Flaxseed works well as a constipation-relief remedy. Take one or two tablespoons orally and swallow down with a glass of water. Another excellent product for constipation is the botanical remedy Oxy-Colon Cleanse.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Buchu oil caps and cranberry extract (I recommend the the supplement Ellura) treat UTIs and help relieve the burning sensation when urinating. Baking soda is a good remedy to keep on hand for urinary track infections or severe heartburn.
Nux vomica (homeopathic remedy) relieves nausea, digestive upsets and hangovers. Pegasus has a lovely combination remedy for nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting. For projectile vomiting, homeopathic Ipecac is very effective. The remedy TravelRite, is another effective option in treating nausea. Each tablet contains 20% high-quality standardised ginger extract. Here is our review on Travelrite: Product Review – TravelRite®
Sore throats, coughs and colds
Echinacea is a must-have before and during cold and flu season as a preventative. If you do end up with a sore throat, try Echinacea tincture and salt-water gargle. Another favourite sore throat remedy is the Similasan Sore Throat Relief spray.
Buchu, due to its antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities, strengthens resistance to infection thereby helping fight the common cold.
The following homeopathic preparations are good to have on hand:
Spongia for spasmodic cough and croup will respond to aconite followed by Spongia 20 minutes later and Hepar sulph 30 minutes later, if still needed.
I love using B.O.N.’s Anti-Bacterial Eucalyptus Spray as air spray in the bedroom of someone battling a bacterial infection. It also helps keeps mosquitos at bay!
Fevers and teething
The following homeopathic remedies work well for pain, fevers and irritability: aconite for sudden fevers and chills, belladonna eases fever and sunstroke, Chamomilla for all symptoms associated with teething.
Clove oil is effective for toothache if applied on cotton wool, but do not give it to a child. It cannot have contact with the gum as it is extremely dermal abrasive! It can damage tissue, but kept on a tooth you will find its analgesic and antiseptic properties exceptional.
Hexal’s ACC fizzies (N-acetyl cysteine) are wonderful to use as soon as symptoms start. They thin the mucus so that it doesn’t build up causing pain and pressure, but runs out instead. An all-time favourite is Similasan Earache Relief. Calendula tea can be applied to a cotton swab and applied to the outer ear to treat swimmer’s ear.
A hypertonic solution or gel helps stop a nosebleed by encouraging the natural blood clotting process. Talking of bleeding, applied topically, cayenne powder helps stop bleeding rapidly.
Bruises, sprains and burns
Arnica applied topically relieves bruising and sprains and orally in tablet or pillule form. Rhus tox (homeopathic remedy) helps relieve sprains.
Lavender oil not only helps soothe scrapes, abrasions, insect bites or minor lacerations but is a brilliant go-to for burns. Honey can be spectacularly effective for severe burns and is the basis of a therapy in China that has attracted much attention from doctors in the West. It is soothing, antiseptic and healing. Opt for one of the medicinal honeys such as manuka honey from New Zealand.
Fix is a natural wound dressing spray made from St John’s wort oil, neem oil and olive oil.
Caution: Please make sure your essential oils are between six months (citrus oils) and two years (sandalwood) old. Fresh oils need to be used because essential oils all contain terpenes and therefore they don’t last very long. Old oils can cause severe skin irritation.
Editor's note: Another article that may be of interest is Remedies Every Home Should Have
- Phat Tran et al: The in vitro Efficacy of Betadine Antiseptic Solution and Colloidal Silver Gel Combination in Inhibiting the Growth of Bacterial Biofilms, American Journal of Infection Control (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.04.002