Most likely, your home has a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions, over the counter medications and topical ointments. Which is great for those life obstacles that require such things. However, if you’re anything like me, you’d love to have some gentle, natural options too! I’ve put together a solid list of Home Apothecary goods that will benefit you and your growing, adventurous family to stay well and be cared for.
Wildflower Gypsy Field + Forest Natural Bug Spray
Summer is the time of year when most of us are spending a lot of time outside, hiking, gardening or strolling through the romantic, moss-covered oak trees downtown. But anyone who lives in Savannah understands the complete nuisance of our sand gnats and mosquitos. Wildflower Gypsy’s Field + Forest Natural Bug Spray was created to deter such evil critters, yet remains child and family friendly. The blend of essential oils and aloe are skin softening, nontoxic and don’t carry the typical bug spray scent. My toddler and I typically react poorly to bug bites, so having Field + Forest Natural Bug Spray around saves our skin and sanity.
Wildflower Gypsy Soothe Bumps + Bites Remedy
Sometimes we forget our bug spray, a mosquito sneaks into our home or our sweet little ones play too hard and end up with a scrape. This Soothe Bumps + Bites Remedy helps lessen the itch or sting related to any minor mishaps. The essential oils also help encourage healthy skin growth. Simply apply to the bug bite or use on an irritated spot once it’s been cleaned.
Wildflower Gypsy Peaceful Mind Headache Remedy
Another must have item for your Home Apothecary would be this headache-easing blend. The peppermint, lavender, roman chamomile, and frankincense work to lessen the tightness and create a calm, relaxed feeling. Apply to your temples, across your forehead and/or along the base of your neck. Feel free to reapply every 1-2 hours. Aromatherapy works to promote wellness and ease discomfort, so it’s a great option to try before reaching for pain medication.
Wildflower Gypsy Warrior Bath Soak
Baths are one of those long forgotten, self and body care rituals. I use to balk at the idea of having time to take one or if they actually worked. But then I challenged myself to take a soak at least once a month. I was happily surprised at how relaxed and soothed my body was afterwards! I truly believe Wildflower Gypsy’s Warrior Bath Soak must be in your Home Apothecary to ease those achy muscles or reduce the annoyance of chest or nasal congestion. The blend of salts and essential oils help relax sore and tight muscles after a day of yard work or from training for one of the many marathons in town. The blend of essential oils also aid in better breathing when allergies or a cold hits you unexpectedly.
Fill up your tub with as hot of water as you can comfortably hand. Mix in one tablespoon of the Warrior Bath Soak and soothe your discomfort away. I only recommend this soak for anyone over the age of 15, as the blend of oils can be too minty for children.
We shared this simple DIY last week here on Paprika Southern–use as a gentle facial toner once you’ve washed your face to calm any redness or irritation. I personally love to use it at home for bug bites and red ant bites to lessen the burn or itch and encourage healthy skin growth. The uses are truly endless!
Another incredible must-have for your Home Apothecary would be a simple aloe plant. Buy one that is organically grown so it doesn’t contain any pesticide residue that can lead to a whole host of health issues. Aloe is a pretty forgiving indoor plant to grow. Just remember to lightly water it every week or so and place in an indirectly sunny spot.
We’ve all grown up knowing to use aloe on a sun burn to help speed healing and calm the burn. It’s best to use a real aloe plant instead of store bought aloe treatments because it’s pure aloe. Store brands tend to have a lot of extra ingredients and artificial green coloring. You’ll have comfort in knowing your aloe plant grown at home is 100% natural, with no questionable ingredients.
To use, clip a small section off the end of an aloe arm. You can either scrap out the aloe gel or apply directly to your sunburn. I’ve also heard of people freezing the aloe gel with coconut oil and then applying to their burns for extra soothing benefits! Aloe may also be used to calm irritated skin, sooth reactive facial skin or used on an itchy scalp. And aloe is a self healing plant, so the section you snipped will heal itself and be ready for use again in a month or so.
I hope after reading how to build a home apothecary, you have found the confidence and excitement to build your own apothecary. It is a lot easier than it seems and having natural options on hand brings a peace of mind. If you have any questions you can reach out to me via email at Chelsea@wildflowergypsy.com. You can also follow along with my journey in natural beauty and wellness through Instagram @a_wildflower_gypsy, Facebook and of course through our online shop www.wildflowergypsy.com.
Written by Chelsea Kester for Paprika Southern / Photographed by Siobhan Egan
Be sure to check back later in the summer when Chelsea returns to share her tips on incorporating essential oils into your routine, and order your copy of our Spring 2017 issue to see our Tastemaker profile of Chelsea!