What You Need in Your Natural Medicine Cabinet
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Today I’m going to take you through our natural medicine cabinet.
When transitioning to a more natural, wellness-based lifestyle, one of the major changes is how you treat illness. A wellness-based system looks at not just symptom relief, but immune support.
Your body comes equipped with a natural immune system. When you give it standard OTC medicine, you run the risk of suppressing the immune response, dragging out illnesses for longer than necessary.
Supporting the immune system requires a holistic approach that includes not only symptom relief but also natural detoxification and organ support.
The best part about a natural cabinet is that everything has multiple uses, so you don’t just have random things sitting around. Many of these staples are also ingredients for DIY projects like homemade toothpaste, homemade air fresheners, and facial moisturizers.
Ready for the tour? Here’s what’s in my cabinet:
Activated charcoal – for detoxing or food poisoning (also put in tooth powder for whitening!)
Witch hazel – an astringent, great for cooling and healing the skin. I typically use this with any sprays that I would make with essential oils as it tends to evaporate faster than water.
Tallow – High in vitamin A and E, this healing balm is what I use with a drop of melaleuca essential oil to keep my eczema away. I’ve also mixed in frankincense, lavender, and peppermint to help soothe my skin after a bad sunburn.
Organic raw honey – also good for skin healing and antibacterial properties. I usually use this for a face wash but I also use it for sun burns.
Echinacea tea – For immune support, especially if I’m coming down with a cold.
Raw organic coconut oil – For skin health, burns, and antibacterial protection. I also add essential oils to this.
Magnesium oil – nothing helped my first trimester food aversions like spritzing this oil on my stomach before meals! It absorbs easily through the skin and works quickly.
Bentonite clay – to remove toxins, either as a face mask (which is amazing!) or taken internally. It attracts toxins to itself and is then easily excreted.
Cranberry capsules – to treat UTIs or kidney infections
Essential oils – I use all sorts of essential oils for just about everything. I apply either directly to the skin (following precautions for safe dilution), diffuse aromatically (especially when we don’t feel well we like to diffuse the respiratory and protection blends), and take internally (be very careful about internal use, and talk to a professional before doing so). If you would like more information about essential oils, see my post on safe usage.
Fractionated coconut oil – to dilute essential oils. It’s always liquid, it doesn’t have that coconut aroma to it so it doesn’t interfere with the aromatic benefits of the essential oils. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t stain clothes (or microfiber couches – ask me how I know this).
Veggie caps – for making our own capsules! Especially for ingesting Oregano (a hot oil) and DigestZen (which doesn’t taste that great when you’re nauseous), this is the perfect way to get the benefits when we need them!
So that’s a peak into our medicine cabinet! One thing we don’t have yet that I would like to get soon are epsom salts for detox baths. Also great during pregnancy to help stop preterm labor!
What’s in your healthcare cabinet?