There are tools that I have added to my Home Remedy cabinet over the years, that are indispensable in caring for myself or my family during times of illness. These have paid for themselves many times over in the cost of healthcare, and in providing comfort and care when we’re ill.
I like to keep a kit ready to go for common illnesses that we’ve faced. Times of illness are so stressful, and it’s easy to blank out on what you need and where you put it. Take some time to assemble and create a spot for your home care kit. It really makes a huge difference in feeling prepared!
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My Natural Medicine Cabinet MUST Haves
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In addition to the items above, I keep a ready to go kit on hand for illness and emergencies. You might already have some of these items around your home. Many of the items I have found at the local dollar store.
- A plastic dishpan or two for vomiting: I like the wider base of a dishpan over a trash can. They are easier for kids to grab and hit the target, and harder to knock over. They’re also very easy to rinse and bleach out. If someone is down with a stomach issue, this is IN the bed with them.
- Washable bed pads: (see below) The fabric is a little scratchy on these, so I cut up an old bed sheet and stitched over the top so they are comfortable and soft to lay on directly. We’ve used these SO often…bed-wetting, vomiting, even dental procedures where there’s extra drool. I love them, because you can just lay one down to protect the bed or sofa. It’s easy to swap out and launder as needed. (No changing sheets necessary!)
- A good LED flashlight: Just the little $1 ones at your dollar store or big box store work great. They are essential for getting a good look at a splinter or finding embedded glass. (I like to turn off all lights and just use the flashlight to find the glass.)
- Dollar Tree brand Pet spray with enzymes: This stuff is a miracle in a bottle. It has saved me so many times during the years. Pee down a heating vent, vomit down a heating vent, road trip stomach bugs, bed wetting, rotted potatoes on carpet…it’s amazing stuff!
Do you have a favorite tool or item in your natural medicine cabinet stash? I want to hear about it in the comments below!