What to Put in Your Herbal Medicine Chest

Today we have a guest post from my dear friend Serafina of A Gypsy Herbal. She gives you a look inside her herbal medicine chest.
When I think Medicine Chest (or trunk, cupboard, et c.) the prettiest images float through my mind. Sparkly bottles, neatly rolled muslin, tiny droppers, various shapes of jars and pots of ointments and oils. I think of something that can’t be opened without wafting scents of peppermint and strong herbs filling the room.
The amount of options for herbal medicine collections, as well as the manner of presentation of a multitude of various herbs and oodles of preparations and information can be overwhelming. So I decided to present the items in my herbal medicine chest simply, alphabetically according to what I’d treat or use them for.

A Gypsy’s Herbal Medicine Chest


Instruments and Articles:

  • capsule machine & new capsules (optional, but very useful for charcoal, cayenne pepper, and more!)
  • fabric (latex-free) bandages, multiple sizes including “butterfly” style
  • fabric tape
  • gauze roll
  • matches
  • mortar and pestle or coffee grinder
  • needles/straight pins
  • “non stick” covering pads
  • tweezers
  • rolled, sterilized cotton wraps
  • rice bag (for heat pack-carefully heat in either a low oven for 20 minutes in glass baking dish, or microwave oven for 2-3 minutes)
  • instant cold pack (or keep something frozen on hand)
  • safety pins
  • sharp shears/scissors
  • thermometer
  • waterproof tape
Alright, so I have more things that don’t fit in the quaint handcrafted chest, but I’ll have to share those with you another time…time for a medicine cupboard! Check back next month for part 2.

This is for informational purposes, and not intended to be followed as-is. You are responsible to do your own research, consult your own medical advisor/professional, and use caution. Especially before trying anything new or unknown to you.

This post is sponsored by Rocky Mountian Essentials. Please check out their wonderful products! I did receive monetary compensation and a bag of coconut activated charcoal powder in exchange for this sponsorship. 
About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Great post. Congrats on being chosen as a featured post on this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.

  2. This is great! Where did you get the chest from it looks exactly like what ive been searching for!!

  3. I need my medicine chest to look that organized. I have a big wall o’jars and cabinets of my bulk herbs! It is insane! I love all the wonderful remedies. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Natural Living Monday.

    Wow, you have such a wealth of knowledge! This is very informative.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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