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The Most Useful Home Remedies Have These 9 Things In Common

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There are a wide variety of reasons why someone might want to seek out a natural remedy for what ails them. Personally, I utilize natural remedies both because I enjoy thinking resourcefully and making use of stuff I already have on hand, and because I don’t want to rely too heavily on over-the-counter pain medications, which can be hard on our kidneys.

And while most natural remedies are simple and easy to use, they do require a different set of supplies than what you would expect to find in the average medicine cabinet. So I decided that I would put together and share a guide of my own must-have items for the “natural medicine cabinet!”

Most of the items in this list should be familiar to you, especially if you’re familiar with natural remedies and DIY solutions I’ve shared here in the past. Armed with these basic and relatively inexpensive items, you’ll have everything you need cure what ails you… the natural way! :-)

9 Must-Have Items For Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

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1. Essential Oils

Essential oils are an indispensable part of my own “natural medicine cabinet,” and while I could go on and on about the uses and benefits of each one in my collection, we’d be here all day! ;-) So instead, I’ve chosen to highlight a few that I consider indispensable for natural remedies:

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Defend is a blend of cinnamon, lemon, clove bud, lime, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, and oregano essential oils, and it’s my go-to blend for cold and flu season! Take advantage of these antimicrobial oils by using Defend in your diffuser or applying it topically. colds or flus that are going around.

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Complete Relief

Complete Relief is a blend of marjoram, black pepper, basil, spike lavender, and copaiba essential oils that can help ease the pain and tension of headaches. Black pepper, spike lavender, and copaiba oils help to relieve pain, while marjoram and basil have a soothing effect to help get you back on your feet.

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When my hands are aching from arthritis pain, I reach for one thing: my bottle of Restore Essential Oil Blend! Featuring wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus essential oils, this blend is ideal for soothing away everyday aches and pains.

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Lemon, Lavender, & Peppermint Oils

Lemon oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil each have plenty of uses individually (more on that here), but they can also be used in tandem as an effective remedy for allergies!

For relief from allergy symptoms, try adding two drops of each oil to your diffuser. Or you could try my preferred method by using them to make a DIY aromatherapy inhaler!

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil is a powerhouse when it comes to treating minor wounds, so it’s a great one to have on hand! Applying a small amount topically can help treat blemishes, heal ingrown toenails, and much more!

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Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil has an fresh, spa-like scent that can help alleviate minor respiratory symptoms and open up airways. Use it in a diffuser when you’re feeling stuffed up, or add it to your bathwater for a relaxing steam treatment.

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2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is packed with healthy fats, making it a popular oil for use in cooking and baking. And its antimicrobial properties make it a staple in a hundreds of DIY health and beauty products, from healing sales to toothpaste!

Learn more about using coconut oil here.

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3. Honey

Raw honey has antibacterial and moisture-attracting properties that make it a valuable addition to your medicine cabinet. Honey can help soothe sore throats, coughs, and minor burns like sunburns.

Learn more about the benefits of honey here.

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4. Clay

When mixed with water, absorbent and detoxifying Bentonite clay can help treat insect bites as well as shallow cuts and scrapes. It can also be taken internally to help settle an upset stomach.

Learn more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.

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5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can be used to help soothe and heal a variety of skin conditions, including sunburns, bites, eczema, rashes, and razor burn.

Learn more about the many benefits of aloe vera here.

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6. Epsom Salt

Adding a cup or two of Epsom salt to a warm bath is a great way to relieve body aches, cramps, sprains, and other forms of physical stress.

Learn more about the benefits of epsom salt here.

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7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people swear that drinking apple cider vinegar every day can help promote a strong immune system and good digestive health. But its acidity makes it useful in topical applications too, and can be used to reduce swelling, clarify the hair and scalp, and even help prevent breakouts.

Learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar here.

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8. Homemade Salves

Homemade salves are are packed with moisturizing and skin-friendly natural ingredients, and can be customized to help treat different types of ailments.

I always keep a jar of my All-Purpose Healing Salve on hand, which is made with coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil, and antibacterial essential oils. It’s ideal for smearing over everyday bumps, bruises, and scrapes, and I keep it in a small container so I can carry it around in my purse!

Learn how to make and customize your own homemade salves here.

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9. Neti Pot

A neti pot is used for nasal irrigation, and while it does take some getting used to, it’s an effective way to clear nasal congestion and reduce uncomfortable sinus pressure.

Learn more about using a neti pot (plus how to make a saline solution to to fill it with) here.

What’s in YOUR natural medicine cabinet?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I use stuff like Jillees homemade saline it’s great for helping to stave off infections. I use Bacitracin- it’s an antibiotic ointment. I found out about after my surgery and used it to shrink my scars. It’s very easy to find it stores. I also keep an ice pack with the little bubbles. I have Arthritis in my feet and it helps with swelling.

  • One thing I can’t live without is Arnica. I think Arnica is the best kept secret in the Unites States. I know they use it and are very familiar with it in other countries. You can buy Arnica gel or cream and I prefer the gel. It is the absolute best thing for any contusion. I have seen it work miracles with so many things: My grandson fell in the bathtub headfirst when he was little. He was screaming and fighting as my daughter tried to apply some Arnica, so she only managed to get one swipe of it on his head. By afternoon, there was swelling and bruising except where she had applied the Arnica. There was a clearly visible finger line where one application of Arnica had been swiped. It not only decreases or eliminates all bruising but it also takes out the pain. I have used when a hammer fell on my head, when I slammed my finger in the door, when my granddaughter got hit in the head with a tennis racket, and many other things over the years and can promise it takes out the pain and decreases or eliminates all discoloration of bruising and reduces or eliminates the swelling. Oh, it also stops fever blisters in their tracks. When I feel one starting, I apply the arnica repeatedly throughout the day, and the fever blister never develops!

  • please give warnings about diffuser, EO, and pets. Some of these EOs are very bad for pets. also i would love an alternative to coconut oil as i am allergic. thank you so much for your ideas and this wonderful blog!!!

  • I wish I could use essential oils. My husband has fragrance allergies and most EO’s bother him. Peppermint and lemon are about the only ones he can stand. I always find it amusing that Eucalyptus is supposed be so good for nasal congestion because for my husband it does the exact opposite on top of giving him a horrible headache.

  • Great ideas. The link for the salves isn’t working . It just pulled up the Apple Cider Vinegar link instead. I am recuperating from surgery and hoping it will help with some of the bruising. I have to be careful until the “glue” dots dissolve and then I can apply other stuff . I’ve used the lemon, lavender and peppermint for allergies before in my diffuser and also tried it in the gelatin capsules. With some success.

  • Thanks Jillee for the great post! Im already streamlining my cleaning products to natural. Now i will do my medicine cabinet. I heard that Melaleuca oil is same as Tea Tree oil. Is that true?

  • Great list! I would only add one thing…activated charcoal powder or tablets! Activated charcoal is the go-to at our house for bee stings and upset stomach.

  • Good ideas. One thing I recommend as far as essential oils go, if you are pregnant or have any health conditions make sure that you check online and see if there are any warnings/interactions about using specific essential oils.

    • Yes, I too want the recipe for the saline solution. I have a microwaveable sinus flush bottle that I use with a home made solution of bottled distilled water and kosher salt, but i’d love the exact recipe.

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