Before Neosporin and Substitute for Neosporin
Neosporin is used frequently in America for all kinds of cuts, bruises, and burns. it is an antibiotic cream or jell. When I coached 40 years ago, Neosporin was in the first aid kit. When I coached 20 years ago, it was not in the first aid kit, because some people are allergic to it.I continued to use it in my home with my own children, not thinking anything about adding another antibiotic to their system through the skin.
As a child, my parents and grandparents used Merthiolate, which is the compound thimerosal, that is comprised of mercury and sodium. This kills disease-causing microbes and burns when applied to the skin with an open wound. I remember holding my breath to brace myself before the applicator come out of the dark brown bottle. Now it is still used before medical procedures. Parents today commonly use creams like Neosporin, containing bacitracins.
Do we still want to expose our children to antibiotics for every small cut and/or burn? There are essential oil alternatives. At my home we call it “Boo Boo Spray.’
Add essential oils to a 1oz spray bottle and top of with fractionated coconut oil. Spray on wound for healthy healing.
Also great for relief from itchy bug bites or other skin irritations.
Back in the day people grew their own food. Colonial America had kitchen gardens next to their homes. Hohokam Indians grew the three sisters - corn, squash, and beans in the hot Sonoran deserts. Today we purchase our food at the store. You can grow some of your own food. You say that is impossible. Kitchen gardens take little space or can be planted in pots and other containers on your patio, backyard, or front porch. You can replace flowers and plants in your yard with herbs, vines, and fruit trees, even in the front yard. Commercial fruits and vegetables are at least a week old before purchased at the store. Replace these with freshly picked one from your yard.
I live in the Sonoran Desert, Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona area. We all have yards, we love to eat, lots of sunshine, but little rain and high temperatures during the summer months. Even these obstacles can be overcome to grow herbs, fruit, and vegetables. My favorite kitchen garden is the raised bed garden. The beds keep the dogs and children out of the garden, as well as allowing me to not get down on my knees to work in the garden. You can buy kits at home improvement stores or build them yourselves. We built ours and had dirt hauled in. We purchased a composter to dispose of the garden wastes and recycle back for a healthier garden soil.
Benefits of a kitchen garden are plentiful.
In the beginning, I was a teacher for 30 quick years. I stressed over each student, lesson, and class in my educational career. Through those years, I contacted numerous illnesses, but thought I was a person of good health and exceptional intelligence. Then I hit the wall. Allergies, arthritis, thyroid, insulin levels, digestive issues - all developed slowly and permeated each day. Fatigue became a constant battle as I attempted to not falter with over-work and stress filled days.
In the beginning, I thought that the doctors could heal me through surgeries, prescriptions, and over the counter drugs. I took much less than other people took, but isn’t that how all Americans heal themselves?
In the beginning, I ate what most Americans eat. Our favorites were pizza, pastas, burgers, and sandwiches. Cheese with more cheese and sizable helpings of the meat on sale at the local super markets. Also, Americans drink Coca-Cola each and every day, until I switched to Diet Coke to lose weight.
In the beginning, I followed what the world proposed as the perfect life for today’s woman - full time job, 4 children, and a husband. Well educated, well read, well traveled, and ambitious. Leaving little time to relax and develop a spiritual life. Sleep dwindled to 6 hours, as more time was needed to be a successful American woman.
Now, I am retired with a slightly changed focus. History, food, and family have always been my passions, but the current twist includes the traditional history of healing, food, medicines, family life, and meditation. I retired to get balance in my life and to find better health. Now my desire is to share traditional or historical food, healing, health care, and cultures that teach others ways to improve the quality of their life.
The purpose of this site is to look at the quality of our lives and analyze if we are improved or in need of lessons from the past.
My first year of retirement has been a journey to discover the history of ancient healing practices and food preparation. I currently share with family and friends, but feel compelled to expand my family so others can ruminate about their own lives. My journey has taken me to alternate healing techniques, traditional cooking practices, and spiritual awakenings.
Thank you for sharing the journey to a balanced life.