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As a busy mom I know how important it is to have things within reach. When your house is a mess, the dishes are always waiting, the toys are from one end to another, and your pretty sure your walls didn”t come with those painted hand prints you want to be prepared. You simply want things to fall into place and it never fails you need to grab something for a quick cut or hurt tummy. Here I have compiled a list of five things I keep on hand for those little moments:
1. Coconut Oil
When my little one gets a cut or bruise – which is often because for some reason toddlers fall into everything – we simply step into the kitchen and get my coconut oil. I lather it on like you would any other cream and quickly you can tell a difference. It’s antibacterial and anti-fungal, it fights infection, and best of all it has no negative side effects and is completely natural. It greatly reduces healing time. This one makes my list because it is so versatile and something that as a real food family we typically have on hand anyway – even if we are out of other things.
If I could have every essential oil in the book I would – but for most of us that”s not practical. However, there are a few I have found extremely useful to have on hand with kids. My favorites (if I have to pick) being tea tree, lavender, chamomile, and peppermint.
Lavender essential oil has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. You can use it for sunburns, to help heal wounds, or to sooth and calm a child (for my toddler we like online casino nbso to add a drop or two at bath time on fitful nights).
**Most of these have many more uses – these are just what we find ourselves most commonly using them for.
I bought one of these plants the first time I burned myself on the stove and since it has been a blessing ten times over. Aloe Vera is wonderful for treating burns, blisters, inflammations, acne, and skins conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. As an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory plant it has many diverse uses along with being hypoallergenic and having no side effects. Though easily found bottled in the store it is not always in its natural state often having additives that go unwanted in an alternative household so be sure to check the ingredients. By growing your own plant (which is extremely easy, Aloe Vera is low maintenance – this plant wants to be ignored) you can save money and insure you always have it on hand.
4. Elderberry syrup
Come cold and flu season this is a staple at our house. This can be bought, though expensively and often with added colors and sugars, or it can be made much cheaper. It works to combat colds, flus, runny nose, sore throats, and when you make it yourself it contains natural ingredients to heal both little bodies and adults as well. Elderberry can be used not only for healing but also as a preventive – it is known to boost immunity so taking it before you get sick makes it very unlikely for any cold or flu to latch on and stick around.
5. Fermented Cod Liver Oil
This one has been new for our family because we didn”t want to just buy anything, most FCLO is purified and heat-extracted which takes away most of it”s awesome benefits, which made it something to work into the budget. It has been worth it. So far we have not been getting sick at all – even when people around us were. This is odd, especially for my husband who works in a school setting and is exposed to everything. FCLO is an awesome souce of vitamins A and D and is a major immune booster. By having it on hand this sick season we hope to build up our immune systems along with a real food diet to keep us well.
Of the many things we try to keep on hand these rank towards the top of the list. By building up your alternative medicine cabinet a little at a time you save greatly in the long run. I often hear people say that they simply just don”t know where to start – and the best answer is slowly.
What do you keep on hand in your house?
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