Here’s What to Toss and Use Instead:
A person’s medicine cabinet (or vitamin/supplement cabinet) can say a good bit about their protocol for staying healthy. Many of us likely had one in the past filled with tons of prescription based cough syrups, OTC pain relievers, and anti-nausea meds. Right? Or, perhaps, we still do. Whatever the case, common medicine has not gotten us very far in staying healthy. These items listed above, along with many others, have only masked the real issue at hand and likely caused some other health issues in the past. Over-the-counter drugs are filled with chemicals, many creams and powders contain heavy metals and endocrine disruptors, while cough syrups often include merely pure sugar and a bunch of chemicals. But when this is all we’ve ever known, it can be tough to initially navigate away from this.
So, to help you revamp your medicine cabinet, consider re-stocking it with some better options. Below are five simple ingredients you can put in your medicine cabinet to replace some unhealthy options. And yes, they work quite well, just in case you were wondering!
This one mineral can help do the following: replace OTC pain relievers, constipation meds, and even sleep aids. Magnesium is sold in many forms and different forms provide different benefits. Citrates and oxide forms will help with constipation and oxide forms will help you rest. Magnesium complex supplements (which include several different forms) can also give you energy, eliminate headaches, and help with PMS. A magnesium shortage shows up in the body as headaches, moodiness, an overactive nervous system (which can cause constipation and insomnia), or absorption and enzyme malfunctions that can lead to constipation and low-energy. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 different reactions if your body; be sure you don’t leave this supplement out since it’s commonly not included in multivitamin forms in high amounts. It’s also one of the first minerals to be depleted in the human body when you’re stressed. You can also add magnesium to your bath routine by using Epsom salt (a form of magnesium) to help with sore muscles and help you rest, or take magnesium citrate powder and stir it into smoothies, tea, coffee, etc. since it’s tasteless.
Use food-grade, pure essential peppermint oil in place of: nausea and digestive aids, headache relievers, and even OTC stress relievers. Peppermint oil boosts digestion, relieves nausea, can relieve tension that leads to headaches and stress, and can even give you an afternoon pick-up when you need some energy. You can rub peppermint oil on your templates to relieve headaches and stress, drop a little into some hot water with lemon and stevia (and even add ginger) to make a tummy-friendly tea, or spike your next smoothie with it—just a drop— to make a chocolate peppermint smoothie. Or, add a drop of peppermint oil to your shampoo to create an energizing effect in the morning to wake you up!
When you buy your vitamins, be sure you choose the best. A good bit of news has been released recently about vitamins and supplements coming off as inefficient, worthless, and even harmful. This is true of most synthetic vitamins with lots of fillers and stabilizers which cut cost and are harder for the body to absorb and utilize. Some vitamins even have chemicals and other toxic, unnecessary ingredients … which are definitely not included on the advertisement or recommendation on the label, right? Be sure you replace your multivitamin with a whole foods multivitamin, which is just that: made from real foods. These can be used just like whole foods in the body but be sure you choose an organic brand and non-GMO brand to avoid pesticides, herbicides, and nasty chemicals.
You might already have this incredible healing staple in your cabinet, but if not, be sure you pick some up. Coconut oil should be bought in extra-virgin, cold-pressed form for the most benefits. It can be used to replace lotions, anti-fungal and yeast infection creams, toxic moisturizers laced with chemicals, shaving creams, and you can even mix it with turmeric to make a natural wound-healer. (Who knew!?) Coconut oil has also been found to enhance immunity and can be used to help with constipation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A top anti-inflammatory agent, use apple cider vinegar for the following: to relieve a headache, nausea, indigestion, low energy, ward off a cold, fight fungal overgrowth or mucous build-up, rub it on your skin as a natural toner to replace chemical options, or even help with constipation. Be sure to buy raw apple cider vinegar that’s raw, organic, and unpasteurized to retain all of its benefits. This liquid also makes a great natural cleaning aid, hair rinse, and flavoring ingredient in the kitchen—don’t leave it out!
Hot Herbal Teas and Essential Oils
Cough syrups can be replaced with hot herbal teas and food-grade essential oils such as eucalyptus or echinacea (or a blend like four knives/four thieves), reducing mucous causing foods like dairy, sugar and wheat, and try eliminating gluten and refined foods , which may possibly eliminate asthma and allergy meds. Don’t knock these options until you try them. It’s worth it to explore natural options for your health to move away from this mind-boggling belief we’ve been coerced into that tells us our body prefers chemical treatments over real options.
Really, don’t you think nature was made for more and that the human body is much smarter than that?