Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Revamp your Medicine Cabinet

If it’s been years since you last sorted, cleaned, and restocked your medicine cabinet, you’re not alone. The medicine cabinet is one of the most overlooked areas of the home, even though its contents are extremely important to your family’s health. Read on for tips regarding the essentials you should have on hand, as well as ideas for natural remedies to common ailments.

Why revamp your medicine cabinet?

  1. It gives you a chance to clean out prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, creams, and   ointments that have expired.
  2. You'll know which essentials you are low on and need to replace.
  3. Consider natural alternatives for everyday use.

What essentials should you keep in your medicine cabinet?


  • Thermometer
  • A pill cutter
  • Tweezers and a magnifying glass

The basics

  • Aspirin (or an alternative)
  • Gauze and a variety of bandages
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Witch-hazel
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • First-aid cream or ointment

Note: Experts recommend storing any medications in a place other than the medicine cabinet, outside the bathroom. Heat and moisture can break down both prescription and over-the-counter medications, causing them to be less effective. In the case of prescription medications, store them in a safe, locked area, especially out of reach of children and teens.

Common ailments that can affect your family

According to eMedicineHealth, here are some of the most common ailments you should prepare for:

*Cuts, scrapes, sprains, and bruises
*Pain and fever
*Rashes, bug bites, and other skin ailments
*Stomachaches and digestive problems
*Sleep issues

How can you switch to a more natural medicine cabinet?

Here are some examples of natural products and their uses:

Arnica is good for arthritic pain as well as sprains, this natural alternative is available in both a cream and tablet form.

Magnesium can be used for headaches, especially migraines and those related to tension. Magnesium is available in tablet form and is also found in Epsom Salt. It may also with sleep.

Ginger is available as a powder, in pill form, or as a tea, ginger is a great remedy for stomach upsets and other digestive ailments.

Aloe Vera is effective for treating skin irritations such as minor burns, scrapes, and sunburn. Available in a bottle or you can keep a live plant in your home.

Check out Mother Earth Living for more ideas.

What are some ways to use natural remedies for common conditions?

For bruises, use arnica cream or gel after icing the bruised area to help alleviate pain and swelling.

For a natural remedy for diarrhea, drink ginger or chamomile tea to sooth your stomach and help replace lost fluids.

If you're suffering from sleep or anxiety, try any of the following natural remedies for relief:

  • Drink chamomile tea.
  • Use Epsom Salt foot soaks or baths.
  • Enjoy a lavender bath or place a drop of lavender on a tissue and inhale the aroma.

When should you clean your medicine cabinet?

When you do spring and fall cleaning each year, add your medicine cabinet to the list.  When cleaning, don’t forget to check the expiration dates on both over-the-counter and prescription medications. In addition, also check items like sunscreen and makeup; your toothbrushes should be changed regularly, too. Visit the American Osteopathic Association website for more guidelines.

Make cleaning, restocking, and revamping your medicine cabinet a priority at least twice each year, and help keep your family safe and healthy when illness or injury hits your home.

Live Healthy. Live Smart

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