Bandages, anti-inflammatories, vitamins, cough drops, antacids, thermometers – sound familiar? Chances are you probably have at least one (if not all) of these items living somewhere in your medicine cabinet. It’s also likely that there many items you don’t need: expired prescriptions, over the counter remedies and old makeup. These items are not only taking up space, but may be dangerous for you and your family. So grab a trashcan and a notepad. Today it’s time to give your medicine cabinet a boost with the top 5 essentials you may not know about.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural, essential oil derived from the leaves of a plant indigenous to Australia. Traditionally tea tree oil has been used to soothe skin problems such as minor burns, athlete’s foot, and insect bites. When applied directly to the skin, tea tree oil has been found to have anti-microbial activity against strong bacteria and fungi. It’s a great natural alternative with a wide variety of uses.
SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a chemical that creates foam when you brush, but can also lead to mouth sores. This ingredient is unnecessary when it comes to good oral hygiene. Furthermore, SLS can damage the oral tissue lining your mouth and cause canker sores. Natural toothpaste alternatives aren’t as foamy but are also less harsh. Read more about SLS on Dr. Perry’s blog.
Tiger balm is a natural muscle relaxer and Chinese herbal remedy developed more than 100 years ago. The main active ingredient is camphor, which produces a sensation of warmth on your skin. This substance, when used in small amounts, releases localized muscle-relaxing heat for aches and pains.
Remember it should not be ingested, so keep away from children.
Valerian Root Capsules
If you are having trouble falling asleep at night, a valerian root capsule may help with insomnia. Several studies in adults suggest that this herb may improve quality of sleep and reduce the time to fall asleep. Valerian is a common ingredient in many mild sedatives and sleep aids, but should not be mixed with other sedatives or anti-anxiety medications.
Bentonite, in the form of purified clay, is an absorbent substance that may be able to relieve diarrhea. It may also be able to absorb toxic substances in the intestines and prevent them from causing nausea or upset. You can find bensonite preparations in many health food stores.