Creating a Holistic Medicine Cabinet
Having a well-stocked holistic medicine cabinet is essential for a healthy and natural lifestyle. With a variety of products on hand you can naturally treat so many issues in the comfort of your home, with safe, effective and non-toxic ingredients. Here are our recommendations for holistic products you can use for common ailments and issues. Where can you find these products? If they are available on our website, there is a link provided. All the Chinese formulas are available at our retail store in Westport, CT (or can be ordered by phone). For the rest of the products, they can be found at most health food stores.
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ACHES & PAINS
Massage this anti-inflammatory oil into areas of pain, tension and arthritis. (available here)
This self-adhesive Herbal Heat Patch combines the powerful healing effects of warming herbs and essential oils to provide topical pain relief. (available here)
• Arnica Homeopathic Pills or Gel
Arnica is a great homeopathic remedy for bruises, strains, soreness and pain. It comes in a pill formula as well as a gel you can apply directly to the body.
• Tiger Balm
This medicated herbal ointment delivers an icy/hot sensation to soothe and bring blood flow to sore and tight muscles.
• Local Bee Pollen
These little superfood granules desensitize you to spring allergens by exposing you to low levels of local pollen. This causes the body to produce antibodies to the very allergens that cause hay fever, congestion, and other spring allergy symptoms. Available at Arogya in early spring.
Nettle tea has been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits. One of it’s famous properties is its ability to reduce the histamine response. Drink this nourishing tea throughout allergy season. (available here)
• Neti Pot
These ancient Indian nasal irrigation pots help flush out allergens like dust and pollen from the nasal canal, and clear congestion with a soothing saline solution. A must have for any holisitc medicine cabinet!
• Pe Min Gan Wan
These Chinese herbal formula, which translates to “seasonal allergy remedy,” relieves all the classic allergy symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, red and itchy eyes, and sinus headaches. It contains herbs with strong anti-inflammatory properties that help cleanse and open the sinuses, and strengthen our immunity to make us less susceptible to allergies in the future
COLDS & CONGESTION
• Badger Balm Aromatic Chest Rub
This cooling and soothing essential oil-infused chest rub helps to open up the lungs and sinuses.
• Gan Mao Ling
This Chinese herbal remedy is best to take right when you just start to get sick. It revs up your immune system, and helps keep the cold from worsening.
Let a humidifier run through the night to help with congestion and phlegm in the sinuses and chest.
• Neti Pot
Not only are neti pots good for allergies, they’re also helpful for any kind of sinus congestion. When you notice congestion starting to build up, use the neti pot to help clear the nasal canal.
• Essential Oils
This blend stimulates the deep reserves of strength and power within, awakening the body’s immune response. (available here)
This essential oil blend is great for soothing sinus tension, relieving stuffy noses, and bringing a sense of ease and healing to the sinuses. (available here)
• Herbal Teas
This immune-boosting, throat-coating, and soothing herbal tea helps speed up recovery, and soothe the body during colds and flus. (available here)
This healing blend has similar throat-coating and immune-boosting properties as the Cold & Flu tea, with a spicy and warming taste. (available here)
• Activated Charcoal
These little tablets are life-savers for when you eat out, and don’t feel so great afterwards. Helpful for gas, bloating and even food-poisoning. The charcoal binds to toxins, helping to eliminate them from the body.
• Herbal Tea
The fresh cleansing action of sweet basil and clove combines with digestive ginger and cardamom, and soothing mints. This tea is a true ally for the digestive tract, and refreshingly delicious. (available here)
Straight ginger root tea is a fantastic herbal remedy for all digestive issues. It’s warming and activating properties help to promote digestion and stimulate the stomach fire. (available here)
• Yin Qiao
FIRST AID: CUTS, SCRAPES & BURNS
• Yunnan Baiyo
This Chinese herbal powder is a miracle for serious cuts. Hopefully not something you’ll need to use often, but it’s good to have on hand for those emergency situations. Sprinkle the powder into the open wound to stop bleeding and speed up recovery.
• Arnica Cream
Not only is arnica good for soar and aching muscles, it also helps reduce inflammation and heal injuries. While not recommended for open wounds, arnica cream or salve is great for bumps, bruises, and sprains.
• Apotheke Body Balm
Seriously chapped skin? This nourishing balm hydrates and protects even the most stubborn chapped skin. Great for hands, elbows, and feet. Available at our retail store.
• Essential Oils
With analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin for mild burns. It will help cool the burn, speed up recovery, and minimize scarring. (available here)
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti inflammatory, this essential oils is great for scrapes and cuts. Apply the diluted oil (1 part tea tree to 10 parts water) to the skin to help sanitize and heal the area.
Drink this herbal tea in the evening and before bed to relax and restore your nervous system, calm your mind, and lull you into a deep and peaceful sleep. With chamomile, lemon balm, rose petals, lemon myrtle, valerian root, and strawberry, this blend is incredibly relaxing, and delicious. (available here)
This is more of a digital remedy, but also very effective. Download this body scan meditation for sleep, from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, onto your phone. Listen to it in bed when you are having trouble sleeping. Just be sure to turn your device on airplane mode. (free download here)
• Passionflower Tincture
Available as both alcohol- and glycerine-based tinctures, this is a bedside essential. Great for when you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, or are having trouble falling asleep. Just drop a dropper-full into your mouth you’ll notice your mind and body quickly respond to this relaxing herb.
• Essential Oils:
These oils are incredibly calming and restorative. Use an essential oil diffuser in your bedroom before you get ready for bed to infuse your room with the relaxing aroma. You can also rub a few drops onto your hands and then on you pillowcase to surround yourself with these relaxing scents. These essential oils will help you blissfully float off into dreamland. (available here: Calm & Chamomile Lavender)
All of the remedies for sleep are also effective for stress! But we also recommend:
• Bach Rescue Remedy
This flower essence formula is especially helpful in moments of emotional stress and anxiety. It help calm the body and mind, to bring it back to equilibrium. Available in many different forms from pastilles, to sprays to creams.