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Looking for some effective DIY home remedies to stock your natural medicine cabinet? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve seen tremendous results from eating a real foods diet, ditching toxic chemicals, and being consistent about exercise. My family is healthy… even my two young kids seem to miss out on a lot of the bugs and sickies that friends or family pass along. We’ve never had to see a doctor for illness for either kid… (knock on wood). I love finding ways to boost my immune system with nature’s powerful tools first.

(Note: This post is not intended to provide cures for diseases. Rather, these are options to help support your body in it’s natural process of health. When in doubt ALWAYS talk to a trusted healthcare professional first. And if it’s a medical emergency, go to the hospital.)

Why I Don’t Start with Drugs

Drugs have side effects. Period. Why? Because they are synthetic materials and our body doesn’t know how to deal with them the same way it knows how to deal with natural ingredients. Sometimes the side effects are subtle. Sometimes they are invisible until years later. Sometimes they are severe and tragic. That’s not to say that there aren’t instances where those side effects are worth the results. I just prefer to start with something safer… especially when so often the natural stuff works as good or better than the drugs..

Did you know that you can’t patent things like essential oils, herbs, or real food (just another reason why I do NOT consider GMO’s real food)? That’s problematic for the pharmaceutical industry. The good news is that there are more health care professionals who are seeing the benefit of these natural alternatives to support a healthy body.

The even better news is that YOU can learn how to makeover your medicine cabinet with  natural ingredients. They are safer. They are effective. And they should be your first line of defense for those non-emergency sick days.

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: The Basics

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural liquids and aromatic compounds found in all types of plants. Without essential oils the vital processes within the plant would shut down. Essential oils support the immune system and a healthy body. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

Essential oils are POTENT. A little goes a long way. Don’t let the price tag scare you as you generally only need a couple drops… if you get quality oils. Not all essential oils are created equally. If you are looking to get into essential oil with the idea of stocking your natural medicine cabinet, PLEASE choose wisely.

You can learn more about essential oil basics here.

Herbs

Herbs have been used for holistic remedies forever. They are full of vitamins and minerals and are very nourishing and healing. Make sure you find high quality organic herbs. You don’t want to introduce synthetic pesticides in your quest for home remedies. Organic really does matter.

Real Food

There are certain foods you should always have nearby. Things like Apple Cider Vinegar, garlic, ginger, and other nourishing foods have long been used to heal and nourish sick bodies. And, of course, if you stock your home with nourishing real food you won’t have to worry as much about getting sick a often. Win!

Don’t forget: The remedies you chose should be safe for your lifestyle. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding be sure to check safety from a trusted source. (I highly recommend Gentle Babies for essential oil information and Wise Woman Herbal for Childbearing Year for herbs.) Are you on any particular medications like blood pressure meds, anti-depressants or birth control? Some herbs can reduce the effectiveness of or interact with prescription medications. Be sure to check with a certified herbalist before adding herbal remedies to your daily life.

 

Feeling Overwhelmed? Don’t be!

When I was first looking to makeover my medicine cabinet I felt completely overwhelmed. I didn’t feel knowledgeable to know where to start or how to implement their uses in my life. Thankfully, I finally listened to a trusted friend of mine and took the plunge by starting with essential oils. The world of oils seems daunting all by itself, but my friend recommended I get the Premium Starter Kit because it alone could be used in SO many ways.

 

How I Support  a Healthy Body with Essential Oils

Frankincense

Supports: Joints, respiratory system, emotional well-being, vibrant skin… and more.

Lavender

Supports: Healthy skin, over-all well-being, a good night’s rest… and so much more.

Lemon

Supports: A clean home, digestive system, immune system… and more (and is great for kids, too!)

PanAway

Supports: Healthy joints, muscles, and more.

Peace & Calming

Supports: Emotional well-being, a good night’s rest, clarity… and more.

A great list of DIY home remedies.

Peppermint

Supports: Healthy digestive system, immune system, energy… and more.

Purification

Supports: Skin, the body’s ability to heal from insect bites, wounds, cuts… and more.

Thieves

Supports: Healthy immune system, dental health… and more.

Valor

Supports: Calmness, relaxation, joint health, confidence, and emotional well-being… and more.

 

That’s a lot of options to support your body when everyone around you seems to get sick… all with 10 amazing oils. If you don’t know where else to start, start with this kit. I know I talk about this kit a lot, but it’s because it’s an amazing value and simple way to do something good for your family while giving you peace of mind. (And did I mention that it comes with a home diffuser? It makes using the oils SO easy. Learn how to get your hands on it here.)

 

Tell me: What’s your favorite home remedy?