Inside Our Natural Medicine Cabinet

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Sometimes people look at me in disbelief when I tell them we don’t keep any pharmaceuticals in our home, including over the counter meds. The one exception is ibuprofen, which we rarely ever use. Besides the ibuprofen, I’m not exaggerating when I say we have an all natural medicine cabinet. So what does a natural medicine cabinet look like? You might be surprised to hear that many natural remedies are foods, so they aren’t actually all stored in a medicine cabinet. Before I walk you through the contents of my family’s natural medicine cabinet (and basket, bag, fridge, and herb shelf), I want to stress a few important points.

  • Not everyone needs all this stuff. Really. What you need will vary from what another person needs.
  • Some of the things we have came from experimentation to learn what works for us and what doesn’t, which things are our favorites, and which ones aren’t so much.
  • Everything we have was purchased/grown/foraged/created for a specific purpose. I recommend starting there and trying to avoid just buying all kinds of random things aimlessly because you think they might help you. Be intentional about it.
  • Start small. Replace what you can when you can. You don’t have to go totally natural overnight. Keep it real. Keep it simple.

My original plan for this post was to write a quick note on why we have each item/what we use it for, but after I got through about ten herbs, I realized that would be way too much time and a very lengthy blog post. Therefore, I am going to list everything for you, with the exception of all our first aid supplies, and you can feel free to ask me any questions you may have about these items. Check back for future posts on natural health and beauty items and natural cleaning products.

LOOSE HERBS

Yarrow
Ginger
Thyme
Wild Cherry Bark
Peppermint
Elderberries
Mullein Leaf
Lemon Balm
Catnip
Skullcap
Meadowsweet
Raspberry Leaf
Marshmallow Root
Basil
Oregano
Fennel
Rose Hips
Goldenrod
Motherwort
Red Clover
Dill
Nettle
Stevia
Calendula
Rosemary
Corn Silk
Sage
Lavender
Yellow Dock Root
Rose Petals
German Chamomile
Spearmint
Elder Flowers
Hawthorn Leaf & Flower
Hawthorn Berries
Alfalfa
Dandelion Root
Eucalyptus Leaf

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TINCTURES

Shatavari
Hawthorn leaf, flower, & berry
Peppermint
Nettle, raspberry leaf, red clover
Yellow dock root, dandelion root, nettle, rose hips
Ginger and fennel
Olive leaf
Lemon balm, catnip, roman chamomile, meadowsweet, lavender
Yarrow
Motherwort
Mullein leaf
Chickweed
Wild cherry bark
Angelica
Wombstringe
Afterease
Placenta

GLYCERITES

Echinacea
Chamomile, Lemon balm, catnip, fennel, and ginger

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint
Lemon
Lavender
Cedarwood
Tea Tree
Bergamot
Elemi
Coriander
Clary Sage
Frankincense
Grapefruit
Carrot Seed
Spearmint
Copaiba
Rosemary
German Chamomile
Eucalyptus
Oregano
Nighty Night
Sweet Dreams
Sniffle Stopper
Sweet Slumber
Germ Destroyer
Relax

EOs

OTHER

Cod Liver Oil
Kids’ Cod Liver Oil
Liquid Chlorophyll
Probiotics (Adult, Kids, Infant)
Pickled Garlic
Fire Cider
Ear oil (Mullein & Garlic)
Oil of oregano
Colloidal silver spray
Lavender hydrosol
Chamomile hydrosol

SYRUPS

Herbal Sleep Syrup
Elderberry Syrup
Ginger Syrup
Pure Maple Syrup
Raw local honey
Blackstrap molasses

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VITAMINS

Vitamin C powder
Vitamin C spray
Kids’ Multi
Prenatal Multi
Baby vitamin D3 drops
Vitamin D3+K2 drops

CAPSULES/TABLETS

Activated Charcoal
Blood Builder
Papaya Enzymes
Digestive Enzymes
Cranberry Capsules
Placenta Capsules

HOMEOPATHY

Arnica
Aconite
Bellis Per
Calendula
Carbo Veg
Cauloph
Chamomilla
Cimicifuga
Gelsemium
Hypericum
Ipecacuanha
Kali Carb
Kali Phos
Phytolacca
Pulsatilla
Secale
Sepia
Staphis Agria
Nat. Phos. 6x
Oscillococcinum
Camilia drops

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TOPICAL

Calendula Salve
Green Salve
Comfrey Salve
Healing Balm
Coconut oil
Sesame oil
Almond oil
Olive oil
Avocado oil
Neem oil
Castor oil
Vitamin E oil
Magnesium lotion
Aloe Vera gel
Arnica Ointment
Bentonite Clay
Baking Soda
Goldenseal & Oregon Grape Root Powder
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
Epsom Salt
Beeswax
Colloidal Silver Gel

EQUIPMENT/SUPPLIES

Stethoscope
Fetoscope
Otoscope
Pulse Oximeter
Sphygmomanometer
Thermometers
Nose Frida
Strep A Swab Kit
UTI Test Strips

*You may notice some Garden of Life brand products in the photos. In December 2017, Garden of Life announced that they were acquired by Nestle. Therefore, for ethical reasons, my family will no longer be using Garden of Life products effective immediately.

 

Communing With Plants

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Since the dawn of time, humans and plants have had an intimate relationship, as plants have provided so much life for us in the form of food, medicine, tools, and more. They exhale and we inhale, doing a sacred dance of breaths between us. We have cared for them, and they have cared for us. Even today, 25% of pharmaceuticals are derived from plants, and the World Health Organization recognizes that traditional plant medicine is the main healing modality in much of the world. But we here in America have lost our way. Most people in industrialized nations are no longer in touch with plants. The human-plant relationship has suffered due to cultural disconnection and modern conveniences that always come with a price. When we no longer spend time with plants, and when we take them for granted, we all surely suffer. Generational wisdom is lost in the pages of time. When you can buy a plant under the fluorescent lights at the grocery store, wrap it in plastic, and drive it home to your refrigerator, you aren’t fostering connection with the plant the same way you would if you had spent time with the plant, your hands in the soil, communing with its pollinators, watching, listening, smelling, feeling, learning.

Plants are conscious beings, and they thrive with love and connection just like the rest of us do. There is something extra special about a well loved plant that has given its permission to be used by us, and is eager to help. That is where I find myself in my relationship with plants. Getting to know them, respecting and honoring them, and being truly grateful when they help me. My relationship with plants connects me with my ancestors and those who came before me. It connects me to my instinctual wisdom, and makes me a more conscious human being. Since I have opened my heart to the wisdom of our green friends, I have found them presenting themselves to me in funny ways. Right when I am in need of some blood strengthening and liver support, yellow dock appears in my herb garden. Birds must have carried her to me. Right when I’m defending pokeweed from those who disrespect her and fear her, I see a little pokeweed poking over my fence to say hello. Right when I’ve got a bleeding wound on my finger in the woods, I hear the whisper of wild yarrow at my feet. Every intention I set for the new year has coincidentally revolved around one common theme: Connection. I can only hope this means more connecting and communing with plants, too.