So excited to bring you my holistic medicine cabinet product favorites today! This post has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to share what holistic products my family uses and what I keep in my medicine cabinet on the regular. Especially with cold and flu season at the peak right now, I thought what a perfect time to really showcase what I’m using for natural and holistic products. After all, it can seem intimidating when trying to find swaps from your conventional medicine cabinet products.
*Just a reminder I am not a doctor. These are simply recommendations and things that have worked for my family. Use at your own risk and please always seek the help of a medical professional.
Ok, on to the good stuff! So I get questions all the time on what products I use for my family and when it comes to holistic medicine cabinet products. I get it, you want a natural option for when you’re sick. The truth is, these holistic remedies and natural products actually can really help. I’ve seen it in my own life.
Our immune system is super smart and really does know how to take care of us. These natural products I suggest are often helpful before you get sick, really helping to support your immune system. Sometimes you just need a little extra support, especially if your system is run down. The point is to let your body run it’s course, but help support the process, or speed it up.
Here is what’s in our Holistic Medicine Cabinet-
Vitamin C Liposomal from Seeking Health- I take this everyday. It comes in a liquid form, that’s why it’s called a liposomal. Liposomals are often easier to absorb. You can read more about liposomals here on Seeking Health’s Website. Vitamin C supports the immune system, as it a strong antioxidant. According to several studies, vitamin C can help increase antioxidants in your blood which end up helping you fight inflammation in your body. It has also shown to be effective in helping shorten a cold length, even in kids. Optimal Liposomal Vitamin C Plus!
Probiotics- Your gut is so important for overall health. Since 70% of your immune system is located in the intestines, it’s important to make sure your gut health is optimal. Probiotics are a great way to help give your gut a boost of good bacteria. The good bacteria in our gut help to protect us from the bad bacteria. We always want to have more good bacteria than bad. If we don’t we can have what is called Dysbiosis- where you have more bad bacteria than good. I try and rotate which probiotics I take and I don’t take them all the time either. But this is great to have in your medicine cabinet especially when you’ve had antibiotics and you need to build up your good gut bacteria again. I take Seeking Health’s Probiotics and vary them. Get the ProBiota Woman here!
Elderberry- We’ve been taking this for years. Elderberry is known for being rich in flavonoids- specifically anthocyanins, they’re antioxidants that keep the bodies immune system strong and resilient. They help the production of cytokines, which are messengers within the immune system. Cytokines help to to improve the bodies immune response. Elderberries are also believed to contain antiviral properties as well. Literally deactivating viruses. Viruses can’t increase in number by themselves, they have to get inside a healthy cell in order to replicate. Research has also shown they can kill common pathogens. Get it here!
Dr. Wholeness First Defense- I was recently introduced to this by my Naturopathic Doctor and WOW am I impressed! Both my girls got a nasty cold and my hubs and I started taking this right away to boost our immune system and fight off the cold. Well, we didn’t get it! You are supposed to take them at the first sign of a cold. I can’t recommend them enough. They are in pill form and contain an array of powerful antioxidants, elderberry and amino acids. Get it here!
Beekeeper’s Honey/Propolis Products- I was introduced to Beekeeper’s products last year and I haven’t looked back. Propolis is what bees lines the hives of bees as shield or protectant. They make it from plants and tree resins. As it lines the hive it helps to protect the bees from the outside germs. It is pretty powerful stuff! Propolis has over 300 powerful natural compounds known for supporting immunity. I love the B Powered– I’ll take a teaspoon a day or add to a tea. I also love their throat sprays. They have them for adults and kids! Finley, my 4 year old, loves spraying it in her mouth daily. Here’s the kid’s spray. The sprays are especially great for travel for a boost! Get Beekeeper’s Products here!
Biocidin- This is a spray as well and is great for travel. It helps to soothe sore throats, and good for allergies. It contains an array of powerful herbs. We always have this in our arsenal! Grab it here!
Activated Charcoal- This is great to have in the medicine cabinet. I have them in capsules. Charcoal binds to some poisons, heavy metals, and other toxins and flushes them out of the body. I’ve been taking this as I’ve gotten my amalgam fillings removed. To get rid of the heavy metal content I may have been exposed to. Get some here!
Gaia Herbs- I like a lot of their tinctures. They have high standards when it comes to their herbs, the organic certification and how they process them. The formula’s then in return are potent and effective, without added chemicals. We have used the Kid’s Elderberry Syrup, their Bronchial Wellness for kids and adults- (great for throat and respiratory health), and Lemon Balm(good for immune system and balances nervous system). They have so many herbal formulas. You can check more of them out here.
Oil Of Oregano- I take these in a capsule from from Seeking Health. Oil Of Oregano is known for it’s anti-fungal properties, and natural antibiotic properties. I’ll take this at the first sign of symptoms. But you don’t want to take it for longer than a week from what I’ve read. Get it here!
Fire Cider- I’ve made a little tonic like this before when my hubs or I have had sore throats. I’ve made mine before from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh ginger, honey, garlic and some cayenne pepper. It’s like taking a shot of really strong medicine! It will burn but in a good way. A brand actually sells Fire Cider specifically now and has trademarked the name. They add a few more things to their Fire Cider. It’s also a great option when you’re just not into making one on your own. You can take this everyday to really give you a kick in the pants and energy and immune support. Once you start to feel something come on you can take it every couple hours. Get it here!
Host Defense Mushrooms- I’ve been using this for a while and both my hubs and I really like it! It contains agarikon, red reishi, chaga, birch polypore and turkey tail mushrooms. This combination of mushrooms provides an array of immune support. I spray this in my mouth 3 times a day. Grab it here!
Herb Pharm Mullein Garlic Pure Ear Oil- Finley got her first ear ache when she was two and this literally took the pain away. She hasn’t had one since but I like to keep it on hand just in case. I just apply one drop in each ear. Get them here!
Elite Fuel Liquid D3-K2- I love having a liquid Vitamin D3-K2 that I can give my kids, since they’re not into swelling pills yet. Having adequate Vitamin D levels help to strengthen your immune system. A must for really keeping your body’s immune system in tip top shape! I take a drop of this a day in the winter. I give my 4 year old a drop a couple times a week. Snag it here!
Doterra Breathe Oil- I actually received this from my friend Steph and love it. I had diffused this when my kids were sick with a cold and super congested. I also would take steamy showers with them to help open up the congestion and put a few drops in the shower to breathe in. It’s a combination of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, and Cardamom Seed. I also will be using this when I need to do an aromatherapy steam session for headaches. I don’t get headaches, usually only when pregnant. But I’ve found if I add this to boiling water and then wait a couple minutes, then put a towel over my head and breathe in for 15 minutes my headache will go away. It works every time! This Breathe Oil has all the essentials oils I would normally use and more! Get it here!
Peppermint Oil- This can be used to help bring down a fever sometimes. Don’t put directly on skin with kids or babies dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil first. I apply it to the bottom’s of feet and back of neck. Check out Peppermint Oil here.
Some Things You Might Not Find In The Medicine Cabinet-
You might not find these following things in the medicine cabinet but they’re great holistic natural remedies to have in your back pocket for helping when sick.
Traditional Medicinal Teas- This is one tea brand I really love and trust. I always have their Throat Coat tea on hand, Ginger and their Peppermint tea. The Throat Coat is great for soothing sore throats. I’ll add a teaspoon of honey for added benefit. Check it out here!
Vapor Rub- I really like ZOE Organic’s Breathe Balm. We’ve used this before on our kid’s chests when they are having congestion or a cough. You can also make your own too! Wellness Mama has a good recipe here.
Infrared Sauna- I didn’t really realize the benefits for immune support until my sister in law was telling me about it. Then I looked it up and was amazed! Infrared Saunas raise core body temperature which helps to keep the immune system strong. They also can increase white blood cell counts too in some studies, which can represent a strong immune system.
Bone Broth- Not only can this help support a healthy immune system but it also can be a great way to get some nutrients when sick. Bone broth helps support a healthy gut with it’s collagen and amino acids. Since we know that the majority of our immune system lives in the gut it’s important to have a healthy gut. You can make your own bone broth here or buy this bone broth from Kettle and Fire here.
Wet Sock Treatment- This one my brother taught me. You put on a pair of wool socks, then you freeze a pair of regular cotton socks. Once frozen, put them on over the wool socks. Then sleep with them on overnight. I know it sounds crazy but it really does work! It quickly can bring down a fever, release pressure and make you feel better in the morning.
Get Sleep- It’s no surprise that getting enough sleep is SO important. When you don’t get proper sleep your immune system gets worn down and in turn so does your body.
Eat The Rainbow- Eating real food is going to be your best friend in keeping sickness out of your house. When we eat real food it’s going to nourish and feed our bodies living cells that will in turn bring life to our body. I would stick to real foods and avoid processed foods so your body can function optimally.
Avoid Sugar- I know I just said to eat real food, but I had to also put avoid sugar! Sugar literally is going to bring your immune system down, making it harder to fight sickness.
So what’s in your holistic medicine cabinet? I would love to hear what you always have on hand! Leave me a comment below!
I’m sharing the natural products and remedies I keep in my holistic medicine cabinet.
Are you ready for 13 Days of Giveaways?! Fasten your seat belt because this is going to be so good! I’ve teamed up with my girl Lisa from This Organic Girl to bring you our favorite green beauty products. And guess what?! We are giving away not 1 set but 2! That’s right, 2 winners each day! It doesn’t get much better.
It’s all happening on Instagram. Be sure to follow Lisa @thisorganicgirl and Suzi @gurlgonegreen on there to be able to enter to win each day. Below I’m sharing what is up for grabs and why I love the products so much!
We are giving away not 1 $200 gift card but 2!
I love shopping at Aillea. They have all the “IT” green beauty brands, from Rahua, Innersense, Kosas, Lily Lolo and more. You’ll be in green beauty heaven! Besides their online stores they also have 5 brick and mortar stores. They make it so easy to get all my favorite products all in one spot. Shop Aillea here!
I’ll be giving away Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Hair spray, Cacao Antioxidant Mask, and Vital Balm Cream. A Some serious loot!
If you’ve been in green beauty for a hot minute then you know Josh Rosebrook! His products speak for themselves and are fan worthy for sure. A I remember trying his hair spray for the first time after trying so many bad ones and being so excited I found one that works so well! A His Active Enzyme Exfoliator is one of the best for smoothing out skin and getting your glow on. A Shop all of Josh Rosebrook here!
I’ll be giving away The Optimist, The Super Couple Serum, Highlight of the day(you can choose color), Supercritical Waterless Balm. Talk about a stellar giveaway!
It’s been almost 2 years since I tried my first Maya Chia product and let’s just say it’s been a good two years! They perform so well. The first product I tried was The Super Couple Serum- one of my holy grail oil serums! I was hooked on the products after that. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil. Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega 3’s skin’s dream team! You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Shop all of Maya Chia here!
I’ll be giving away Honey Berry Enzyme Mask, Sun Damage Repair Serum, Brightening Mask, bowl + brush.
Love Laurel products and all she stands for, a cut above! She prides herself on sourcing and plant actives in each formula. Her products perform so well. I remember using the Sun Damage Repair Serum for the first time and literally seeing a transformation in my skin after a few weeks. They are rich in color because of the potency too! Shop Laurel here!
I’ll be giving away 3 lip serums(winner gets to choose color) and their lipstick trio in a bag.
Fitglow products are the perfect marriage between products that perform and nourish the skin. The founder includes vitamins and antioxidants in her formulas that really create change in the skin. Even her lip serums are loaded with active ingredients. If you haven’t tried the lip serums, then you’re in for a serious treat! Best lip gloss! Shop all Fitglow here!
I’ll be giving away her Night Oil, Whipped Body Mousse and bar of soap.
Osmia was started by Sarah, an ER doctor. She had no intention of starting a skincare company but after taking a soap making class she knew she was in love. After two years of relentless soap making, product testing, perfume making she jumped full force into Osmia, leaving the medical field. With top notch natural ingredients, Osmia will inspire you towards a healthier lifestyle. Big on educating the consumer, I love how Osmia lists products they use on their website and products they don’t use and why. They even discuss their packaging and why it’s so important to care. I love their philosophy and commitment to excellence. Shop Osmia here!
I’ll be giving away their Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, AER Deodorant, Multi-Use Sticks, Organic Lip Conditioner, and Clarity Organic Makeup Remover.
Vapour has been a household green beauty name for a while. They were one of the first brands I tried 7 years ago! Not only are the ingredients clean, but the products work and last. One thing that all Vapour products have in common is their dewiness they give to your overall look. Making your skin glow! This mama is all about that glow. The Multi-Use sticks are one of the most universal products. You can use them on your cheeks, lips and eyes! Shop all of Vapour here!
I’ll be giving away an Antioxidant Booster, Renew Pure Radiance Oil, and Cellular Repair Serum. Hello!
When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line. Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products. They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe. A truly unique company in the green beauty industry. I also love how they do clinical tests on their products. Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry. Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want? The Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum are staples in my skincare routine always. Shop True Botanicals here!
I’ll be giving away a Baked Mineral Bronzer, Eye shadow duo and their mascara.
I was introduced to this organic makeup line this last year and I’ve found so many treasures within it! From their bronzers to their eye shadows and mascara. They all perform so well! They give your skin a natural look, without looking overdone. Lisa touts this mascara as her favorite in green beauty! Check out all of Inika products here!
I’ll be giving away a Luna Rose and Honey Mask + Cleanser, Lavender Cocoa Polish, AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum, AER Fresh Complexion Toning Elixir- YES!
I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas. I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn. It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs. Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion. Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst. It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare. It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly. Shop all of Live Botanical here!
I’ll be giving away 1 3 month subscription to Beauty Heroes!
Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot. A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people. Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands. Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box. The products typically range from skincare to haircare products. However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members. I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy. By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them. Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards. Sign up for a subscription here!
I’ll be giving away a Mermaid Mask, Honey Love Exfoliator, Mahina Serum, and Bohemian Ruby Toner.
Every time I open a jar, or bottle of Leahlani skincare I feel like I’m getting a hand signed love note written just to me. It may have to do with the fact that each, and every creation is made by hand. Can you just imagine all the love, and care that goes into each bottle? It’s no wonder my skin sings when anything Leahlani is applied! I haven’t even mentioned ingredients, but they’re dreamy. Organic cold pressed oils, mineral rich clays, Hawaiian honey nectars, pure essential oils, and potent botanicals are just a few ingredients that make up Leahlani skincare. Pure goodness delivered straight to your skin-what more could you want? Shop all of Leahlani here!
We are giving away a full set of their lipstick collection away!
These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty! They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last. Plus, they’re hydrating. Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time. Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater. There isn’t a bad color- seriously. They also have other makeup products that I love. One of them is their new tinted face oil- so good. Snag some Kosas here!
See any faves? Be sure to check out my girl Lisa’s blog post here to read up on her favorites! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to get the latest on all the giveaways! Follow Lisa here and myself here!