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By: Dr. Beth Quintana, N.D.
People are often amused when I pull something useful but unexpected out of my purse. What can I say, I like to be prepared. So I'm curious, are there helpful, health-promoting items that you keep handy in your bag? Share them with us! Incidentally, I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this article, I am simply a fan. We offer some of these products at SageMed, please ask us the next time you are in for a visit if you are interested.
In my bag:
Analgesic Ointment – I use a popular product called Traumeel, well-known for its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory actions. I’ve recently found a timely new application for it: bug bites. A little bit of the ointment gently rubbed over a few tender, itchy mosquito bites quickly quieted them down, reducing the itch and redness by the next day.
Throat Drops – Herbal lozenges are another mainstay in my bag. I find them to be soothing for a sore throat or a rough cough. They also help to ease stuffy nasal passages with their mentholated activity from peppermint. I often buy Ricola’s “Original” throat drops, but they have a variety of flavors.
Roll-On Aromatherapy – I remember when I first learned about the My-Grastick: I had a relentless headache on a busy day and happened to be standing in the store aisle next to a woman talking about this little stick that she swears by for headaches. I figured I’d give it a try, and it did not disappoint. With a roll on applicator that smoothly dispenses an aromatic blend of therapeutic oils, I just put a little on over certain points when I feel a headache coming on. Added bonus? It can provide an instant pick-me-up with just one whiff of its uplifting aroma.
Herbal Salve – Yet another multi-tasker in my purse, a botanical salve with nutritive ingredients like calendula, plantain, and chickweed is soothing for the skin and can heal dry, chapped lips. I frequently use salves by Wise Woman Herbals.
Proteolytic enzymes – These little gems do double-duty to earn their real estate in my bag. Taken with food – protein in particular – this enzyme can aid our body’s digestive process. Away from food, the protein-digesting action may be directed to breaking down products of inflammation, thereby helping to reduce inflammatory pain with injuries and other musculoskeletal afflictions. I prefer a product called Wobenzyme tablets.
Please consult your health care provider before using a new product if you have any special concerns, allergies, or sensitivities. While many people, including myself, may find relief with the above-mentioned products, each person is unique and may respond differently.