My Home Medicine Cabinet – What I Use to Remedy Ailments

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I’ve spent a lot of years building my knowledge of natural remedies – and I’m still learning, but I am so glad I made the effort to acquire a basic understanding of how to apply natural substances to the goal of helping people in my family to feel well again when they are not feeling good.

It is a good idea to replace items every so often to make certain the contents have not spoiled or gone rancid (such as olive oil or sesame oil), or lost their potency. But for the most part, many of these items stay in my cupboard for months or years, and I don’t have to replace them very often.

Here are my “medicine cabinet” staples:

Activated charcoal – a natural detoxifier and remover of waste, charcoal is a substance that is used to carry out undesirable substances from the digestive tract. Make certain you find a variety that does not use petroleum as a base for the charcoal preparation and is considered “food grade” and comes from a source such as coconut or bamboo. Excellent to use when experiencing abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, upset stomach, or diarrhea. This supplement is normally effective when taken one to three times in a row, depending on the severity of the symptom. Baths – can also be used as poultice, compress or bath treatment for pain, infection, swelling, or detoxification purposes. We use Nature’s Way activated charcoal. Safe for children.

Aloe vera – aloe vera juice is great for digestion and immune system function and support, and can be taken daily between (at least two hours after) or ahead of meals. Take 1 to 2 ounces daily. It is also great for the skin (both externally and internally used) and is a good base in making homemade cosmetics (think deodorant, tooth cleaners, soaps, shampoos, etc.) A good brand available from the health food store is George’s. You can add your aloe vera juice to water (it basically tastes like water), juice, smoothies, or just drink it straight.

Apple cider vinegar – besides a great natural cleaning agent (dilute with water and use anywhere in your home), ACV is great as a daily supplement added to salads, water, or juice. When you are sick or have a cold or flu, it can be taken several times a day to add essential amino acid compounds and good bacteria to support your body and immune system. It is best to drink it with a straw, as repeated use of ACV can wear away the enamel on your teeth. I recommend raw apple cider vinegar that has not been processed nor pasteurized. Bragg’s is an excellent brand and contains the “mother”, a gelatinous substance formed during the final step of fermentation containing valuable minerals, enzymes, and nutrients.

Arnica – a perennial species belonging to the sunflower family, can be used for pain and bruising. It is a plant that has been shown in clinical settings to reduce inflammation by dilating blood vessels and capillaries to assist in transporting fluids and blood accumulations. In the cream form, apply it full strength topically (to the skin) to heal wounds and cuts, and reduce swelling. Its use internally should be avoided unless used in an official homeopathic herbal preparation where it is diluted down with guidance from a knowledgeable practitioner.

Castor oil - useful for detoxification (for liver and other organs), sore muscles, strains, sprains, or bruising, and PMS. It is a versatile, natural oil used for many different needs. Castor oil packs are widely recommended by practitioners for patients, and especially for complimentary care in cancer treatment. Castor oil packs are also used to shrink tumors and cysts, as applied directly to the affected area. Keep castor oil in the refrigerator when not in use. If it becomes cloudy or discolored, discard.

Use a small piece of fabric (wool or cotton flannel is best); cut a square, tripled or quadrupled over – can be as small as 4 x 4 inches or larger, depending on the area you are treating. Get a small dish (such as a casserole dish) and pour castor oil over the fabric and saturate, taking care not to get oil on other fabrics, upholstery, and clothing.

Get a water bottle and fill with hot water (not over 120 degrees). Apply fabric pack directly to skin and place the water bottle over the pack. You can use an old towel or t-shirt to make sure castor oil does not spread to your furniture or bed. The best time to do castor oil packs is in the evening before bed, and you should leave the pack on for 30 minutes to an hour. Try to remain quiet and in a resting state, without interruption.

Cayenne pepper – a great remedy for sore throats, colds, flus, and respiratory infections. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, and also a good digestive and cardiovascular aid. Great for digestive woes like bloating, gas, constipation, stomach cramping, allergies, poor circulation, chronic pain, headaches, and toothaches. It actually works to expand blood vessels to aid in carrying nutrients contained in pepper and other foods to the cells in your body. Cayenne can help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and has been reported to prevent and stop heart attacks from occurring. It is also a powerful, natural detoxificant agent for the whole body. Dr. John R. Christopher’s (well-known herbalist) School of Natural Healing (book) and web site discusses many effective herbal remedies, including cayenne pepper.

To use cayenne pepper internally, add 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of about 6 ounces or more of warm water. The mixture will be spicy, so use caution. Sip or drink as able until gone. For added detoxification benefit and taste, you can add some Grade B maple syrup and lemon juice. It can also be used topically to wounds or cuts. You can apply the pepper directly to the wound or use 1/4 cayenne in a home-made solution with salt water. Use a small amount of water and salt to make a paste and apply. If necessary, cover with bandages or gauze.

Coconut oil – a natural antifungal and antiviral oil that can kill yeast (it’s great for those experiencing candida), use on skin for body moisturizing, abrasions, sunburn, chapping or chaffing, cuts, bruises, scrapes, conditioner for hair, diaper rash, use in cooking as a healthy, medium chain triglyceride fat, and is also a great digestive aid and because of its caprylic acid content, can be used to help control candida issues – for use alone or with any meal. I don’t use much deodorant at all anymore, but if I do, I usually just dab on some coconut oil and it takes care of body odor very well.

Colloidal silver – this substance has many uses and can be taken internally as well as applied topically. We use silver mostly for cuts and wounds. It heals very fast. Just apply a small amount and cover with a bandage or gauze strip. Some people use it successfully as a nasal spray or in a neti pot preparation for sinus and respiratory issues and allergies. I have found it works best on cuts and wounds. We use Natural -Immunogenics Sovereign Silver.

Cranberry juice (unsweetened, concentrated) – this is a great juice to take every day for lymphatic health and detoxification. I use about 8 ounces to 64 ounces of filtered water and drink daily. If desired, you can add fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice to the mixture, and Stevia or raw honey if the natural tartness is too much. It’s great for kidney health and contains many trace minerals and vitamins. I enjoy mine straight.  :)

Dental/tooth/gum -Tooth and Gums Tonic – an all-natural, highly concentrated preparation made from ecologically-produced and sustainably harvested wild herbs echinacea and gotu kola, and oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and lavender. This is one of the only substances I have ever found that works on canker sores (even over lysine), and is great for a mouthwash or substitute for brushing your teeth if you find yourself without a toothbrush. As it is highly concentrated, only small amounts are needed for use at a time, and depending on how much you use it, a bottle could last for months. Tastes amazing! You must have a consent form faxed or mailed from a dentist prior to purchasing these products. You do need your dentist to request to the company that you can purchase this product. He or she just needs to fax a request to Dental Herb Company and then you can purchase products.

Update! 08/11/2010 I have discovered another amazing natural dental rinse – kombucha! I have had a sore gum problem for the last month off and on, and by massaging the area several times daily and rinsing with a bit of kombucha in my mouth for as long as I can (I try to do it for about 3 minutes or longer), it really helps the pain and tenderness subside.

Bone broth – this home-made food is good for almost anything that might ail you – colds, flus, sore throats, headaches, and for general health maintenance. Fantastic source of minerals and amino acids. Drink some every day! Here’s a post about the benefits of broth and how to make it.

Cod liver oil Ramiel Nagel advises to load up on cod liver oil for dental and skeletal health and issues. The dosage for most adults should be 1 1/4 teaspoons (which is really the size of a silverwear drawer tablespoon in millileters). I normally spread out my dosage into 2-3 times daily, and I switch between capsules and the emulsified.  My son hates the taste of cod liver oil, so we do the capsules for him. A good trick if you have the oil and your kids won’t eat it but can take capsules is: buy a bag of vegetable glycerine tablets, a dropper bottle or a synringe. Put some CLO into either of these apparatuses to deposit into the empty capsules, and give it to them that way.

Cod liver oil is so good for many health remedies, increasing your dosage and amount if some health issues is occurring would be highly beneficial – especially for auto-immune disorders, infections, bone or teeth problems such as bone loss or cavities, or even crooked teeth. Read Ramiel Nagel’s book Cure Tooth Decay to find out more about this topic.

Green Pasture Products is the only brand I recommend because it is raw and fermented, which causes the nutrients in the oil to become deepened and broadened (various forms of Vitamin A and D, Omega 3s, and others) in a way that unfermented fish oil does not. Green Pasture sells plain fermented and flavored, and also with high vitamin butter oil, their signature product.

David Wetzel, owner of Green Pasture Products, follows the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, who documented in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – an account of his travels around the world to discover the cause of degenerative disease in his patients – the profound health effects of consuming cod liver oil when combined with high vitamin butter oil from healthy cows grazing on rapidly growing green pastures. This was the “Activator X” component that Dr. Price discovered which was missing from the diets of modern people, the absence of which contributed to many modern health issues.

One of the best preventative measures I can think of for dental health for our family is to avoid grains. Some people question this (my parents insist on feeding my son these things when he is with them), but without fail when my son eats a lot of grains, he is sure to have terrible plaque build-up and gets frequent canker sores. We don’t eat a lot of processed grains in our home; most of what we consume is the soaked and sprouted grains, and they are eaten sparingly. On weekends we might have sprouted pancakes and during the week sometimes we eat sourdough. Rarely do I make hot cereals, even, anymore. But when we do, I soak them overnight, cook, and serve with lots of butter, milk or yogurt, homemade granola with sprouted nuts, and fruit. For more information on this topic, read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel.

Carrier oils – pressed from the fatty portion of a plant or food (such as nuts, kernels, and seeds) and are used with essential oils (see below). These oils do not impart their scent as strongly as essential oils. Used to carry and dilute stronger oils which alone can cause irritation or burning. Here are some examples of carrier oils: sweet almond, avocado, borage, apricot kernel, jojoba, hemp seed, sunflower, sesame, pecan, macadamia, olive, or coconut oil.

Carrier oils go rancid fairly quickly (except for coconut oil) and should be used up or replaced often. You can use approximately a 5 to 1 ratio of carrier to essential oil mixture for topical use on the skin, or follow the directions on the package. Therapeutic grade oils are the best quality to use, and you should only use therapeutic grade topically and internally.

Essential oils – are distilled from the bark, roots, and other aromatic components of botanicals, herbs, and plants. I use doterra therapeutic grade oils.

Here are some essential oil combos I use:

Digestion: ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, anise, caraway, and coriander. When someone has an upset stomach, use a carrier oil and a few drops of these oils to massage gently into abdominal area and on the bottoms of the feet. You can also add a few drops to hot water and sip.

Respiratory/Allergies: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, melaleuca, laurel leaf, and tea tree oil. Use a few drops in hot steam as aromatherapy (breathing preparation) or in a neti pot or saline spray wash with a home-made saline solution and/or add some of the contents of a probiotics capsule as well.

Headache/stress/tension: lavender, lemon, peppermint, or melaleuca are all good oils to use – combined or alone. Use 2 – 3 drops essential oil to 3-4 drops carrier on a cotton ball and apply to affected area. We use essential oils on our foreheads and temples for headaches, which works quite well. Also make certain you are getting enough minerals with bone broth, nettles infusions, fermented foods and beverages, or filtered water with sea salt or liquid minerals, or add some unsweetened cranberry juice or lemon to your water. Minerals are essential in staying hydrated. Nettles infusions and bone broths are fantastic for getting rid of headaches and re-hydrating as well.

Immune Boosting/Prevention of flus/colds, and other illnesses: wild orange, clove bud, rosemary, eucalyptus, and cinnamon. Dilute and use as a gargle for prevention or when you feel a cold, flu, or sore throat coming on. Dilute in spray bottles with purified water to clean doorknobs, floors, countertops, and other public-use surfaces. Use a few drops in an empty gelatin capsule for immune support.

Respiratory/sinus: Oil of oregano, one of the most powerful, natural antibiotics can be used for various issues like stomach upset, diarrhea, colds, flus, and respiratory or sinus infections. You can buy good quality wild, Mediterranean oregano from most health food stores. The preparation is often contained in a carrier mix such as olive oil. You can also mix your own saline at home with sea salt and filtered water and mix oil of oregano along with clove bud oil, bay leaf, and sage for use in a neti pot or a nasal spray in a bottle.

Another great way to clear congestion and mucous out of your sinus and nasal passages is to put a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil on a cotton ball. Put the cotton ball in a clean, empty bottle such as an old vitamin or mineral supplement container. Plug one nostril at a time and breathe deeply from the bottle multiple times. Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiseptic, and disinfectant and its fumes are powerful enough to ward off an infection in your respiratory tract if started quickly enough.

Taken orally, I just add the Oil of Oreganol P73 by North American Herb & Spice to filtered water (read bottle directions, usually no more than 3 -5 drops) and drink it down. It has a strong, spicy flavor. Use a slice of lemon to remove the taste in your mouth, if desired, afterward.

Fermented cod liver oil – this is a food as well as a great remedy for colds, flus, and other illness. Although we take FCLO everyday, if someone in my family is sick, we load up on this important food which is packed with nutrients like Vitamins A and D. We use Green Pastures Blue Ice Royal.

Garlic – a great, natural antifungal, immune booster, and detoxifier. Eat raw (if you can stand it). Or, crush a few cloves of garlic and add to 4 cups water, bring to a boil and then sip. Garlic is good for infections – bacterial and viral. Also good for sinus infections and is good for digestion. Garlic oil is great mixed with other essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and echinacea and a carrier oil (see above) for ear infections and stopped up ear canals.

Goldenseal root – this herb is a bitter tasting potent and used for aiding digestion, curing infections and inflammation, and can be purchased in powder form from the health food store. Although I have never used it for this purpose, it is apparently useful for canker sores and as an earwash as well, when added to warm water as a gargle or washing agent. It can also be applied topically to cuts, bruises, and infected areas of the skin.  Because it is expensive and concentrated, you only need small amounts at a time when purchasing from the store, and it is wise to remember that a little goes a long way.

I have used it successfully for conjunctivitis. The preparation you can make for multiple uses (see above) is about a 1/4 teaspoon to about 16 ounces (half a quart) of boiling water, and then drained the powder out with a cheesecloth. The remaining “tea” can be used as a wash for the eyes, ears or skin, or to sip several times a day. The “tea” can develop mold sometimes within a day or two, and should be kept in the refrigerator and until discarded and then remade until the infection is gone.

Olive oil – use on your skin and body for moisturizing, eat on salads and light cooking (low temperature heat), and for oil pulling. Oil pulling is a useful way to detoxify your body and remove dangerous substances. Use 2 tablespoons of oil, first thing in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Swish the oil in your mouth for 10 minutes and then spit out into a garbage can. Oil pulling should be done multiple times for maximum effect. Improves mouth or gum disease, chronic infections and many other health issues.

Probiotics - if you are a person who regularly eats fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented vegetables, etc. you are probably getting a good supply of friendly bacteria from real food in your diet, which is essential to health. Sometimes though, we all need a boost. I keep therapeutic-grade probiotics in our house at all times, which we take daily, but also for when anyone is not feeling well – whether it’s a common cold, sore throat, flu, upset stomach, diarrhea, or anything else. Here are the brands we use: BioKult, Biotics Research, Prescript-Assist, Advanced Naturals, and HMF by Genestra. It is a good idea to switch brands every few months to ensure diversity of bacteria in the gut.

Good quality probiotics are essential to your health; it’s not a good idea to skimp on quality because the majority of products on the market do not actually contain the strains nor the numbers of bacteria shown on the label, contain genetically-modified material, and some products are made from toxic sources such as (gasp!), human bowel waste.

For sinus and upper respiratory infections or issues, break open a capsule and add some of the powder to your neti pot or to a sinus spray bottle. Read my testimony here of how I cured a serious sinus infection with probiotics in my neti pot.

Probiotics are safe for children to take. My son takes them every day of his life, and when he’s sick, I give him more. I can’t think of any instance where he has had an upset stomach or diarrhea and probiotics didn’t improve his condition.

Raw honey – Honey is a natural as a dietary supplement and as a topical application for infections, flus, and colds and supports digestion and immune function. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of raw honey in warm water with 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon or take straight several times daily for coughs, colds, and related ailments. You can also take raw honey and cinnamon with lemon in water as well for health. It is also really effective for putting topically on burns and wounds. Combine with garlic for a “garlic tonic” by chopping up garlic into minced pieces, pour honey over it and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. After it has infused, remove the garlic and eat the honey. Great for colds, flus, infections, and general immune boosting needs.

Sesame oil – is useful for massaging into the skin and for oil pulling (see olive oil above) to remove impurities and toxins from the body.

Last but not least, my home medicine cabinet wouldn’t be nearly as effective without the fact that our kitchen is always stocked with plenty of nourishing, real food. Come take a peek and find out what our staples are – foods we rely on for continued health and well-being.

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This post is part of Mind, Body, and Sole’s Wildcrafting Wednesdays Blog Hop.

56 Comments

  • May 19, 2010 - 7:35 AM | Permalink

    What a wonderful resource list this is as we move toward being even greener, healthier and more economical. Thank you!

  • May 19, 2010 - 7:53 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for visiting, Martianne!

  • May 19, 2010 - 8:20 AM | Permalink

    I love this post!! Homeopathic remedy’s are always the best IMHO :) Thanks for this Raine, I’ve bookmarked it & I’ll use it often!

  • May 19, 2010 - 9:43 AM | Permalink

    Andrea – thanks for visiting, I am glad this resource is useful for you! :)

  • tina
    May 19, 2010 - 11:28 AM | Permalink

    Great post. I didn’t know you could use olive oil for oil pulling. That’s good to know.

  • May 19, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Permalink

    Tina – there are apparently a lot of other oils people use for pulling, like sunflower and safflower oil, work as well. I have personally never used these, but you would want to make sure they were from an organic source.

  • May 19, 2010 - 7:18 PM | Permalink

    Thanks so much Raine, much information here. I’m currently a student with the School of Natural Healing and working towards Master Herbalist God willing. I would love to hear what other references you found useful with respect to herbs. Can I post with a link-back to this specific site?

    blessings and shalom
    carmen

  • May 20, 2010 - 5:31 AM | Permalink

    Excellent and useful resource!
    Well done.
    Thanks,
    Doc

  • May 20, 2010 - 5:42 AM | Permalink

    This is seriously the most comprehensive, explanatory and useful compilation of natural home remedies ever!

    Thank you for sharing. Going to subscribe immediately for future posts!

    Pat

  • amy
    May 20, 2010 - 8:04 AM | Permalink

    Great post-thanks so much for the useful info–But one more question–can you recommend any herbal remedy that will boost healing after a surgery. I know good nutrition is key but any other ideas you might have would be truly appreciated.

  • May 20, 2010 - 8:14 AM | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVE coconut oil. It is the best skin “lotion” there is out there. It also works amazingly to prevent sunburn and to soothe it. It is super for cooking with. I can’t say enough about it – we use it all the time here.

    Belinda

  • Beth
    May 20, 2010 - 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Excellent… love your medicine cabinet! I feel compelled to share one of my all-time favorite remedies for burns, bites and scrapes: plantain. It grows EVERYWHERE and nothing beats it for treating burns and bug bites. Grab a leaf, chew it up a bit and cover wound with it… well that’s the “in-the-field” method and it is amazingly effective. If you would like to be a little more methodical you can bring it in to the house, pour a little boiling water over to release properties, cool and apply. Mosquito bites, bee stings and campfire burns are the main things we use it for around here but I have read wonderful testimonies of much worse/larger applications. Pick leaves in the summer and store in a ziploc in the freezer for use the rest of the year.

  • May 20, 2010 - 9:49 AM | Permalink

    Amy – I have used witch hazel extract myself after having major abdominal surgery just after child birth (emergency appendectomy), and it worked very well. Also, I have read that tea tree, manuka,and lavender (full strength). Goldenseal also works well on wounds – especially infections. Look for wild-harvested and ecologically harvested goldenseal, as this plant is one of the most overharvested on the market. Apparently Oregon Grape is also available on the market and is a great replacement for goldenseal:

    http://www.naturalgrocers.com/oregon_grape_by_natures_answer_1_oz_item_125852-p-4381.html

    Also try arnica gel mixed with coconut oil (you can melt it gently on the stove if necessary) for bruising and discoloration after a wound has closed and begun to heal.

    Another great product is Homeopathic Bone Strengthener Spray for bones that have been affected by surgery or accidents.

  • May 20, 2010 - 9:50 AM | Permalink

    Beth – thanks for the information on plantains, that’s really great to know! It sounds like a fantastic, versatile plant for many uses. I will definitely keep it in mind! :)

    • Beth
      May 20, 2010 - 10:36 AM | Permalink

      Plantain… as in the weed that grows everywhere vs. the banana-type fruit! Just sayin’… :D

  • May 20, 2010 - 2:15 PM | Permalink

    Carmen – see the above comment about additional herbs for healing to Amy. Yes, you can post a link back to my site. I would be honored! :)

  • May 21, 2010 - 2:33 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the importance of using the plant source of Arnica externally only…and for mentioning the use of the homeopathic preparation of Arnica for internal use only and the importance of working with a knowledgeable practitioner. Also, one important note on Goldenseal…it’s best to avoid it when the person has low blood sugar or diabetic issues. Oregon Grape Root is a much better choice for those conditions.
    Michele S. Morgan, Ph.D./The Oyster & The Pearl ~ Practitioner of Botanical & Homeopathic Medicine.

  • May 21, 2010 - 3:46 PM | Permalink

    Michele – thanks much for sharing that information about goldenseal and Oregon Grape Root. That is really good to know – does goldenseal affect people with blood sugar issues if it is used both externally and internally? Or just internally?

    Many thanks for inviting me to join the Oyster & The Pearl Facebook site. I’m sure there is some great information there!

  • Kevin Reiner
    May 25, 2010 - 5:25 PM | Permalink

    I was surprised to not find turmeric on your list. I take it daily to treat MRSA and it is amazingly effective. It is also an anti-inflamatory and a natural antiseptic. Check out more here

    http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

  • May 25, 2010 - 5:52 PM | Permalink

    Kevin – I don’t have any experience with turmeric, but I have heard about it before. I guess it’s just something we’ve never needed to use. I will have to do some looking around for things turmeric is good for, thanks for the link. That’s really interesting that it works for something as deadly as MRSA. Are you treating yourself or someone else?

  • May 27, 2010 - 10:04 PM | Permalink

    Raine, I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this post. This is an area that I am trying to learn about and am quite honestly, clueless. I’m printing this off and studying it. Thanks so much Raine, I’m definitely sharing this post!!

  • May 28, 2010 - 8:21 AM | Permalink

    Hi Diana – when I wrote this I was thinking about you because some time ago you mentioned you were interested in homeopathy on one of my other posts…I was wracking my brain trying to remember which one it was, but I couldn’t recall. Anyway, I am glad this is useful for you and I hope others you pass it along to will benefit from it! Thanks for your comments, Diana. It’s always nice to see you here! :)

  • May 28, 2010 - 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Wow! So much information. What do you think it most essential for someone new to this whole idea?

  • May 28, 2010 - 3:39 PM | Permalink

    Robyn – first, even though this has nothing to do with homeopathic and natural remedies, make sure your food is clean and healthy. It will reduce the amount of sickness and ailments you need to treat in the first place.

    Second, the basic thing is to wean yourself away from over-the-counter drugs and medications, and from going to the doctor every time you have a cold, sore throat, or flu.

    Third, get some of the basic elements like probiotics and the food remedies like coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, honey, and cod liver oil because those are versatile and are things that can be incorporated as part of your everyday diet and for the uses indicated in the article.

    Fourth, start adding in a few basic essential oils to your medicine cabinet that can be used for different things – for instance, eucalyptus can be used for aromatherapy in hot steam with filtered water for congestion and also as an inhalant on a cotton ball in a clean, recycled supplement jar (see description above as a mixture with tea tree oil to relieve sinus and congestion problems). Lavender and peppermint oil are other good basic oils to get for headaches and aromatherapy. You can use any of the oils I listed in the first item to change as carrier oils for your essential oils – olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil – also check the list in the article for other options mentioned.

    Over time you can add other items to your list. But a few basics incorporated with an understanding about how food and natural remedies work in synergy together is key!

  • July 21, 2010 - 8:18 PM | Permalink

    i like to have some herbal remedies because they do not have bad side effects compared to drugs.;;~

  • August 11, 2010 - 9:53 AM | Permalink

    Ruby – herbal remedies, to my knowledge, don’t have side-effects, and that is good. I have never experienced any when I have used them. The same certainly cannot be said about drugs – just look at any write up on any drug and there they are listed, about a mile long. It’s funny to me that some people think that is not a problem at all. Thanks but no thanks, I’ll take my herbal remedies any day over those uncertain outcomes.

  • November 23, 2010 - 10:44 AM | Permalink

    Wow and I thought my blog on home remedies was extensive. lol You have outdone yourself!! Awesome blog, just found it and linked it on facebook and my home remedies post. http://aspiringearthmama.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-medicine-cabinet.html Thank you for all the info.

  • Judith
    January 5, 2011 - 7:11 PM | Permalink

    Raine, here is one for Kidney infections…D-Mannose..we have proved it many times over.
    I had a serious kidney infection about three years ago…let it go too long..ended up with antibiotics & i.v….long story short. Read from Natural & Healing newsletter that D-Mannose kills the bacteria in the kidneys & its gone!…my granddaughter, friend who just had a baby, her little daughter & so many other’s have HAD to use it..it saved all of us medical bills…and the dreaded antibiotics..
    Now, if one must have an antibiotic for whatever reason, N&H recommends demanding an antibiotic injection which is the way it used to be done till the 1960′s when some idiot came up with the long 10 day regimen which destroys all living & healthy as well as the bad flora in the gut. The shot is a one time deal & never passes thru the gut, leaving all healthy flora doing its job.
    For the gallstones…lots of beets~or beta food from Standard Process for those of you who cannot enjoy the wonderful beets..never raw~cooked or fermented~it unsticks the stuck stones & allows the bile to flow as it should.
    Hope this helps~

    • Judith
      January 5, 2011 - 7:14 PM | Permalink

      oops..That should be Nutrition & Healing by Johnathan Wright

  • January 5, 2011 - 9:05 PM | Permalink

    Judith – many thanks for the information about D-Mannose. I have heard about it before, but didn’t remember the purpose for its use. I have only had one kidney infection in my life (when I was about 15). I do know various people who have kidney issues though, so I’ll have to add this to my stockpile of knowledge. I had my gallbladder removed when I was 31, just 7months after my appendix ruptured during my 7th month of pregnancy with my son. It wasn’t until a few years after all that occurred that I started wanting answers about how to heal my body naturally instead of taking advice of the doctors (who told me nothing was wrong but anxiety) and why didn’t I take anti-depressants. I have been taking Standard Process and Biotics Research products for about 6 years, love them, and really believe the way those are formulated is great because many of them use glandulars and organ parts to help heal the body. I wish I would have known about those products and protocols when I had gallstones and other digestive trouble, as well as how my diet was making me sick. It probably would have saved me from having surgery on both occasions. Now I take bile salts, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and hydrochloric acid to keep my digestion healthy, as well as eating a lot of healthy fats and sustainable food. It’s a price to pay, but well worth it to keep myself from developing degenerative disease. Great information, I really appreciate it!

    I know who Dr. Jonathan Wright is. I’ve studied some of his work and he’s very intelligent about health. He’s developed some great products and information from his research for the health community. For about 3 years I was taking his Glucobalance multi-vitamin from Biotics Research, which helped me to heal from my health traumas a great deal.

  • January 27, 2011 - 9:17 PM | Permalink

    Raine-
    I’m very interested in the oil-pulling method you’ve mentioned. Is it really for 10 minutes that you swish the olive oil? What grade of oil is best to use? How does oil-pulling work? I’m very new to homeopathy — just purchased my first Neti pot this summer. Thanks so much!
    -Meg, mom to a 3yo girl & 5th boy

    • January 27, 2011 - 10:45 PM | Permalink

      Hi Meg – yes, oil pulling should last for least 10 minutes, if not more. It does make your mouth a bit tired, but pace yourself while swishing. You should always do it first thing in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. I’m not sure if it makes a difference what type of oil you use as far as how long to pull. Good oils for pulling would include coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil. You should use the highest quality grade, as you are using it pull out toxins from your body, so organic, expeller-pressed, and extra virgin, respectively.

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  • July 27, 2011 - 4:35 PM | Permalink

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  • October 14, 2012 - 7:04 AM | Permalink

    What about Vegans/vegetarians and the cod liver oil? Any useful substitutes for similar results?

    I am also a huge turmeric fan as well as Ginger user.

  • November 2, 2012 - 8:41 PM | Permalink

    Marty – I don’t know about vegans/vegetarians. I assume they have some issue with eating meat/animal products. However, meat/animal products from sustainable sources are some of the best sources for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K (i.e., K1, K2). If you are looking to heal, this is one of the most potent and natural forms of Vitamin A & D. Without these nutrients, your body will become sick and stay that way until something chronic and/or serious occurs.

    I have no problem with turmeric or ginger, those are both good natural foods, but you must have sustainable animal foods to have vibrant health. The reason why a lot of vegetarians/vegans criticize meat is because they listen to the incorrect health information that is so widely dispersed by doctors and “health professionals” telling people to avoid it. There is no sound scientific basis for this notion. The problem lies in the very non-sustainable, commodity-based, and industrially produced meat and animal products in the modern world. Those are definitely disease causing and don’t support health.

    The best cod liver oil to take is the raw, fermented type that comes from Green Pasture Products, produced as our ancestors did by long fermentation in batches.

    http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Home/index.cfm

  • March 6, 2013 - 10:43 PM | Permalink

    If you are using castor oil, make sure it’s organic. Otherwise it will have been extracted using hexane, which is a pretty nasty chemical and there will be residues in your oil. Also, there are some issues with how labor is treated during the extraction process, so be sure you are buying from an ethical company committed to social justice.

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