I have a small home apothecary otherwise known as my “witch doctor” cabinet. Of course, essential oils are part of my natural solutions arsenal, but there are a few other things you should have.
Every apothecary will be different because each family and area is different. I like to grow and forage as many plants as possible from where I live before buying them on the internet. But, sometimes I’m really awful at growing things, or I don’t have the specific plant I want and can’t find an alternative. There is nothing wrong with sourcing herbs on the web, but just make sure you’re buying from a good source. Basically, here are a few things every home apothecary should have:
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Essential oils for the home apothecary
I used to use essential oils from every company until I finally realized I was wasting money on low-quality oils and switched to DoTERRA. I’ve never looked back. I add essential oils to my apothecary because they are 50-70 times more powerful than the herb itself, and I can get oils from plants that don’t grow here that have been ethically sourced; rather than running into developing countries and buying up the local farms where many of these plants for oils grow, DoTERRA partner’s with the growers. to make sure the farmers get fair compensation and regular payments–basically, WE are enabling these farmers to create a better life for them and their family. You can read more about it here, but basically, it’s a beautiful partnership that most oil companies don’t have with developing countries.
Oils + blends you’ll need:
melaleuca (tea tree)
DigestZen (digestive support)
On Guard (protective/immune support blend)
Breathe (respiratory support)
Deep Blue (muscle support)
You can get all 10 of these oils for just $150 in the family essentials kit when you sign up for a wholesale account–message me if you’re interested! and obviously, you can add more oils as you learn about the ones you like and use most often. Do not buy these oils on Amazon or from the grocery store!
Carrier Oils & Butters for the home apothecary
If you have essential oils in your home apothecary then you’ll need carrier oils (or at least one of the first two):
coconut oil (can be used as a carrier, but also for salves–make your own here)
shea nut oil (amazing, soothing, thick, healing)
castor oil (very thick, mostly used for hair/mixed with another oil)
Herbs, foods, & Wild Plants for the home apothecary
You’ll also want to include herbs and wild plants in your apothecary. This will vary again depending on your preference and local plants (if you choose to forage). A few things I have or will have in mine after this season:
chicory (flower, root. The root is used as a non-stimulating coffee replacement–you can dig it up and roast it yourself, but it is a lot of work. Or you can buy roasted chicory root granules and save yourself the trouble.)
sunflower (seeds, petals–try growing these!)
goldenrod (I just forage for this, and I don’t know of anyone who sells it)
raw honey (local if possible, if not I bought some from the webstaurant store and love it.)
garlic–must have always (so good to infuse in honey for sore throats/coughs/chest problems)
Miscellaneous supplies for the home apothecary
roller bottles (for blends. I like the bottles with steel rollers)
glass jars for storing dried herbs or infusing honey
beeswax (for making your own salves, balms, etc)
bentonite clay (for masks, drawing out toxins, rashes)
activated charcoal (drawing out toxins)
80 proof alcohol (for making tinctures for internal use or as a wound cleaning agent)
Witch hazel (I use this to make toner, but can also be used for wound cleaning)
Notebook and pen to write down recipes
coffee filters (even if you don’t drink coffee like me–these are super helpful)
What is in your home apothecary?