Every mom knows that if her children feel good, they’re a lot more likely to be good. That means better behavior, better focus, and better grades. That’s why I’m a huge advocate for women becoming the family nutritionists and health care providers. Not only does physical wellness increase success in all family endeavors, learning how to support health empowers women to more fully embrace their roles as homemakers.
Obviously, there are times when we need to go to a licensed medical professional. If you’re child breaks his arm, by all means take him to the emergency room. But 9 times out of 10, we can treat minor illness, injuries, and even behavioral issues at home through nutrition and natural medicine.
The trick to success is preparedness. You don’t want to be flipping through the homeopathy books on an hour-long quest for the correct remedy when your child needs relief NOW. Or, worse yet, find yourself so unsure of where to begin, that you end up giving your child powerful antibiotics that cause serious damage to her gut flora when you could have easily treated the stomach flu with a few well-chosen, side-effect-free natural remedies.
So, in the interest of promoting women’s self-education in home health care, here are a couple of my favorite resources:
The Weston A. Price Foundation is an incredible source of information, especially regarding nutrition. The foundation is an international non-profit education organization promoting traditional diets and food preparation methods and sustainable agriculture. Their work is based on the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist in the 20s who began to notice that his young patients were coming in with unusually narrow facial structures, both the source and symptom of many additional problems. He began researching indigenous peoples who had universally broad, healthy facial structures and were free of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Long story short, he found that their traditional, nutrient-dense diets kept them healthy in mind and body.
Joette Calabrese is a homeopath who teaches a unique approach to homeopathy. She calls it “practical homeopathy” because its ease of use, even for moms at home. She offers TONS of free advice and information on her blog, and for those interested in going a little deeper, she offers several courses in homeopathy. The is a great alternative to conventional, high-powered drugs for treating minor illnesses and injuries as well as many chronic issues.
TIP: Don’t just educate yourself in natural health and healing; educate your children! Turn nutrition study or one of Joette’s courses into a health class as part of your homeschool curriculum!