Ok, so we all know about medications, drugs, pills, etc. You know, the NORMAL stuff? What about what used to be normal? The home remedies. The folk medicine. The things you could do for your family and friends from home without having to rely on other people dramatically overcharging for things. This goes for some “natural” health companies as well. It is a hard-line to draw. But let’s keep it simple today. What are some easy remedies from home we can use? Let’s start with the basics.
FOOD: Food and lifestyle truly are your best medicines. This is mostly focused on food today, but you know all the rest. Lots of sleep, mild exercise, clean air, clean water, sunshine, healthy emotions, etc. Focus on a clean diet. We get most of the vitamins and minerals we need from our food. There are a few simple factors that determine what we get out of the food we eat. Digestibility? We must be able to digest our food if we are going to benefit from it and eliminate it properly. Eating for digestibility includes fruits, cooked vegetables, juiced vegetables, raw fats, soups, lightly cooked seafood, eggs, and proteins, etc. QUALITY over QUANTITY.
GARLIC: Garlic is a heavy hitter. It is one of the cheapest, best things for battling with parasites, yeast, infections, etc. I believe it cleans the blood and strengthens the heart. Cooked or raw? Raw garlic is obviously more potent with its “anti-bug” properties but it can be a little rough on the stomach if eaten alone. Garlic also helps detox pathways and protects your body WHILE detoxing.
FERMENTED FOOD: Probiotics. These are so easy to make. I know there are all these “probiotic” supplements, powders, yogurt, etc out there but these are unnecessary in my opinion. Traditional cultures have been eating fermented foods for thousands of years. Even meats. Now I am not recommending eating raw cultured meat to anybody. But the old standbys such as sauerkraut, fermented salsa, pickled turnips, beets, or garlic. Raw kefir is another option if dairy sits well with you. These help repopulate the digestive tract from the years of damage most young Americans have done with junk foods and medications.
CILANTRO: Cilantro is a super-herb. Very powerful so be careful. This sucker will help chelate heavy metals out of your body. I would advise working with an expert when attempting to remove metals but this is a mild thing you can do in your own home. It works best when combined with a “protector” such as garlic, chlorella tablets, etc. But throwing some in your juicer (not tons), sprinkled on a salad or in some homemade guacamole is great.
COD LIVER OIL: Amazing source of vitamin A and D, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. I personally think everyone should take a high-quality raw source of cod liver oil if possible. We just don’t get enough of this stuff in the diet. Other sources of good quality omega-3’s would be salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc. Think oily fish.
RAW FATS: Raw fats help to fix the digestion and nourish the adrenals. Find out which ones work best with your own body. Recommended sources? If your into plants things like; raw olives/olive oil, raw coconut butter/coconut oil, avocados, dehydrated nuts. Coconut oil has additional benefits of being anti-fungal/parasite and can help with thyroid function. If you feel best with animal sources; egg yolks, oily fish, raw butter, and some lightly cooked meats. Fat is best to not overcook. Most people’s livers and gallbladders need some help and you may have to ease into the good stuff lightly. A little can go a long way.
SPICES/HERBS: This list is too long and could keep going. Keep in mind that these all refer to freshly ground spices for added potencies. 3-year-old cinnamon just isn’t the same =) Notables would include cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, oregano/parsley/thyme/rosemary, herbs that help clean the liver (milk thistle, yellow dock, burdock, dandelion), herbs that help the kidneys, bowels, etc. There are herbs to help kill parasites (wormwood, black walnut, cloves, garlic) Do a little research and keep some simple herb combos around. There seems to be herbs to help with almost every ailment.
So these are some basics from the kitchen medicine cabinet. Most of these are things we can easily keep in the kitchen for daily use. They may be things that we don’t use every day or maybe things that we cycle in and out over the year. This is not to say that we should never see doctors and get medical testing done. I am all about having REAL specialists that help us when something is really wrong. What I am also about is putting the power back into the hands of the people to take care of themselves like they used to =)