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Top 5 Natural Remedies to Keep on Hand

From insect bites to getting to sleep, there can be any number of situations each day which might call for a helping hand in the form of a cream or supplement. Looking for ideal additions to your medicine cabinet? We've put together this guide to the top 5 natural Natural Remedies to always have at the ready, all recommended by our Naturopath.

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When building your natural medicine cabinet, it's a good idea to start off with a few key products that are great to always have on hand. For this guide, I paired up with our Nourished Life Naturopath, Melanie Ruckley, to come up with the top 5 natural remedies to keep at the ready for when you or your little ones need a quick solution. Filled with soothing herbal ingredients including Echinacea, Manuka Oil and Flower Essences, these natural remedies are the perfect addition to your medicine cabinet. Remember this is a guide only. Seek appropriate medical attention for any injuries. Always read the label, use only as directed, and talk to your healthcare professional if symptoms persist.

1. Weleda Burns and Bites Cooling Gel
This cool gel includes a combination of plant extracts including Arnica which is traditionally used in homoeopathic medicine to soothe the pain and aid the healing of minor wounds. Our naturopath recommends using Arnica for bruises or minor sprains. The Weleda Burns & Bites Cooling Gel $22.95, which can be used by the whole family, is a soothing cream that can be applied to relieve the symptoms of minor burns, sunburn, scalds, rashes and insect bites. This gel also contains Echinacea, Aloe Vera, and Nettle to help soothe stings.
If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Always read the label. Use only as instructed. Contains ethanol. For the treatment of burns, immediate treatment should consist of the rapid application of cold water for a suitable period and the product should only be applied afterwards. The product is for the first-aid treatment of minor burns only and medical advice should be sought for the treatment of more serious burns.

2. Kiwiherb Children's Echinature
An immune health support, the Kiwiherb Childrens Echinature contains a combination of bioactive compounds that have been traditionally used in western herbal medicine as a supportive remedy for the common cold and maintaining the health and function of the immune system. This blend of pure Echinacea in a base of yummy Organic Apple Juice Concentrate and natural Orange flavour can be used at the first sign of a cold or flu and may reduce the severity and duration of these mild illnesses.

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Use only as directed. Always read the label. A tingling or numbing sensation can be felt in the mouth after dosing, this is normal and demonstrates the high quality of Echinacea used in this product. Products containing concentrated fruit juices may have a laxative effect

3. Ethical Nutrients Mega Zinc 40mg Powder with Vitamin C
Zinc and vitamin C are both well known for promoting healthy hair, skin and nails, as well as fighting off colds and flu. The Ethical Nutrients Mega Zinc 40mg Powder with Vitamin C is mega strength and easily absorbed, with a citrus orange flavour. Zinc may be dangerous if taken in large amounts or for a long period. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Not to be used for children under two years of age without medical advice. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.

4. Manuka Biotic Nourishing Natural Hand Cream
If anyone in your family has dry or sensitive skin issues, our naturopath recommends Manuka Oil for almost instant relief. This naturally healing oil has restorative benefits for both the hands and body (this is wonderfulf for use on the legs) thanks to the Mauka Oil's antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which means is may be great for many common skin types. The Manuka Biotic Nourishing Natural Hand Cream is great to have at the ready in the bathroom, kitchen or in your bag to hydrate and soften dry skin. Along with Manuka, this calming hand cream also contains soothing Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Marshmallow, Calendula and Cucumber to hydrate without feeling greasy.

5. Bach Flower Remedies Rescue SLEEP Drops
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to fall asleep, Mel recommends natural Flower Essences to help. The Bach Flower Remedies Rescue SLEEP Drops work to calm the mind and relieve sleeplessness, with calming natural herbal ingredients including Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, White Chestnut and Rock Rose traditionally used to relieve sleeplessness associated with recurring and worrying thoughts. To use, place 4 drops directly onto the tongue or into a glass of water before bed. This is also available in a handy sleep spray. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Contains ethanol. Contains homoeopathic ingredients.

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