Medicine Chest… and Beyond!
By request, a look inside our medicine chest. (And that rhymes!)
Actually, it’s a hall closet and a tri-fold mirror cabinet in the bathroom. And some of two shelves in the fridge. And some cabinet space in the kitchen. Can you see why this is one of the only areas in my home that stays really organized? It’s a must!
The hall closet is organized like this:
-Top shelf has electric fans/heaters (whichever is off-season), humidifiers, a heating pad, and the nebulizer.
-Second shelf has plastic see-through shoe-boxes labeled by type of remedy it stores. For example, as you can see in the photo, we have ones for Stomach Issues, Cold and Flu, Asthma and Allergy, etc.
-Third shelf has homeopathy and home-remedy medical books, as well as first aid supplies and some overstock of boxed combinations of homeopathics like Oscillo and Chestal.
-Bottom shelf is natural cleaning supplies like white vinegar, overstock for first aid supplies like cotton balls, and lots of bottles of peroxide (we go through them quickly.)
In the bathroom, the bi-fold mirror cabinet holds the things we take on a daily or more regular basis. The nutritional supplements are alphabetized in the first two sections. The third section holds prescription meds (like prophylactic antibiotics), Benadryl, Motrin- all PANDAS-specific meds at the top, then probiotics that don’t need refrigeration on the middle shelf, and toothbrushes in a glass full of peroxide on the bottom. (Peroxide is changed daily, toothbrushes changed at least monthly.)
The girls MI paste (for their teeth) is kept on the countertop, along with a couple of homeopathics we take more than once a day, like Rhus Tox, or whatever the remedy du jour happens to be. Right now, there is Rhus Tox, Children’s Oscillo, and Sambucol tabs (elderberry) there.
In the kitchen, the door of the fridge holds:
high-fat butter oil,
ozonated olive oil,
antibiotics for Lil Pea (when she is on them)
Bags of various kinds of whole flax seeds
Barlean’s flax oils
Barlean’s fish oils
any other supplements that need to be kept cold
Yes, I realize some of those are foods. We use some foods like medicine, for healing, so I included those in my list so you can get a more accurate picture. I could include almost every food in my fridge, but you’ve peeked in there before, so I won’t bore you.
By my bed, I keep meds that are specific to me- currently compounded 30mg Armour Thyroid, Diflucan, GI Harmony, arnica, and an alfalfa/kelp supplement from Standard Process.
In all the bathrooms there is a supply of Epsom salt, peroxide, coconut oil, and we’ll be adding Himalayan Pink Salt to the list soon (for absorbing extra minerals.) Hopefully, we’ll also be finding room for an infrared sauna in the coming weeks. I also have a couple of aloe plants around the house, and dip into the pure (edible) cocoa butter in the kitchen cabinet when my hands get unbearably dry.
There are very few commercial OTC meds in the house anymore. We do have some prescriptions, but most things are homeopathic, herbal, whole-food supplements, compounded prescriptions, or food itself.
Now you know!
Organizing the bins by affliction has made it easy for everyone. Some of the homeopathics/herbal remedies can be used for more than one category, however, so I put them in the most-likely category that we would use them for and then have a chart taped to the closet door that lists that remedy under multiple headings- for example:
…and then I store the dried plantain leaf in a sealed container in the first aid bin, since a cut is more likely than tooth pain.
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