Herbs & Remedies for Starting a Natural Medicine Pantry

Where do you start when you're creating a herbal medicine kit? These are my top picks. 

Sarah Petruno

In my Day-to-Day Shamanism Seminar, I speak about the importance of starting, growing, and keeping an herbal medicine cabinet. 

I use the herbal medicines I have in my healing cabinet on a daily basis, and I credit them for healing my seasonal allergies, liver, and gallbladder, among many, many other things. 

But, amassing an herbal pantry takes time and money to do. 

If you want to start a natural medicine pantry, but you're not sure where to start, these are the current top items on my shelves: 

My Go To Natural Remedies

1. Nettle

Nettle is my HG herb, right next to chamomile. When my first child was breastfeeding, I drank it in an herbal tea infusion with Holy Basil to increase milk production. Now, I take 1-2 nettle capsules 2x a day for seasonal allergies. It's an all over, feel good body tonic, and it helps with immune response. 

2. Turmeric

Turmeric reduces internal inflammation, something which most of us have - thanks, in part, to the western world diet. I currently take 1-2 turmeric capsules twice a day to assist with decreasing body inflammation, with the intention of specifically targeting inflammation associated with allergies and my gallbladder and liver. 

3. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a magical detoxifier and anti-inflammatory. I am currently embarking on a healing regimen of the liver and gallbladder, cleansing years and years of God knows what. I take 2 milk thistle capsules twice a day to support this detoxification. 

4. Chamomile

I love chamomile. For everything. I drink it in a tea blend to protect against psychic attack. I drink it when I'm experiencing pain or stomach upset. I take capsules to support digestion and promote healthy sleep. I use it most regularly as a loose leaf tea and in capsules

5. Colloidal Silver

Not an herb, but a fantastic natural remedy nonetheless. We have a yellow lab with itchy skin and ears. To heal this, we switched her to a raw food diet (this is the recipe we use) and started giving her colloidal silver to help her immune system combat the allergens. It worked! She's itch free. I also take colloidal silver when seasonal allergies hit and when I'm feeling a sickness coming on. It's amazing. 

6. Elderberries

Sweet, sweet elderberry syrup. It tastes so good and it's so beneficial to the body in supporting the immune system. I recommend you make your own syrup. The cost of store-bought syrup is ridiculous, and when you make your own, you know the medicine is more potent since it hasn't been sitting and it's been made with your healing intention. Get the berries to make your own syrup. This is the recipe we use

7. Echinacea

Echinacea tincture can be used internally AND externally to promote healing. A few months back, my sister got bit by a brown recluse and she made a paste of activated charcoal and echinacea to suck out the poison. She applied this paste twice a day, changing the bandage each time, and the wound barely spread. YAY herbal medicine! Day to day, echinacea is a magic potion of healing and boosting the body's ability to heal just about anything. 

8. Activated Charcoal

Not herbal, per se, but natural medicine at its finest. Activated charcoal heals external wounds, bites, and sores, and pulls toxins from inside the body too. This is something you'll want to have on hand as a first aid item, because you just never know. I had a dentist misadventure not long again, resulting in this awful sores in my mouth that were alarming in size. I used activated charcoal powder to brush my teeth and rinse my mouth - and the sores disappeared. Bonus: When you use it to brush with, it can whiten your teeth! It's messy, but tastes like nothing. 


Those are go-to natural medicines to have on hand when starting your herbal medicine cabinet! Add as you go and as you need certain things, and in no time, you'll have your own herbal first aid kit. 

To learn more about my go-to shamanic, energetic, and natural remedies, be sure to check out my pre-recorded video seminar, Day-to-Day Shamanism




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LAST UPDATED: Sunday, September 11, 2016

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