In my “medicine cabinet” at home we don’t actually have medication! We have: herbs, homeopathic remedies, and LOTS of vitamins and supplements. Most things that pop up health-wise can be treated with things you may just have (or probably should have) lying around your house. If you don’t know what to use and when to use it, I made this handy list. Best thing: no prescription required.
Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV can be used for SO many things. If you don’t have a bottle, go out and buy yourself one right now. It will set you back all of about $3.
Things you can use it for:
yeast infection (take 2T orally twice daily or vaginally in a sitz bath or douche);
acid reflux (for 80% of reflux sufferers it will work miracles, but if you’re in the 20% who it makes your reflux worse, stop using it!);
bone spurs (take 2T daily in water);
hangover (this is not “by the books,” but I tried it once when I had some dizzy spells from a long boozy night and it worked quite well!)
Nux Vomica: this is a homeopathic remedy you can find at the healthfood store. It’s awesome for any type of nausea. It’s actually one of the only things that helped me through my first trimester of pregnancy! Also good for hangovers.
Lavender essential oil: This is my “go-to” essential oil. I like to use it in my kids’ (and my own) bath at night for relaxation. You can also dab it directly onto your third eye (between and slightly above your real eyes) or rub it into your feet to sleep better and ease anxiety.
Epsom Salt: also great in the bathtub for sore muscles and for detoxification. Use 1 – 2 cups per bath. Not recommended to eat!
Calendula Cream: This is good to keep around for any type of skin abrasion. I’ve seen big cuts that should have left a scar heal 100% just from regular use of calendula.
Another skin cream I keep around is called Ching Wan Hung. It’s a Chinese herbal remedy for burns with herbs and sesame oil. You can find it on Amazon. I use it for burns, scrapes, raw nipples from breastfeeding(!), and even bug bites.
Arnica Oil: good to keep around for bruises. You can get a topical variety to rub on or you can find tablets to take orally for muscle pain or injury.
Around my house, our version of arnica is called Dit Da Jow which is Chinese for “Hit Wine Medicine.” We make it ourselves out of cheap vodka and about 20 different herbs that soak for 6 months or longer. You put it directly on bruises and they go down very quick. It’s used mainly in martial arts for training, but anyone can use it. You can contact me for information on ordering. *** For external use only!
Ginger: I keep ginger tea around for stomach aches and also to quell a cold. If you feel like you’re about to get sick, have some ginger tea with a little spoonful of honey and feel better quickly.
Ginger is also a great remedy for arthritis pain, especially if you have more pain when the weather turns cold.
Another tea I like to have on hand is mint. Mint tea freshens your breath (good to know if you’re doing a cleanse when it seems nothing can make your breath smell good); helps you poop; and can ease a headache, eye tension, PMS, stomachache, or a sore throat. Good stuff.
Calcium Lactate: Personally, I take this calcium supplement from Standard Process daily, er, nightly. It contains a balanced amount of magnesium, so take it at night because it relaxes your muscles and can make you feel sleepy.
For viral skin eruptions: take 6 tablets every 4 hours with 2 tablets of fish oil. Your cold sores / herpes breakouts will clear quickly.
Honey: Besides tasting great, honey can be used for lots of things. Take a spoonful for a sore throat, a cough, allergies, or even for constipation. Be cautious of the quality, though. Not all honeys are equal. Find a local honey, not a mass-produced product honey that is probably just flavored sugar liquid.
Tea Tree Oil: I usually recommend tea tree oil over oregano oil for topical use because oregano oil can burn. But, either one works amazingly well on fungal infections, like toe fungus, or for dabbing onto acne spots. For toe fungus, either put the oil directly on or make a soak with 10 drop oil in a small basin of warm water. Soak for 5 minutes daily.
If you found this list helpful, please forward to a friend! Happy new year!