system to fight those nasty bugs.
#4 Collodial Silver is another great remedy with antiseptic properties which can also be taken internally in small doses over small periods of time to ease cold and flu symtpoms.
#5 Apple Cider Vinegar comes to the rescue when we get indigestion, fungal infections, yeast infections and it can also help fight off urinary tract infections.
#6 Enema Bag Surprisingly this humble contraption is a great resource for getting well quick. Cleansing the colon can help your body fight of flu, cold, diarrhea, nausea, constipation and reduce fever. If you are not tolerating anything by mouth taking a gentle enema with warm water may offer some relief.
#7 Green Clay Just add water to this silky clay to help with acne, skin problems, bug bites and swelling. At first the clay will cool and soothe the area and then it will warm up as it dries, improving the circulation.
#8 Oregano Oil is a concentrated extraction of the potent oils from the herb oregano. It is very beneficial and useful against any bacteria, virus, or fungus. OO is a great resource for those who suffer from candida yeast over growth. I use this wonderful oil everyday as a supplement because it keeps my skin clear and moisturized. Just a couple drops under your tongue when you feel a tickle in your throat should knock it out.
Count these items among the Band-Aids and the hydrogen peroxide and you will be well prepared for much of what our germy world has to offer us. Be well.
Eranah L. Adorjan is a Reiki practitioner, a holistic medicine enthusiast, and an artist who is committed to sharing with the world a wealth of knowledge she has accumulated through her own healing journey. She says her mission is to cultivate peace and well being in herself so she may inspire it in others. Check out Eranah’s artwork at www.herbaleranah.com.