Must-Haves Every Well-Stocked Herbal Medicine Cabinet Shouldn’t Be Without

There are certain must-have remedies when it come sot stocking your herbal remedies. Whether you have a fever, a cough or a back-ache, you always want to be prepared. The following are the remedies that you should keep on hand for any surprises. Keep in mind that most aliments have multiple herbal solutons.

1. Stress- After a long day at work, a particularly taxing day with the kids or a difficult exam, you may begin to feel the stress of the day wearing on you. Chamomile in the form of tea is very calming is lemon balm tea which both reduce tension.

2. Digestion- Perhaps you ate something that didn’t agree with you or just for some reason, your digestive system is acting up. You may feel aches, bloating or nausea. Instead of popping an antacid, try ginger. Ginger is great for those with irritable bowel syndrome or for those looking to relieve cramps, nausea, vomiting and gas. Aloe is another great herb because it contains amino acids, enzymes, and vitamins as well as soothes sore stomachs.

3. Acne- You may no longer be a pre-teen but that doesn’t make you exempt from the occasional breakout. Tea Tree Oil can be used in place of other antiseptics to first clean the skin and open the pores. Calendula in a cream form aids in the forming of new skin tissue.

4. Toothaches: Allspice oil has been known to ease the pain of a toothache when applied directly to the painful area a few times daily. Ground cloves or clove oil applied directly to the painful area is another great remedy.

5. Bee Sting- As long as you are not allergic to bee stings, an herbal remedy is a great way to help ease the pain of a sting. Plantain leaves can be chewed up and then applied to the bee sting. Hold this for a few minutes until you feel less pain. You can also break up fresh parsley leaves and apply them to the sting which will help with pain relief as well as neutralize toxins.

6. Burns- Whether you burned yourself cooking, washing your hands, or on your iron, St. John’s wort oil can sooth the burn. St. Johns wort also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also squeeze the juice from an aloe leaf to help soothe the burn.

7. Sore Throat- Forgo store-bought lozenges in exchange for herbal throat lozenges that contain slippery elm. Licorice in the form of candy or tea will help clear the mucus in the throat that may be causing your sore throat.

8. Bad Breath- there’s nothing worse than bad breath, especially when you’re about to go on a date. Keep fennel in your medicine cabinet to prevent this scenarios. Chew the leaves and allow saliva to build up in your mouth. Fennel extract can also be rubbed onto the gums or tongue. Chewing herbs such as mint, parsley, rosemary or thyme can also help fight off bad breath.

9. Heartburn- People often get heartburn due to a dietary choice. An especially common cause is the consumption of spicy foods. To ease heartburn, dissolve a few drops of clove oil into water and sip. Grated ginger root is very effective at easing heartburn. Marshmallow root has also been known to help treat heartburn. Drinking a cup of marshmallow root tea should help with the discomfort.

10. Depression- Many people deal with either long-term depression or intermittent bouts of depression. Rather than getting a prescription for the more popular anti-depressants, why not try St. John’s Wort which has been shown to improve depression related symptoms. You can keep St. John’s Wort in a capsule form or as a liquid or tea. While it may not cure major depression, St. John’s Wort could help with more minor bouts. Also for mild depression you can add crushed cloves and ginseng powder to chamomile or peppermint tea.

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