What items do you no longer keep in your medicine cabinet? (And what have you replaced them with, if applicable?)
- Antihistamines (n/a)
- Vaseline lip balm (coconut oil)
- Athlete's foot spray (n/a)
- Toothpaste (hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, coconut oil, salt)
- Hemorrhoid suppositories (n/a)
- Fiber capsules (n/a)
- Hair product (aloe vera)
- Steroid cream (n/a)
- Mouthwash (coconut oil)
- Shaving cream (coconut oil)
Still use the crystal deodorant and Suave Naturals coconut shampoo (it's cheaper than baking soda and apple cider vinegar--and way more effective, in my experience).
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on December 19, 2010
at 09:30 PM
I now have a few staples that cover lots of things and no longer need much of the 'old' stuff such as lip balm, but still need a few things for my children: as you say, coconut oil is fantastic for minor ailments, dry skin, hair conditioner etc, I have also used butter and lard in the past ;) I have on hand chicory root coffee as a laxative, bee pollen as an anti-histamine in summer (plus honey comb) and propolis for burns and bee-stings, mouth ulcers and other general skin hurts. Honey is wonderful for all manner of things, and so comforting too.
I make pine needle syrup in the spring to use as cough syrup the following winter. I also make walnut husk liquor in the autumn to use as sun tan lotion in the summer (coconut oil is fantastic for sunburn, although we rarely have that nowadays). Another syrup I have on hand is made of rose hips, which is good for vit C. in the winter.
The best all rounder for fevers, flus and colds is chicken/bone stock made into soup. That can be found in the freezer in our house.
Believe it or not, ground egg shells are great as a poultice, but I also use whatever fresh herbs are to hand in the garden in a real emergency, even as bandages when I have nothing else to hand. But I have to say, in almost every first aid case I have with my children a very regular sticking plaster does the job 99% of the time as a placebo and even better if it has a Mickey Mouse or Buzz Light Year picture on it (much more satisfying than a leaf). Dr. Bach's rescue remedy is also another great 'magic remedy' that I believe has more of a placebo effect on the children, but they love it and it really calms then down.
I have given up using much in the way of cosmetics but use Weleda for deodorant, (rose absolute) toothpaste and hair care, having tried no 'poo with not much success. I have used green clay for all manner of things such as toothpaste, deodorant, dry shampoo and for diarrhea and internal cleansing. I dye my grey hair with henna and indigo plants.
The big question is pain-killers - I have yet to find a replacement, but always use them as a last resort, doing whatever I can to alleviate the hurting before turning to Anadin etc. Anyone found an alternative ?
I really enjoy finding stuff as a replacement for chemical/petroleum based products. Firstly it is through the necessity of having not much money and secondly, I think it is important to be as resourceful as I can with what I have around me, after all, it is all just waiting there to be used - it is the knowledge (and confidence) of what to use and how to use it that is the important thing.
on December 20, 2010
at 03:26 AM
Toothpaste replaced with baking soda and cinnamon. Antibiotic replaced with beeswax mixture. I don't need moisturizer now that I use natural soap that does not strip natural oils. I also don't need all that acne stuff I used to use. Shaving cream replaced with natural soap. I use the extra space for more bandaids as more energy=more activity=more cuts and scrapes!
on December 20, 2010
at 04:10 AM
deodorant - coconut oil, water to moisten and a dab of baking soda on a fingertip - never been this odor free in my 45 years.
shampoo - finally having success with a combination BS/ACV and sauve conditioner only washing.
bath gel/soap - I am no-soap as well - just a good scrub with a washcloth