|Time to green the medicine cabinet!|
I grew up my whole life taking several prescription medications for allergies and stomach issues, and aside from costing me an arm and a leg, they also had side effects that weren't always pleasant. To make matters worse, they were never getting to the root of the problem, they were simply masking the symptoms. But thanks to some research and tests, I discovered I had some food sensitivities (which you can read more about here), and since removing my "trouble foods" I've been feeling much better. I've gone from 3 allergy medicines to 0 and my stomach issues have been resolved (I think my vegan diet has helped with this too).
|Goodbye allergy medications!|
My "Green" Medicine Cabinet
This will be posts where I can share my favorite green alternatives to traditional medicines that I've used and had success with, or that you would be able to find in my "green medicine cabinet." From pink eye to Neosporin, I'll tell you about the alternatives I've found, how they're greener, as well as where you can find them.
Now although it's probably unlikely that you'll have the exact ailment when I post about it, I hope for this series of posts to be used as a directory for you to bookmark and come back to when you need it. Say you're starting to come down with something, you may think, "What were those drops Ashley's Green Life talked about? Let me find that post." Then you can find the green medicine I used, and go get it, then get feeling better. You can even pin it in a board on Pinterest!
Not that I want you to think of me whenever you're sick, but it sure beats Googling "alternative remedies for _____". and ending up with tons of solutions and no clue where to start or if something even works.
Disclaimer- I am not a medical doctor or a pharmacist. So while I can share what has worked with me, it may not work for you. I would say to talk with your "health care provider" but they will probably just tell you to take the traditional over-the-counter or prescription medication. Instead you could do your own research or talk with someone at a natural health food store.
On top of that I understand that some people need to take traditional medication for things like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc. in that case pharmaceuticals have their place and should be used. By all means, if you need them...use them. I just don't think that every ailment for everyone needs to be treated with traditional medications, especially if natural alternatives exist.
So let's jump right on in with my first green medicine for pink eye. Ahh, pink eye. What a joy. I've only had it two times in my life, but the last time was a few weeks ago and it was not so fun.
|My no-longer-pink eyes...thanks to Similasan.|
- really red eyes
- watery eyes
- itchy feeling...I just wanted to scratch them
- a slight amount of drainage that was white
- feeling like I had something stuck in my eye (the first symptom I experienced)
- all these symptoms started in one eye, then were in the other eye by the next day
- other symptoms you may have...click here.
Depends if you're pink eye is from a virus or bacteria. If it comes from a virus, it basically has to run it's course and so you treat the symptoms until it passes. If it comes from a bacteria, an antibiotic is given to kill the bacteria. I don't know about you, but every time I've ever had an antibiotic, I've gotten a yeast infection. Sorry for TMI, but antibiotics kill off all bacteria, both good and bad, so it makes it really easy for imbalances occur. Just a note, if you do have to take an antibiotic with this or ever, try to take a probiotic with it (actually several hours away from it) to put some good bacteria back in your body.
"Green Medicine Cabinet" alternative: Similsan Pink Eye Relief Homeopathic Eye Drops or as it's listed on the product website: "Irritated Eye Relief drops"
|Similasan Pink Eye Relief eye drops|
According to their website:
"Irritated Eye Relief stimulates the body’s natural ability to relieve redness, watery discharge, burning, grittiness, dryness, and stinging due to environmental pollutants."
How I used it: I did 2-3 drops per eye several times a day, or as I felt I needed it. Probably 6-7 times per day. I continued using the drops for about a week from when I first noticed symptoms. The worst symptoms subsided after a day or two with the drops. Most symptoms were completely gone by a week later.
How it's greener:
- It can be used on children, ages 2 and up.
- No antibiotic needed.
- It doesn't hurt or burn when you apply it.
- No known side effects.
- It's homeopathic (a medical philosophy based on the idea that the body is capable of healing itself)
According to WebMD:" Homeopathy is based on the idea that "like cures like." That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body's normal healing and self-regulatory processes."
You'll find that a lot of medications in my "green medicine cabinet" are homeopathic. I enjoy using homeopathic alternatives because they do not have other additives, dyes, flavorings, or chemicals. They're safe to take when pregnant, nursing, or even on babies . I took them throughout my pregnancy and I currently give them to Avery.
|Directions to apply: 2-3 drops per eye as needed.|
Just a head's up: each person that uses the eye drops should have their very own bottle of Similasan, to avoid contaminating each other's eyes or the bottle.
-Also, I found it was safe to use with contacts. I made sure to throw away the contacts I was wearing the first day I noticed the symptoms and I went contact-free and wore glasses for probably 2-3 days to give my eyes a break during the "treatment" time. But after those days I was right back in my contacts.
Where to find it: Whole Foods, local health food store, or online for about $7-9. (I even saw it at Wal-Mart the other weekend!)
|My Green Medicine Cabinet pick for pink eye relief.|
There you have it, a green alternative to traditional pink eye treatment. Anyone ever used it before? Did it help? Know any other green alternatives? I've heard of applying breast milk for babies, anyone ever try that? I'm pretty sure that breast milk has super powers so I wouldn't doubt it. ( :
See you next time when we see what else is in my "green medicine cabinet."