As the mother of a large family, one would think that we have had years of athletics in our home. My husband always enjoyed sports and athletic competitions of any type so of course, our children would be athletes, right? Wrong.
Our first two children were very apathetic to sports, so our family is new to the world of youth sports. My seven-year-old son, whom we affectionately refer to as Triple-O, decided on a whim this past summer, he wanted to play football. And if you know him, you probably would have thought him the least likely of our children to follow in his father’s footsteps.
However, at seven, here we are jumping all into the world of youth football. We practice three times a week with games on the weekends. It has become a family affair. We go to practice with all of the brood. We have traveled around the country. It has been a great way to get out in the fresh air and cheer on our little guy.
But I digress.
About six weeks into the season I noticed my little guy starting to limp. We visited the trainer and got diagnosed with every runner’s nightmare, shin splints.
Illness lately has plagued the land of Oppermania. Thankfully it hasn’t reached all of our tribe, but the select few that have fallen victim fell pretty hard.
Being the half crunchy mama that I am, I rarely use conventional medications to cure our illnesses. Although sometimes medicine is necessary I purpose myself to use as many natural methods as possible.
If you are interested in stocking your medicine cabinet in a less conventional manner and seek to use more natural means, read on. I offer you my essential ingredients for every mama’s medicine chest. I have broken them into two categories, Reactive, and Proactive.
Hey mom, I am so excited to share this secret weapon with you today. There for awhile in our house I used Apple Cider Vinegar for just about everything. Say what you will, but it remains one of my secret weapons!
First off not all Apple Ciders Vinegars (ACV) are created equal. If you want to maximize the power of ACV, you will need to buy a version that still has the “mother”. Most store-bought kinds of vinegar go through distillation. Which means that most of the beneficial enzymes and healing properties are killed off in the heating process, so you lose the effectiveness.
I recommend using only raw and unfiltered vinegar such as Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. If you are feeling adventurous, however, you can always make your own.
Our journey with eczema started shortly after our third child, Onesimus, was born. We first noticed it on his cheek. It then started to spread to his jaw, and behind his ear. Even though he was young, he quickly figured out how to scratch open the wounds. His face would seep and bleed it was awful. The worst part was I felt powerless to do anything about it.
During Onie’s, that’s his nickname, infant stage; I tried every ointment, cream, lotion, and medicine that my friends recommended. Around the age of one his legs broke out from knee to feet. This breakout was much worse and I could not get rid of it. My poor little guy was miserable. Eczema is known as “the itch that rashes” the more you scratch, the itchier it becomes and it gets pretty hard to manage. Each night I would sit in his bed and rub his bandaged up legs.