Knowing how to create your own natural medicine is incredibly empowering. It can be frustrating when you don’t want to resort to using conventional medicine but don’t know how to treat a wound or illness naturally. Learning how to help your family through scrapes and bruises, headaches, allergies, colds or flus, using only natural methods, is easier than you think. Here are some essentials to help get you started with your own natural medicine cabinet.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and it can help the body to fight infection, be sure to start supplementing with vitamin C at the first signs of a cold or flu. An overall immune booster, it also helps to reduce the symptoms of allergies. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. Therefore, your body will excrete what it doesn’t use so you can take higher doses of vitamin C safely—although high doses can cause stomach upset or loose bowels in some people.

Saline Nasal Spray

To relieve sinus congestion or reduce allergy symptoms a saline nasal spray is very effective, especially if used regularly. To make your own spray, use 1 cup of warm filtered water (you can used boiled water that has cooled slightly) and add 1 tsp of sea salt. Mix well and transfer to a spray bottle or you can use a neti pot to wash out the sinuses.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel can be used to treat minor burns, sunburn, small cuts, calm mosquito bites and rashes. Aloe Vera gel has a cooling, soothing effect and it hydrates and heals the skin—you really can’t go wrong by applying Aloe Vera gel to any skin irritation.

Elderberry Syrup

The Elderberry herb is a powerful immune booster and can be used to help fight coughs, colds, flu, bacterial or viral infections. You can buy elderberry syrup from your local health store or make your own using a recipe like this one here.

Arnica

Arnica, a plant in the sunflower family, has been used for centuries to help heal the pain and swelling associated with bruises, sprains, muscle aches and arthritis. It can also be applied to the skin for insect bites. You can buy arnica as a cream, gel or tincture.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is an excellent natural remedy for food poisoning, gas and stomach upsets. It traps toxins and chemicals safely flushing them from the body. In fact, activated charcoal is commonly used in hospital emergency rooms around the world. It can also be used as a healing salve on the skin to help draw out toxins or infection. You can buy activated charcoal capsules or powder. It is helpful to have both forms on hand, one to take internally and the other to use externally.

Epsom salts

Epsom salts can be used in a warm bath to help ease the symptoms of muscle aches, colds and flus. They are a gentle way to detox the body and rapidly replenish magnesium levels, which can drop during times of illness and stress.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal. Excellent as a carrier oil for applying essential oils to the skin to heal cuts, wounds, rashes and skin infections. Can be used to help heal mouth ulcers.

Raw Manuka Honey

Manuka honey has antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It can be used to help soothe a sore throat and boost the immune system to help fight colds and flus. It can be applied externally on cuts and wounds to speed the healing process. Be sure to buy Manuka Honey that has a UMF factor of 10+ (Unique Manuka Factor).

Essential Oils

Stocking your natural medicine cabinet with essential oils means you always have a remedy on hand to help fight colds, flus, viruses, bacterial and skin infections. They also provide effective solutions for headaches, muscle aches, and as a way to relieve symptoms of PMS.

Tea tree oil

  • dilute in a carrier oil and apply to skin fungal infections and rashes
  • can apply neat to calm mosquito bites
  • combine with apple cider vinegar and dab on spots and pimples

Eucalyptus oil

  • diffuse or inhale to relieve sinus congestions
  • dilute with a carrier oil and rub on the chest to relieve congestion
  • antibacterial and antiviral properties

Peppermint oil

  • dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the temples to relieve a headache
  • apply with a carrier oil and rub on the chest to relieve congestion
  • diffuse or inhale to relive sinus congestion
  • can be taken internally for nausea or stomach upsets (1-2 drops in a diluted in a small glass of water)

Oregano oil

  • apply topically with a carrier oil to heal fungal infections and bacterial skin infections
  • can be taken internally to help fight viruses and bacterial infections (it is recommended for short term use only)
  • natural antibiotic

Lavender

  • can be applied neat to the skin — use on skin infections, cuts, wounds or bruises to speed recovery and as a natural antibacterial
  • calming and soothing in times of stress or illness—use in a bath, rub on the bottoms of the feet or back of the neck
  • helps to relieve cramps associated with PMS

Rosemary oil

  • apply to the skin with a carrier oil to relieve muscle aches, pain from bruises or sprains, symptoms of arthritis and to relieve headaches
  • full of antioxidants rosemary oil can help to boost the immune system and speed recovery from illness
  • antiseptic and antimicrobial properties
  • apply with a carrier oil to help heal wounds

Herbal Teas

herbal tea

Chamomile tea—a calming, soothing tea that helps to relieve stress, anxiety and symptoms of nausea. Great for promoting a restful night’s sleep.

Peppermint tea—relieves stomach upsets and nausea also helps to open the airways and relieve congestion.

Nettle tea—excellent for calming the histamine response in the body and relieves symptoms associated with allergies.

Investing in natural products that will support the health of your family will reduce doctors’ visits and the need for conventional medicine. We hope you enjoy these tips for stocking your natural medicine cabinet and be sure to leave a comment if you need any help or suggestions.

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