When it comes to raising little ones, there are always going to be those unfortunate uh-oh moments that shake you up.

I had one of those moments just the other night.

Our staircase has been the center of our fun since the beginning… it started with pushing our little one around and around in a cardboard box, and grew into driving trucks around, playing horsey, chasing each other, having the dog chase us, chasing the cats… Seriously, you name it. In the five years since our little guy arrived, we’ve run miles around these stairs.



Recently, in one of our nightly games of tag, I had the sudden realization that he’s reached the height where his head is perfectly level with the corner of the railing. So I said to him, “Just one more time around, I don’t like that you could hit your head.”

And sure enough, during that one-more-time around, my son looked back at me, laughing and giggling at the thought that I might “catch him,” only to turn and forehead plant right into the corner of the railing.

Having seen it all play out in slow motion before my mama-bear eyes, I can tell you I lost my shit.

This was not at all my best example of proper crisis management.

From my perspective of my sweet boy’s head hitting that corner on full tilt… I instantly pictured the worst outcome. There was just something extra unsettling about how I felt it coming, suggested we just go around one last time, and then had my fear of it happening unfold right before my eyes.

In my house, we’re all trained on what to grab when there’s one of those scary-ish uh-oh moments.

I yelled to my husband, “Grab the kit!”

Which translates to, “Grab the homeopathic kit.

This meant an immediate dose of Arnica for my little man and Aconite for me. Next up, was an ice pack… followed by spraying the home and ourselves with Rescue Remedy and applying lavender essential oil later on in the night before bed.

I swear, the moment the Arnica was in his mouth, he calmed right now. And within twenty minutes, he wanted to play again. (I, of course, made him rest with ice.)

Even though I know and trust my remedies, to see them work their instant healing magic still B L O W S my mind!

Nature provides the most powerful, safe and effective remedies that our bodies (especially little ones) so beautifully respond to.

It’s time to normalize these remedies in every home.

Let’s start with my top 5 remedies for those scary uh-oh moments. These are items that you want to keep in your home and in your travel kit.

1. Aconitum Napellus (Aconite) 30X 

This is a homeopathic remedy for shock, fear, panic, anxiety and anything that comes up quickly. This even applies to a cold coming on suddenly. So if you find yourself thinking, “Where the heck did this come from…” or “This came out of nowhere,” that’s your clue to grab this remedy to help expedite healing!

2. Arnica Montana 30X

This is a homeopathic remedy for injuries, physical trauma, bruises, pain, inflammation, head injuries and pulled muscles.

NOTE ON HOMEOPATHY: Homeopathy medicines, which are called “remedies,” are derived from the vegetable, mineral and animal kingdoms. They are diluted, safe, gentle, non-toxic and free of dangerous side effects. To properly administer, pour two pellets into the cap and pour directly into the mouth where they will dissolve. This enables the remedy to bypass the digestive system and be easily absorbed into the bloodstream so that the cells most in need are assured of help.

3. Rescue Remedy

This remedy is homeopathic-like and made from the flowers of plants for situations of acute stress and shock. Rescue Remedy is a blend that is intended to be used during critical situations or immediately after.

The following five remedies combine to make Rescue Remedy:

  • Star of Bethlehem — for shock and disbelief when we cannot believe what has happened
  • Rock Rose — for shock when we feel terror and panic
  • Clematis — for dizziness, confusion and unconsciousness
  • Impatiens — for excessive restlessness, tension and impatience
  • Cherry Plum — for loss of self-control and hysterical behavior

You would use this blend during any stressful, unsettling, fearful, traumatic, unpleasant situation. It could be the stress of getting stuck in traffic and being late to work; or in my case, the stress of seeing your kiddo get hurt; and for him, the stress of getting hurt. Whenever that stress is still lingering and present, that’s the best time to use this remedy.

Depending on individual needs and situations, Rescue Remedy can be used in many different ways. We can place four drops directly under the tongue or in a glass of water. In situations where someone is unconscious, their lips should be moistened with the remedy or drops should be placed on the pulse points of their wrists.

This remedy is powerful in getting us through all the wide ranges of stressful situations. Many people chose to carry Rescue Remedy in their purse, at the office, in the car or in the diaper bag. You never know when you may need it. I like to have it in both a dropper and a spray, intended for both oral and external use.

4. Lavender Essential Oil

This oil is known as the “universal” oil because it can be used for so many things. In terms of uh-oh moments, it works beautifully on burns (including sunburn), stress, headaches and wounds. It can be diffused or applied topically and is safe for use on small children (as long as it’s a super high quality, wildcrafted and properly processed oil). Never buy oils from retail stores unless they are carrying a medicinal quality that you’ve personally researched.

5. Manuka Honey

This supercharged honey works amazingly for healing wounds that need a salve, and it’s great for burns. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and works swiftly to help tissues heal (like, crazy quickly). You can apply topically to speed up wound healing and/or take internally as a natural antibiotic. 

Bonus! Ice Packs

Okay this isn’t part of my remedy list, but it’s certainly an essential. These non-toxic gel packs work great to soothe aches, bumps and bruises. They are the perfect size for little ones and are nice and flexible. Applying a cold compress to an injury restricts blood flow, helps reduce swelling and inflammation, prevents or limits bruising, and helps provide some pain relief.

At the end of the day, it’s so worth having these remedies on-hand so you can be prepared for whatever comes your way. As I always say, raising little ones is hard enough… don’t make it harder by not having the proper natural remedies on-hand to have your back along the way.

To Fiercely Feeling Ready with Remedies,


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