Today I want to talk about prescription drugs. I have never been one to take many prescription or over the counter drugs. When I was younger, I did go through a time where I was sick, quite often, in the winter time with a bad cough and chest congestion. When I was 16 my tonsils were taken out and I didn’t seem to get sick as often. I have been truly blessed with decent health. However, even when I would get a headache or even an ocular migraine….I didn’t reach for the over the counter pain medicine. I would just lay down in a dark room and rest and let my body heal itself. When my husband, son, and I would get a cold or congestion – we would wait usually 2 weeks and sometimes use over the counter medicines to help with the symptoms but we didn’t go running to the Dr. to get a prescription until we allowed our bodies to try and fight it on it’s own first. I know quite a few people, that, at the first sign of a cold or flu they run and get a Z-pack or an antibiotic from their family Dr. I also know quite a few people that use and overuse over the counter medications such as pain relievers, acid reflux medication, sleep aids, allergy medication, migraine headache medication and the list goes on and on. So many others are on prescription medications for so many different ailments. Medication – whether it be over the counter or prescription should be used to help with the symptoms that our bodies are sending out. If one of your body systems is not healthy and you encounter stress, that system will send out symptoms to let you know it needs help. Once it is figured out what body system (muscular, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, lymphatic, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, urinary, skeletal, immune, and integumentary) is stressed and is having problems, we should begin to strengthen and build that system back to healthy. Most medications were not made to be taken over long periods of time. Once the body system has been brought back to healthy, then the medication should no longer be necessary. There are many natural ways to boost and bring the 12 body systems back above the wellness line. Do your research, if you have a problem in one of the body systems, to find herbs, essential oils, minerals, better food, more intentional movement, and other natural ways to bring the system back to balance.
What to take for a headache…..well they used to take the bark of a willow tree.
Folks, God gave us dominion over the animals and plants. The plants for food and medicine. Before the early 19th century, there weren’t any synthetic medications. It all came from the earth. This healing knowledge was passed down from generation to generation. Many times if people had to move from where they were living, they would take their plants or at least some seeds for their plants with them. You could forage in the woods, deserts, and swamps for plants that would help your body heal itself. Every person was taught the basics of survival when it came to illness. What to take for a headache…..well they used to take the bark of a willow tree. That is how it was found that salicylic acid could be made in a laboratory (synthetically) and used to treat a headache as aspirin. So with that came the birth of the pharmaceutical companies and the rest is history.
In order to make money, the pharmaceutical companies couldn’t wait around for nature to takes its course and grow the plants that were needed to make natural medicines. So they began to produce them. However, there are components that are not able to be “reproduced” in the laboratory. Let’s take essential oils. The pieces parts that make up each essential oil is called a constituent. There are so many constituents in each essential oil that they can’t all be measured. This has to do with many different aspects of the plant that was grown, where it was grown (the region of the world, the altitude is was grown and so forth),when it was harvested (yes even the time of the day makes a difference), how it was harvested, how long it sat after being harvested, what method was used to distill it, and so on and so on. There are some natural remedies that tell you to take the bark off the north facing side of the tree. Why? Because it was learned that that side of the tree had all the right components to aid in healing what was ailing you. Our bodies are a natural living thing. God created us to thrive and be alive in nature. Don’t get me wrong, how far modern medicine has come is amazing. However, we are relying on too many synthetic things in our lives…..our medicine, our food (processed foods), the way we keep our food free from pests and disease, our clothes that sit against our skin, the products that we use to clean our clothes, the products that we use to try and keep ourselves clean and well groomed, and again the list goes on and on. We need to go back to nature and what God has provided for us.
I hope this was helpful. If we want to “Live Normal, Live Healthy, Live Life” we have to work together. If you need any help or have any questions – please feel free to contact me. I hope you have a day that is filled with abundance, purpose, and wellness! Love ya!