Natural Remedies to always have on hand
A high quality Colloidal Silver is an invaluable remedy to always have on hand because it is a full-spectrum antibiotic that is gentle enough to use topically as well as internally. It is even safe to use an eye wash for infections or inhaled for immediate sinus relief. It is important not to abuse this flavorless, odorless liquid and equally imperative that you choose a superior quality brand to avoid colloidal silver poisoning or turning your skin gray.
Are absolutely necessary for digestive health and your immune system. The immune system begins in your gut, and if you have EVER been on any antibiotic or have any digestive issues, then you should definitely be taking a good quality probiotic.
Probitotics consist of live, active cultures that are naturally occurring in our digestive tract. They are the beneficial bacterial flora that fight off foreign and hazardous objects such as harmful bacteria and viruses. You can find them in food sources like yogurt and kombucha, however you would have to consume a vast amount to reach your daily required intake and abstain from other ingredients commonly included in these sources that counteract the benefits of them. For example: the sugar (natural or otherwise) found in flavored yogurt and probiotic beverages only feeds the existing candida (yeast bacteria) in your intestinal system, and will henceforth inhibit the healing process. It is highly recommended that you invest in a higher quality product that includes multiple strains of flora and is continuously refrigerated to maintain the shelf life of these live cultures. The special capsules used in the more expensive brands insure that the beneficial flora will last longer in the digestive tract. They are comprised of several layers to prevent them from dissolving too fast, and lasting well into the final stages of the digestive process. You can expect to pay $20-30.00 for a one month supply of a decent brand.
Please keep in mind that probiotics should be taken on an empty stomach for optimal results (i.e. first thing in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast, and right before bed). If you are on antibiotics, cleansing, or implementing a Candida free diet, you should double the dosage (take 4 xs/day) for up to two weeks.
In addition to your daily multi-vitamin and probiotics, enzymes are also essential in daily supplementation for disease prevention and the maintenance of good health. Food enzymes occur naturally in raw, unadulterated food sources, however due to poor soil quality, pesticides, inhumane GMO practices, etc. the quality of our natural food has declined considerably. When we cook our food, the heat removes these natural enzymes that are responsible for the break-down, digestion, assimilation, and utilization of nutrients derived from the foods we consume. That is why it is beneficial to take an enzyme supplement, preferably 15-20 minutes before consuming a large meal. If you forget to take them before, it is still helpful to take them after eating to prevent indigestion, bloating, gas, or elimination problems. If you suffer from chronic digestive distress such as heart burn, nausea, or constipation, then it is highly recommended that you take enzymes with every meal.
It is imperative to have activated charcoal in capsule form continuously stocked for accidental poison ingestion and is used to trap chemicals and prevent their absorption into the body. It can be a saving grace for food poisoning and can also be used for oral care, including teeth whitening and the relief of spider bites.
Whether you choose to stock this incredible root fresh, ground, in capsule, tincture, or essential oil form, it is an invaluable tool to have in your medicine cabinet. Ginger is: analgesic (pain relieving), antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative (relieves gas and bloating), a circulatory stimulant, expectorant (promotes the discharge of phlegm), hypotensive (reduces blood pressure), increases blood flow to an area, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, promotes sweating, and much more! Keep ginger on hand for relief of digestive distress, muscle pain, cold and flu season, and certain cardiac conditions.
Used in Aromatherapy, are much more valuable then simply for their aromatic properties. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in their Vocabulary of Natural Materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) defines an essential oil as a product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials (seeds, stems, roots, bark, leaves, and flowers). Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase. Not to be confused with vegetable or animal oils, pure essential oils contain no fatty acids or lipids but are fat soluble. Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Due to this fact, essential oils are immediately absorbed into the blood stream and are extremely effective healing agents. They can be applied directly to the skin when diluted in a carrier oil, inhaled through a steam treatment, diffused into the air, or added to a bath. It is not recommended that you ingest these oils and that you adhere to the safety guidelines involving their contraindications (i.e. they are not safe to be used on cats or children under the age of 1 year or that some are harmful for pregnant and nursing mothers). They are also recommended as effective disinfectants in natural household cleaners, such as pine and lemon.
As with any other health related product, it is incredibly important to invest in a superior quality brand, especially when working with therapeutic-grade essential oils. This alternative medical option is not properly regulated by any governing body, therefore a company has full freedom to advertise such things as "100% pure" or "high quality" without question from an authority on the subject. In order to be considered a superior quality and therapeutic-grade material, these oils need to be scrutinized under rigorous and rather expensive testing, which most companies will not invest in. To learn more about essential oils and trustworthy companies, please visit www.naha.org.
The three most important essential oils to have on hand are:
Melaleuca or more commonly known as Tea Tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia), is used for fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, colds, flu, cold sores, warts, inflammation, acne, burns, candida, shock, and hysteria.
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is used for: burns, inflammation, cuts, wounds, eczema, dermatitis, fainting, headaches/migraines, flu, insomnia, hysteria, nausea, nervous tension, infections, bacterial conditions, sores, ulcers, acne, boils, asthma, and rheumatism/arthritis.
*Peppermint (mentha piperata) is useful for inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches/migraines, liver problems, arthritis, and muscle pain.
*Please keep in mind that this essential oil can be dangerous for pets and is contraindicated for pregnant or nursing moms.
Resource: "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" by Valarie Ann Wormwood
A precious and powerful Bare Medicine product, this product is highly revered and recommended as a natural form of Neosporin for a wide variety of minor wounds and skin conditions such as burns, bug bites, and cuts and scrapes This soothing balm has many healing properties, it contains 5 different herbs and 3 essential oils to create a power house of mending abilities including: drawing, styptic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, speeds recovery time, prevents scarring, and more! You can easily make your own salves combining an herbally infused oil and beeswax, but this secret recipe is sure to impress!
Is a natural and gentle styptic to stop excessive bleeding. It is recommended to keep on hand in powdered form, and can be found in relatively inexpensive capsules in most Natural Food stores. To effectively stop bleeding, apply the powdered herb directly to the wound or take orally to impede internal bleeding. Key components of this herb include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, antispasmodic, and tonic properties so it will not cause infection.
Magnesium Sulfate, the primary component of Epsom Salts, is responsible for over 300 functions in the human body. Therefore it is an invaluable tool in aiding the healing process. It can easily be found in your local pharmacy and is very inexpensive. This amazing salt is more popularly used in soaks to draw out impurities and toxins from the body and to treat general aches and pains, but is also used for several other purposes. It can be utilized as a gargle for sore throats and swished for oral purposes, it can even be ingested as a saline laxative.
Please be advised that only organic, raw/unpasturized ACV containing "the mother", the main ingredient that is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria (similar to the ‘mother’ that’s in Kombucha) is effective for healing purposes. Clear, white vinegar lacks these essential nutrients and is ultra pasteurized to remove any unsightly or unappealing components. While white vinegar is effective in natural household cleaners and even said to be effectively utilized for sun burn relief, it is not recommended for consumption. ACV has multiple healing benefits including:
- It is rich in potassium, a mineral that is often lacking in adult diets. This mineral is essential for countless reasons.
- Also rich in acetic acid, this acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
- Rich in ash which gives ACV its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. The pH balance of your body is imperative to prevent disease.
- It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
- Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.
- It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
- ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
- A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
The many uses of ACV include taking a teaspoon in water to ease heartburn, adding a couple table spoons to a foot soak to detoxify your body, or even diluted as a toner to apply topically to your skin.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. The type of bentonite offered by Mountain Rose herbs is a Sodium Bentonite.”
This clay is composed of volcanic ash and carries a strong negative charge that bonds with the positive charge that occurs in toxins. It rapidly swells when combined with water and electrically attracts toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, and other impurities that are then absorbed and bound to the clay. It is also high in minerals, alkalizing, and assists in oxygenating the cells which make it perfect for detoxing the body, healing the skin in the form of a pack or mask, and speeds recovery from allergies, poisoning, and foreign substances such as debris from antibiotics and vaccines.
…is the most famous of the Bach remedies, but in fact is not ‘a remedy’ at all. Instead it’s a blend of five different Bach Flower Remedies:This mix was created by Dr Bach to deal with emergencies and crises – the moments when there is no time to make a proper individual selection of remedies. It can be used to help us get through any stressful situations, from last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. Rescue Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness.
The formula includes Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, and Clematis.
Used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. And it tastes good! You can easily make your own, or find this powerhouse remedy at any health food store.
Coconut oil in it's most unadulterated form has countless health benefits, it can be used in homemade hygiene products like toothpaste and deodorant as well as prepared in food or used to cook it. I recommend using organic Extra Virgin, cold pressed coconut oil, but if you have a known allergy to coconuts Refined, expeller pressed oil removes the allergens in the manufacturing process. For more information on the benefits of coconut oil, please go to http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-coconut-oil.html.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties. This explains its healing powers when applied to cuts and abrasions. Taken orally as an anti-inflammatory, turmeric does not have the side-effects commonly associated with some modern pharmaceutical medicines. These include intestinal bleeding, ulcers, and the decrease of white blood cells. This makes turmeric a safe alternative to some non-prescription drugs.
It is also high in antioxidants and has powerful anti-cancer properties. Anti-oxidants found in turmeric remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are known to damage cell membranes and cause cell death. They also have ill-effects on DNA.
I recently discovered that consuming the powdered form (as a spice or tea), the fresh root (as in juicing), or otherwise prepared (as in an Apple Cider Vinegar tincture), is not nearly as therapeutically effective as ingesting the EXTRACT of the Tumeric root (essentially Curcumin) in a more bioavailable form. This is why reading labels is critically important, know where your Tumeric is coming from and be diligent about strict standards of processing. Don't be fooled by generic brands selling you ground Tumeric in capsule form.
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