|My entire natural remedy kit.|
I say kind of, because my kit has a lot in it. And I mean a LOT. But I have branched out more. It contains homeopathic remedies, lots more essential oils (I am really just breaching the surface of their usefulness), and even a few conventional drugs. Because I'm all for herbal remedies, but I feel just as strongly about the value of mainstream meds, and when your son is running a fever of 104.3 peppermint tincture just ain't gonna cut it.
I digress. I'm going to give a quick overview of what I keep around now, what I would use it for, and how I store it.
|Level 1 of my home remedy kit.|
- Essential oils. Ha, yeah, that is one bullet item. If you can't tell from my pictures, fully 1/2 of one of the trays is essential oils. But I'll go into those in more detail in another post.
- Tinctures. Same as above- if I tell you all of them and what I use them for, this will turn into a novel.
- Homeopathic remedies. Now these I will get into here. I am working on figuring out if I need more, and if so which ones. At the moment my "stash" consists of: Arnica (for trauma, bruising, etc), Boiron's Coldcalm (its for colds, yo), Hylands Calm and Restful (super helpful for kids who have a hard time sleeping), Homeopathy for Kids' No More Monsters (ditto... no idea why I have both), Hylands Teething Tablets (for teething... you see a pattern here?), and Hylands Tiny Cold Tablets. Why homeopathy? For one thing, I've found it to be super effective. With the exception of the cold calm (I took it when I had a cough while pregnant with Violet, that I suspect wasn't a cold at all) all of them have been effective at what they are recommended for. Also, there are readily available formulas that are safe for tiny babies (labels say 6 months and up, but definitely confer with your doctor).
- Pipettes. I really only have pipettes because a few essential oils I get in 4 oz bottles that do not come with the reducer caps, and only because I used those oils a lot in my shop. I wouldn't call them necessary.
- 4 oz glass cobalt glass spray bottles (amber glass would work too). For making essential oil sprays. I am not exaggerating when I say putting the wrong essential oil in plastic will melt the plastic. Now, I have put bergamot and lemon (citrus oils are super melty) DILUTED into a plastic spray bottle before so that should be safe, but glass is just always better if you can get it.
- 15ml amber bottles with reducer caps (that's what the little plastic deal in the top of the bottle that makes the essential oil come out one drop at a time), for making custom essential oil blends.
- 1 oz amber dropper bottles, for mixing up custom herb tincture blends.
- Labels. Anything you mix up you should LABEL with the ingredients and date, as well as dose and who it is for, if applicable. Example- my cat has a cold. I mixed her up a bottle of diluted goldenseal tincture and labeled it "Kitty's FRV meds, 2 droppers 2x per day" and the date. That way I'm never guessing. Guessing and any medicine, holistic or otherwise, is bad news bears.
- Bach's Rescue Remedy. So far as my opinion on this one goes, the jury is still out. I bought it because it was recommended for post partum healing, but I don't know if it helped. I was taking this, arnica, and placenta caps and yes, I had a fantastic post partum period, but I don't know if it was any of those or the simple fact that I gave myself permission to just rest for those first few weeks. But many people swear by it, and it is safe for babies and pets.
- The extra pads for this diffuser. That is the diffuser I use in the kids' room, and the one I try to remember to grab when we travel. It's simple, cheap, and effective. Throughout the rest of the house I mostly use candle diffusers (also cheap), but it's generally not a good idea to leave a lit candle in a kids room while they sleep.
ALSO, clear is no bueno when it comes to storing herbs and essential oils, and it isn't very pretty, either. So I painted the inside with some craft paint I had. It was a pain because I had to sand all the surfaces first, and even though the paint said it was fine for plastic it didn't stick very well. But I still think it looks cute, and I plan to do it again some day with legit plastic paint.
I'll go over the contents of level 2 soon, as well as more details on the herbs and essential oils I like to keep around.