The camellias are in glorious, full bloom and the days are mild. Come mid morning we are bare foot in the sandpit and peeling off extra woollen layers. There is tea, gentle sunshine and a wriggly babe on the mat; so far, King Winter is being kind in his ways. But ails will come regardless of the temperature. Sniffles and grazes are part of every childhood and especially those steeped in outdoor adventure.
Lately, like apothecaries of old we are choosing to heal our minor ailments in a more natural way. Our collection of tools fills a small, easy access basket - simple yet powerful remedies that are reached for time and again. Together we choose the appropriate therapy and spend some time restoring and re balancing our bodies and emotions. There's something calming in the ritual of it all.
In our basket we have:
gentle salves that soothe and heal. We love arnicafor bruising,
calendula for scrapes and grazes, eucalyptus balm rubbed onto chests and feet
for coughs and colds and lavender for headaches (massaging a small amount into
temples and the nape of the neck followed by a large glass of water seems to
keep most niggly headaches at bay). Although medicinally potent, perhaps their strongest healing powers
lie mostly in their need for touch.
lavender essential oil . One drop applied directly will ease the itch or
sting of an insect bite and a few drops diluted in a bowl of warm water
provides a wonderful antiseptic wound wash. The calming aroma is a lovely bonus
when little people are hurt.
our Magic Water. I fill a 50ml amber glass bottle with filtered water and then add about 20 drops of rose otto essential oil. A fine mist of its sweet vapours and listening to a whimsical tale of a healing fairy collecting rose petals always calms my hurt and distressed little ones.
a Chinese soup spoon for gua sha. When my babies show the very first signs
of a cold I like to use the traditional Chinese practise called gua sha to
stimulate the acupressure points associated with the lungs. Using very gentle pressure, it is a tactile way of helping little bodies to
fight germs and one they accept with delight.
rescue remedy – 4 drops on the tongue to help in stressful situations (this got me through those first few weeks of school runs with a new baby!). As
Bach flower essences contain small amounts of alcohol we also have the child’s version which uses vegetable glycerin as it’s preservative. I’ve found a few
drops in their water bottles goes a long way to ease distress.
a silky eye pillow filled with flax seed for rest and calm. Combined with
some lavender balm or a gentle spray of our magic water these soft pillows
soothe little bodies and overwrought tempers. Sometimes lying down for a few
moments with your eyes covered is all that’s needed to regroup and recharge.
bandaids, tweezers and small bandages.
Other helpful house hold items for healing;
When applied topically apple cider vinegar helps to restore skin pH. A good
splosh in the bath followed by a gentle massage of coconut oil is useful for
dry and itchy skin. And at this time of the year it is becoming an almost
Manuka honey - smeared over a splinter and covered with a band aid this
golden elixir is all sorts of magic. Overnight the splinter is drawn to
the surface of the skin and slides out effortlessly. Manuka honey also has
strong antibacterial qualities so it is great to heal over the wound. A
generous teaspoon also eases a raspy throat.
A large pot of aloe vera sits on our front door step and when skin is
irritated a gel filled leaf will be snapped off and smeared over bites or minor burns.
When Winter sniffles show themselves I am quick to take out my germ fighting room spray. I walk through the house throughout the day spritzing each
room; it’s potent aroma lifts the spirits and keeps airborne germs at bay.
Are you becoming more selective about the medicines you use? Do you have a favourite natural remedy you call on repeatedly?