We use preventative and natural remedies as much as possible, but with kids we also need to be prepared, especially while traveling. We were a little more particular back in the day, and we still try to read labels, but I got a bit more lax when we became fully self-employed because of money. I’m planning to continue to work on nailing down the best and most natural products for us and will update this post periodically.
Here’s what’s in our medicine cabinet right now, which is especially concentrated on preventative and immune boosting.
LifeSource Vitamins 71 Ingredients, “all natural, made with whole foods (not synthetic), enzymes (critical for digesting these vitamins and minerals), chelated minerals (the most absorbable), special herbs (critical for your body’s health), digestive aids (to ensure absorption to the blood stream) and probiotics (essential for digestive tracts, immune system, and disease fighting)” non-allergenic, cold processed.
LifeSource Children’s Vitamin – “naturally flavored, good tasting, multiple vitamin and mineral supplement with added ingredients that go well beyond the sugar pills of today. LifeSource Children’s not only contains the vitamins and minerals that are normally found in a children’s vitamin, it also contains the full spectrum of all vitamins and minerals classified as “essential.” An essential vitamin is one needed by the body but not produced by it. Therefore, they must be obtained from our diet or supplements. LifeSource Children’s also contains trace minerals and associated nutrients that are very important to a child’s growth and development, but may not be found in other children’s vitamins.”
Source Naturals Wellness Fizz When we were trying to decide what we wanted to stock up on for this winter and traveling, I ran across this post and discovered something that is supposed to be better than Airborne and Emergen C, and Wellness Fizz is what we ended up getting and are currently using.
Young Living Thieves Essential Oils – I’ve been interested in essential oils for a long time and recently several of my friends have gotten really into them, so I finally got around to getting a few things for this winter. Thieves is supposed to be good for many things, one of which being immunity boosting.
Chewable Baby Asprin –Once in a while I take one of these if I feel my neck/head tightening up into a headache. I would like to transition to using oils for this, but it works pretty well for now.
Cold & Flu Relief:
Ibuprofen –For pain relief, this is always our choice over other medications because it works through the kidneys instead of the liver (per our doctor’s recommendation).
Children’s Dye-Free Motrin – Ideally kids would never get sick, but when they do, this is what we use. Nothing else works as well, and unfortunately we had the chance to try many different things last year.
Equate Cold Relief – Getting sick is super stupid, but when it happens, we have this on hand. Only since the infamous winter of last year.
Vaporizing Rub – In the past we have always used this, but this year we plan to try essential oils if we need to open things up.
Young Living Breathe Again – Eucalyptus is supposed to be good for opening up airways, and this has several different types of eucalyptus.
Cough Drops – We don’t have a specific type of cough drops that we always use, but mostly just try to get something with menthol and eucalyptus and as natural as we can find wherever we are. These have great reviews.
American Diagnostic Corporation Temple Touch Thermometer –From our own experience, I’m not sure how accurate I feel this is, but it’s a best-seller apparently.
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Cream – of the Palmer’s products, this one has a better list of ingredients. We’ve been using this for Maeve’s extra dry hands.
Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly – We have this to protect Maeve’s hands when she does dishes and sometimes overnight.
Cortizone-10 – We have this because Maverick had a rash, and we also use it some for Maeve’s soap (?) allergy. Definitely wanting to sort out her hand rash issue asap.
Quality Plus Non-Drowsy Sinus Relief – I don’t know anything about the Quality Plus brand, but it seems to work well, just seems a little suspicious that it’s so cheap 🙂 I used to always keep sinus headache relief medicine on hand because I hated sinus headaches so very much, but I haven’t actually used it in years because I can recognize when one is coming on and get rid of it with my super special technique below.