Open up your medicine cabinet and look at the ingredient lists on some of the most common OTC remedies you use. I for one, not being a chemist, don’t know half of what those ingredients are, nor what they are used for. I couldn’t tell you what acetaminophen looked like without the Tylenol bottle. What’s more, many of the OTC drugs we have laying around come with a slew of warnings, dangers and potential adverse reactions. Many people erroneously think, “if they sell it over the counter, it must be safe, especially if I can get a MegaPack of 3000 at the store”, when the truth is there can be many interactions with other meds you may be taking, foods you may be eating, and when we just plain disregard the package instructions and start self-medicating (c’mon, who here hasn’t popped ibuprofen or Tums like a handful of Skittles?)
On top of that, once we ingest these chemicals, our body immediately begins to metabolize them, leaving our liver and kidneys to filter, clean, process and figure out how to get rid of. Prolonged and extended use of meds can really tax our body. Too much of this stuff is stressing our organs out!
As a result of all this medicine, and our extended use of them, we can’t even brag we are healthier.
So, how do we take care of ourselves without causing more distress?
We can green-up or medicine cabinets.
Many cultures, for many centuries, have used plant compounds to address a wide variety of complaints. For instance, aspirin is a chemically derived compound from willow bark, which it’s use has been documented in Egyptian papyrus from the 2nd millennia BC, as well as Hippocrates noting willow bark as an effective use for fevers and pain around 400BC!
By way of another example, peppermint oil has long been used to “calm stomach pains”. Yep, we even have Egyptian papyri talking about it from about 1550BC.
Once we start doing a little digging (pun:INTENDED) into some plant-based remedy knowledge, we can begin to clear out our medicine cabinets and replace some of our favorite OTC products with greener versions, keeping our organs from stressing and cultivating health instead of treating disease.
Side note: because of my love of a green medicine cabinet, I am going to brag on myself and tell you I have only been on antibiotics once since I was 14 years old. No, I am not going to tell you how many years ago that was, but its been a few decades! [wink]
How about you? Do you have any experience with a green medicine cabinet? I’d love to hear what has worked for you…please share your experiences in the comments section below.
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Finally, if you know someone who regularly turns to plants for relief, or if you know someone who wants to learn more about how to green up their health, please share this with them so they can join the conversation.
Disclaimer: This information is meant for educational purposes only. It does not take the place of a Physician’s recommendation, nor should you stop/start any protocol without consulting with your Physician. Please use this information to inspire your own educational pursuits, and have a knowledgeable, well-educated conversation with your medical professional. [legalese font]