Top 5 Natural Remedies For Your Holistic Medicine Cabinet

| February 20, 2013

Over the years, as I’ve learned more about holistic methods of treating illnesses and injuries and applied what I’ve learned practically, the contents of my medicine cabinet have evolved significantly.

Nowadays, rather than a slew of pharmacy purchased over the counter products and medications, the vast majority of what you’d find if you took a peek into my medicine chest are non-toxic, natural, holistic remedies.

What I’m primarily looking for when choosing these remedies are substances that:

• are extremely effective.

• are as innocuous, harmless and safe as possible.

• cause minimal, if any negative or potentially harmful side effects.

• have the versatility of being able to be used both internally as well as externally.

• work with the body’s own innate healing intelligence to support and encourage it’s natural ability to return to balance and restore a state of good health.

Below is a list of five of the safest, most effective and versatile natural remedies that I consider to be essentials in my own medicine cabinet. Also included are links to resources and articles where you can find more information about these holistic remedies, as well as websites where you can purchase them online.

Colloidal silver – Silver is a natural antimicrobial, and liquid solutions of colloidal silver can be safely used both internally and externally. Colloidal silver can be taken orally, used a a gargle or mouth rinse, and can also be applied topically to wounds to help prevent or heal infection.

The site below has extensive information on the benefits and uses of silver as a remedy. It also includes suggestions for commercially available colloidal silver generators that can be purchased to make your own colloidal silver in bulk at home:

My favorite brand of colloidal silver is Sovereign Silver, which is available for sale at most well stocked health food stores or can be purchased online here.


Activated charcoal – Known as the ‘universal antidote’ and kept on hand as a standard remedy in all emergency rooms for internal use because if its remarkable ability to neutralize a wide variety of different ingested poisons, activated charcoal is a phenomenal – and virtually harmless – all around natural healer and detoxifier.

It’s fantastic taken internally for treating many kinds of digestive issues, including food poisoning, indigestion, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, acid reflux and vomiting.

AC is also very effective when used externally as a poultice for wound care, where it helps to clean wounds by drawing out infection, pus, and toxins, while promoting improved blood circulation and accelerated healing.

It’s available in several forms, as capsules, tablets, and bulk powder, each of which has its respective benefits and applications.

One of the best websites I’ve found with good information on AC is:

Although you can pick up a jar of activated charcoal capsules at most any health food store, my hands down favorite place to buy any kind of activated charcoal product is:

Bentonite clay – Clay is excellent for both internal and external applications, and has been used therapeutically by human beings for thousands of years.

A variety of different species of animals around the world have also been observed consuming clay, demonstrating that many wild creatures regularly and instinctively avail themselves of the healing and detoxifying properties of this amazing earthly remedy.

Used internally, clay is a powerful detoxifier, drawing toxins, pathogens, wastes and other potentially harmful materials into itself and out of the body along with the feces.

When made into a poultice and applied externally, hydrated clay cleans, pulls out infection, promotes increased blood flow, and encourages rapid healing of topical wounds and injuries.

Clay can also be used as a face mask to draw out impurities, in the bath to detoxify the entire body, and as a dusting powder on things like diaper rashes and chafed, irritated, inflamed skin, particularly in areas of the body that retain moisture such as the genital or rectal areas.

This website, to my mind, is essential reading for all things related to healing clays:

And I buy much of the clay I use in bulk here:

Dragon’s Blood aka Sangre de Drago – Dragon’s blood is a thick, resinous, dark red sap that comes from a tree called Croton lechleri which grows in the Amazonian rainforests of South America.

This sap has been harvested and used in a variety of applications by Amazon natives and has a very long history of traditional use among these people. We are fortunate that this wonderful, natural healing substance has been made available to us here in the west today.

Sangre de drago can be used internally to treat various conditions, from inflamed gums to stomach and intestinal ulcers, and is also effective for upper respiratory viral infections.

But my favorite way to use it is topically for wound care.

When you paint an open wound with dragon’s blood, as it dries it forms a seal to create a kind of natural latex bandage that’s incredibly effective for protecting the wound, pulling out and/or preventing infection, and promoting healing.

Dragon’s blood has become my number one go-to remedy for any and all kind of cuts, scrapes, lacerations, punctures or other flesh wounds. It’s also great for bites and stings, as it has analgesic properties that relieve pain, help to reduce inflammation, and generally encourage rapid healing and regeneration of new tissue.

For information on dragon’s blood check out this site:

To purchase, go here:



Helichrysum essential oil – This essential oil, derived from Helichrysum italicum flowers, is an absolute powerhouse of holistic healing. It’s amazing for easing the pain and mitigating the inflammation and swelling caused by just about any kind of traumatic injury – from bumps, bruises and sprains to broken bones and even burns.

Although it’s most effective when applied as soon as possible to the affected area after the injury has occurred, it’s still also beneficial when used some time after the fact.

The company at the link below, Ananda Apothecary, not only provides a tremendously detailed and accurate database of information on the beneficial properties of many essential oils, but they’re also a vendor of extremely high quality, therapeutic grade products, many of which are either wild crafted or certified organic:

I will be giving a class entitled “Minerals, Clay and Activated Charcoal” on June 4, 2013 in Tacoma, WA. Please check my June 2013 events page HERE for more information and a brief description of this class.

This post is part of: Tasty Traditions, Thank Your Body Thursday,

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Category: Activated Charcoal, Clay | Pelotherapy, Detoxification, Essential Oils, Healing | Detox, Herbal, Human Health, Resins

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  1. I love this information! I have never heard of Dragon’s Blood before!
    I hope you’ll consider entering it in the Saturday Round-Up, the new blog hop over at A Joyful Mother! I’d love it!

  2. Thank you so much for linking up to the Saturday Round Up! It was so great to have your post included. I hope you’ll consider linking up next week too!