My eldest daughter came down with a cold the other day, and inevitably, little sister caught it too. That meant it was time to grab our natural “medicine” alternatives to help them feel better.
When my daughter started showing signs of sickness, I knew right away which items I needed to put in our basket (an idea I got from Summer at Fawn & Forest – thank you!). These are items that we love to make use of as often as possible whether sick or healthy. Of course, depending on the severity of the sickness, the items we use will change from time to time.
Here is a glimpse of what is in our healing basket:
- Maty’s Nighttime Cough Syrup (we have tried the Organic Cough Syrup which is great, too!)
We love Maty’s because of their use of natural and organic items in their products such as buckwheat honey, lemon, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and chamomile, among others. We are aware of every ingredient listed and their health benefits. On their box of cough syrup it states, “Don’t worry if more than recommended is taken. Our product is made with whole-food ingredients so there are no harmful side effects.” How awesome is that, especially for a “medicine?” It’s such a relief to know that there are no harmful side effects and that no harm can be done if too much is taken.
- Maty’s Baby Chest Rub
The chest rub is petroleum and menthol free which is wonderful. It smells great, isn’t filled with toxins, and doesn’t sting when applied.
- Homemade healing salve
The healing salve was made by a friend and I am ever so indebted to her! We call this the “miracle salve” because it heals and clears up any bump, scrape, or dry skin in no time. This is our most-used “first-aid” item and for good reason! I am eager to make my own very soon, just need to gather the rest of the ingredients.
- Lavender sachets
My sister-in-law made us a couple of these muslin-filled bags for our anniversary. They are very useful for a number of things around the home. The bags can be placed in drawers, linen baskets, or pillowcases for a lovely scent; they are a natural alternative to moth balls; and they can be used for a calming bath — a good activity when feeling under the weather. Just drop the bag in warm water and let it soak for a few minutes before getting in and enjoying.
- Cloth handkerchiefs
We’ve been using cloth hankies for years now in place of tissue. And when you’re sick and have a sore nose from wiping it often, cloth feels so much better to use! Not to mention how much waste you’re not producing by throwing away mounds of tissue.
- And although it’s not part of the basket, you can’t forget about tea! 🙂
Some of our favorites are Immune Booster (echinacea, ginger, and licorice), Ginger, Chamomile, and Sleepytime.
What are your go-to sickness remedies or preventions? Do you keep everything in one place or always have to go searching for it when sickness strikes? We have a medicine basket already, but creating a separate, smaller basket like this for certain items will be much handier, I think.