We are at that time of year where people are coming into our office sick – they are congested, on the verge of getting a cold or are just getting over one. People are talking about the flu season and if they got the shot or how they are refusing it. So it got me thinking of the various supplements that I take in order to (hopefully) keep me healthy. And then I thought of a medicine cabinet, you know the one we all have in our bathrooms? What is in yours? Do you want to know what’s in mine? Do you want to know the supplements I take? Someone told me recently they wanted to take the stuff I take, so I decided to write out what supplements I take and what’s in my medicine cabinet.
I have a pill tray, the kind many people use for all their medications. Mine has seven separate trays for each day of the week, and then mini compartments for breakfast, lunch & dinner. I fill the whole thing up each week, which makes it easy not to forget to take stuff. And I bring the individual tray with me to work (or wherever I am going) so I don’t forget to take them. The products I take every day, are Juice Plus (the green, red & purple ones) and Nordic Naturals Pro DHA Fish Oil. Those are the “must have” in my diet. The rest varies depending on what’s going on, but Drenamin & Immuplex have become quite important and probably will become a “must have”. I also now take Tissue Rejuvenator (glucosamine) & a probiotic, though if I run out I may go without them for a week or more. Congaplex is a must-have product, meaning I must have it in my house in case I feel a cold coming on. In the very early stages of sniffles, I will take 9-12 of them a day and the cold never hits (think dousing a fire versus sprinkling water on it).
As for my medicine cabinet, well it’s not actually in my bathroom but instead it’s on a shelf in my hall closet, above the sheets and towels. I have a plastic bin with things thrown inside. And not much of it is medicine. Instead of bottles of medicine, I have bottles of homeopathic and herbal remedies. My favorites are Sambucus Immune (Elderberry Extract), Calendula, Nectadyn, Sinus Tone, Throat Spray Tone, Rescue Remedy, Zarbees Natural Cough Syrup, Cramplex, Bacteria Chord & many other natural products. These are things I use if my son or I gets sick, and we want/need something to help our symptoms.
On my bathroom counter since I use it almost daily, is Traumeel (now called T-relief) a homeopathic anti-inflammatory product that I use after many of my workouts. Love this stuff.
Yes in that medicine cabinet is a bottle of Tylenol and a bottle of Nyquil for when the other things don’t work, but most of the time I have great success with homeopathic products and essential oils.
Downstairs (in a totally separate room) is my essential oil shelf. I have two wooden boxes of essential oils that I’ve learned to really love. Whether it’s putting them directly onto my body or diffusing it into the air, the oils are a staple in our household. My favorites (from both Young Living and doTerra) are Deep Blue, Helichrysum, On Guard, Thieves, RC, Melaleuca & Breathe.
Since I am around people every day, it is very important that I keep my immune system strong. In order for me not to get sick, I have to make sure I get plenty of sleep, eat well, and do my best to fight off the cold & flu before it hits me. Most people go through life thinking they are sick because they “got” it from someone else, yet it’s really that person’s weakened immune system that was down and allowed that sickness in. If sickness really were passed that easily, then more people would be sick all the time. But it’s the weaker immune system that gets someone sick. Most of the time I do really well at fighting things off, though every now and then the sickness gets me. But I’ll always count on my “holistic” medicine cabinet to take car care of me.
So, what’s in your medicine cabinet? What do you take?