Everyday, Home Remedies, Wellness

The Healing Basket

June 13, 2013

DSC_0149As we embark on the journey to find more rhythm in our daily and weekly lives, I’ve decided to put together a healing basket for our home.
It’s just a thrift store basket filled with various all natural remedies and essential oils but I have a feeling it’ll end up being much more than that.
Before the healing basket, all these remedies were scattered in various places around the house. Some upstairs, some downstairs, some in random bags…or some in closets rarely put to use. By gathering all these essential first aid items together, it’ll make life a whole lot easier when the time comes for an ouchie to be tended to (instead of our current situation where a crying child sits on the sofa, getting more upset by the second, while a tired mama tries desperately to remember where on earth the lavender oil got to).
Also, the simple gesture of going together to get the basket when the child is hurt adds to the comfort of their healing process. It makes the parent acknowledge that the child is hurt (even if the injury *seems* insignificant or really nothing at all); a small and simple gesture that can make a child feel loved and heard.

Here is what can be found in our Healing Basket (Inspired by Seven Times the Sun):

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-Calendula Ointment: for cuts and scrapes
-Arnica Ointment: for bumps (especially goose eggs) and bruises
-Lavender essential oil: for burns, bug bites, and for calming moments
-Tea Tree essential oil: for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, blemishes, and anything that runs the risk of getting infected
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-Aromatherapy Rice Bag (filled with dried rice and dried lavender): used like a heating pad or hot water bottle to soothe sore tummies, achy bodies, and sore muscles.
-Thieves essential oil: used to treat colds and ward off viruses
-Homeopathy Reference Book
-Essential Oil Reference Guide
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-Heart Bag: to help with wounds that are more emotional than physical. Maybe someone is feeling sad or scared. Simply, heat up the heart bag and place over your heart to help warm the pain away (great for when Daddy is away on a long business trip and JBird is missing him). A simple gesture that can potentially make a world of difference.
-“Lion Spray”:So, this is similar to the Heart Bag (as it’s more for emotional feelings). Often, JBird tells me that there is a lion somewhere in the house and he is scaring her. “Lion Spray” is simply a small mister bottle filled with water and lavender oil to make the lion leave us alone. Can also be used for closet monsters, boogey men, and imaginary bugs that sometimes sneak into our beds.
-Calming Spray: Sometimes we all have moments where we feel overwhelmed and maybe a little angry (or a lot angry). Calming spray is just a blend of Peace & Calming essential oil and water. To be sprayed around the face or on oneself when we’re headed into the “Red Zone”. Again, not really for any physical ailment, but an effective remedy to help with meltdowns (I’m hoping).
-Bandages
-Rescue Remedy: to help calm an overly anxious or worried child (or adult….or dog).
-Tweezers: to remove splinters
-Aloe: for burns (or to soothe tender skin after an afternoon outside)
I’d like to add some rosewater to help relieve fevers and some homemade vapor rub to help ease congestion in winter months. It might also be nice to add a special stuffed animal that lives in the Healing Basket to squeeze or snuggle with as mama (or daddy) tends to the ouchies. I’d also like to add a small jar of dried clay to use on potential bee stings.
We keep several cold packs in the freezer to help ease the pain of skinned knees, pinched fingers, bee stings, and various head bumps too.
I’m looking forward to all the ways this healing basket will bring our home a touch more rhythm.
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Childhood is such an important stage that goes by at lightning speed. Why not look for moments to stop and connect?

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