Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What's in Our Medicine Cabinet?

We don't have a medicine cabinet, per se. It's more of a natural nutrition cabinet with vitamins, supplements, and essential oils, with a few of your basic headache aids thrown in.

My husband and I started a quest for more natural nutrition over the past few years (well, really since we had our first child over four years ago). We want to avoid going to the doctor as much as possible and avoid prescription and most OTC medications.

I wanted to share with you what we use and how our natural choices have helped keep our entire family healthy and happy!

All four of us, even our 18 month old, take supplements every day, without fail. We chose Shaklee for all of our vitamins and supplements. Shaklee is the #1 natural nutrition company in the US and we've been very pleased with their products.

FOR THE GROWN UPS
Vitalizer for Women
It's an all in one and has everything I need everyday. You can read about my accidental test with Vitalizer here and see what all the fuss is about!

  • Vitalizer supports bone health, breast health, heart healthy, immune health, physical energy, reproductive health, and digestive health. It's fantastic to take as prenatal supplements!

My husband takes Vitalizer for Men


FOR THE KIDS
We give them a combination of Chewable Vitamin C, VitaLea Ocean Wonders, and the Optiflora Pre and Probiotic System. They love the taste of their vitamins and ask for them every morning!

Did you know that Vitamin C helps support the body's natural immune system? Our oldest struggles with seasonal allergies so we give him a mega dose of C each day (2 tablets). It has really been a helpful, natural approach to his allergies.

Ocean Wonders multivitamin provides kids with 19 essential nutrients they need each day for healthy development. Plus, it's all natural with no artificial colors, flavors, or added sugar. Win!

Pre and Probiotics have been a wonderful addition to the boys daily routine. (We get a probiotic pearl with our Vitalizer strip) Our oldest struggled with getting stomach viruses at least every 8 weeks. It was horrible for him. Once we added the Optiflora system to his daily supplements, he has had ONE stomach virus in 18 months!

They also LOVE smoothies...we frequently make smoothies for breakfast. Healthy and quick!


FOR FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER
Defend & Resist is our go to when we start feeling that tightness or tickle in our throats. We make our own vitamin water using Defend & Resist, Chewable C's, and Performance. It's yummy and it WORKS! I've warded off at least two colds this past season by using the homemade vitamin water system!

D&R has black elderberry in it, which helps super charge your immune system when you start feeling that funk. Some people like to chew it (my oldest son), but along with the vitamin water approach, I like to crush them up and make a hot tea. Yummy and soothing!


ESSENTIAL OILS
We use Young Living EO's as they are therapeutic and food grade. I'm sure there are other wonderful EO's out there, but just be sure what you buy is pure...some that you can get at local grocery stores have other 'stuff' added in.

Lavender - this can be used for SO MANY things! We put it on the boys feet at night to help calm them down before bedtime, put on small cuts to stop the bleeding, help relieve allergy symptoms by dotting along the sinuses...the uses of lavender are virtually endless.

Thieves - oh, Thieves. I adore this EO. It smells amazing and packs a powerful punch. During the cold and flu season, I put it on our feet before going to preschool, or play areas where germs are running rampant, put some on cotton balls and stuff in car vents to help kill airborne bacteria, diffuse in the house to again kill airborne bacteria.

Peppermint - mmm...I love peppermint! I dab some on my temples or base of my neck when I feel a headache coming on, dab on the inside of my wrists before a workout to get an extra boost of energy, and it's always super yummy in hot tea.


OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES AND PRODUCTS WE LOVE
Colloidal Silver. I've used this with both boys when they had pink eye. Cleared it right up and no visits to the doctor!

Performance. Hands down, Shaklee Performance is the best hydrating drink you can get. It has more electrolytes than any other product. We use it for our vitamin water, during and after workouts, I make popsicles out of it for the boys, and it's WONDERFUL for upset stomachs...it tastes great!








So there it is...our natural medicine cabinet! Do you use natural/homeopathic remedies in your home? What questions do you have about what's in our home?

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