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In today’s world the Apothecary has been replaced by the money hungry pharmaceutical companies who are not as concerned for your welfare as much as making a profit.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.
*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!
*Traditionally mothballs have been used but the naphthalene is a poison. Look for alternatives, as simple as the smell of cedar wood.
*A recipe for the mask and info about the oft forgotten Epsom’s Salts and our need for a magnesium source.
*Visit Good Girl Gone Green, she has links for many recipes of this nature from around the net.
*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.
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.
9 :: Plantain Ointment
It is great for cuts, scratches and insect bites etc. Keep it ointment in the fridge.
14 :: 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.
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