Constipation

note: for chronic constipation, seek the help of a trusted healthcare practitioner 

  • drink more water
  • eat more vegetables & fresh fruit
  • incorporate ground flaxseed, chia seeds, and psyllium seed husks (be sure to increase water intake when adding bulky fibrous 'laxatives')
  • is your constipated related to hormonal cycles? if so, see 'balancing hormones'
  • journal about what you aren't "digesting & assimilating" in your life

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.

 

 

Allergies, seasonal

  • eat local, seasonal, raw/unfiltered/untreated honey & bee pollen
  • eat local, seasonal, whole foods
  • look into food sensitivities/allergies
  • try an elimination diet like Whole 30 or GAPS
  • incorporate herbal carminatives & bitters & gut-healers (via tincture or in food) like cardamom, sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, burdock, chamomile, calendula, cinnamon, cumin, fenugreek, coriander, etc. (think culinary herbs & spices)
  • eat cultured & fermented foods with each meal OR take a probiotic supplement daily

 

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.

Stings, bites

note: If you are allergic to stings or bites, or are experiencing a severe reaction, please call 911 or get professional medical help immediately.

D I S I N F E C T : 

  • note: shaking, scrubbing, or agitating bite/sting will spread the venom more quickly causing more irritation--be gentle and calm
  • clean with water first
  • hydrogen peroxide

E X T R A C T : 

  • plantain leaf (poultice--let sit until dry)
  • clay mask (paint wet clay on and let dry before rinsing off)
  • activated charcoal (use as clay, above)

H E A L : 

  • (if a sting, once stinger is removed)
  • raw honey
  • raw garlic, crushed

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.

Cuts, minor

D I S I N F E C T : 

  • clean first with water
  • raw honey
  • hydrogen peroxide

H E A L : 

  • comfrey (salve, infused oil)
  • calendula (salve, infused oil)
  • field herbal first aid: plantain leaf poultice

P R O T E C T : 

  • keep covered for initial stages of healing, especially if on areas of the body that are exposed out of regular use

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.

Muscle Cramps

S U P P L E M E N T S :

  • magnesium oil, topical- put directly on cramping area (avoid the body's natural orifices and broken skin)

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.

Cold (viral)

H E R B S :

  • elderflower, peppermint, yarrow (equal-parts tea, or buy from Traditional Medicinals)
  • ginger (tea with lemon + honey, in food)
  • thyme (steam, tea with honey, in food)
  • homemade chicken soup (with onion, thyme/rosemary/sage, sea salt, pepper)

I M M U N E - S Y S T E M - B O O S T (preventatives)

  • elderberry syrup 
  • echinacea (tincture)
  • astragalus root (in food--add to broths/grain-cooking water)

 

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.

Menstruation

P M S 

  • 5-HTP
  • Vitamin B complex
  • seaweed (consult medical practitioner if you have a thyroid disorder)
  • take blackstrap molasses daily
  • avoid salty foods
  • stay hydrated

C R A M P S 

  • heat (hot water bottle, hot bath/shower, heat pack, or portable heat wraps like these)
  • ginger (tincture, tea, topical essential oil-diluted, compress on abdomen, poultice on abdomen)
  • crampbark (tincture, tea)
  • magnesium (take internally or apply topically to abdomen the week leading up to menstruation and throughout cramping; take regular epsom salt baths or foot baths; you can discover the amount of magnesium you uniquely need because when you go slightly above that limit, stools become quite loose; simply back down amount until stools are normal for you)
  • try to use pads rather than tampons/cups
  • DO NOT use scented pads or tampons
  • if using disposable pads/tampons, be sure to buy from companies that DO NOT use bleach or chlorine or dyes; preferably 100% (organic) cotton
  • keep abdomen warm, ideally entire body
  • an easy, accessible way to get warming herbs is to drink chai tea
  • limit or eliminate caffeine, at least from coffee
  • do deep squats, gentle yogic stretches
  • take the day off
  • journal about anything that comes to mind
  • spend time with other women

 

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking. 

Migraines

H E R B S : 

  • feverfew (tea, tincture)
  • rosemary (tea, tincture)
  • ginger (compress, poultice)

S U P P L E M E N T S :

  • magnesium (topical oil, epsom salt bath or foot soak)

A R O M A T H E R A P Y :

  • lavender essential oil (inhale, safe to put on skin directly)
  • peppermint essential oil (inhale, dilute to put on skin)

O N L I N E - R E S O U R C E S : 

O T H E R 

  • press warm palms of hands over eyes
  • warm compress over eyes

 

D I S C L A I M E R : : I am not a medical doctor. I want to share these simple and safe remedies because I believe health is a fundamental human right. Oftentimes, I find that the most healing tools for common ailments are in my pantry, closet, or garden. Personally, I believe in the healing power of plants & natural remedies, and always turn to them for relief of simple, common ailments. Use common sense when using herbs and other natural remedies, and for all serious conditions please consult your health care professional. I am not attempting to diagnose or treat major medical conditions. The FDA has not approved of any food-related claims made here. Be sure to consult a trusted herbalist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, giving herbs to children, taking medications, or dealing with a major health issue. Consult your health care professional before taking herbs with a serious medical condition or potential herb interactions with any medications you are taking.