Holistic And Homeopathic Medicine Cabinet

Homeopathic medicine is a type of holistic medicine, but with a distinctly unique approach compared to other forms of holistic medicine. Examples might include traditional Chinese medicine such as Acupuncture or naturopathic medicine.

Holistic Homeopathic Medicine Cabinet
Holistic Homeopathic Medicine Cabinet

Parents often wonder about a concise, simple list of natural remedies they should have on hand for their kids’ minor ailments. Here’s a list of basic recommendations to stock your holistic home remedy kit. If your child is prone to specific conditions such as asthma, digestive weakness, or other intermittent, chronic issues, speak to your healthcare provider for an expanded list:

#1 – Cod Liver Oil – Like any good quality fish oil, cod liver oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation in all the cells of your body. Cod liver oil (when it is not heat-treated) will also contain important vitamins A and D in the proper proportions. Read more about the benefits of cod liver oil here.

#2 – Probiotics – It is essential to get a daily infusion of probiotics to keep the good bacteria thriving in our bodies. Ideally this will happen through probiotic rich foods, drinks, and condiments, but sometimes we also need therapeutic probiotics as well. Learn more about probiotics here.

#2 – Vitamin D3 – In a liquid tincture with 2000IU/drop. Read more about why the sunshine vitamin is so essential.

#3 – Vitamin C Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant. In the day-to-day, aim to get antioxidants through food, but keep the supplement on hand to ward off infections and colds.

#4 – Elderberry Syrup – A great immune supporter, elderberry is rich in anti-oxidant flavinoids and anti-inflammatory anthocyanin, and – when you catch it in time – can be quite effective in warding off the flu. Learn how to make elderberry syrup or buy it here.

#5 – Echinacea – Kid’s orange-flavored drops taste great and help keep the colds and flus at bay if given at the very early stages or when your child has been in contact with other sick kids (or adults) or is feeling run-down.

#6 – Assorted homeopathic remedies for colds, flus, fevers, and bug bites, teething. While traditional homeopaths claim the combo remedies available are not the way to go, for home treatment of acute symptoms that often come in the middle of the night, I suggest having a cold, flu, and (for babies) teething remedy on hand. These remedies work and are readily available and obviously by their function such a “Cold Calm,” “Complete Flu Care,” or “Teething Tablets.” For single remedies, you can buy a kit (I have this one) or individuals. A few good single remedies include:

Arnica – Homeopathic remedy for trauma, bruises, aches, and strains. Keep both oral and topical applications on hand. After a tumble or boo-boo occurs, administer the oral arnica every few hours until symptoms start to improve. The topical (comes in a combo such as “Traumeel“) can be applied to bruises or bumps, just not over open wounds.

Chamomilla – For crying, upset, and inability to sleep.
Nux vomica – for nausea, vomitting, constipation
Apis mellifica – insect bites, stings

#7 – Chinese herbs for sore throat, ear aches, diarrhea, constipation, and calming. You typically have to get herbs from a practitioner, so ask yours for a good collection to have on hand.

#8 – Essential oils for stress (experiment with what your child likes. Some suggestions lavender- not for boys as it may be estrogenic, chamomile, ylang-ylang), teething (high quality clove oil can be applied directly to inflamed gums for a natural analgesic)

#9 – Aloe Plant- grows easily (read: hard to kill) in any window. For most sunburns or other non-emergent burns, aloe with help soothe and cool scorched skin. Cut a spear at it’s base, slice it length-wise with a sharp knife and smooth directly onto skin.

#10 – A BIG Medicine dropper to administer herbs or supplements that don’t already come with one.

And lastly – though not natural by any stretch of the imagination…

#11 – Children’s Ibuprofen/Advil (not acetaminophen/Tylenol) as a last resort for extreme pain accompanying fevers or teething that is keeping your child from getting the rest he needs to get better. See my article on Fever Fears for more info as to why these medicines should be avoided or used sparingly only.

Via Pagan Parents Online

Dollars Are Votes – Vote Consciously!

You’re probably voting every day. Are you doing it consciously? Living consciously is to be aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings and one’s own impact on their environment and others.

Every dollar you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be, and who you want to control it. Vote consciously. Every day.
Every dollar you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be, and who you want to control it. Vote consciously. Every day.

THIS!It’s an absolute fact ya’ll. Take the time to research the companies whose products you buy and services you use. Do their policies and actions align with your beliefs, morals and ethics? Are they harming the planet we live on and intend to pass to our children? Do they support policies which restrict freedoms you hold dear? Do they mistreat the people they employ? These things matter and how you choose to spend those pieces of paper or credits on plastic that you exchange for your labors does make a difference.

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Towards Evening My Heart – Georg Trakl

In the evening you hear the scream of bats,
Two black horses jump in the meadow,
The red maple rustles.
To the traveller the small inn appears by the wayside.
Wonderful the taste of young wine and nuts,
Wonderful: stumbling drunk into darkening wood.
Through black branches painful bells sound,
On the face dew drips.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

Alexandrian Wiccan initiation. June, 2002. Elephant
Alexandrian Wiccan initiation. June, 2002.

The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he:
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

To me, this story very much illustrates the bits of truth found within all the world’s religions, philosophies and collections of wisdom. If we step and look at the big picture we might see that there is plenty of room for us all to be right about the part we are seeing but that doesn’t mean others are necessarily wrong. Are you looking at the ears, the tail, the leg or another part? Think before you judge and consider that there are more perspectives than your own.