Assembling a Natural Remedy Closet

One of the beauties of being a homemaker is that we can pursue our interests for the good of our families.

In what other career can you play hairdresser one morning and nurse the next? Chesterton was right when he said that a woman at home has one of the most creative and freeing careers ever.

Each time I witness an herbal or natural remedy work for my child (like eucalyptus oil for clearing a cough or goldenseal for goopy eyes) I stand in awe again at the intricacies of God’s creation. 

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While modern medicine fills many needs (and saved my life after my firstborn’s birth!) natural and herbal remedies have been used for centuries to help heal the body. 

Since the last thing I feel like doing when my child comes down with a cold is run to the store, one goal this year [in addition to developing one new habit a month!] is to build my natural remedy closet.

Part of the challenge is simply the multitude of herbs out there. Ever heard of usnea? How about meadowsweet? Few us can afford every single helpful herb out there. Hopefully none of us would ever need all of them.

My challenge in 2012 is to build and maintain a “medicine chest” of herbs that will help fight the illnesses my family usually faces on a budget of $20 a month. In addition to the herbs themselves, I plan to add to my collection of herbal/natural reference books so I can have the references on hand to study safety, effectiveness and proper usage. I’ll also plan to invest in a few tools (like a humidifier.)

The last Tuesday of each month I’ll share the purchases that I made that month. At the top of my wish list are:

  • Echinacea (I really can’t believe we don’t own any!)
  • Feverfew(I’ve read from multiple sources that it helps with headaches, which my husband gets frequently)
  • Acidophillus (We use this all the time and just ran out) 
  • Calcium (We also just ran out of this)

I’m incredibly excited about discovering more about the world of herbs and plan to share herbs that work for our family, book reviews and free (or practically free) ways of increasing your family’s health each Tuesday.

Would you like to assemble your herbal “medicine” chest with me? Or do you already have one? What herbs or natural remedies work best for your family? Do you have a favorite resource? 
Linked up at the Natural Living Link Up and Healthy 2day
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  1. Kasey says

    This is actually something that I really have been wanting to do myself! I am somewhat new to natural healing, but I am sold.

  2. says

    This is such a wonderful idea! I began compiling what I call “My Apothocary” several years ago… it has grown into quite a collection over the years! Don’t know what I’d do without it.

    I supplement my children with calcium, which you mentioned you like to keep on hand, as well. I LOVE herbal calcium by Mountain Meadow Herbs. It’s wonderful!

    Thanks for linking up at Natural Living. 🙂

    • anna says

      “My Apothocary” what a fun name! Thanks for the calcium recommendation. We are just about out and I need to order more. 🙂

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