I am a slow starter although I guess life experiences have gradually built up my confidence and made me want to learn more about natural health and remedies.
My very basic introduction has been years of using natural cleaners that I mostly make myself. I love the smell of Eucalyptus oil or Lavender oil and would far prefer to use these at home that things from the cleaning isle that take my breath away. I feel confident with them, that they kill dust mites and so does sunshine (on my bedding) and that my house is clean, fresh and healthy. I basically don't want toxic fumes in the house!
Years ago I went to a Homoeopath and she was by far the best "doctor" I have ever been to. She knew things no one else ever even mentioned. When I met her she told me I was a person who couldn't stand windows shut or a lack of fresh air or to be in confined spaces. How would she know that? She seemed to know everything! When I was pregnant with Lucy it took ages to get a positive pregnancy test so no one was sure. I went to see her and she looked around the corner as I sat there in the waiting room and said "Hello Annabel! Oh, you are having another baby!" Just like that! She didn't need a test.
When the girls were small I started using Rescue Remedy and I had a couple of oil blends that were relaxing and helped with sleep. I would rub the girls feet with these and I considered them miracle workers. I also used some oils in the bath and found them so blissful and relaxing. To me finding ones you really just love was the catch, I found Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Geranium just perfect for me.
Last winter the flu here was really bad. (And now I see it has been equally serious in US.) Chloe gave me Oregano Oil which she swears by and On Guard Blend which is based on Thieves oil blend. This is an old "protection from germs" essential oil mix. I had Lucy's family sick and Harper was so ill. I sat and nursed her as she cried and felt I was doomed to get sick myself. Years ago I had the Beijing flu and will never forget. The last thing I remember is I was on the floor and giant spiders were coming to get me. Then I remember being in hospital.
I know it came on fast. I suddenly ached all over so severely. In the middle of the night I had trouble getting up to go to the bathroom. I knew I was in trouble. With this memory I thought I might be in trouble again and I had nothing to lose by using Chloe's oils. I rubbed the Oregano Oil on my feet at bedtime and every time I left the house I dabbed On Guard under my nose and on my wrists. I also did the obvious hand washing etc.
Amazingly I did not get sick. Everyone around me did. So this built up my confidence with these oils and made me want to learn more.
When my Birthday came around I asked for more oils! I was also given a diffuser. So my collection is growing!
Saying all this I basically know nothing! I am on a journey to learn. I think it could be an important skill and asset and an addition to the first aid kit and general preparedness. My pantry is in pretty good shape and I continue to work on it. I think this is a way to improve preparedness generally.
This is in Chloe's kitchen.
She has a medicine cabinet and an essential oils cabinet.
I am not giving advice and not selling anything.
I just hope to learn and benefit and for it to be part of my preparedness and pantry.
Jess was one of the first to get me started. Her e book had me reading up on how to make tinctures and essences. This book is huge and full of information and recipes... 100+ DIY Projects to make with fruit scraps. I really started to learn something. For instance it had not occurred to me that the rosehips in my garden could be make into vitamin C syrup. I noted that this kind of knowledge could be very good in hard times.
Jess also has extensive reading in her section The Art of Aromatherapy DIY's which is a really good place to start and she has heaps of links there to make up all kinds of good things from household cleaners to remedies.
Then she has Create your home pharmacy. Here you learn how to make oils, teas, tinctures and so much more.
Patsy also egged me on. She takes turmeric for its anti inflammatory properties and buys her own gel capsules to make her own tablets. She makes fire cider to ward off sickness. Her blog has a section called The Medicinal Part of my Pantry. She suggests some wonderful books too and I am working my way through those!
These links will help you start off if you are wanting to learn. I have noticed many are very interested when it comes to trying to prevent the flu and building up immunity. I am!
I probably timed this badly as Lana is very good with this and she is away at the moment! Glenda is extremely knowledgeable in this area and professionally qualified as well. She has helped me greatly and gave me a book of herbs and their medical properties. So if you are just starting out then follow along. If you have knowledge, experience and can suggest websites etc then please share.
Please do your own research on everything, check things thoroughly such as interactions between medications and herbs or essential oils and get your doctors advice!
Do you have any remedies that you strongly believe in or make?
Have you had success with essential oils or herbal medicine?
What would you like to learn?
My first goal is to be better prepared for flu season which starts here in about April. I am wanting to know more about prevention and building up immunity. So this is a start! xxx