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How to Build a Natural Medicine Cabinet

Sometimes I think we rush off to the the pharmacy for minor things that can be easily treated naturally, things like mozzie bites, scratches, bruises and even hay fever!

With so many wonderful and effective natural remedies available, it's easy to add some natural alternatives to your medicine cabinet. I've put together a list of some of remedies to get you started. These don't replace professional medical advice, but they are great to have on hand to help treat some of our everyday problems and ailments. Please always read the label, use only as directed and see your healthcare practitioner for advice if symptoms persist.

Muscle pain and bruises

Arnica
Arnica has traditionally been used to treat muscle pain, bumps and bruises, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This flower is known to help soothe general muscle aches and can be used topically as well as taken internally! Add the Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak to a hot bath to help soothe tired muscles. The Weleda Arnica Cream is designed to massage into bruises and sprains, and can be used for symptomatic relief of lower back pain, soft tissue trauma, sprains and muscular cramps and spasms.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Contains ethanol.

Rose-Hip Vital with GOPO Powder
An option for anyone with joint soreness or mild arthritis, this is a clinically tested powder containing Rosehip fruit powder that may help relieve the pain and symptoms associated with mild Osteoarthritis and temporarily relieve joint inflammation associated with mild Arthritis. This can also be taken for general health and wellbeing as a nutrition supplement. Add the powder to juice, smoothies or cereal.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.

Magnesium
The benefits of Magnesium make this a great addition to the bathroom cabinet! Whether you prefer a cream, oil or flakes, this is a wonderful mineral for the body. Magnesium can be absorbed via the skin as well as provide hydration and smoothness to skin tone. The Elektra Magnesium products are available in a nourishing Magnesium Cream, Magnesium Oil Spritz and even Food grade Mineral Salt Flakes which can be added to your drinking water as well as your nightly bath.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.

Cold and flu symptoms

Weleda Cold and Flu Pilules
Homeopathic pilules for colds and flu, these Weleda Cold and Flu Pilules contain natural ingredients such as Aconite, Eucalyptus and Sabadilla. The small, dissoluble beads can be used by both adults and children.

For children under 2 years of age, make sure to get medical advice prior to use. Always read the label and if symptoms or coughing persists make sure to consult your healthcare professional. Contains sugar.

Weleda Throat Relief Oral Spray
This is another homeopathic option from Weleda. Their Weleda Throat Relief Oral Spray has been specifically designed for sore throats and can be used as soon as you feel that first tickle in your throat. This 'Throat Relief' oral spray uses the benefits of its homeopathic ingredients, including Apis, Belladonna and Cinnabar.

Kiwiherb Echinature
The Kiwiherb Echinature Oral Liquid is a high potency blend of organically grown Echinacea and organic Manuka Honey that tastes great and may be used to provide immune system support and help with colds and flu. It can be taken in juice or water.

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Use only as directed. Always read the label. Not for children under 2 years of age without medical advice. Not suitable for infants under 12 months.

Weleda Hayfever & Sinusitus Drops
Designed as a natural remedy for Hayfever symptoms, the Weleda Hayfever & Sinusitis Drops is a homeopathic that can be used throughout the hayfever season thanks to the soothing homeopathic ingredients, including Alumen Chromicum, Gelsemium and Sabadilla.

Sleeping aids

Eco. Aroma Sinus Clear Blend
We all know how hard it is to try to sleep with a blocked nose! The Eco. Aroma Sinus Clear Blend combines Lemongrass, Lime, Grapefruit and Peppermint essential oils for a refreshing and cleansing aroma. This revitalising blend can be added to your vapouriser or diffuser, or used in the shower, bath or fragrant steam bowl treatment before bed.

Badger Sleep Balm
In a handy travel tin, the Badger Sleep Balm contains a blend of natural essential oils including Lavender, Rosemary and Bergamot in base of nourishing Olive Oil, Castor Oil and Beeswax to help gently calm your mind and body through mild aromatherapy. Applying this lightly scented balm to your pulse points before bed is the perfect way to unwind and relax. Suitable for adults, this balm also comes in a milder children's version.

PPC Herbs Sleep Plex
A herbal liquid supplement, the PPC Herbs Sleep Plex contains traditional Ayurvedic herbal remedies such as Passion Flower, Skullcap and Ashwagandha to encourage relaxation and restfulness. Taken before bed, this may help promote sleep by helping to calm both mind and body naturally, and does not contain the sugary syrups found in other liquid supplements.

Contains ethanol. Always read the label and use only as directed, if symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

Digestive issues

Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder
The Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder is a pure food grade Fossil Shell Flour, or Diatomaceous Earth designed to cleansing out toxins. This powder gently sweeps the gut of unwanted bacteria and build up thanks to the cleansing properties of 100% Fossil Shell. You can find out more about how her Love Your Gut Powder works and how to use it in our FAQ with Lee.

Aussie Squatter
The Aussie Squatter is a unique tool that allows you to place your body in the optimum position while using the toilet. Recent studies have suggested that raising your knees while on the toilet allows your pelvic muscles to relax and eliminate waste properly. This simple and discreet design wraps around the base of standard toilets to elevate your legs into the best posture to minimise pressure and strain on your lower digestive muscles.

Pukka Tea - Peppermint & Licorice
Ideal for sensitive stomachs, the Pukka Tea - Peppermint & Licorice contains soothing Peppermint & Licorice traditionally used for indigestion and upset tummies and has a for a fresh and delicious taste.

Natural Remedies For the Family

Weleda Burns & Bites Cooling Gel
There is nothing more irritating than an insect bite. It is itchy, sore and unattractive. This Cooling Gel does an excellent job of easing the annoyance and fits easily into your home first aid kit. It is also a great cooling gel to soothe and relieve the symptoms of minor burns, sunburn, scalds and rashes. For itchy burns and bites, the Weleda Burns & Bites Cooling Gel is a herbal based gel that can be applied to sore and inflamed areas for a cooling feeling from a combination of Aloe Vera, Arnica, Nettle and Echinacea.

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Always read the label. Contains ethanol. For the treatment of burns, immediate treatment should consist of the rapid application of cold water for a suitable period and the product should only be applied afterwards. The product is for the first-aid treatment of minor burns only and medical advice should be sought for the treatment of more serious burns.

Weleda Rash Relief Cream
The Weleda Rash Relief Cream may be ideal for calming irritated red skin as contains Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Zinc among other active ingredients to sooth and hydrate dry irritated skin.

Always read the label, and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.

For new mums and babies

Weleda Nursing Tea
An ideal option for new mums, the Weleda Nursing Tea is formulated for lactating mums. This delicious herbal tea has a lovely, aromatic fragrance and contains no synthetic ingredients, instead utilising the wonderful properties of organic herbs including Anise, Fennel, Caraway and Lemon Verbena. This soothing and nourishing tea helps to calm tired new mums and babies.

Kiwiherb Baby Balm
The Kiwiherb Baby Balm has been formulated especially for babies and young children and contains a gentle blend of Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender and Koromiko herbs in a base of moisture-rich Olive Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil. Suitable for sensitive and delicate skin, this nourishing balm is deeply moisturising and may help to smooth rashes and dry skin.

Weleda Baby Teething Powder
The Weleda Baby Teething Powder is a favourite homeopathic remedy for treating teething pain. With hundreds of positive reviews world wide from mums, this is an incredible natural formula. This gentle powder contains Chamomilla root and Conchae in a lactose base, and can be combined with water to help relieve the pain of teething. It's also great to help calm and soothe baby at any time. Just by rubbing a little bit of this soothing powder on their gums you may help ease their discomfort, stress and restlessness! This powder is ideal for babies between four and nine months who are cutting their first teeth.

Always read the label. Use only as directed.

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