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Natural Family Home Medicine Cabinet

Inside our Natural Family Home Medicine Cabinet
you will find the herbs and remedies that have been used personally by our family for the past 24 years. There are many natural remedies available that will treat the same ailments, but we have chosen to list here only the ones that we have had success with. 

If you have a remedy that is a favorite for your family and would like to include it on this site please let us know, and  we will put it in the

Community Medicine Cabinet

*PLEASE NOTE: This page is solely for educational purposes and is not intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way (see Disclaimer below).

Natural Family Home's 
Personal Medicine Cabinet
The majority of the tinctures that we use are Herb Pharm brand. You should be able to find them in your local herb shop or Fred Meyer store.  You can order directly from Herb Pharm by calling 1-800-348-4372.

Echinacea/Baptisia Tincture-This Herb Pharm combination is a great immune system supporter.  Like Echinacea Tincture but this combination includes extra herbs that are immuno-supportive specific and have anti-bacterial, viral and fungal qualities.  We use this mainly as a preventative treatment during times when we are around others who are sick.

Childrens Compound Tincture- A combination of herbs beneficial to ailments common in children, such as upset tummy, fever, and general emotional distress.  Especially great for relieving colic in newborns. The main herbs in this formula....chamomile, lemon balm, catnip, and fennel, can be purchased dry and made into a soothing tea.

Propolis/Echinacea Herbal Throat Spray- An Herb Pharm tincture with a pump spray top so you can quickly and easily get the herbs directly onto your throat.  We always try to have this on hand as it really seems to help nip sore throats right away.  We use this throat spray in conjunction with gargling with Grapefruit Seed Extract (see below).

Friar's Balsam - This is awesome for gingivitis! I found immediate relief using Herb Pharm's Friar's Balsam on my sore, bleeding gums. This combination of resin type herbs also relieves cracked nipples from nursing and other skin sores. We also inhale the steam vapor for treating laryngitis and wheezy coughs.

Neutralizing Cordial - Our children have experienced quick relief from upset stomaches after taking this Herb Pharm cordial. Also good for diarrhea and when we feel like we have eaten something bad. 

Children's Winter Health  - This Herb Pharm tincture is a first choice when my children get sick, especially the baby. He seems to calm down and sleep well after giving him this tincture, even when his nose is all plugged up!

Arnica Oil - Seems like everyday someone gets a bump or a bruise. If you have children then Arnica oil is a must have. Also helps to quickly heal sprained ankles and strained muscles.

Mullien/Garlic Oil - We use this oil at the very first sign of an earache.  After warming it slightly over a burner, it is applied directly into the ear.

Echinacea Glycerine Tincture- Supports the immune system to prevent sickness and to overcome sickness. We use the glycerine based tinctures for the children because it has a sweet taste making it easier for them to take without any fuss!

St.John's Wort Tincture- (Click here to see article)
We put this immediately on any cuts or wounds, especially when the skin is broken or a puncture wound. Known to help prevent tetanus.

Comfrey Calendula Healing Balm - contains herbs good for healing wounds to the skin. After cleaning a wound with St. John's Wort Tincture we apply Herbal Healing Salve and then cover with a bandaid.

Grapefruit Seed Extract- Kills Strep bacteria.  When we have even an inkling of a sore throat we gargle with this right away.   A great mouth rinse for sore & infected gums. Also apply full strength to canker sores. (not to be confused with Grape Seed)
For a sore throat: We use 2-3 drops in about a 1/2 cup warm water and gargle with it.  We do this about 3-4 times a day for as many
days as necessary. Usually we don't need to do this for more than 2 days, sometimes only one. I have noticed that even just gargling twice a day has helped!  It's awful tasting stuff but it sure works!

Tea Tree Oil - Nature's fungus fighter!  Good for ring worm, athlete's foot, canker sores and tongue sores.

Passionflower/Valerian Tincture- Help for those sleepless nights. The herbs in this combination help promote a good nights sleep.

Wild Cherry/Petasites Tincture- We use this tincture for those coughs that just won't go away. 

Yerba Sante Tincture - Also for those stubborn coughs.

Activated Charcoal Capsules - These are a must for every home medicine cabinet!  If we ever suspect that we have food poisoning or if any of us has major intestinal pain from something we ate then we take a few charcoal capsules.  Charcoal will absorb the toxins that are making us sick. They really work great! We always make sure to have them available.

DISCLAIMER The herbal information you find here is not intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way and is not to be used against medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for professional help. The intent here is to offer our personal use and opinion of herbs and their benefits. Those who are sick should research the alternatives and consult their chosen health professional.



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