An Apothecary is an old name where you could buy remedies and ingredients to make them. It is a largely forgotten art which will be to our detriment in the near future.

In today’s world the Apothecary has been replaced by the money hungry pharmaceutical companies who are not as concerned for your welfare as much as making a profit.

In my perambulations through the ethersphere of the internet, I find many sources of things that can be made at home, simply, cheaply and just as effective as expensive mass-produced remedies.

This page will list things of interest to the people who want to know, who want an alternative to the poisons currently available on store shelves.



This page and the linked posts are not intended to be medical advice. They are based on other peoples experiences

As with anything in life, moderation.

To avoid allergic reactions, etc try small quantities of any preparation first.

Please consult a physician if your condition persists.


1 :: Lip Balm – The Greening of Westford

Homemade Lip Balm

*Lip balm is so simple!  There are tons of recipes out there.  This is one that I made with my daughters and some of their friends.  It is girl approved!

2 :: Moth Repellent – Eco-Crap

*Traditionally mothballs have been used but the naphthalene is a poison. Look for alternatives, as simple as the smell of cedar wood.

3 :: Mask/Scrub & info on Epsom’s Salts

*A recipe for the mask and info about the oft forgotten Epsom’s Salts and our need for a magnesium source.

Homemade Cough Syrup

4 :: Homemade Cough & Cold recipes

*Visit Good Girl Gone Green, she has links for many recipes of this nature from around the net.

5 :: First Aid Antiseptic Ointmnt

*This homemade antiseptic ointment is packed full with germ-killing properties that will help treat everyday/minor cuts, scraps, and abrasions. You can use this ointment just as you would a tube of that pricey commercially-prepared stuff.

6 :: Infused Vinegar for cleaning

*Homemade citrus infused vinegar for cleaning purposes.

Image from the site

7 :: Homemade Soap

Years and years ago, people always made their own soap–and you can too. If you want to create soap bars from scratch, the method described below, known as the cold process, is the best way to do it.

8 :: Earwash

You can use simple products as an earwash, olive oil and hydrogen peroxide 3%. Green Talk has also suggested that hydrogen peroxide 3% can also prevent colds.

Homemade Plantain Ointment – image: Greenhaven

9 :: Plantain Ointment

It is great for cuts, scratches and insect bites etc. Keep it ointment in the fridge.

10 :: L-Lysine for cold sores Courtesy Ecogrrl

11 :: Heal Warts With Duct Tape Courtesy Ecogrrl

12 :: Dehydrationfrom gastroenteritis Courtesy Ecogrrl

13 :: Apple cider vinegar hair conditioner Courtesy Ecogrrl

13 :: Relieving mosquito bites Courtesy Ecogrrl

slippery_elm_bark14 :: Slippery Elm Courstesy of Shana Rae. Medicinal Action and Uses—Demulcent, emollient, expectorant, diuretic, nutritive. The bark of this American Elm in the United States an official drug, is considered one of the most valuable remedies in herbal practice, the abundant mucilage it contains having wonderfully strengthening and healing qualities. Read the link for more details.

15 :: Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant

Link above for story and link to recipe.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Love the homemade soap. You also might like my how to cure a cold fix: hydrogen peroxide. http://www.green-talk.com/2013/01/25/hydrogen-peroxide-ears-bye-to-colds-a-remedy-that-works/



  2. May I recommend Slippery Elm Bark, I recently purchased some powder for my cat to help with his constipation, but it is equally good for humans for a variety of ailments.



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