What is to come?
We have the seasonal predictable trials: colds and 'flu in the fall, winter and spring; bug bites, sun burn and poison ivy in the summer for example.
There are surprises - earthquakes, floods, epidemics …
. and then there are our own health concerns.
So it would make sense to have a few items on hand, both to address the "predictables" as well as the unforeseen.
Everyone should have a basic homeopathy remedy kit. My favorite is the Homeopathy World 36 Travel Kit by Helios. Available from amazon.com
it is compact, contains a useful range of remedies, and comes with a downloadable pdf set of instructions.
Stock up on basic essential oils and learn how to use them. I recommend Lavender (or Lavandin), Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree as a minimum. Additional useful oils would be Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Palmarosa, Ginger, Chamomile (Roman, German or Moroccan), and Frankincense. For oils that reduce stress and counteract its effects I recommend Vetiver, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang. There are several good companies to choose from: originalswissaromatics.com
and frontier coop.com
You may even have what you need in your cupboard: baking soda, sugar (yes, it's quite antimicrobial as a topical application), salt (combined with sugar for rehydration), and medicinal herbs: clove bud, sage, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom, ginger to name a few.
And while many of us have gotten into the habit of ordering on line, consider buying as many items as you can to sustain your local health food store. They are likely to have what you need when you need it and can be a nucleus for supporting alternative health care and preparedness.
Please read up on the recommended essential oils, homeopathics and herbs to become familiar with how to use them before you need them! Start by practicing using them on the small "predictables" so you won't get caught short if and when something bigger comes up.
Network with friends and family. Consider splitting up the purchase of supplies and skill development to better help one another.
Take advantage of classes and seminars in your area - or ask your local health food store to organize classes to address the basics of self-care with natural therapies.
Another good place to organize and network - your church or synagogue. If you don't have one, find one with people who truly fellowship.
Get my book Simple Ways of Healing. I wrote it to help you address the "predictables" along with the unusuals and unpredictables - so that your life may be blessed with simple ways of healing.
Get ready for what's to come.