Cheeky Bums Blog , as well as our Market, is dedicated to bringing back the vintage traditions that we have lost as a culture – and that means in all aspects of life – from what we eat and how we treat illnesses to how we clean our homes and even how we parent our children! We will be posting a myriad of articles covering all of these things over the next weeks and months, but if these concepts are totally foreign to you – you’re not alone! and we want to start by building a strong foundation of knowledge and resources so that you are better equipped to raise vintage kids in a modern world…
So join us for this series on “living naturally” and read on to see what the hype is all about, and to find some great resources to start exploring on your own!
I am in no way a professional herbalist (although that’s on my Bucket List!) and like many of you, I am just getting started in my “natural medicine cabinet” so I thought I’d list for you what my family uses and what we keep on hand.
So here we go, a mini tour of sorts, of what’s in my herbal medicine cabinet (including herbs and supplements)
Dried Elderberries. I purchase these in 2oz. packages from my local Farmer’s Market. You can find them online quite cheaply, and if stored in a cool dry place, they’ll last for quite awhile. I use these to make cough syrups and tinctures when we have colds or just feel run down.
Astragalus. My hubby and I take this because it’s a great immune booster. If you’ve already come down with something, don’t bother. However, if you know you’ll be travelling or will have a particularly busy few weeks and could get run-down, this is a great herb to take for an extra boost.
Mullein Oil. If you feel adventurous, you can find recipes for this online. I purchased mine at our local health food store and it has been a life-saver. My daughter had an earache several weeks ago and woke up screaming and crying. A few drops of this in each ear, and she was out like a light and slept through til morning.
Calendula Salve. I made my calendula salve when I reviewed Michele’s ebook. It is a great “boo-boo” cream and very soothing and moisturizing.
Coconut oil. Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial, so this gets slathered on skinned knees and even on chapped lips. (spoiler: We may or may not be doing a review and give away soon…shhh…)
Fermented Cod Live Oil. Yep. We bought it and we use it, and despite how horrendously repulsive it sounds, my kids actually really like it. This is a powerhouse supplement and my little ones take it daily during cold and flu season. You can read more about it here, and take a look at all of their flavors (my kiddos take the peppermint flavored gel)
Raspberry Leaf, Fennel and Nettle Tea. I purchased these two items at our Farmer’s Market as well, in loose leaf form and then I mixed them in a 1:1 ratio. I still breast-feed my youngest and these three herbs helps with my milk production, mood and energy (nettle has incredibly high amounts of naturally occurring iron)
Echinacea and QBC Plex. We talked about these in this post, so you can check it out for more information. I use these to treat upper respiratory congestion and swelling and they work wonders!
Kudzu Root. A great immune booster and cold fighter. We make a tea out of it and it’s great for kids and adults. You can read more here
Arnica Gel. I purchased this at our healthy food store and it’s wonderful for soothing sore muscles, tense necks and muscle strain. It’s a natural counterpart to Bengay or Aspircream and since my hubby does manual labor, we keep this on hand all the time.
Probiotics. My littlest girl has constant intestinal trouble, and we can tell that it’s much worse without the use of probiotics. We use Standard Process and have really liked it. Shelf stable probiotics tend to be weaker, so look for the ones in the cooler.
Thytrophin. Again from Standard Process, this is a natural boost for slow/sluggish thyroids. This has made a HUGE change in my energy levels and overall health and it was just the extra shove I needed.
Ginger. Regular old ginger, made into tea for upset tummies.
Garlic. an AMAZING healing food for coughs, colds, respiratory issues, allergies, and the like. It’s best taken raw, but any amount of garlic, even lightly sauteed in your dinner dish, will help heal and boost your immunity.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. We mentioned this one in an earlier post as well, but I keep RACV on hand all year long and we use it in our teas.
Raw Honey. In this post as well, it’s great in teas, anti-bacterial (so it’s another great boo-boo healer..and a tasty one) and it’s a wonderful cough suppressant.
Essential Oils: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oil. These are strong and last a long time, so don’t be scared off by the inital cost (generally $5-$10 p/bottle in our area of Northern Indiana) I use these in poultices and creams, like my Baby Chest Rub.
There are so many other items that you can stock up on to round-out your medicine cabinet, but these are so easy, cheap and are staples in my cabinet.
check out our other posts on Natural Medicine as well:
Here are some other great resources for building a Natural Medicine Cabinet:
What’s in your cabinet?
And for the record: I’m not a doctor, I’m just a mama, so everything that I list here comes from my own experience and research. Please consult with your doctor if you have a serious or lingering illness, and talk with a naturopath/holistic practitioner for certified herbal recommendations.
This post is part of: Traditional Tuesdays at Whole New Mom, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Simple Living Wednesday at Our simple Farm, Women Living Well Wednesday at Women Living Well, Simple Lives Thursdays at GNOWFGLINS, Your Green Resource at Live Renewed, Fight Back Fridays at Food Renegade, Fresh Bites at Real Food Whole Health, Monday Mania at the Healthy Home Economist, The Welcome Home Link Up at Raising Arrows, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, The Sunday School Blog Carnival at Butter Believer, Seasonal Celebrations at Natural Mothers Network