When our family began to move toward a more natural way of living, our medicine cabinet underwent a major overhaul. It wasn’t an immediate change, but over the years we started finding new and better ways to treat our ailments and injuries.
Now, instead of mainstream over the counter medications, you’ll find many alternative natural remedies on our shelves. I am far from an expert on holistic living, but I am many years into transitioning to this lifestyle. Through my experiences and research, I found safer, more effective ways to treat my family.
Please note: This information is not intended to take the place of your own research, experiences, or the advice of your chosen healthcare professional. These are our experiences only and not intended to be medical advice.
A Peek Inside My Natural Medicine Cabinet
The lists below include our favorite products to stock our medicine cabinet. This is not an exhaustive list but it does contain our most commonly used items.
During Cold, Flu, and Virus season, we stock some additional items to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape.
Vitamins and Supplements
All of my family currently use Juice Plus as our multivitamin. In addition, we commonly take many of the following vitamins and supplements to keep our bodies and immune systems healthy.
Most people get plenty of Vitamin B through their diet. You can get Vitamin B through eggs, red meat, chicken, fish, dark green vegetables, avocados, potatoes, whole grains, bean, nuts and seeds, and many fruits.
It’s not recommended to take a Vitamin B supplement unless you have obvious symptoms of a deficiency or if your healthcare provider has recommended it for you.
Signs of Vitamin B deficiency can include:
- skin rashes
- cracked, dry lips
- swollen tongue
- irritability or depression
- abdominal cramps
- numbness or tingling in the feet and hands
Liposomal Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a necessary part of keeping the body healthy and strong. It contains antioxidants and minerals that are necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues.
Vitamin C is involved in many body functions, including the absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Many people get plenty of Vitamin C through the foods they eat, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
If your diet is lacking, or you feel a cold coming on, adding a vitamin C supplement can be helpful. Liposomal Vitamin C is a great option if you are looking for a supplement. Liposomal is a way of preparation where the vitamin is stored inside tiny fat-like particles and therefore is much easier for the body to absorb and get to the body systems in need of a boost.
It’s super important to get Vitamin C into our little ones as well. We have had great success with Mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray for children. The orange-tangerine flavor is our favorite and there are no added sugars or stevia.
Vitamin D3 is vital for immune health and to maintain strong bones. Many people can get plenty of Vitamin D3 from the sun during the spring and summer months. They often fall deficient in the fall and winter, when time in the sun is less prevalent.
Vitamin D3 is best absorbed by the body when combined with Vitamin K2. For supplementation, we love the NOW brand D3-K2 spray for the teens and adults in our family.
For our younger children, Mykind Organics Vegan D3 Spray is the favorite. It comes in a vanilla flavor that my children just love and it has no added sugars, which I love.
Vitamin A is an important component in immune system function, vision, and bone and cartilage development. You can stock up on Vitamin A naturally through foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, black-eyed peas, spinach, broccoli, and sweet red peppers.
If you aren’t prone to eat those foods or feel like you need additional supplementation, Micellized Vitamin A is a great option. Micellization is the process of shrinking the particles down to a size that allows for better body absorption of the nutrients.
The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells ten to one. Most of those bacteria live in your gut and most are quite harmless. In fact, having the right gut bacteria is linked to numerous health benefits, improved digestion, and enhanced immune function.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that can help to boost the good bacteria growth in your gut. Probiotics foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi.
There are multiple strains of probiotics and many offer a variety of health benefits. It’s very important to vary the probiotics that you consume for maximum benefits. Our family cycles through a rotation of different probiotics to maintain a healthy functioning immune system.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Young Living Life 9*
- Young Living Kidscents Mighty Pro*
- Vitamin D3 and Probiotics
- Max Kids Probiotics Powder
- Flora Synergy
- Flora 12+
- ProBiota Immune
Omega 3’s are a staple in our natural medicine cabinet. There are incredibly important to the health of both your body and your brain. There are tons of benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids including:
- help fight inflammation
- help fight autoimmune diseases
- improve risk factors for heart disease
- improve symptoms of ADHD in children
- promote brain health
- improve eye health
- improve symptoms of anxiety and depression
- reduce fat in the liver
- reduce asthma in children
- may improve bone and joint health
- improve the quality of sleep
- may improve skin health
- and more
With all those benefits, the need for Omega 3’s is obvious. You can get Omega 3’s from many food sources such as salmon, anchovies, sardines, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and soybeans. If you think are not prevalent in your diet and you may need to supplement with a quality Omega 3 supplement.
Magnesium is very important for all functions of the body. We use it to promote good sleep, increase bone health, support for headaches, and to help decrease PMS symptoms.
There are several forms of magnesium that are available. We choose to take Magnesium Glycinate which has a higher bioavailability and is gentle on our stomachs, unlike other forms of magnesium.
Herbs and Homeopathy
Elderberry has been growing in popularity lately as an illness preventative and an immune-boosting tool. It’s actually very simple to make your own elderberry syrup using dried elderberries, cinnamon, and honey. Not sure what to buy? There are also many DIY kits you can purchase.
Garlic is most commonly used in cooking delicious foods. If you are not aware of the multiple health benefits garlic can provide, here are a few:
- may lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- has an anti-inflammatory effect
- may reduce the risk of cancer
- can help strengthen the immune system
Eating garlic is a great way to access some of these great benefits, but garlic oil supplements can also be effective. We use fresh garlic in our food or a small piece of raw garlic eaten individually to help boost our immune system and fight illness.
We most commonly use garlic in the form of Garlic Oil Ear Drops for our children. Multiple ear infections have resolved using garlic oil, without the need for additional medications.
Fresh oregano is a great antibacterial agent and it’s loaded with antioxidants. Oregano oil is great to help fight colds and bacterial illnesses.
The adults and teens in our home use Young Living’s Oregano Oil* mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on the bottom of the feet or the spine at the onset of illness. We also use Xlear Rescue Nasal Spray, which contains oregano, for nasal congestion and sinus issues.
Turmeric’s most active compound curcumin is thought to have many health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease and cancer. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Adding turmeric to your food is a great way to access these benefits, however, curcumin is most effective when consumed with black pepper. We use turmeric as an anti-inflammatory and the most effective supplement we’ve found is Curcumin C3. We also love Young Living’s Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea Set*.
Medicinal Mushrooms are another superfood- and have amazing immune-boosting properties. The varieties of mushrooms with the most benefits include maitake, shiitake, rishi, and cordyceps.
Medicinal Mushrooms provide multiple benefits including:
- improved mental health
- increased energy
- improved digestion
- purification of blood
- regulation of blood sugar
We are currently taking this Immune Support with a blend of 7 amazing medicinal mushrooms. We also love Four Sigmatic’s great selection of coffee, matcha, and even hot cacao with blends of different medicinal mushrooms. They are delicious and supercharged with immune-boosting goodness.
Herbal teas are a great way to access the antioxidants and vitamin in multiple herbs at one time. It’s a great immune boost and is thought to protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
Pukka Three Ginger Herbal Tea is a beautiful blend of ginger, galangal, and golden turmeric. Ginger root is widely thought to help digestion and reduce nausea. This blend also includes Licorice root, thought to soothe gastrointestinal problems. This tea is the perfect way to combat heartburn, food poisoning, and stomach bugs.
Throat Coat Herbal Tea with Slippery Elm is a powerful way to promote throat health during cold and flu season. Slippery Elm helps to quiet coughs and soothe sore throats.
Inflamma-Tone is a homeopathic combination formula that we have used for years. It is a great pain and inflammation reducer, and our first go-to when anyone spikes a fever. It is known to combat symptoms such as symptoms of fever, chills, redness, swelling, swollen glands, headaches, coughs, uncomfortable urination, and painful or stiff joints.
Drainage-Tone is used for any issues related to congestion of the body’s drainage pathways. We use this for nasal drainage, ear infections, and other sinus issues. It’s thought to help with swollen glands, sinus congestion, head congestion, mucous secretions, and skin eruptions.
Viru-Chord helps to balance the body’s ecosystem of cells and microbes, including viruses. We use this at the onset of a virus to help combat symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, headache, coughs, nausea, diarrhea, swollen glands, and muscle aches, and to shorten the duration of the virus.
Our essential oil journey started a few years ago. We’ve slowly built our stash of oils from just a few to a large collection. There are multiple essential oil companies, however, after researching them, I have chosen to use Young Living essential oils for my family.
Below I’ve posted a list of the most loved essential oils in our stash and how we use them. Many of these are proprietary Young Living blends.
- Peppermint– headaches, nausea, muscle aches
- Digize– digestive support, nausea, gastrointestinal issues
- Tea Tree– antiseptic, wound healing, acne, hand sanitizer
- RC– chest congestion, energy, reduce stress
- Panaway– muscle aches, reduce pain and inflammation, reduce bruising
- Oregano– antibacterial, sinus issues, nasal congestion
- Endoflex– hormone balance, sleep issues, mood booster
- Dragon Time– PMS symptoms, mood swings, digestive issues
- Breathe Again– respiratory support, sore muscle relief
- Thieves– immune booster, antimicrobial, antibacterial- we also use Thieves cough drops and throat lozenges to help fight illness
CBD oil is a staple in our natural medicine cabinet. It has multiple uses and benefits and promotes overall health in the body. CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne, and heart disease.
We use CBD oil mainly for its benefits in helping to alleviate anxiety and depression. The adults and teens in our home use Young Living’s Cinnamon CBD Oil* sublingually once per day and have seen great results.
We also use Young Living’s CBD Joint and Muscle Balm* for sore muscles and neck and back pain. I have also applied it to my temples for headache relief with great results.
Arnica comes from the Arnica montana flower that grows mostly in Siberia and central Europe. We tend to use it for pain relief and bruising, bleeding, or swelling due to an injury. It’s also great for inflammation due to insect bites.
Witch Hazel is an astringent that is often used as a natural topical remedy. It contains several compounds with potent anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which may be useful in treating a variety of skin conditions.
We use a small amount of Witch Hazel on a cotton ball any time a skin condition or rash appears. It cools on contact and tends to soothe irritated skin.
Witch Hazel is also a fantastic toner for the skin and quickly removes makeup without drying out your face.
Aloe Vera gel is another staple in our stash. We use aloe vera as another alternative to soothe skin issues. Most commonly we use it on insect bites and sun reactions. The hydrating properties of Aloe Vera make it a great option as a moisturizer for very dry skin.
Epsom Salt is one of my favorite natural remedies for body aches. At least once a week I take a bath with a few scoops of Epsom Salt and my favorite essential oils.
Epsom Salt is also a great detox tool as the magnesium draws toxins from the body. Anytime one of my children are showing symptoms of illness, the first line of defense is an Epsom Salt bath.
We have a few other tools that I keep stocked as part of our natural medicine cabinet.
Local Raw Honey
Local Raw Honey is great for combating seasonal allergies. The local bees make honey from the plants in their area. Since many seasonal allergies are triggered by these plants, eating local honey that contains pollen from those plants can help to combat allergies.
I love to add a spoonful of honey to my herbal teas. I get a double benefit from the herbs and the honey and it gives them just the right touch of sweetness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is fantastic for your body. Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains the “mother” or strains of enzymes, proteins, and healthy bacteria that are great for your digestive system.
Apple cider vinegar is great for detoxing your body and can support healthy weight loss. It’s also thought to help lower blood sugar levels, which is great for anyone managing diabetes.
Bone broth is a natural source of nutrients like collagen, gelatin, several trace minerals, and anti-inflammatory amino acids, which support gut, skin, and joint health.
Many people like to make their own bone broth. I have done so with great results, but I also like to keep packaged bone broth on hand for when I am in need of a quick fix.
Thankfully, there are several great options for store-bought bone broth that have all the benefits the homemade variety. My current favorite is the Kettle & Fire Brand– they have options such as Turmeric Ginger and Lemongrass Ginger Pho that are amazing!
We use Colloidal Silver in our home mainly to boost our immune systems and help fight bacteria and viruses. We have successfully battled ear infections and strep throat with the help of colloidal silver.
There are many brands online to choose from, but our favorite is the Argentyn 23 Professional Bioactive Silver Hydrosol.
We keep a bottle of activated charcoal on hand for times when we battle the dreaded stomach bug. It is believed that the charcoal can absorb the bacteria that is causing the bug, relieving symptoms, and shortening the length of the illness.
Where Should I Shop?
There are many places that you could choose to shop when you are stocking your own natural medicine cabinets. My first and best recommendation is to go first to your local natural health stores.
I love to support local business and you will find that the owner and employees at most local natural health stores are a wealth of knowledge and love to help you find what will work best for your family.
If you are unable to find a local natural health store, there are some great places online that you can shop.
- Amazon is always an option- with our Prime membership we have most items delivered within 3 days and the prices tend to be lower than some other options. You do have less control over the quality of the items you receive or the length of time that items may have been in the warehouses before shipment.
- Grove Collaborative has a great selection of natural products for your home and family.
- Vitamin Shoppe has many locations in the southeast as well as a great online store. They also offer tons of discounts and an Autoship program for your favorite products.
- TriLight Health is a fantastic resource and they offer a huge selection of children’s products and products for pregnancy.
I hope that peek inside my natural medicine cabinet was helpful to you. The list above is not a comprehensive list, but hopefully, it gives you a good place to start your transition to a more natural and holistic lifestyle.