Monday, March 8, 2010

What is in Your "Medicine Cabinet" and First Aid Kit?


Here is what is in mine ... at the moment :)


Bach Flower Essences:

Rescue Remedy – This well-known remedy is actually comprised of five Bach flower remedies: cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, rock rose, and star of Bethlehem. It is useful in stressful situations for calming the nerves; whether due to physical shock, anxiety, or bad news.

Essential Oils:

Clove Eugenia caryophyllata – Great for toothaches and mouth pain; a few drops taken in warm water can relieve nausea. Should not be used during pregnancy.

Eucalyptus Globulus - Respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis; healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores; insect bites and stings; muscle pain; rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain; effective against cavities, dental plaques, gingivitis and other dental infections; and much more. 

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia – Lavender's many uses make it a staple for any home. This versatile oil can be used to treat headaches, insomnia, burns, and to calm nerves. It also makes a great room spray, either used alone or combined with other oils in a spray bottle of water. And much much more. Be sure to use true lavender – Lavandula angustifolia.

Peppermint Mentha piperita – At first sign of a tension headache, place a drop on your index fingers, then rub your temples for a few minutes; and much more. Should not be used during pregnancy.

Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia – Widely known for its antiseptic properties, this oil is great for treating athlete's foot, acne, and the common scrapes and bumps that are bound to happen; vaginal yeast infections; and much much more.

(I think I need to do a post on essential oils and their amazing properties ... hmmmmmm?)

Herbal Ointments and Tinctures:

Calendula Calendula officinalis Tincture – Made from the flowers of Calendula officinalis, the tincture is useful for cuts, scrapes, and other open sores. NOTE: Do not use when infection is present. Instead, use hyper-cal, a mix of calendula and St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) tinctures.

Comfrey Symphytum officinale Tincture – Used as a topical application for bruises, fractures, and sprains.

Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana Tincture – Applied topically, it reduces bruising and counteracts bleeding.


Aloe Vera Aloe barbadensis plant – Still one of the best remedies to have on hand for burns; keep a plant on a windowsill near the kitchen and break off a piece for burns.

Bentonite Clay – This fine clay is derived from volcanic ash and is useful for diarrhea. Consult a doctor before use in pregnancy.

Vitamin E – Put on cuts and wounds to help healing and reduce scarring.

Ginger and/or Papaya tablets – Keep on hand for indigestion.

Cold-Pressed, Virgin Coconut Oil

Colloidal Silver

Honey (raw)

Lugol's Iodine (food grade)



Okay, and while I'm at it, I might as well post all of the homeopathic remedies I try to keep stocked at home, too:

Aconitum Napellus (aconite) - Onset of cold/flu; sore throat; swollen tonsils; face hot and flushed; pulsating headahce; sensitive to light; shock, injury, trauma; PANIC ATTACKS

Allium Cepa (red onion) - Hay fever; watery discharges from eyes and nose; sensation of burning and rawness; good for common cold that moves into chest; sore throat from coughing

Apis – Bee stings & skin eruptions, such as hives.

Arnica Montana - Bruising, bleeding and pain; night terrors; body feeling sore (beat up); does not want to be touched; stops bleeding from cut/injury; violent coughs; muscular pain; sudden high fever with red, hot head; gout/rheumatism; backaches;  Take at onset of shock or trauma; Useful while waiting for emergency services for victims; can also be used when stroke is suspected.

Creams and tinctures are also available that are useful for bruising and sprains.

Arsenicum Iodatum - Allergies and asthma; sneezing aggravates; symptoms better in open air; drenching night sweats; athlete's foot; eczema; lymph nodes swell; impatient; difficulty concentrating.

Belladonna - Sudden and violent acute onset of ANY symptom; redness, burning, heat; skin hot to the touch; extreme sensitivity to touch, light and noise; bad-tempered; temper-tantrums; acute senses where everything is heightened; swollen eruptions; sunstroke; scarlet fever; delirium in fever; dilated, shining pupils; convulsions in babies with fevers.

Bryonia Alba - Constant worries; want to be left alone; mucous membranes extremely dry; great thirst; dry painful coughs; chest colds with cough; pneumonia; all movements makes symptoms worse; overheated; skin rash; terrible headaches from indigestion/vomiting; muscle and joint pains improved by rest; problems with circulation.

Calcarea Phosphorica - Problems with bones, and growth pains; children who vomit easily; headaches from mental activity; joint pain; muscle pain.

Chamomilla - Teething babies; irritability; temper-tantrums; angry, cross, uncivil; quarrelsome; vexed; over-sensitive about all their complaints; clingy child; cry in sleep without waking; strong emotions; teething with diarrhea.

Euphrasia and Euphrasia Drops - Pink eye!! All ailments of the eye and mucous membranes; tear or wound to cornea; tired and strained eyes.

Gelsemium - A first-aid remedy for the flu; acute ailments with slow onset; mental weakness; heavy eyelids; can't keep eyes open; stage fright; exam/test jitters.

Hydrastis Canadensis - Important for drainage; especially after surgery and conventional cancer treatments; goiter; smallpox; digestive problems; depression; wishing to die or are going to die; degenerative conditions with weakness and emanciation; liver problems from alcohol abuse; constipation; thick yellow discharges; nose, throat and lungs; sinusitis; post-nasal drip; headaches.

Ipecacuanha (Ipecac) - Nausea; vomiting; pain; emergency remedy to stop bleeding; asthma; bronchitis; dry-heaving; retching; morning sickness.

Kali Bichromicum - Colds with nasal congestion and thick, irritating nasal discharge; pain; thick stringy yellow and white discharges; migraine; visual disturbances; sinus infection; pressure and fullness at top of nose; diarrhea in warm weather; skin eruptions in summer; serious burns.

Ledum – Great for many things, this homeopathic remedy can be used for puncture wounds, black eyes, insect stings, and even fracture pain.

Sepia - Primarily for women; mood swings; pregnancy; childbirth; menopause; weakness and exhaustion; fluctuating hormones; heavy periods; peri-menopause; PMS.

Spongia Tosta - Cold, Coughs, and Flu; children with swollen glands; exhaustion after exertion for children and adults; anxiety; heart palpitations; remedy for children who are weak and pale, and appearing to not thrive; rattling in chest; hoarseness; dry throat; croup.

Symphytum - Promotes healing of bone trauma; injury to eyes; deep tissue injuries.

Urtica Urens - Useful for itchy, blotchy, or burning skin afflictions, i.e. sunburn, chicken pox, insect stings.


So .... that is all I have in stock right now .... if you have any questions, feel free to ask!  I am a student of homeopathy, and this is my passion.  If I don't know the answer, I know how to find the answer.

Remember that not all problems that arise can be fixed at home. Do not hesitate to call emergency services when necessary.  Also, be sure to ask a doctor or homeopathic practioner when using any complementary therapies, especially if you are on medications ... and/or are pregnant or nursing.

Happy healing!


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