I hear a lot of people say they don’t know where to start when it comes to alternative health remedies. There’s homeopathics, essential oils, herbs, tinctures, teas, bath salts, health shakes, energy bars, and supplements galore! They see people around them using them, but again, the problem is where do I start? There’s so much to choose from! How do I know if it’s right for me? And finally, I feel overwhelmed!
This is something that is going to be a personal journey unique to you. You don’t have to learn everything there is to know about it. And you don’t have to learn it all overnight. But I’d like to help in this area too by giving you a good starting point to help you get your journey off to a great start.
What is something that you or someone in your family is suffering from? I’m talking about a condition or symptoms. Maybe you get headaches that makes you reach for ibuprofen or acetaminophen (tylenol) a lot. Maybe you have allergies and are dependent on pharmaceutical medication that sort of helps, sort of doesn’t. Maybe you just want to know what you can take for the next cough, cold, or fever that doesn’t come from the drugstore. Maybe you want to know what alternatively you can do for that ear or toothache, or for menstrual cramping and heavy bleeding. Maybe you suffer from something a little bit more serious like nerve pain or asthma. Maybe you have a more chronic type condition like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or even cancer. Whatever it is, usually everybody or someone in their family has something or has a condition or symptoms that come up frequently, whether it is big or small, that they are passionate about solving naturally/alternatively.
Knowing this is the key to where to start for you on your journey.
Once you find something you want to solve for, start researching. I do a lot of my research online. You can ask for help at the health food store. You can consult a naturopath, a nutritionist, your chiropractor, or a friend who has conquered that successfully in their family. Go with your gut instincts. If you feel led to go in a direction of research, even though you don’t know why, go there. If you feel a check about something in your gut, listen to it. There is no better expert on you and your family than you. A long list of letters behind your name doesn’t make them a better expert than you. I still consult experts and listen to what they have to say, but I make the final conclusion and decision. I don’t hand over control of my health to someone else.
I started my own journey with the symptoms that were bothering me the most. I researched it online, I asked for help at the health food store, I interviewed those who had conquered it successfully. For me, I didn’t just want to know the remedy I needed, I went further, understanding why it helped. If I tried something that didn’t work, I found out why it did not work. You may not feel led to go that deep, but there may be some who want to take real charge of their health, and that is the key to starting, is finding out why and why not.
This again may seem too simple, but you have to start somewhere. Finding out how to treat that headache today, maybe a year from now, you’re totally comfortable with a small handful of homeopathic remedies and essential oils and you’ve been able to toss that pharmaceutical headache medicine in the trash. GREAT! You don’t know all the homeopathic remedies or have a ton of essential oils, but you know some. And the ones you do have, are making a huge difference for you and your family.
It all starts somewhere. Don’t be overwhelmed. Don’t feel like you have to learn it all overnight. Become an expert for what your family is going through. Just start with something you’re curious about and want to fix TODAY. If you get stuck, need some direction/advice, this community is always here to help. Feel free to email me: BlackSheepPrincess@gmail.com, you can post a comment here, or post to my facebook wall. This is all about your journey. Don’t be afraid to own it. ❤
This is a series dedicated to showing you a real life event that occurred in my household and how I went about treating it in a natural way. Sometimes people learn best this way and love to get exposure to this over time. So I hope this helps you. It’s taking remedies and turning them into real life action. Just knowing the remedies exist does you no good if you don’t take action and learn how to apply them in real life. ❤
Today, my 12 month old accidentally got another boo boo. A little bump on the head. She instantly started to cry. I could see where she had hit her head, starting to turn red and swell a little.
So here’s what I did to treat it naturally. Very first thing I did was scoop her up in my arms, spoke soothingly to her, and ran for the Bach’s Rescue Remedy. I have it in spray form. She immediately calmed down upon seeing that and opened her mouth. She knows by now how much it helps her feel better. A spray or two is all it takes. At this point, crying lessened, but was still happening. Bach’s Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic remedy made from the essences of flowers. It is amazing for traumas, accidents, any time your adrenaline gets pumping, or your emotions are out of whack for no apparent reason. We actually never step out of the house without this stuff. Seriously. It works THAT good.
The next thing I reached for was my bottle of Frankincense essential oil (EO). I took one drop in my hand, then rubbed that between both my hands. I rubbed some on the top of her head, some on her chest and the bottoms of her feet. I then rubbed some on my own chest where she could smell it on me if I held her. Finally, I took my hands and put them near her nose so she could take a couple of breaths from it. At this point, she stops crying completely. Frankincense is great for healing anything traumatic. Sometimes when you get hurt, it’s not how much it hurts in that moment, but the traumatic memory of it all or the impact of the trauma itself. Frankincense is incredible for that.
The next thing I reach for is my Arnica in tablet/pill form where it can be taken internally and I give her the correct dosage for her age. Arnica internally helps with the actual bump and bruise part, helping the body to heal itself and speed healing. I don’t know the actual damage or if she may have hurt her neck or anything, so I give the arnica to help with whatever damage may have happened at the site of where she bumped herself.
Finally, I take out my Arnica in gel form. I can see where the mark is on her head and I apply a little bit of the Arnica gel right on where the mark is. If it did end up being a situation where it could bruise, this helps it to avoid bruising and speed healing and really minimizes any damage that may have occurred.
So in less than 2 minutes, all the above happened. My little 12 month old doesn’t even seem like anything happened now. She is totally calm, reassured, and ready to play again.
If you have a scenario you would like to submit for this series, just comment below, email me at BlackSheepPrincess@gmail.com, or post it on my facebook page. ❤