Natural Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

Having a well stocked medicine cabinet can make a big difference when you are faced with sudden symptoms, such as a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, upset stomach or an aching back.

Below you will find some of my favorite remedies to have on hand. They provide a great start for addressing common health concerns. For further support, contact the pharmacy to get helpful advice specific to your needs.

Arnica 30C pellets and gel – This homeopathic remedy (pellets for internal use and gel for topical use) is excellent for all types of traumas – bumps, bruises, and muscle aches/soreness/stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion, and falls. Five pellets can be dissolved under the tongue as often as every two hours then up to three times per day during an acute trauma. And, apply the gel to the site of pain or soreness as needed.

Essential Oils (lavender, peppermint, and tea tree) – Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants. They have many therapeutic uses and can be inhaled for their aromatherapy benefits as well as applied topically for their healing properties. My three favorite oils to have on hand include: peppermint, tea tree, and lavender. Peppermint has a powerful menthol aroma which, when inhaled can be very opening to the sinuses. It also has a refreshing benefit too. Tea tree has strong antifungal properties. And, lavender oil is wonderful for its relaxing properties and is my number one go to for helping cuts, scrapes, and scars heal.

Rescue Remedy – This is a blend of 5 flower essence remedies that is the perfect solution for stressful moments or major life events. It helps to restore balance and promotes a feeling of calmness and focus. It can be taken before a stressful event – test, job interview, etc. and can also be taken before bed to help ease an overactive mind. Best of all, it’s safe for the whole family to take.

Aloe Gelly – Excellent for any type of skin irritation. It can be used on burns, scrapes, tender, or dry skin. It can also be used as a lubricant or as a way to address yeast infections in women. Simply squeeze a quarter size amount into the palm of your hand. Add 1-3 drops of tea tree oil, mix, and apply to the vaginal area.

Echinacea – This herb has a wide variety of uses. It is my number one go to for supporting the immune system and fighting infections. It can be used for pain, colds, flu, urinary tract infections, allergies, wound healing, ear infections, sinus infections, fungal infections, etc. At the first sign of symptoms, I recommend an initial dose of 3 tsp of tincture, then taking 1 tsp three times per day.

Herbs to Calm an Upset Stomach – Some of my favorite herbs for calming an upset stomach include chamomile, catnip, fennel, lavender, and cardamom. They can provide immediate relief for bloating, nausea, gas cramps, and stomach pain. These herbs can be found in a great formula by Herbs Etc. and is called Stomach Tonic. For adults, I recommend taking about 15 drops in a little water three times a day, after meals or before bedtime. For babies, give 1-2 drops, diluted in a liquid, up to three times a day, after meals or before bedtime.

Oscillococcinum – As soon as you start feeling run down or have flu-like symptoms, such as headache, body aches, chills and fever, take the homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum. This remedy is supported by published clinical studies, as well as more than 65 years of use throughout the world. It has a remarkable record of safety (no side effects; no drug interactions) and is recommended for anyone over age 2. It is great-tasting and comes in easy-to-take pellets.

Article written by Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN for Ellicott City Pharmacy.

Dec 28, 2011 | Category: Health, Lifestyle | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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