How to create a home apothecary


Tips on how to create your own home apothecary with natural remedies ( like herbs and essential oils)

Creating our home apothecary has been a fun journey for our family. As we learned more and more about herbs, we wanted to have home remedies available to help any ailment we encountered. We began learning about local herbs and how important they are to Thai cuisine, and we also started stocking up on essential oils and Chinese herbal combinations that we have had help us balance our moods and improve our health.


While our home apothecary is still a work in progress, today I wanted to share with you some tips on how to begin creating your own!


1.) Learn about local plants, herbs, and remedies

We don’t live in North America, so it was integral for us to start learning about herbs native to Thailand. There are some that are universally renowned for their healing properties ( like ginger and holy basil) while others have no latin name ( that I could find) are only found here or in South East Asia. I started by asking friends about the various herbs in their gardens or that grew near my house, and asked how they used them.

You’ll most likely find many medicinal plants growing in your area. Start by researching and asking local herbalist about those that are indigenous to your area and how you can cultivate and preserve them, plus their uses.


2.) Create a list of common treatable ailments 

Does your child suffer from asthma or a food allergy? Do you struggle with falling asleep at night?

Start by making a list of things you’re family are struggling with, both physical and mental issues. Focus on alleviating reoccuring issues as well as minor cuts, scrapes, wounds, etc that can happen to us all.

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3.) Allot an area in your home to your apothecary

Our home apothecary is located near the kitchen and is easily accessible. Our daughter has her own stash of kid-safe essential oil blends that she put inside a toy box. She regularly gives guests a tour of our apothecary, and highlights her essential oil area!

Stock up on empty bottles and containers for herbal blends and preparations, and put them in your apothecary section after they’re filled and labeled.


4.) Begin educating yourself on natural remedies 

One of the most important things we can all do in today’s world is to begin learning as much as we can about holistic nutrition and natural health & wellness. This starts by becoming inquisitive and doing research, and talking with local herbalists and holistic health practitioners. But you can also learn much on your own through reading books and enrolling in online or local classes.

Begin by purchasing a few books or ebooks on wellness subjects that interest you and that help you with the current ailments you’re facing. Your local library is a great place to start, and you can also check out the super useful herbalism and essential oils book & course bundle from Ultimate Bundles, which includes discounted courses and totally free essential oils. I’m a proud affiliate of it and have already purchased mine! One of the courses ( from the Herbal Academy of New England) is a total must-have if you’re wanting to create an herbal materia medica so you can start documenting herbs and plants in your area.

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