While some people may look forward to winter, because they enjoy the snow and the holiday season, there are some of us who look at things more realistically. We know that with the chilly weather of winter comes illness and ailments, the cold, and the flu, even the winter blues.
Our ancestors relied on plants to keep themselves healthy, and for thousands of years, we have done the same. Despite the progress of traditional medicine, we still fall back on traditional methods that marry science with earth-based remedies.
The purpose of building your winter medicine cabinet is to ensure you have the supplies to treat any illness that may strike your home this winter. Check out this must-have list of 5 crucial items for everyone’s medicine cabinet.
Raw, Organic Honey
It’s more than just a sweetener. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, raw, organic honey is especially helpful for antibiotic and medicinal purposes. It can help ease coughs, as well as soothe sore throats. You can opt for a straight spoonful for instant relief, or add it to herbal tea.
Garlic isn’t just for keeping vampires away, it is a powerful healing agent. It has been used as an effective antibiotic throughout history. It is anti-viral, anti-protozoan, and anti-parasitic, and it’s all in just one food source. It’s most effective when it is crushed or chewed while raw.
What could be an easier way of ingesting the powerful healing of plants? There are a wide variety of herbal teas that you can take advantage of. Chamomile tea is ideal for assisting you in getting to sleep at night, Echinacea tea provides healing and relief from symptoms of cold and flu, there are teas designed for children, for throats, and even for nausea.
There is nothing quite like the healing power of essential oils. Eucalyptus oil is the perfect accompaniment to a hot bath to help clear the sinuses. Other helpful oils that you should always have to hand include ginger, lemon, clove, peppermint, cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, and oregano.
You can add essential oils to the bath, or to a bowl of steaming hot water to breathe in, or opt for a diffuser to keep it going at night as you try to sleep.
This should be a staple in your medicine chest all year round, but especially during the winter months. Homeopathic remedies work with your body’s natural defense system in a bid to quickly heal itself. They’re incredibly effective, and they’re quick and easy to take. You should ensure that you have Echinacea stocked for starters, as well as homeopathic cold tablets, flu medicine, and throat spray.
You can find homeopathic remedies in any health food store, and if there isn’t one in your area, try online. Provided you keep your winter medicine cabinet well-stocked, you won’t need to dread the upcoming chill, you can sit back and enjoy the holiday season in good health.