There are many potentially harmful common chemicals that may be in your medicine cabinet right now. Many could easily be replaced with far less harmful herbal remedies.
The following comprises the top ten herbs I keep in my kitchen “medicine cabinet” at all times. Many were already there, as they are not only herbal remedies, but are commonly used as spices and flavorings as well.
1. Willow Bark – An excellent replacement for Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen. My daughter often chews on willow bark, or even stems when she is having migraines, but, as with most herbs, you can also make tea, or take capsules.
2. Witch Hazel – An astringent that, although it is normally marketed with alcohol added as a preservative, can actually be an alcohol replacement.
3. Comfrey Root – A great treatment for bruises, cuts, and even broken bones (hence it’s folk name “knitbone”). However, you should never put it on a wound that has not been thoroughly cleaned. It heals so quickly, it may heal dirt and bacteria in.
4. Red Raspberry – The best remedy for a stomach ache I have found. Raspberry can even ease labor pains in childbirth, if taken regularly during pregnancy.
5. Chamomile – A great relaxant and sleep aid. However, beware if you are allergic to ragweed, you may be allergic to chamomile as well.
6. Catnip – Though it excites cats, it can make people relax, and aid sleep. I give my daughter catnip when she can’t sleep, because she is allergic to chamomile. Catnip is also excellent for colic in babies and young children.
7. Aloe – Always great to have on hand for sunburn, aloe is good for other types of burns as well, and can also help with acne and other complexion problems. You can either buy aloe gel, or grow it in your home.
8. Anise – An excellent replacement for cough medicines and drops. When drunk as a tea, Anise can help with many bronchial problems, including asthma and laryngitis.
9. Arnica – A great muscle rub in oil form, or even used as a poultice on sore muscles. Do not use when there are open wounds, or take internally, however.
10. Milk Thistle – A most excellent replacement for any laxative or purgative of any kind. Milk thistle not only helps with constipation, it cleans the entire system in the process.
Though there are a great many more wonderful herbs in my cabinet, these are the ten I feel I could absolutely not do without. At the very least, I would advice to keep these on hand for when you are out of regular medicines. I prefer them to such medicines because I have found them to be far less harmful, and often far more effective, though sometimes slower acting as well.
Additional Source : Over 20 years personal study of and experimentation with herbs and alternative therapies.