With the first day of school for many people right around the corner, I thought I would put together a basic holistic first aid kit for those health hiccups that are bound to happen during the school year. However, this list isn’t just for dorm life! I very rarely use ‘modern’ medicine when it comes to being sick, and I feel that it is better for your body than the chemical-ridden pills that are in most prescriptions. On top of that, lots of these taste good, smell good, and are all-natural while being easy to find!
1. Whenever I am going somewhere where I know that there will be germs all around, (think airplanes, classrooms) I dab a little Thieves oil on my wrists as a way to ward off sickness. Thieves, named for the grave robbers during the black plague that wore it, is a blend of cloves, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary, known for supporting your body’s immune system. Make sure to check out my Preventing Spring Sickness post for more ways to prevent illness!
2. If you start to feel a cold or a flu coming on, one great way to get healthy before the sickness gets any further is to take a vial of Oscillococcinum tablets. This is known to reduce how long you’re sick and also how terrible you feel while sick.
For Stress and Anxiety:
3. I always have a Bach Rescue Remedy spray in my bag. For someone like myself who gets panic attacks, it is a quick and easy way to calm myself down. For more ways to relieve stress and anxiety pop over to my 5 Healthy Ways to Beat Stress post!
For an Upset Stomach:
4. Ginger is well known for settling upset stomachs (it is diluted in ginger ale for example.) However, I like the fast acting and delicious Organic Crystallized Ginger Chews from the Ginger People. They taste like candy! I also highlighted these chews in my Weekend Warrior Detox post!
5. We have all had a run-in with an oven door or a straightening iron. For a fast way to soothe burnt skin you can cut off a leaf of an Aloe Vera plant and squeeze its insides onto the affected area for relief. Also, aloe is great for sunburns!
6. Don’t have a green thumb? Lavender oil is a wonderfully smelling alternative to aloe for burn relief. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities!
For a Sore Throat:
7. I feel like most cough drops don’t work! However, I swear by Ricola Cough Drops (the Honey Lemon with Echinacea are my favorite)! These all-natural cough drops are made from the best blends of herbs that work to fight off sickness!
8. Not being able to sleep is one of the most aggravating feelings. However, chamomile tea is a great, natural solution to help you fall asleep. Tevana’s Tranquil Dream Herbal Tea is a great blend of chamomile, lemongrass, and hibiscus for a great tasting tea that is sure to have you off to dreamland in no time!
These holistic remedies are what are always in my home; do you have any go-to remedies that aren’t listed here? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope everyone has a healthy and happy school year, or work year for that matter! And for you athletes out there, I recently posted a guide of Holistic Remedies for Post-Workout Muscle Soreness!