Last week, Laurence Smith presented a webinar on how to build a herbal medicine cabinet. These are his personal essential tips and life-saving methods to being naturally prepared and equipped for any urgent health situation. Check out the slides below, or see the all the webinars from Education Week here.
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Why Would You Need a Herbal First Aid Kit?
There are many health concerns that could and should be handled at home. The sooner there is intervention, the sooner the healing process begins. It is important to have natural products on hand that can immediately be used when a person feels "out of sorts".
Developing a Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit
Provides peace of mind knowing that you have basic remedies on hand. Gives you the opportunity to practice using herbs in a non-emergency situation, and build your confidence in both yourself and these natural products – and caring for common complaints at home.
These should be separated into Primary Products, Secondary Products, Specialty Products and Programs:
- Silver Shield
- Silver Shield Gel
- Elderberry D3fence
- Golden Seal
- LBS II
- Oregon Grape
- Distress Remedy
- Cascara Sagrada
- Black Ointment
- Tei Fu Oil
- Tei Fu Lotion
- Golden Salve
ALJ capsules & liquid APS II Aloe Vera Gel Catnip/Fennel Cranberry-Buchu HistaBlock Lobelia Papaya Mint Peppermint Oil Stomach Comfort Tea Tree Oil Zinc Lozenges
The Silver Solution -- Silver Shield -- "Second Immune System." The very minute ionized particles of silver, suspended in pure water aid in immune system defense for maximum bioavailability. It works quickly when ingested. The very minute ionized particles of silver, suspended in pure water aid in immune system defense for maximum bioavailability. It works quickly when ingested. Silver Shield is cell-structure specific—any single cell organism is subject to silver.
Elderberry D3fense -- Supports the immune system and contains naturally derived Vitamin D3.
VS-C -- Vital Shield for the immune system, it's an immune-system Stimulant – Chinese (was HRP-C). It's Effective with l-lysine and nourishes the liver. It promotes a healthy respiratory tract.
Goldenseal -- Maintains a strong immune system, supports mucus membranes throughout the body.
Mullein -- supports healthy ears and lungs and may help soothe the respiratory system.
LBS II -- A lower bowel stimulant formula and Support that strengthens the colon and increases peristalsis. It improves digestion, reduces gas and cramping, and helps the growth of friendly bacteria.
Oregon Grape -- Supports the immune system and is easily assimilated in the body.
Distress Remedy -- Flower essence version of Bach's Rescue Remedy and is for a variety of emotionally stressful situations.
Ultimate Echinacea -- Potent immune system stimulant and lymphatic cleanser. Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida, and Echinacea angustifolia. Directly stimulates the immune system.
Cascara Sagrada -- A stimulant laxative for a moving experience. "Sacred Bark" root is a popular treatment for occasional constipation because it is not habit-forming. It is used to increase the secretion of digestive fluids, create large soft bowel movements, and stimulate the peristaltic action of the colon.
Capsicum -- The hot pepper that cools pain after exercise or muscle overuse. Capsicum can be applied directly to the skin or swallowed. It is one of the most versatile stimulant herbs known. It is a digestive aid, relieves pain after exercise or muscle overuse, and itching palms and feet. Provides digestive and circulatory support.
Activated Charcoal -- Used to support the body's cleansing and detoxification mechanisms. Ability to "attract" and absorb. Removes toxins from the body. Absorbs intestinal gas.
Tei Fu -- Tei Fu Essential Oils and Tei Fu Massage Lotion. These stimulating aromatic oils are cleansing and mood enhancing.
Golden Salve -- Soothing salve that helps moisturize tissues. Use on any external tissue. Supports healthy skin and soothes and moisturizes dry skin.
Black Ointment -- Drawing salve that helps tighten, tone and firm the skin.
APS II (w/White Willow Bark) -- Chemically similar to salicylic acid. Salicin appears to help prevent the production of prostaglandins. Includes valerian root to provide additional nervous system support, including promoting feelings of relaxation.
Relief Formula -- Pain relief formula after exercise or muscle overuse, also for sore muscles or sore back.
Products that encourage a healthy inflammatory response after exercise or muscle overuse: CurcuminBP, IF-C, Triple Relief, Licorice, Omega-3, Thai-Go.
ALJ -- Lung support. Helps soothe irritated tissues. Provides effective respiratory system support.
Aloe Vera Gel -- Soothes the skin. It spreads on and penetrates quickly. Use generously and keep the skin moist.
Catnip and Fennel -- Although the flavor is mild enough for an infant, you can also rub the liquid on baby's back and abdomen. Also try some on the back of the tongue to expel occasional painful gas or control hiccups.
Cranberry and Buchu -- Cranberry juice does contain substances that support a healthy urinary tract.
Histablock -- Supports the respiratory system in its battle against pollutants and toxins, especially during the changing seasons. Stabilizes immune cells.
Lobelia -- Muscle-relaxing respiratory and lymphatic stimulant. Relaxing, antispasmodic, supports the respiratory system. Larger doses can bring on nausea. This is cleansing; not a reaction to "poison."
Papaya Mint Chewable Tablets -- Tasty digestive stimulant. Papaya fruit contains proteolytic enzymes that function in the digestion of protein, while peppermint leaves contain aromatic compounds capable of triggering the production of digestive fluids.
Pau d'Arco Capsules -- Strengthens and supports the immune system. Fortifies against foreign invaders.
Peppermint Oil -- Digestive aid and Freshens breath.
Stomach Comfort -- Helps neutralize acid and soothes the stomach and is a pH-balancing formula that provides natural ingredients to help nutritionally support digestion in times of occasional stomach upset. Contains calcium carbonate, which is alkaline in nature and helps buffer acid. Helps neutralize acid.
Tea Tree Oil -- The wonder from down under.
Zinc Lozenges -- Help Take the Bite out of Winter. Lozenges dissolve slowly in the mouth, releasing beneficial nutrients to the body. Zinc supports the respiratory, immune and glandular systems.
Colon Health --Artemesia Combination, Black Walnut concentrate,Herbal Pumpkin and Fossil Shell Flour.
Digestive Health -- GastroHealth aids the digestive system, soothes the stomach, ,inimizes occasional gastric heartburn, acid indigestion, and discomfort.
Acting Quickly in an Emergency
Food Poisoning -- Activated Charcoal (Always call Poison Control Center first. If they recommend inducing vomiting, use Lobelia. Lobelia – emetic, Distress Remedy and Capsicum.
For Skin Issues
Use Black Ointment for a drawing salve, Aloe Vera Gel to moisten the skin, Silver Shield gel, Tei Fu Oil, Lavendar Oil and Tea Tree Oil.
Use Relief Formula for minor muscular aches and pains following exercise, APS II and Tei-Fu Massage Lotion may promote muscle relaxation for aching and tense muscles. Also use Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, and Curcumin.
For Digestive Issues
Catnip and Fennel for occasional gas, occasional mild acid indigestion, occasional bloating. Activated Charcoal for bloating, absorbs gas.
For Occasional constipation and diarrhea use activated Charcoal, LBS II or Cascara Segrada. Peppermint Oil promotes digestion.
For the Nervous System
For occasional sleeplessness, nervousness, and situational anxiety, use Distress Remedy and Lobelia, which calms nerves and muscle tension. Topically, use Lavender Oil to promote restful sleep, Peppermint Oil for muscle tension and Tei Fu Oil/Lotion for muscle tension due to stress.