When You Care Enough – Send A Healing Get-Well Package
When you want to send someone a get-well gift, consider sending them a healing care package instead of the usual flowers, plants, or balloons. Those traditional gifts may be great and uplifting, but a healing care package can have an impact by assisting the healing process.
To dress up the gift, put the items in a basket or a colorful tissue-lined box. Also, add a note stating what the benefits of the contents are. Also, remind the person to check with her doctor before taking any herbs or supplements because they may interfere with medications and other therapies.
Suggestions for Your Healing Get-Well Gift:
Vitamin C helps connective tissues and is excellent for healing wounds. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends taking Vitamin C before, during (if you can convince a doctor to insert a vitamin C IV drip), and after surgery.[i] Some vitamin C products contain other nutrients, such as electrolytes, some B’s, and antioxidants, which can also promote healing.
Arnica Montana also helps to heal bruises and reduce swelling after surgery. Arnica Montana is a homeopathic medicine that comes in little pellets. It also comes in ointment form that is good for sore muscles and bruises.
Milk Thistle supports the liver and encourages the removal of toxins from anesthesia and the other medicines.
Rooibos and green tea are high in antioxidants which fight inflammation. Inflammation is always a part of illness and present after surgery. So, anything that can help with inflammation is beneficial.
Chia seeds restore energy, which is beneficial after an illness. Also, they are a complete protein and are high in omega-3s. The Indians of Mexico and South America consider them a survival food, and their long-distance runners eat them for energy. Chia seeds can be sprinkled on just about anything, and they don’t lose their nutritional value with heat. Water or other liquids need to accompany eating chia seeds because they absorb water due to their high fiber content. Include in your package one of the many only recipes for chia seed pudding for a quick, easy, and healthy treat.
Energy bars and healthy snacks can encourage eating when someone is sick and doesn’t feel like eating. Chose energy bars and snacks that are filled with wholesome ingredients and not loaded with sugar and sweeteners to gain the health benefits.
Lip balms soothe and heal lips. Some medications, hospital stays, and surgery can cause dehydration which can make lips dry and chapped.
Therapeutic aromatherapy essential oils can also aid the healing process. Inhaled, essential oils are believed to bind their chemical components to smelling receptors in the emotional center and the limbic system of the brain. Studies show they can have a positive effect on the immune system. Chose ones that are therapeutic grade.
These are a few suggestions that can assist with the healing process. When people are recuperating, they often need their spirit healed and uplifted too. Consider adding a naturally scented candle, a funny book, or a magazine about a topic of interest to the person.
Eventually, the patient will want to get out and about so a gift certificate for a movie, restaurant, or favorite coffee shop would be nice. If you live near enough and can cook, a home-cooked meal is usually appreciated. If you plan on taking a meal to someone recovering from a sickness, check with the person first. The individual may not feel like company or may have diet restrictions.
A get-well healing package can help with the healing process, lift the spirit, and let the person know you care. And the benefits from it will last longer than a bouquet of flowers.
[i] Weil, Andrew, MD. Vitamin C for Surgery? Web.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/aromatherapy-pdq.
Weil, Andrew, MD. Vitamin C for Surgery? Retrieved from https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/vitamins/vitamin-c-for-surgery/.