8 ways to build a home pharmacy cabinet

8 ways to build a home pharmacy cabinet

Many of the plants, not just vegetables, that we grow and find simply “voluntarily” in our gardens and yards can be delicious and nutritious as well as incredibly medicinal too.

Many simple plants can be harvested and used to make teas and tinctures to help supplement our health and overall well-being. Besides plants, there are some ingredients found in our kitchen cupboards that can make powerful home remedies for everyday aches and ailments.

Before heading to the pharmacist, it may be worth checking if you have anything at home that may help prevent and relieve the symptoms of minor conditions.

Check out these OGP articles that guide you in building a medicinal herb garden and preparing remedies from staples.

1. Secrets of medicinal herbs

It’s not a mystery: Plants have been healing humans naturally for thousands of years. Most of the world’s population still relies on herbal remedies rather than stethoscopes and pharmacies. The problem is that as the medical industry turns society further and further away from natural remedies and preventions, the wisdom of how to use any herb to treat any disease is largely absent from public knowledge. However, these ancient mysteries are not difficult to solve. Read on to uncover the secrets of medicinal herbs. Read on to learn more about uncovering the secrets of medicinal herbs.

2. Self-seeding medicinal plants

To have a perfectly manicured vegetable garden or flower garden, a lot of work goes into weeding and mulching. During the season, hours can be spent carefully uprooting unwanted nuisance plants and dead flowers for fear of being seen. But what would happen if you let your edible plants mature and self-sow? Free plants? Free food? Check out these popular edible and medicinal plants that are always willing to do the hard work for you and keep you growing seedlings year after year. Below is a complete list of edible and medicinal self-seeding plants.

3. Medicinal rose family

The rose or Rosaceae family is a family of plants that includes more than 2,000 species within more than 90 genera. When you encounter different plants within this family, similarities can often be seen, especially when it comes to flower formation or leaf patterns. One of the wonders of the Rosaceae family is that it contains many sweet foods and medicines. Many of these plants can be obtained in the wild, while others are easy to grow yourself in your garden. Read on to learn all about the edible and medicinal plants in the rose family and how to grow them yourself.

4. Medicinal culinary herbs

Without thinking too much about it, many of us use herbs medicinally as well. Although you may not be in your kitchen concocting potions, tinctures and elixirs, every time you drink herbal tea, for example, you are enjoying the medicinal and aromatic powers of herbs. Moreover, every time you use herbs in your cooking, you get a dose of their medicinal properties without even thinking about it. By learning more about the medicinal properties, not just the flavor, of common culinary herbs, you can begin to make more intentional choices about the herbs you use in your cooking and, indeed, the amount you use. Here are 5 culinary herbs and their medicinal properties.

5. Medicinal lion’s mane mushroom

Edible wild mushrooms are probably the most valuable foragers of the forest. Not only are many of them cucumbers, delicacies suitable for fine dining, but many mushrooms bring powerful medicinal qualities to the table, too. Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is perhaps the most notable combination of these traits. Lion’s mane is chosen among other fungi for having particularly powerful medicinal properties. Studies have shown that it can be particularly beneficial for nerve regeneration and brain health. It is therefore being explored as an aid for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other degenerative brain diseases. Check out this article to learn how to find, cook, and eat medicinal and delicious lion’s mane mushrooms!

6. Medical meal spices

There are many spices that are believed to be so powerful that they are said to be as effective, if not more so, than prescription medications. However, the use of spices for their preventive and medicinal properties is very similar to the use of prescriptions in that they require regularity. Taking a little turmeric or garlic every day is more effective than taking it only when you are sick. To do this, it is important that we have many ways to introduce this spice into our diet. There are plenty of recipes like the ones below in the Food Monster app that will provide us with unique and different flavors and meals to satisfy today’s complex palates. Take a look at these seven healthy spices to prepare medicinal meals.

7. Medicinal herb garden

With the revitalization of home food production it appears that plants have been re-recognized as powerful natural medicines. Without much ado, we can incorporate more natural medicines into our first aid kit by growing medicinal herbs and spices in our home gardens, whether they are container gardens, edible lawns or entire homes.

In general, almost all edible plants come with a beneficial amount of well-equipped vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients to keep the body adequately supported. However, there are some plants, especially some herbs and spices, that have health benefits for humans. Many of them can be easily grown at home. Take a look at these nine herbs and spices to start a medicinal garden at home.

8. Natural first aid kit

First, let’s discuss what exactly a first aid kit should contain. I’ve seen some that fit in my back pocket and others that are the size of a suitcase, but to rectify this, I consulted with the American Red Cross. In turn, I have used and expanded upon their recommendations to guide you into the wonderful world of natural first aid and hopefully leave you fully covered for those small, everyday emergencies. This is what a first aid kit should be: things you need in everyday life. Leave the surgery and stitches to the professionals. Read on to learn how to make your own first aid kit with natural ingredients.

These articles are for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with a medical professional before using herbs or any home remedies to treat medical conditions.

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