Top 5 Remedies This Busy Mom Keeps On Hand

beth September 9, 2012



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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.

You can also use coconut oil on burns, bug bites, skin problems, and the list could honestly go on forever.

2. Essential Oils

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.

Tea tree essential oil is anti-fungal and anti bacterial. You can use it for cuts, burns, bug bites, and as a natural bug repellent.

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).

Chamomile essential oil works as a digestive aid. Like lavender it can be used for its calming properties but is also anti-inflammatory and works great for ear infections.

Peppermint essential oil is a digestive aid that can be used to calm sick tummies and clean up congestion associated with colds.

**Most of these have many more uses – these are just what we find ourselves most commonly using them for.

 3.Aloe Vera

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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  1. Raw honey! We use that for cuts/scrapes. My son thinks its fun that he can put honey on his boo-boos and on his peanut butter sandwiches.


  2. Where could I find all of these things?


    • Shea,

      Each of these has different sources and a lot of it has to do with preference.
      Coconut oil – tropical traditions
      Essential oils – DoTerra
      Aloe Vera – Bought my plant locally, you can typically find these anywhere that sells plants.
      Elderberry – Bulk Herb Store
      FCLO – Green Pastures


  3. I knew coconut oil was more bennificial for cooking purposes, not for medical purpose. That is great info, I plan on using it more often now. I recently bought a few essential oils and am currently using it for congestion. I live in a deset and we’ve used aloe ever since I can remember. Right now I’m using breastmilk to help wirh my kids congrstion, eye and ear problems. I’m really looking forward to learning about moe natural remedies.


  4. Question- is elderberry ok to take while nursing?


  5. Thank you! I love using remedies like this. Im still learning though. I have already went & bought a few of these. We are battling lingering effects of colds for my babies-constant late nite & morning stuffy nose for my 4 month old & cough & congestion for my 2 yr old. I gave her (the 2 yr old) elderberry syrup tonite. Can I give it to the baby also? All the health food store gave me are some hyland’s cold tablets & echinacea.
    What I’m really wondering is what do I do with the peppermint essential oil I bought? Add it to the humidifier?
    Thank you for your help!


  6. Do you have a recipe for making elderberry syrup?


  7. I have never taken fermented cod liver oil, so forgive me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like it tastes awful.. lol. I’m totally willing to try it for its benefits though. My only question is, how would I get my 4 yr old son to take it? Do you have to hide it in your children’s food?


    • Green Pastures FCLO comes in flavors, Jenn. Like chocolate and cinnamon. My 15 month old takes it no problem. 🙂 If you did have issue you could mix it into a smoothie or something of that nature.


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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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