Practicing natural health principles - such as understanding herbs and their uses, using essential oils, or eating a whole foods diet - are a great way to create a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
But sometimes it's really confusing. Where do you start? Especially with herbs and essential oils - there are so many choices, how do you know which ones you need on a regular basis and which ones will only be necessary for a rare, leap year-only concoction?
As I began learning about essential oils and herbs and their uses, I went a little overboard. My dad is a manager for a wholesale herb company, meaning I have access to a lot of great stuff at a great price. (Next on my list is to grow my herbs - I just have to keep them alive). So I bought bags of herbs and bottles of essential oils...and many of them are still sitting in boxes in my attic.
Fortunately, when I started decluttering my home and taking a more minimalist approach to life, I realized that the same principles could be applied to my health as well.
I don't need a lot of "stuff" to be happy, and I don't need a lot of remedies to be healthy.
With that mindset, I began simplifying my herbal medicine chest after noticing that I use a small percentage of my herbs most of the time, and came up with this simple herbal medicine cabinet.
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After simplifying my herbal uses, I then noticed that the same was true for my essential oils. These are the ones that I use on a weekly basis.
Read more about these and other essential oils here.
When you're determining which herbs and their uses you'll most need and begin to stock your medicine cabinet accordingly, you'll also want to consider some supplies.
In addition to the above items, be sure to seek out some good books for your herbs. I suggest having a minimum of three because different books cover different remedies. Choose a trusted natural health resource with lots of recipes so you can have fun creating your own remedies and learning more about herbs and their uses. Be sure to follow dosage suggestions and precautions for pregnant and lactating women and children and also learn about their contraindications (when herbs and their uses may cause harm).
Nina Nelson is a natural wellness coach, unconventional mom and writer determined to live a life of adventure and purpose. She helps moms simplify natural wellness at Shalom Mama.
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