Assemble an Herbal Remedy Closet: February’s Additions

One of my goals in 2012 is to build and maintain a “medicine chest” of natural remedies that will help fight the illnesses my family commonly faces, for $20 a month.

I made a quick trip to the local health food store and purchased acidophilus and kelp this month for $10.22.

Little Natural Cottage and my good friend Melissa highly recommended grapefruit seed extract… which I totally forgot to pick up. Maybe that would have helped kick the colds that seem to not completely go away!

Kelp

Kelp isn’t an herb, it’s a seaweed. Dried seaweed is ground up and sold as a powder (or capsule for those who don’t like the flavor!)

Kelp provides a natural source of iodine and numerous vitamins and trace minerals. According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Kelp is “beneficial to the sensory nerves, membranes surrounding the brain, spinal cord and brain tissue… Good for thyroid function and … protects from effects of radiation…”

We’ve tried a couple different kinds of kelp (some are nasty!), but actually like the taste of the kelp sold at our local health food store. It’s flavorful and salty, but not overwhelmingly fishy. It’s good sprinkled on soup or as a savory popcorn seasoning.

Though some kelp is beneficial, don’t overdo it! Too much iodine isn’t good.

Acidophilus

Acidophilus is the “live, active” good bacteria found in many yogurts that helps digest proteins, fight infections and balance the internal flora.

We love yogurt around here (thankfully, it’s cheap and easy to make at home) but I like having acidophilus on hand for when we’re fighting an infection.

Acidophilus keeps best cold (but not frozen). You can find acidophilus on Amazon, but I prefer buying it refrigerated at the health food store.

What about you? Did you make any herbal (or other natural remedy) purchases in February? 

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  1. kathy says

    Hey, Anna, can you tell us the brand of kelp you’re buying? That sounds so great to have on hand… or even to take on a daily basis :). Thanks for the tips!

    • anna says

      I’m not sure what the brand is! It was in the bulk section of our health food store. I’ll try to remember to ask for the brand name when we go back. 🙂

  2. Jessica@MakingHomeSweeter says

    I’m so glad you wrote about this because I’ve been wanting to get acidophilus after hearing so many people swear by it. I just bought a couple books on keeping your family healthy with homeopathic medicines. I’ve used grapefruit seed extract lots of times, always with success. I used it to fight any infection or illness I’ve had since I was pregnant and then while breastfeeding. It’s amazing stuff! I also like arnica, it has been a great natural pain reliever; I actually even used it for afterbirth pain and soreness. Great post! Keep us updated with what you find to put in your cabinet!

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