Stocking a natural health medicine cabinet can be drastically different than stocking a family medicine cabinet with over-the-counter medications. For individuals living a green lifestyle or who prefer to use a nonchemical form or alternative of an over-the-counter medication, a natural health medicine cabinet is vital. Creating a natural health medicine cabinet can be a bit difficult if you do not know the proper steps to take. The following are a few how-to tips and advice on creating and stocking a natural health medicine cabinet for your family.
The first step in creating a natural health medicine cabinet is to evaluate your alternatives. For example, you may have over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve or other types of over-the-counter headache and pain medications. If you are working on a natural health medicine cabinet you will want to find the alternatives for these items. Alternatives can be found on herbal websites and through organic and herbal stores in your area. If you are uncertain what type of alternatives are available for your over-the-counter medications, then consult a natural health pharmacist to help you. There are also websites if you do not have a natural health pharmacist in your area. By doing a simple web search for alternatives for Tylenol or whatever medication it is you are replacing, you should be able to find a vast array of natural health items to go into your natural health medicine cabinet.
Liquid or Pills
Many of the natural health medicine alternatives come in liquid or pill form. These forms work in slightly different ways. For example, if you choose to use a clove oil for toothaches the oil will work slightly faster and seep into the skin slightly quicker than an alternative pain reliever might. You want to determine what items you want in liquid form, capsule form, pill form or in time release form. You may also want to include specific dry herbs to use directly or in teas. For example, dried lemon and ginger can be used in a lemon and ginger tea to help soothe stomachs and to help soothe sore throats during cold and flu season.
Other methods that individuals use when they are creating a natural health medicine cabinet is to use a home apothecary. A home apothecary is a special medicine cabinet that can house different dried herbs, liquids, oils and teas. The home apothecary is set up slightly differently than a medicine cabinet. For example, a medicine cabinet will be an open environment with shelves. However, with a home apothecary there are different drawers and different areas to house herbs, pills and a variety of other natural health medicine items. The advantage to using a home apothecary is that all of your natural health medicines are in one location and in a dark dry environment. A Home apothecary can also be kept anywhere in the home and should be kept in dry covered areas or in dry cool environments to avoid spoilage of any of the natural help medicines contained in the cabinet.