As you most likely already know, I am passionate about natural remedies, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone! :-) Natural remedies and health products are growing in popularity as people start to place more value on natural alternatives. But making the switch from a traditional medicine cabinet to a more natural one can feel a bit overwhelming! Especially if you’re like me and feel like you have to do everything at once!
So I decided that I would put together a guide of must-have items for the “natural medicine cabinet.” Most of the items on this list are used in many different remedies, and most are quite inexpensive as well! Armed with these basic items, you’ll soon be able to handle most common ailments and injuries…naturally!
Essential oils really are the backbone of my “natural medicine cabinet.” I could go on and on about the uses and benefits of each of the many oils in my collection, but I’ll spare you. ;-) Instead, I’m just going to highlight a few that I consider indispensable when it comes to natural remedies.
- Shield blend
Shield is a proprietary blend by Spark Naturals of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils that’s great for diffusing or applying topically to help ward off any colds or flus that are going around.
- L.L.P. blend (or Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils)
Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint all have many uses individually (click here for more on that), but together they make one of the best remedies for allergies I’ve ever tried. “L.L.P.” can be diffused, applied topically, or taken internally to alleviate common allergy symptoms.
- Melaleuca oil
Melaleuca oil is a powerhouse when it comes to treating a preventing infection, so it’s great to have around! Applying a small amount topically can help treat pimple and small infections like toenails or piercings.
- Oregano oil
Oregano oil, along with Melaleuca oil and Shield blend, can be used to create of my favorite remedies, the Cold and Flu Bomb.
I buy all my essential oils from Spark Naturals.com where I can get high quality oils at an affordable price without having to sign up for anything. (Use coupon code JILLEE to get 10% any Spark Naturals order.)
Coconut oil has tons of healthy fat that make it a great choice to use in cooking or baking. You can also use it to make a whole bunch of DIY health and beauty products, including toothpaste! Click here to read more!
Raw honey has antibacterial and moisturizing properties that make it a great addition to your medicine cabinet. Honey can help treat sore throats, coughs, minor burns and sunburns, and even dry hair! Click here to learn more about the benefits of honey.
When mixed with water, the absorbing and detoxifying power of Bentonite clay can help treat insect bites, shallow cuts and scrapes. It can also be taken internally to help calm an upset stomach. Click here to learn more about the benefits of bentonite clay.
Apple cider vinegar
Drinking apple cider vinegar everyday can promote good immune system and digestive health. It can also be used to treat a wide variety of common ailments! Click here to learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
All-Purpose Healing Salve
My sister Rebecca’s (Camp Wander) All-Purpose Healing Salve, made with coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, Vitamin E oil, and pure essential oils, is an excellent replacement for antibacterial ointments. It’s small enough to keep in your purse, so you’ll always be ready for those everyday bumps, bruises, and scrapes. Get the recipe here, or you can purchase a pre-made salve here.
As I recently wrote here on the blog, colloidal silver is often used to treat skin conditions and infections.
Using a neti pot takes some getting used to, but it one of the most effective ways to help clear up nasal pressure and congestion. Read more about using a neti pot, including a recipe for saline solution to use with it, here.
Like I said, stocking your natural medicine cabinet can seem intimidating (and costly) to begin with, but just remember you don’t have to do it all at once. Replace your conventional medicines a little at a time until you’re satisfied. Trust me, it’s well worth it!
What’s in YOUR natural medicine cabinet?