My extended family jokes that I always have a concoction or potion for everyday ailments (and their probably right!). They’re obviously not really potions though. They are simply herbal and natural remedies that our ancestors used for generations before modern medicine was established.
Don’t get me wrong, modern medicine is great for things like diagnosing illnesses, surgery, setting bones, etc. But I always prefer to try and treat minor issues at home as long as it’s safe to do so.
That’s why I keep my natural medicine cabinet stocked. You never know when a mild issue may pop up and it can be difficult to get herbs or preparations where you live on short notice (I know it is for me!).
In this guide, I’m going to show you what herbs and natural remedies I keep on hand and what I use them for.
Why Stock an Herbal Medicine Cabinet
As I mentioned, I like to deal with minor issues at home when possible. I have had way too many prescriptions written for me or my kids that we really didn’t need. So, I do ask for guidance from properly trained healthcare providers, but I also do my own research and look for natural remedies when I can.
But here’s the thing:
If I don’t have what I need for an issue (like an ear infection) the only choice I have is to take the prescription or suffer for a few days (possibly letting the issue get worse) before the herbs or other natural remedies arrive in my mailbox.
So, I decided to start keeping the herbs I need on hand so when and if I need them, they re ready for me!
How to Stock Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet
I created this guide to help you build your stash of natural remedies that you are most likely to need and use on a regular basis.
Once you have this basic list covered you can start including other remedies that are more specific to your family’s needs. Or you can switch out remedies as needed.
Use this guide as a checklist and shopping list to stock your home with remedies for minor illnesses and injuries that can be treated at home.
This guide includes herbs, supplements, preparations, and other things that I keep in my herbal medicine cabinet that have been helpful to me and my family. What you need may be different, but this will be a good starting point for you.