I want to stop using medicine.
That’s easier said than done, especially if you’ve grown up in America where we pop pills the first sign of a runny nose.
I don’t plan to ween myself off of medicine all at once. Rather, over the course of the next few years I want make a habit of looking to natural remedies first.
This is not as kooky as it sounds. If you’ve already started rolling your eyes, take a step back in your perspective and think about all the people in the world who don’t have access to simple medication, or all of mankind up until a few hundred years ago when medications and chemicals entered into our lives.
Before you take any medication, take a minute and think about what got you there in the first place. If your head hurts, think about the last time you had a glass of water. If your feet hurt, ask yourself if you’re wearing the right shoes. Look at the cause of the pain before you blindly numb yourself and ignore the symptoms.
Your body is trying to tell you something. Listen to it. Thank God our bodies are smarter than we are and send signals to our head to hurt a little so we stop and think, “Headache probably means dehydration. I should have some water!” Duh.
Hydration, healthy living, herbs & plants were all remedies that actually worked. They still DO work, but I’ve always had this notion that hippies and weirdos were the only ones who suffered through their pain to prove a point and stick it to the man.
But actually, I’m the sucker here.
I’m writing this as I cough and sneeze all over my keyboard, feeling a little guilty for spending $29 today on NyQuil, DayQuil, expectorant, cough drops and ginger ale. Although all of that is lovely to have and may slightly take the edge off of my symptoms (and give my cube-mates a break from my incessant coughing), I feel like a big baby. A big snotty baby.
Our bodies are designed to fight. The more we help it with chemicals, the less it knows how to do on its own. Popping pills for stupid reasons is like an overprotective mother micromanaging her children until they have no idea what to do or how to function on their own.
If you’re not convinced by my poor writing skills, check out The Gift of Pain. It’ll change you.
For the record:
- If I’m in labor someday broke my femur in half or in some mind-numbing pain, shut up and hand me the Vicodin. I’m mainly referring to the minor things–the things our bodies can handle on its own if we just give it a chance and listen to it.
- I won’t judge you for popping a few pills once in a while. Honest.
- Medicine can save our lives, and I’m thankful I’m in a country and financial situation that allows me to afford it. Truly, truly thankful.
- I don’t regret buying the expectorant. That son of a biscuit chest congestion is really tough to get rid of.
- I’m going to finish my DayQuil and NyQuil to the very last drop and not feel too guilty about it either. Hey, I never said this would be overnight.
Lucky for us, natural remedies and healthy living is a cheap way to avoid or heal sickness. But, I’m new to this. I kinda need your help. I don’t even know where to start. Where do you learn about LEGIT natural remedies? Have any you want to share?
By the way, I made my 2nd “natural remedy” concoction yesterday. In fact, this post was supposed to be that recipe but I totally went off on a rant here. So I’ll post my concoction tomorrow.