Homeopathic Aids You Should Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet

For those of us that prefer the natural route towards our health and well-being, there are several items that serve multiple purposes - and are worth keeping at home in the medicine cabinet. The majority of these products have been utilized for decades, centuries, if not thousands of years, and have been proven to provide multi-faceted benefits for the home, as well as for emotional and physical health.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: This has been used as a healing elixir since no sooner than 400 B.C.! All-encompassing, apple cider vinegar has antibacterial, antibiotic, and anti-glycemic properties.

  • It is perhaps the best (and most affordable) non-toxic household cleaner out there. Simply mixing equal parts vinegar and water, this antibacterial mix can be used for any necessary cleaning around the house from the bathroom to the kitchen – and don’t worry, the vinegar smell will dissipate as soon as it dries!
  •  Aside from cleaning the house, apple cider vinegar is also an excellent tool in cleaning out the digestive and sinus tracts of the body. The naturally occurring acid binds to toxins in the body, helping in their removal from the liver and other organs prone to accumulating harmful substances.
  • Additionally, it has been found through various studies to lower cholesterol and blood sugar, making it a natural aid in diabetes prevention and treatment for insulin sensitivity as well as increasing circulation and slowing fat accumulation. The potassium content assists in breaking up mucus in the body and clearing out the sinuses.
  • The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar are also believed to be useful in preventing infection and illness. Simply adding a tablespoon to salad dressing or regularly ingesting equal parts water and apple cider vinegar can go a long way.  
  • In the beauty department, it can also be used as an anti-inflammatory facial toner and cleanser to balance PH levels in the skin and prevent against blemishes. The list goes on and on with this one.

Ginger: Ginger has extremely powerful benefits for both the brain and body.

  • It is by far one of the most helpful natural aids in relieving nausea from motion, morning sickness, and nausea induced by chemotherapy treatments.
  • It has also been historically used to ease stomachaches and indigestion.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties are also beneficial in treating menstrual cramping, as well as joint pain and stiffness.
  • Ginger may similarly be used to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, assisting in lowering the risk of heart disease. There is also evidence that suggests the antioxidant elements in ginger can prevent cognitive decline and improve overall brain function.

Ginger can be easily added to recipes such as soups or stir-fries, used in tea, added to juices or taken in capsule form.

Coconut Oil: This natural oil has countless useful purposes! It is an excellent dairy-free cooking replacement for butter that simultaneously boosts metabolism and supports healthy functioning of the thyroids as well as treats arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Topically, coconut oil has been used to treat eczema and psoriasis, stimulate hair growth, treat dry skin, increase sun tolerance, reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks as well as function as a natural chap stick, make-up remover and base for homemade skin lotions.
  • Coconut oil is also commonly used for oil pulling: a spoonful of coconut oil swished in the mouth for 15-20 minutes is a historical remedy for detoxifying and improving gum and teeth health without damaging repercussions. The anti-bacterial compounds bind to the plaque and bacteria within the mouth and therefore serve as a natural source of removal for the toxins of the gums and teeth.

Eucalyptus: A tree that is originally native to Australia, eucalyptus is used predominantly as a natural anti-microbial aid in treating sinus, respiratory and congestion issues from asthma to pneumonia.

  • Internally, it cleanses harmful toxins from the body and topically has been used as a salve to increase respiratory circulation as it dilates the blood vessels and increases oxygen to the lungs. Simply mix several drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut and peppermint oil for a natural rub that can be applied to the chest for relief during cold and flu season and for muscle pain and soreness.

Aloe Vera: With so much time spent in the sun as kids, an aloe vera plant was something we always had in the house growing up. Its antibacterial elements, paired with a plethora of vitamins and minerals, make this one of the best methods to quickly heal and ease sunburns and minor cuts. Naturally moisturizing and cooling, aloe vera is extremely valuable to have around for any skin ailment or necessity.

While it is always essential to consult a physician, when approaching health from a holistic perspective there is a vast surplus of knowledge available for health remedies. Amazingly, naturally occurring healers have such an immense array of capabilities to serve in our health that is a matter only of us learning about all of the incredible things they can do to benefit and support our continual wellbeing.

This article does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider before beginning a new health plan.