The return of the home apothecary
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” — Hippocrates
Anyone who has kids has probably experienced the fear related to having a sick child and wanting to do everything within your power to make them well as quickly as possible. When my second child got sick for the first time, we rushed her to the doctor because we wanted them to make her suffering stop as soon as possible. So, antibiotics it was! Her little body struggled with the antibiotics, she had a severe allergic reaction to one, stomach upset from another, dry patches, and so on. She got three ear infections that year. Antibiotics all three times. Her system was so beat up that if we got within 100 feet of another sick kid, she was sure to get whatever they had. Poor little thing was sick all the ever-loving time. It wasn’t till they set the appointment to put tubes in her ears that I decided to see if there was any other options. I found a natural doctor, and he suggested that the next time she got an ear infection to try olive oil and garlic. Sure enough, 30 days later I had my chance. I took her to see our regular doctor, and he scolded me for canceling her surgery and told me that she did in fact have a double ear infection. He wrote her a prescription, and gave me the fear talk about how she could lose her hearing if I didn’t get tubes put in ASAP. I actually brought her that time just to make sure she didn’t have a busted ear drum. You don’t want to put liquid in a busted ear drum, and at the time I didn’t know how to check for myself. Sadly, you can’t tell your doctors what you’re planning on doing. Eventually we need to get to the point where Doctors are allowed to help and empower caregivers, but that’s another topic for another day. I went home after that visit and got to work. I put olive oil and fresh garlic in her ears every few hours (yes, even in the middle of the night), garlic on her feet and lots of massages and love. I was scared shitless that I was going to hurt her, and that it would be my fault if she suffered any hearing loss. Three days later, I called and made an appointment to have her ears checked. Our doctor said: “Looking much better, but make sure you finish the full 10 day course of antibiotics” (ha!) At the end of the days days of home remedies, I went back and had them look again. THEY WERE CLEAR!! I cried all the way home. All those rounds of antibiotics and I could have done it myself with stuff I use to cook with. I wanted to scream! I was mad, angry and determined to learn more.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” –Thomas Edison
As soon as her ears were clear, I had her tested for food allergies. She has not had an ear infection in almost 7 years. None of the doctors we saw ever suggested that it could be something she was eating or an allergy to dairy. Why?
We have since naturally conquered many illnesses, infections and ailments in our home. I am always learning, and I don’t always get it right, but the point is that I try. I do everything I can at home before I take them to a Doctor. I am a great example of someone who knew absolutely nothing about natural medicine, and now only 6 years later I can confidently treat almost any common ailment at home. Doctors are great back up for our kitchen remedies. They are there to help when we can’t figure it out. They’re there for those times when the fever won’t break and you’re at a loss for what the cause is. Doctors are a great blessing, and grateful to have them there should we ever need a limb sewn back on, stitches, broken bones set, or any other major repair. Our culture has almost completely handed over our ability to doctor ourselves to physicians, and I personally think this is a huge mistake.
It’s time for the rebirth of kitchen remedies.
I don’t have a license to practice medicine, but I will go up against any doctor any day in treating everyday ailments.
Our culture wants to feel good quick, and we don’t really think about the long term cost involved.
Sickness can be a gift. With it comes an opportunity to grow, strengthen our immune system, learn more about our bodies, and empower ourselves. When we put forth the effort to learn and treat our children, and ourselves at home, we are given a chance to detox, purge, and make our bodies stronger. When you treat a child with antibiotics, it takes their system months possible years to recover. When you treat a child with onion, garlic, liquid silver, cayenne, lemon balm, ginger root, essential oils, coconut oil, rest, green juice, home made soups, poultices, and teas they come out on the other side of sickness STRONGER!!
Sickness is an opportunity for growth.
Don’t run from it, run with it, and learn from it!
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