Sharing my best natural home gifts with you today! I get asked this question a lot. What natural home gifts would I recommend. Well, here they are! After detoxing my beauty 10 years ago I slowly started to also detox my home. From the sheets I bought to the mattresses, cleaning supplies and water. I was determined to get the toxins out!
The holidays are the perfect time to stock up on some natural home products. Especially when the savings are so huge. I’ve listed below some of the best natural home gifts in hopes it will help make detoxing your home a little easier.
Best Natural Home Gifts
Having a water filter is one of the best things you can do for your family. This filters out everything, even fluoride with their fluoride filter. I would recommend for most average size families the Big Berkey but you may want a smaller one or larger one depending on family size. I always tell people to think about not just drinking water but also water that you use to cook with. It might seem like a lot initially but really you go through the water quick for daily use. Once you buy it, you will only have to replace the filters every couple years, except the fluoride filter usually every 8-12 months. A worthwhile investment knowing you will have clean water for a lifetime! This year Berkey has their sales on their website through email. You just enter your email and you’ll get access to all their sales. Check it out here!
I don’t know what I would do without my blender? Seriously. I use it everyday- sometimes twice a day. I make my hubs smoothie and my smoothie every morning. Then I also use it for sauces, blending pancake mixes, juicing, making nut butters- the list is endless! I have the small twister jar but I also have the large blender jar too. The small one is great for sauces and nut butters. They came out with their Blendtec Go this year and it has been a game changer!! I can just put the ingredients in the jar and put it on the blender, push start and walk away! No more holding the blender while it blends. Plus, once it’s done blending you can simply take the cup with you- no more transferring to a different blender. If you don’t have a high speed blender I can’t recommend it enough! Shop Blendtec here!
These sheets are what luxury is made of! They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton. The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification. These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin! They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look. They also have 3 different sheet sets. You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated. We got the hemmed version. Each set comes with two pillow cases, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet. And yes they stay on our mattress too! They also come in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King and Split King. Can’t say enough about these luxury sheets. They also offer organic duvet covers and bedroom sets that include the duvet and sheet set. 30% OFF using code: BF2019 for Black Friday and code: CM2019 for Cyber Monday Get them here!
They are a store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA. It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom! When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful. Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep. I love that you can get a zippered pillow option, so you’re able to take out the filling if it’s too firm. Making it so customizable! We have their Kapok pillows and love them! They even have toddler pillows. *Use Coupon Code: GGG25 for 25% off! Shop White Lotus Home here!
This is the perfect gift for someone who may not have switched over to natural cleaning products but wants too! Cleaning products can be so toxic! Branch Basics makes it so easy to make the switch. You can buy products individually or in sets. It’s so nice to get the whole set for someone then they won’t have to think twice about switching over their products. Check out Branch Basics here! 20% off all starter kits with code: GIVECLEAN. Check them out here!
So my brother and sister in law got me this as a gift for my birthday- I mean really it was my sister in law(God bless her). Let’s just say I’ve become besties with this little vacuum. If you have children then you understand what I mean. 😉 This quickly picks up any mess, I’ve used it on my stairs, on my moldings for dust. I’m convinced there is nothing it can’t quickly pick up. Get it, and thank me later!
Another gadget I can’t live without! I use this all the time for raw veggie bread and kale chips. Also for dehydrating nuts. I love that it keeps the nutrients intact because I can keep the temp so low. An oven just does’t go that low. You can get great deals off Amazon! Take your health to the next level! Get it here!
This food processor is amazing. I got it last spring and I’m not sure how I lived without it. I thought I could use my blender for everything but really the food processor is different and does things the blender can’t because of it’s wide bowl. I use this for my raw veggie breads, more on that below, making paleo granola, bars, hummus, random recipes- so much! Shop my food processor here!
This has been a game changer for us! My hubs and I love sparkling water but don’t want to buy it in plastic bottles or buy a ton of glass bottles. This solves the solution! It makes sparkling water in seconds and it’s with glass bottles not plastic. I love that my water is filtered too! The best of both worlds. We use this all the time and add fresh lemon or lime juice and even some liquid stevia at times too. Get your Soda Stream here!
This nut milk maker has changed my life! It literally makes the best nut milk in less than a minute. I’ve never had nut milk so creamy and delicious. It does it all for you from straining, and grinding. You rinse the container and colander and you’re done. Trust me- worth every penny! They are having their once a year sale on Monday- so wait to buy until then! 🙂 Shop here!
If you follow me on my stories then you’ve heard me rave about this waffle maker! It’s not made with teflon and is nontoxic. I used to not make waffles because there wasn’t a great toxic free option. But now there is! Plus, it’s so inexpensive. Get it here!
This is the essential oil diffuser I have and love! It looks modern and blends well into decor. I like that it isn’t plastic and has 3 hour continuous or 7 hour interval settings. Plus, you can get it on Amazon! Get it here!
This organic mattress company is it when it comes to organic mattresses that are budget friendly and comfortable. I can’t recommend them enough! We have the Natural Escape and love it. Sometimes an organic mattress just seems impossible to get because the price is so high. But My Green Mattress makes it so easy! 25% off using code: BLACKFRIDAY + FREE LATEX PILLOW USING CODE: GGGPILLOW Shop all of My Green Mattress here!
My sister originally introduced me to this company and I’ve been hooked ever since. They are indoor potted plants delivered to your door. This is the perfect gift! I’ve sent this as a gift and my friend loved it! They do such a good job with the whole presentation and quality of plants is awesome. Can’t recommend them enough! Shop The Sill here!
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Answering the burning question, does organic hair dye exist? As a hair stylist hair color was the first thing that changed when I moved towards a greener lifestyle years ago. Not that organic dyes are perfect(not even close), because they aren’t but a better option, especially if you’re breathing in toxic fumes all day as a stylist. I actually stopped doing hair for a bit until I found a safer option. I didn’t want to be around conventional color, and I definitely didn’t want to be exposing others to chemicals.
This is a topic we need to discuss because according to research 66 to 77 percent of women dye their hair(Source here)! Pretty crazy statistics. Some women might not know what they’re putting on their heads, either way I hope this helps you make an educated decision when it comes to whether you choose to dye your hair or not.
Did you know they pretty much can put whatever they want in hair dyes… the FDA doesn’t regulate them. So why are mainstream dyes so horrible? Let me break it down:
Does organic hair dye exist?
–Arylamines(PPD) One of the most dangerous chemicals found in hair dyes. This chemical has been know to cause bladder cancer, and to cause cancer in experimental animals. One of the most common names for it is p-phenylenediamine (PPD). It is even present in natural hair dyes(although the percentage is a lot lower). It helps the color to last through shampoos. It gets even more toxic when paired with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is what’s used in formulations with the PPD to get it to activate. It’s interesting to me that the FDA has not approved for this chemical to be tested on the skin, yet it’s nearly impossible to not get it on your skin if you’re coloring your hair…crazy! Many stylists can end up with dermatitis because of constant exposure to PPD and those getting their hair dyed report eczema and dermatitis. Other studies link it as a possible carcinogen. (Source here).
-Ammonia This is the most popular chemical people tend to hear about when faced with mainstream hair dyes. Ammonia is used in hair color to blast the cuticle and deposit the color. Besides it being toxic, it’s also really damaging to your hair. Why do you think stylists are always pushing those conditioners like crazy?! Ammonia is just bad all around. It’s horrible for the respiratory system, but it also can get into lymph nodes. Once on a client’s scalp it seeps into the pores, which is then carried into the bloodstream. Bottom line-avoid it!
-Toluene-2,5-diamine- These are used in permanent hair dyes. Besides getting headaches, getting dizzy and having allergic reactions. It also can be so damaging as to cause birth defects and retardation in unborn babies. (Source here)
-Parabens, Resorcinol, lead acetate are a few other offenders.
*There’s a slew more chemicals, actually there can be up to over 400 chemicals in hair dyes!
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) found that 69% of hair dyes when tested on their Skin Deep data bases may cause cancer.
Here is a link where you can search for common hair dyes to determine their toxicity based on the Skin Deep Data Base by the EWG.
Getting a balayage or foil is a great way to minimize exposure from hair dye.
Yeah, let’s just all take that in for a moment. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate hair dye, we must!
I want to share what options you have when coloring your hair. There are options that are less toxic and options that are more toxic.
Temporary dyes- These only last for a couple washes typically and sit on top of your hair.
Semi-permanent- These are stronger then temporary dyes and are used a lot for toning, especially after getting highlights and refreshing the hair. They do penetrate the hair shaft but aren’t going to last as long as permanent dye.
Permanent- This is going to go into the cortex of your hair and change the actual color. It will cover gray. This type of color is a lot more toxic because it contains more chemicals. In a study, it showed that there was a 50% increase risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when using permanent dyes and an 80% higher risk of multiple myeloma. (Source here).
Also, the darker the dye the worst the toxic load. So if you’re consistently getting your hair dyed black, dark brown, the toxic burden is greater. (Source here)
Organic Color Systems has a variety of colors to choose from.
Another thing to consider is when you’re applying dye to your scalp. The scalp is a rich blood supply and carries chemicals to other parts of the body. So if you’re constantly getting your hair dyed you may be submitting your whole body to toxins. (Source here)
So you might still be asking yourself…”Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?”
Ok, let’s breakdown that question. There’s no such thing as “organic” hair dye. It’s a marketing term used to appeal to the consumer. When I hear people say that they’re color line is safe and organic I just chuckle to myself. What they really mean is it probably doesn’t contain ammonia, uses less toxic ingredients and a few more plant based ingredients. That’s it.
When you look up the word organic in the dictionary you get this:
(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.
Have you looked on the back of your “organic” hair color at the ingredients? Because there’s definitely some serious artificial ingredients going on. People like to use the words organic but organic doesn’t pertain to everything like it does to food or clothes.
I’m going to give some options below, but I want to be clear that these are in no way completely natural, well except henna and Hairprint. But even some henna dyes have other toxic ingredients added to them. It’s always important to read your labels.
Hairprint- This is the only completely safe color line available at the moment. But I wouldn’t really call it a hair color line. It’s a boxed dye you can use at home but it doesn’t work like you might think a conventional color would. It uses 8 food grade ingredients to dye the hair. I’ve personally used it on my mom’s hair several years ago. Although it’s completely safe it’s also a lot of work. It took us about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish. I fully recommend it if you’re just wanting to cover your roots and you have brown to darker hair naturally, but it doesn’t work well with someone who wants to cover their dark roots and have highlights, which was my mom. It turns your hair to it’s original color. So if you’re a natural level 5 brown, that’s what the color will look like when done. In my experience it was even darker though. It looks very opaque and not see through. It faded on my mom but still was too harsh for her. As you get older the rule of thumb with color is add warmth and go lighter. Darker can make you look older and the skin more sallow. Hairprint doesn’t work for blondes, redheads or reddish hair. You can buy it online here!
Henna- Henna is a plant, completely natural. There are still henna dyes that contain small amounts of PPD(as I mentioned above), so make sure if you are using henna it’s pure. Typically henna will reveal a reddish brownish color but some companies have added in other plants with henna now to change the color.
Henna is really hard to work with, if your a stylist and have worked with hair then you know what I mean. Once you put it on your hair, you really can’t get it out. It’s permanent. But a different permanent than conventional permanent dye. I’ve tried stripping henna out before with bleach and what happens is it turns brassy and red. The problem is once you put it on, you really can’t do much else with your hair. Nowadays you can achieve different colors using a variety of henna powders. Check out Morocco Method for more info.
Organic color systems and O&M are a few of the more natural professional color lines available.
Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?
Let’s finish answering the question, does organic hair dye exist? If you’re using a permanent dye, it’s going to have chemicals. Unless, you’re doing straight Hairprint or using Henna and even then be careful of the source. There have been reports that small amounts of PPD(as I mentioned above) have been found in some henna sources. Color lines that are ammonia-free use Monoethanolamine, or MEA. It is in the family of Ethanolamines and is used to change the PH of the hair. This is essential because in order to change the color of the hair, the PH has to be raised for the color to penetrate the cuticle and get to the cortex. In several of the color lines I mention below, ethanolamines are present in them, since they are ammonia free. They use the MEA coupled with oils to get the color in the hair shaft. I really wouldn’t use ammonia nowadays. It’s horrible for stylists especially as you’re the one breathing it in everyday.
One last thought before I dive into my recommendations. If you’re wanting to get your hair colored, but are wanting the least possible contact with your skin, here are a few tips.
- If you have no grey to cover, have the stylist do a balayage technique or foil. By using foils the product doesn’t touch your scalp, so less exposure overall.
- Also, always go lighter versus darker since the darker you go the more chemicals you’re exposed too.
- If you’re wanting highlights, I would ask if the salon has ammonia free lighteners. Getting highlights is a great option, because you’re not touching the scalp and going lighter has less chemicals than going darker.
As you can see, organic hair dye doesn’t exist in the way you would think. Are there better options, sure. But are they perfect? Not even close. You’re still going to be exposing yourself to toxins.
Below are options I’ve used or had experience with. In no way am I saying that these are natural! They may not have one thing, but then they may have another. However, when doing hair I did notice severally chemically sensitive people were able to get their hair colored using many of these color lines because they do contain some of the lesser evil toxins. Most conventional color lines are filled with anything and everything- no joke. I also noticed in my research that professional color lines that use the term “organic or natural” are better as far as ingredients then boxed “natural” options. They just may not contain as many toxins, not that they are toxin free. As always, I recommend your stylist do a patch test to see if you’re allergic to the color line before using.
At the end of the day, we all have to make choices when it comes to what toxins we allow into our bodies and which ones we don’t. Hair dye may be something you love to do. This post is meant to arm you with the right information when making the decision to continue dying your hair, not to tell you to stop dying your hair. Maybe instead of doing it every six weeks you wait 12 weeks. Or maybe you get your hair foiled instead of an all over color. There may not be a perfect “organic hair dye” alternative to conventional hair dye but there are better options and tips to help lower your overall exposure.
Does organic hair dye exist?
This is the professional line I used at my salon. They are made in the UK, which is great because they have higher standards than the U.S. When I say professional, I mean it’s only sold to those licensed as a cosmetologist. It is ammonia and resorcinol free. This was one of the main reasons I went with the line at the time. It was back in 2013 and this really was the only option when it came to natural hair dye from what I knew. It still does have PPD in it but has the lowest amount needed in order for it to still be effective. Instead of Ammonia in the product they use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine. Full ingredient list here. They don’t smell as bad but as far as toxicity go, are still up there with ammonia. Not really that much better in my mind. They use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine in combination with heat for the color to penetrate the hair shaft. It covers grey and gives beautiful results. Your hair feels healthy and shiny. The fading was no different than mainstream color. I dare say it was actually better than traditional color.
The smell is more of an earthy smell, nothing unpleasant about it at all. If you’ve smelled ammonia color then you know what I’m talking about. They offer 64 colors, that can be made permanent or semi-permanent depending on the developer and they offer two lightening powders. The lightening powders are ammonia, bleach and dust free. The line is vegan and some of their products do contain a wheat protein, however they claim that they are gluten free. I would still ask them if you’re sensitive to gluten in any way before applying this color just to be sure. Some of their colors, as well as the lightening powders have wheat protein in them. They have a truly semi-permanent line that’s called No Limits. These dyes will wash out in 6-12 washes but don’t contain PPD, or PTD and you can do them in the convenience of your home. They are sold as a retail product from the salon. As I mentioned above, just because this line is “natural”, and has the word “organic” in it does not mean it doesn’t contain toxins. When I used it, I still wore gloves. Although it is better in some ways than standard hair dyes, it still is hair dye at the end of the day. To find a stylist using OCS, please e-mail them at [email protected]
This is another professional line, meaning it’s only sold to professional stylists. O&M stands for Original Mineral. I used it and here and there in my salon. It is newer and made in Australia. It is also a professional line. O&M is ammonia, resorcinol and PPD free. But still contains a host of other toxic chemicals instead of PPD like p-aminophenol, 4-Chlororesorcinol, Toluene-2,5-Diamine Sulfate and 2, 4 Diaminophenoxyethanol hcl. Here is a full ingredient list here.
The smell of O&M is more of cleaning agent smell. I’m not a fan to be honest. It’s not overly strong or burning like ammonia at all but it isn’t as pleasant as OCS. It does not require heat to penetrate the hair shaft like Organic Color Systems does, which I loved. They also have a very creamy consistency. The hair felt great after using the product. They are a lot larger than OCS in terms of colors, they offer 99. They come in a cream form for permanent and liquid for semi-permanent. The results I got from using O&M were great. It covered grey well. The hair shined and lasted through shampoos also. If you’re a stylist and you’re wanting to try out O&M, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com. You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products. Also, if you’re not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses O&M, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it. You can also email them here.
This is another professional line that only a stylist can carry. I have to say this line I’ve been the most impressed with. I’ve only used them a handful of times. First they’re made in Italy. At the time when I had my salon it wasn’t available otherwise I would have definitely used it. They’re ammonia free and offer 89 colors which is a decent selection. They actually have 6 legit natural ingredients in their hair color, which is rare to find. They really push the words biodynamic, natural and organic. Obviously, if you’ve been reading through this post you know that it’s probably a marketing term, which it is. But I am shocked how they do really have a high standard when it comes to being more eco-friendly all around. You don’t have to sit under heat to process the color, do a ton of steps to cover grays which is nice too. Organic Color Systems you always have to use so many steps in order to cover the grays, plus use heat. If you’re a stylist and reading this definitely use a scale, it’s essential for good results with this color line. I was impressed with how I didn’t have to pack on the color with this line too. With Organic Color Systems I always felt like I needed more, especially when covering gray hair. Obviously, it’s still not completely natural but I would say as far as being a stylist and having ease of use, consistent results and doesn’t smell horrible, it’s definitely a better option.
I wanted to also mention how much I loved Oway’s Hbleach lightener! It’s the best lightener I’ve ever used. It actually makes the hair feel better after using…I know crazy. It’s ammonia free and contains lavender essential oil and kukui butter. It’s so creamy. If you’re a stylist and you’re wanting to try out Oway, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com. You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products. Also, if you’re not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses Oway, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it. You can also email them here.
Below are a list of ingredients found in “natural” boxed hair dye. They aren’t pretty. It would be different using it if it only had a couple toxic ingredients but when the list is this long, it makes you think twice before using it. They may remove some of the heavy offenders when it comes to conventional dye but they are far from safe. If there is a score next to the ingredient list it’s the score from EWG’s Skin Deep Data Base.
- PEG’s(polyethylene glycols)- Petroleum based enhancers. Usually contaminated with, heavy metals, Ethylene oxide(used in World War 1 nerve gas) and 1,4 dioxane-(a carcinogen) and make it easier for ingredients to absorb into your skin/scalp. Not something you want in your products if there are a list of other toxic ingredients. The EWG Skin Deep Data Base rates this as a 1 but that’s not accurate. They aren’t looking at the whole makeup of the ingredient. Some brands can try and remove these impurities but it would be hard to find that out.
- Mineral Oil- Made from petroleum. Can be contaminated. It can even be a possible carcinogen. (Source here)
- Propylene Glycol- Very similar to (PEG’s- polyethylene glycols), it also makes it easier for ingredients to penetrate the skin and can be a skin irritant.
- Parfum/Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic. Skin irritant, and has been known as a neuro-toxin, hormone disruptor and an allergen.
- p-Phenylenediamine- Score of 7- allergies and immunotoxicity as well as cancer.
- Ethanolamine- Score of 5-6, Allergies and Immunotoxicity
- 4-Chlororesorcinol- Score of 6- allergies and Immunotoxicity, and cancer.
- 2-Methylresorcinol- Allergies and immunotoxicity.
- 2-Amino-4-Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate- Score of 3 but it did have a reference for cancer.
- m-Aminophenol- Score of 5, for allergies and immunotoxicity and cancer.
- N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate- Score of 7, allergies and immunotoxicity, cancer.
As you can see, these aren’t ingredients you want going on your head every 6 weeks! If you want to continue dying your hair, then here are some of the natural boxed hair dye options, however just remember they are not completely natural. I will say that I was impressed with Madison Reed’s ingredient list. Still totally not squeaky clean at all, but compared to the other boxed dyes it wasn’t as crazy. Madison Reed’s are also PPD free, for those that are allergic or sensitive to PPD. But know that doesn’t mean the ingredient they use instead, para-toulenediamene sulfate isn’t nontoxic. It has it’s own set of side effects too.
It’s clear that organic hair dye does not exist except in the form of Hairprint that I mentioned earlier, however, Hairprint doesn’t work for everyone and some people just don’t want to spend that much time doing their hair every 6 weeks, or they have red hair, want highlights, etc.
Does organic hair dye exist? Well, since we know it doesn’t I’ve found the next best thing- a root concealer! This isn’t actually an all over color for your hair but for just your roots. You use it when you are trying to hide those grey hairs. It really does blend well and covers the grey! It just washes out after shampooing. You use it like you would mascara. Now this isn’t by any means completely natural. It rates a 5 on the Think Dirty app. However, this is definitely a better alternative to dying hair in my opinion. You are giving yourself a lot less of a toxic load. It is a lot better than mainstream root concealers too. Plus, if it can help you stretch getting your hair dyed then it’s worth it.
I’m still waiting for the day when organic hair dye does exist but until then, I’ve rounded out some of my top tips and what I do when getting my hair dyed in my free download.
This will outline:
- Where to find a natural stylist/salon
- What to ask a salon to see if they are really who they say they are
- What to tell your stylists for least exposure
- What I do when visiting the salon.
- I even walk you through what to do when you don’t have access to an organic salon.
Ok, that’s my huge spill on does organic hair dye exist! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment, or e-mail me. Also, if you’ve come across other brands that you like please let me know. I’m always trying out new ones and will be updating this periodically as I do.
Answering the question, does organic hair dye exist and sharing my top picks.
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.
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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.