Dr. Mom: Natural Remedies For Everyday Ailments
If your family is anything like mine, there is never a dull moment. Whether it be bumps, bruises, sore throats, or upset tummies there always seems to be something going on. Keeping your family safe and healthy is a top priority. However, accidents and illness are just a part of life. For this reason, it is very important to be armed with the right tools and knowledge to provide appropriate care for your loved ones.
If you are a nurse I’m sure everyone expects you to have all of the answers whenever someone gets sick or is injured. You are probably the “go to” person whenever someone in the family has an ailment. It helps to arm yourself with an arsenal of reliable natural remedies. Why do I say natural? Well, these days a lot of folks rush to the doctor for every minor ailment, when many of these can be easily handled at home with the right remedies. Many times minor illnesses are something the body will correct on its own.
Caring for your families first aid and minor illnesses at home will save you time, money, and you can avoid the risk of undesirable side effects from certain medications.
Essential Oils and other natural products make wonderful first-aid and urgent care remedies. They have the ability to penetrate cell membranes and circulate throughout the body, which stimulates healing for a range of universal ailments. Instead of working against the body’s effort to heal, essential oils work in conjunction with the body to mend, repair, and promote healing.
Here are some of the more common home urgent care remedies:
Bleeding– Some bleeding is beneficial to cleanse wounds. But when bleeding won’t stop you need to take action to stop the loss of too much blood. The most important first-aid step for external bleeding is to apply direct pressure. Suggested remedy: apply several drops of Cypress essential oil to the exposed skin away from the bleed-not directly on the cut. (Always seek emergency aid for severe bleeding.)
Bumps, Bruises, Goose-eggs, and early onset blisters– bumps are swelling and inflammation in response to tissue damage or injury. Suggested remedy: apply abundant amounts of Valor essential oil as often as possible. Valor is an essential oil blend of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense.
Cold and Flu– colds and flu are highly contagious and can easily be passed around the whole family. Suggested remedy: Adults: apply 2-3 drops of Thieves or Immupower to the bottom of the feet, spine and chest every ten minutes at first signs of cold or flu. After symptoms diminish, apply every hour for maintenance. Infants: Apply 1-2 drops of Myrtle, Lemon, or Frankincense undiluted to the chest and cover with a warm, wet cloth.
Diarrhea–having to run to the bathroom frequently is annoying and can cause irritation and anal discomfort. Diarrhea is usually caused by a virus in the gut. Suggested remedy: apply 6-10 drops of Lemon or Peppermint on the stomach area. Add a few drop of Lemon or Peppermint to water and drink.
Earaches and Ear infections– a sharp, dull or burning pain in one or both ears, fever and irritability are all common symptoms of an earache or ear infection. Suggested remedy: Adults: apply 2 drops of Peppermint, Immupower or Purification oil diluted 50/50 with warm olive oil or fractionated coconut oil to a cotton swab and apply around the opening of the ear but not directly in it. Apply 2-3 drops of Thieves behind and around the ear. Children: Use Lavender or Purification in place of Peppermint or Immupower.
Essential oils are convenient, readily available and have a long shelf-life. They are portable and can taken with you anywhere–you may want a kit for your home, office, car, and purse. Best of all they are fast-acting, affordable, safe, and effective.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?