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Parents’ Natural Home Medicine Kit ~Heal Your Family with Nature’s Remedies~ Part 1

It wasn’t that long ago when every home had a medicine kit filled with natural remedies to treat injuries or illnesses that family members might encounter. These days it is not so common and many people feel at a loss when they are faced with a feverish child at 2 am, the beginnings of a respiratory infection, or a finger burned from a kitchen mishap. Not only is it common sense to have a natural medicine kit at home, but it is inexpensive to put together and quite empowering to realize that you have the ability to heal yourself and your family of just about any acute illness or injury that you may encounter.

Following is a brief summary of some of the items you may want to include in your natural home medicine kit. They can be purchased ready made, but most of them you can make yourself very easily and inexpensively. A combination of any or all of the items listed below would make a great addition to any home.

 

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5 Reasons Lemon Balm is the Herb for You!

One of the most perfect herbs for those new to herbalism is Lemon Balm. Lemon Balm, whose botanical name is Melissa officionalis, is remarkably versatile in its uses. Its pleasant taste makes it great as a beverage tea, while its medicinal properties make it valuable for healing a variety of issues.

Throughout history, Lemon Balm has been used medicinally. The writings of Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder mention the use of Lemon Balm on surgical dressing for wounds, and to treat venomous bites and stings. The 12th century herbalist, Saint Hildegarde von Bingen, said “Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants.”

Here are a few of the areas in which Lemon Balm excels:

 

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Nutritional Therapy – Part 2

In the last post in this series, we talked about what real food is and is not. We spoke about various ingredients to avoid when changing your diet to a real-food diet. In this post, I’d like to focus more on foods to include in your diet – foods that are not only healthy, but medicinal as well.

Before we go into specific foods that can be healthy and healing, I’d like to touch on the concept of medicinal foods for a moment. To do this we need to go all the way back to Hippocrates.

Hippocrates was a Greek physician born around 460BC and came to be known as the “Father of Modern Medicine”. One of his most famous quotes is, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Isn’t it interesting to note that someone we consider to be one of the greatest physicians of all time considers food the most important medicine?

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What is Nutritional Therapy?

To wrap up our series about Alternative Medicine and our introduction to some of the most common and effective natural therapies, I’d like to go back to the basics. Let’s go back to one of the most fundamental concepts of natural health. The understanding that WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.

This idiom has been so overused that at this point it has lost all meaning to most of us. However, the truth lies in its simplicity. In reality, what we put into our bodies is assimilated into our physiology at the most basic level; the foods we eat become the building blocks our bodies use to build new cells, tissues, muscles, etc. The food we eat literally becomes us and we become the food that we eat. If we eat junk, we become junk. If we eat well, we become well.

What does it mean to eat well?

First, we must agree to a basic understanding of what food actually is. In our society, we are conditioned to think that anything we eat is food. However, in reality, only a small percentage of what most of us in the western world eat, is actually real food. The majority of what we find on the shelves of most grocery stores, or in most fast-food restaurants, is not, in fact, actual food. It is processed, manufactured, food-like substances. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is filled with it.

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What is Homeopathy? – Part 2

Now that we have learned about what homeopathy is, (If you haven’t read the introduction to homeopathy, go here) let’s look at some of the most popular and easily accessible homeopathic remedies and how you can use them safely and effectively.

Following are some of the most commonly indicated homeopathic remedies needed in minor acute emergencies and illnesses. Choosing the 6c or 30c potency is usually the best option for laypersons and those potencies are readily available. Dosage, in acute conditions, may be 1 or 2 pellets repeated every 1/2 to 1 hour if necessary, up to 3 doses. Dosage frequency can then be reduced to 3 times a day for a couple of days, if necessary.

 

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What is Homeopathy?

As we spoke about in An Introduction to Alternative Medicine, many different natural therapies are becoming very popular in our society these days. We already learned the basics of herbal medicine here, here and here. Another of my favorite natural modalities, is Homeopathy.

Many people misunderstand the word “homeopathy” and think it to be the equivalent of “home remedies”. In reality, Homeopathy is a unique and complete system of natural medicine developed hundreds of years ago and practiced by close to 500 million people around the world today.

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What is Herbal Medicine – Part 2

In the last post in this series, we learned about the history of herbal medicine, the myths and misconceptions surrounding it and some of the reasons it has remained so popular throughout the ages. Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and find out a bit more about how to use herbs to help you and your family stay healthy!

Working with herbs

There are a few things to know about how to work with herbs before you dive in. Let’s lay a good foundation so that you can build your knowledge of herbal medicine step-by-step.

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What is Herbal Medicine? – Part 3

In past articles, we have talked about the history, myths and misconceptions of herbal medicine as well as the basics of getting started using herbs. In this post, I’d like to share with you some information on specific, common herbs and what properties they possess, as well as how you can use them as medicinal remedies.

When I teach people about herbal remedies, I love to give them skills they can use right away, wherever they live. So, I teach them about weeds first. They may not sound appealing or exciting, but they make some of the most potent and accessible healing remedies you can use!

 

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelions are a common weed that grows everywhere in temperate climates. It is the perfect herb to start off with! The entire plant is medicinal – flowers, leaves and root.

 

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What is Herbal Medicine?

As we spoke about in An Introduction to Alternative Medicine, many different natural therapies are becoming very popular in our society these days. One of my favorites, is Herbal Medicine.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts. Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines derived from natural sources.

Herbal medicine has been the dominant form of “health care” since the beginning of human culture. Even today, 75% of the world’s population depends on some form of herbal medicine as their primary source of health care.
Many herbs are considered nutrient-rich foods and, as such, can be utilized as dietary supplements benefiting anyone regardless of their level of health, as well as complementing and supporting conventional therapy.

 

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A Brief Introduction to Alternative Medicine

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine; but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas A Edison

This is a quote by Thomas Edison from 1902. I suggest to you that the future that Thomas Edison spoke of over a century ago is today, right now. What Thomas Edison described is exactly what alternative health modalities espouse – using diet, lifestyle and natural therapies to prevent disease and uproot the true cause of illness.

So what is alternative medicine?

According to Merriam-Webster, alternative medicine is “any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain”. This type of definition has two inherent problems:

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