Today, in the interest of sharing more of who I am and what makes me tick, and also to share what I know with those who want the information, I blog about natural remedies.
I have been a holistic, organic girl for quite a long time. For many years, you followed it but didn’t speak about it, for fear that you would be criticized yet again for following your own guidance and intuition rather than just consuming what was presented to you. So I followed in silence, except for the few who may have asked me more about myself, and who I could tell would be open to such conversation.
Nowadays, things are a little bit different. I feel that more and more people who may have been unwilling to hear about something less than mainstream, now crave anything that will actually lead them to good health and wellness.
So here is my natural remedies toolkit, used for years as my main go-to’s.
Bug repellent: Lavender essential oil put on my hand and applied directly to the body in every place where those little buggers love to bite me. (*Caution*- though lavender is not one of the “hot oils” and doesn’t absolutely require a carrier oil for dilution, not everyone’s skin is as agreeable to straight up lavender all over it like mine is).
Anti-itch for bug bites and stings: Lavender essential oil (See above for my use and disclaimers)
Antiseptic for cuts and small wounds: Tea tree oil on a cotton ball or q-tip, applied directly to the wound. (Again, see above for cautions on essential oil use).
In summer I keep lavender and tea tree oil in my hiking/beach bag.
Nasal congestion and allergies, polluted air sinus issues, etc: Colloidal Silver (I haven’t turned blue from using it yet, but I don’t go crazy with it either). I use as needed, as many drops or sprays as feels appropriate. (*Again, it is best to use even natural products with caution when you begin, and start very slow and with very little, and diluted is best. Even still, not everyone will react wonderfully to everything).
Bacterial infections/Sinus Infections, etc: Drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract in water or juice. (Not pleasant tasting, you will have to chug it quickly, but worth it if it helps you). (Again, see previous disclaimers)
Dry nasal passages and headaches when flying or any other time you are in dry/stale air: Saline nasal spray. Spray a few drops in each nostril (have tissues handy to catch what drains back out), before you fly, and keep a small bottle and some tissues with you on the flight for times when the pressure drops suddenly and your forehead has the beginnings of a splitting headache.
Again, though these are all natural remedies, please do your due diligence and remember that all essential oils are not the same. Do your research before you use a new one, and know that the “hot” type oils absolutely have to be diluted in a carrier oil!
Best wishes, and good holistic health to you!!