How to Build an Herbal Medicine Cupboard

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 I am happy to have my dear friend Serafina who is the author of A Gypsy Herbal sharing with you all today. I hope you learn a bit about how to build an herbal medicine cupboard.

Remember when I wrote about my herbal medicine chest? I ended then with the mention of the herbal remedies that don’t fit in the little chest, but instead need to go in an herbal medicine cupboard. Since then I’ve moved four times taking my Herbal Medicine Cupboard collection -or parts of it- all over the place. My first medicine cupboard was the funnest place! A closet full of all the sacks of herbs, jars of preparations, jugs of essentials – definitely much too much to keep in one box!

I’ve added to it, re-stocked it, made some changes, and finally typed it up in a list for you – along with some additional things that what I now keep in the original  herbal medicine chest. I’ll share with you now the things that most fit into the medicine cupboard category. (Not all the teas and cooking spices.)

How to Build an Herbal Medicine Cupboard

First, a shelf for all the knowledge you can’t store in your head:

Then all the other things that just don’t fit in the little chest:

A big bottle or jug of each:

A decent size:

Additions to the original Herbal Medicine Chest:

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Make at home:

Keep on-hand in kitchen:

  • raw honey
  • fresh garlic
  • lemons
  • green leaves* (see below)
  • aloe (kept ready in the refrigerator to cool burns when they happen)

Additional Suggestions:

  • See the Burn chapter in Be Your Own Doctor for more specifics, or Comfort for the Burned and Wounded, to find out why you might want to *keep some green leaves (such as burdock, grape, cabbage) in the fridge, in case of burns.
  • Katie Mae explains how she fights allergies, including use of a neti pot. (Using a saline solution or pre-boiled & cooled water helps reduce risk of contamination.)
  • Eyton’s Earth Research project talks about mixing bentonite clay with colloidal silver for poisonous spider bites.

Finally, don’t forget the original herbal medicine chest we talked about!

So there you have it, my current list of things I like to keep stocked in my Herbal Medicine Cupboard. I keep learning and adding, and I hope you too are learning a lot and have added much to your own supply of knowledge and herbal remedies!

 

What item in your herbal remedies collection is your favorite, and what do you use it for?

 

 

 

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About Serafina

Serafina grew up in the mountains, always fascinated by edible plants growing all around her. When she realized how much God has planned for them to be helpful to people, she became fascinated! She now loves learning about herbs as much as she enjoys sharing what she learns!
Blogging every-now-and-then about herbal concoctions and creations at A Gypsy Herbal where she shares research & resources, recipes, and links.

Comments

  1. Arnica gel for sprains and bruises, and the pills to really help with pain ! Also comes available for our furry family members too !

  2. Michelle S says:

    What an awesome post!! Just kind of curious on which version of Be your Own Doctor do you use? There are quite a few!! Added a few of your ideas to my own herbal medicine chest!! Thanks for all the info!!

  3. Great post! I am saving this! Our most used item is probably our essential oils because they are all ready to go and serve, no mixing, boiling, etc., necessary… However, we also like colloidal silver to spray onto sore throats, garlic to rub on bottom of feet for fevers, chamomile tea for soothing, rose hip tea for vitamin c boost, hmmm.. I think my list can go on and on so I am going to take a peak at your medicine chest instead :) Thank you for linking this up to the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I love this information!

    • Serafina says:

      Oh I like your list! Reminds me of a couple things I left off! :) Maybe we’ll all need to do a linky sometime, and then we can get even more ideas together. It’s great when we can share the wonderful herbs that are part of God’s provision for us! Thanks for the ideas!

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