What's in your medicine cabinet? If you're like most Americans, your bathroom cupboard is chalk full of prescription medications for everything from pain relief to athlete's foot. The problem with most medications today is that their manufacturing, use and disposal is significantly contributing to environmental pollution. Every day use of nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, antibiotics and hormones can have serious side effects on both your family’s health and that of the planet.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-medicine. Many prescription medications are lifesavers and absolutely necessary. But there are also many occasions when prescriptions are overused and avoidable. For these minor ailments, it is much better to try a natural, at-home remedy first before reaching for a prescription medication. Dr. Alan Greene (a pediatrician and author of Raising Baby Green) offers some great tips on detoxing your medicine cabinet and using natural remedies for minor ailments.
With that in mind, here's a quick list of items you may want to keep on hand in your green medicine cabinet:
- Over-the-counter natural remedies for minor ailments like cuts, scrapes, sore throats and headaches
- Nontoxic personal care products (from eco-savvy companies like Burt's Bees and Aubrey Organics)
- Reusable razors and toothbrushes
- Latex-free bandages and first-aid supplies
Emergency contact list (Numbers you may need fast, like your pediatrician or Poison Control ... 1-800-222-1222)