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Everyday Natural Medicine Kit

Everyday Natural Medicine Kit

Drawing on herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and supplements, here is a list of recommendations for what to include in a basic medicine kit for home or travels. With this you will not only avoid synthetic dyes and chemicals commonly found in over-the counter medicine kit ingredients and suspected of causing hyperactivity in children, but benefit from the age-old wisdom of herbalists and naturopaths:

All of the ingredients below are available in health food stores or online, if that is more convenient.

Note that these recommendations are not being offered as medical advice or to substitute for any medical recommendations given to you by your doctor. If you have questions about using any of these recommendations please consult your medical expert.

Essential Oils

For topical use, add a few drops to 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and swab the area. For aromatherapy use, put a drop or two on a hanky and sniff as needed.

lavender essential oil
French and Bulgarian lavender oils; anti-fungal, antibacterial, calming and relaxing.

peppermint essential oil
Recommended for easing migraines, to clear congestion; and to ease indigestion (1 drop in a glass of water or teaspoon of honey).

Rescue Remedy
A blend of five different flower essences discovered by Dr. Bach, homeopathic Rescue Remedy is a natural for treating anxiety.

Natural, homeopathic decongestant
Some examples are found at 1-800Homeopathy.

Echinacea tincture
An immune system booster and anti-microbial.

Oscillococcinum homeopathic formula
Remedy for the flu.

Arnica homeopathic tablets (30x strength)
Used to reduce bruising, swelling, inflammation.

All-purpose Herbal Salve
Examples of products include those from Herbal Gardens.

St. Johnís wort oil
Used topically, this oil has been shown to fight infection and help relieve pain and inflammation.

Antiseptic Cleanser
Choose a cleanser that is antiseptic because of the use of essential oils, such as Thieves Wipes.

Throat Lozenges
Antiseptic with essential oils, such as Thieves Lozenges.

Herb Pharm Echinacea/Propolis Spray
Ideal for sore throats.

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Adapted from The Travelers Natural Medicine Kit by Pamela Hirsch (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Pamela Hirsch. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Traveler's Natural Medicine Kit by Pamela Hirsch (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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4:18AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thanks for the info.

4:13AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thanks for the info.

11:44PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Thanks for the info.

8:36PM PDT on Jun 23, 2010

Thank you, Annie.

8:04AM PDT on May 28, 2010

Thayer's Slippery Elm -- better than cough drops. They're at health food stores--found out about them at a singers' workshop. Makes it easier to do an hour- or two-hour set.

7:31PM PDT on May 27, 2010

Thank you for the info. Long before medicine ever existed The Indians and the Chinese were using herbs. Many of the medicines we have today are simply synthesized versions of original herbals medicines.

8:27PM PST on Mar 11, 2010


7:53AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

This is really good to know.

7:37AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

If all this is shown to cause hyperactivity in childdren then why should adults care about keeping these synthetic dyes and chemicals out of their bodies, what harm does it cause us, bucause if its causeing hyperactivity in adults we would probably want more as more and more demands are placed on us and we need the energy to keep up.

8:57PM PDT on Apr 9, 2008

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