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.
Wild Cherry Bark
Yellow Dock Root
Hawthorn Leaf & Flower
Hawthorn leaf, flower, & berry
Nettle, raspberry leaf, red clover
Yellow dock root, dandelion root, nettle, rose hips
Ginger and fennel
Lemon balm, catnip, roman chamomile, meadowsweet, lavender
Wild cherry bark
Chamomile, Lemon balm, catnip, fennel, and ginger
Cod Liver Oil
Kids’ Cod Liver Oil
Probiotics (Adult, Kids, Infant)
Ear oil (Mullein & Garlic)
Oil of oregano
Colloidal silver spray
Herbal Sleep Syrup
Pure Maple Syrup
Raw local honey
Vitamin C powder
Vitamin C spray
Baby vitamin D3 drops
Vitamin D3+K2 drops
Nat. Phos. 6x
Vitamin E oil
Aloe Vera gel
Goldenseal & Oregon Grape Root Powder
Colloidal Silver Gel
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.