One staple medicinal remedy that our family always keeps in our “natural medicine kit” is Arnica. Arnica is a wonderful homeopathic remedy for treating the inevitable bumps and bruises of life, and is a great natural alternative to ibuprofen.
We typically apply a small amount of Arnica Gel when Gen bumps her head, for instance. It’s nice to not have to give our toddler a systemic medication. I first became aware of this remedy when I took ballet in college, and one of the other dancers used it to treat a large bruise on her leg.
We also keep Arnica Pellets for oral usage on hand. My midwives “prescribed” a regular dose for me in treating my postpartum needs. (After long hours of pushing during labor, I had a lot of swelling/tearing, including a hematoma; this treatment worked amazingly well just overnight!) This is also a great treatment for aches & pains such as headaches.
Calvin recently used both the topical gel and oral doses of Arnica in treating a sprained ankle. (Alas; he played a bit too hard at a church kickball game at the park a couple weeks ago!)
In preparation for a natural labor, I also purchased a bottle of Arnica & St. John’s Wort Massage Oil. Calvin mentioned later that this was “the best thing I bought for the birth!” It was the perfect solution for all of my “back labor” pains, as they constantly massaged me, as well as for rubbing on my tired legs when they ached from the squatting positions during pushing.
The Arnica Massage Oil has also been a great treatment for the muscle aches in postpartum recovery and in massaging a sore clogged milk duct during nursing. My midwives also recommended rubbing some on Enoch’s head for the first few days after birth, to treat his head swelling (from birth) and possible headaches. (He fussed much less, and seemed more relaxed when we used it.)
Over time, I will be sharing more of our natural home medicine kit essentials, but I had to share this one first! It’s one of our favorite remedies.