Playing nurse is one of a homemaker’s many duties. My challenge in 2012 is to build and maintain a “medicine chest” of herbs that will help fight the illnesses my family commonly faces on a budget of $20 a month. It’s the last Tuesday of January, and time to share what I purchased this month:
The healing power of echinacea has lived in legend for centuries. Recent studies confirm its benefits. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that someone who loves natural remedies as much as I do doesn’t have a drop of echinacea in the house. It was always something I wished I had when one of us got sick, but I never managed to get over to the store to purchase. Once we were better, it sorta slipped the list.
That problem is fixed now. I purchased a bottle of Child Life Echinacea on Amazon for only $4.99.
Feverfew is an herb I only read about recently. It is reputed to be one of nature’s strongest headache fighters. The London Migraine Clinic performed a double-blind study on patients who claimed to have benefited from feverfew. Some patients received placebos, some feverfew. Those that got the placebo said their headaches increased dramatically. Two patients (who claimed their headaches disappeared when they took feverfew) even dropped out because their headaches got so bad while taking the placebo. After they restarted feverfew, the headaches vanished again! (Read more in Mommy Diagnostics and Herbal Drugstore.)
Very important warning: Pregnant and nursing women should not take feverfew. Many thanks to Jenn from The Purposeful Mom for pointing this out!
Apparently, feverfew doesn’t work for everyone, but about two thirds claim relief. Also, it’s not an instant cure. For best results, you are supposed to take it daily. Since my husband gets headaches frequently, we decided to give it a try. I purchased Nature’s Way MygraFew (Feverfew). (The price has fluctuated several times this month. Right now it’s only $9.54 with free shipping if you subscribe. Plus, unlike some other brands on Amazon, you only have to take one capsule daily, so it’s practically $3 for a month’s supply!)
It is on the way from Amazon and I’m really excited to see if it works for Joshua… and will definitely let you know if it does!
Food: Your Miracle Medicine: $2.20
Food: Your Miracle Medicine was my favorite find this month! Shonda Parker highly recommends it in Mommy Diagnostics (read my review here). I’ve never had much success finding good books at the thrift store before, so was extra thrilled to found a hardback copy of this book for only $2 on the thrift store shelf! So far, I’m really enjoying it. (Look for a review in coming weeks!)
Total for January: 16.73
Have you added to your herbal remedies this month? If so, what did you add?
(Full disclosure: The links to products in this post are my referral links.)