A peek inside my medicine cabinet…


Today I feel like sharing something that isn’t food related. While I was in Tibet, I traveled with a group of 14 incredible people. One was an acupuncturist and herbalist and one was an Eastern medicine author. They got me interested in herbs and essential oils and yoga, which were things that I had kind of blown off in the past. I didn’t think smelling an oil could help anyone with anything, and I figured that herbs weren’t typically strong enough to bring about real results. Basically, I was thinking like your typical idiot American. (If you want to read more details about my trip to Tibet, clickahere.) When I got home, I read up on some Eastern medicine basics and went to a local shop to pick up a few things that I figured even I could properly utilize. All of the things I am about to show you can be used by anyone! I found a really cute old cabinet to store all my stuff in and I painted the back panels white so that the contents pop more.

The cabinet, my Tara statue, and Tibetan Buddhist prayer beads

I will start with the top shelf. There are two pipes, one from a vintage shop and one from Nicaragua. They are more for decoration… And there are two essential oil containers so I can tote them around with me and a little pill box and spoon, all from Tibet.

The middle shelf holds my essential oils, Moon Drops, and tea cups.

Peppermint oil – I use this for headaches. I take a few drops and rub it into my hairline. Peppermint essential oil is also used for indigestion and as a decongestant, pain reliever, and mood elevator. A few drops can also be diluted with water and taken orally to improve concentration and memory.

Lavender oil – I rub a few drops into my hairline whenever I feel anxious/stressed or am trying to fall asleep. It is also used as a pain reliever and a natural way to disinfect. It is useful for respiratory issues, among other things.

Tonka bean oil – This is my meditation oil. I chose it simply because I love the smell, and now I usually sniff it before meditating. I feel that once you do it enough times, you begin to associate that scent with meditation, and it makes it easier. I have also read it can be used to treat PMS by putting a few drops in the bath. Cool.

Lemon oil – I use this as a mood elevator by smelling and rubbing a few drops on the hairline and under my nose. I also put a few drops in hot water and drink it first thing in the morning. It stimulates digestion and makes the body more alkaline (though I do not know much about that topic yet).  It is used to enhance concentration and as a disinfectant and antifungal.

Moon Drops are homeopathic sleep aids. Each drop contains natrum muriaticum, lycopodium, ignatia, nux vomica, arsenicum album, gelsemium, coffea cruda, valeriana, chamomilla, sucrose, vanilla oil, and agar agar.

The third shelf has all my teas and herbs. I bought several pre-made packages of tea for specific purposes and several bags of pure herbs.

Kava To Me contains kava kava, oatstraw, citrus, and chamomile. Kava kava is known for its drug like affects… It is very soothing and calming. Like you just had a few sips of a stiff drink. Or got shot with a horse tranquilizer. Depends.

Clean Sweep contains chrysanthemum, chicory, white oak bark, lemon balm, nettles, oatstraw, alfalfa, cleavers, dandelion, and blesssed thistle. I drink this to aid digestion but it is meant to be a “cleansing tonic.”

Lovin Life is my cheer up tea. It contains oatstraw, motherwort, nettles, lemon balm, and stevia.

For sweet treats I like French Quarter Chai, which has cloves, cacao nibs, cardamom, orange, geinger, cinnamon, roasted chicory, and fennel, and Republic of Tea’s Cardamom Cinnamon.

Buckthorn bark is a mild, but effective laxative and triphala is safe for long term use.

Cascara Sagrada is a unique laxative herb in that it actually helps tone your bowels. Instead of just forcing shiz out, it improves one’s peristalsis. It should be used at night before bed.

Roasted chicory is used as a blood tonic for anemia and for eye defects, constipation, and liver and gall bladder problems.


Can you tell Im not down with being stuffed up?

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11 thoughts on “A peek inside my medicine cabinet…

  1. Thank you for posting this – I have been going back and forth for a few weeks trying to decide if I should take traditional meds for hypothyroidism (just got diagnosed), but I know it’s not right for me or my body. It’s actually a pretty frightening illness for a 23 year old who wants children and doesn’t believe in western medicine. However, I am not the typical american idiot who falls into the traps of the FDA – you’ve def. made me realize I need to find an alternative.. FAST!

    1. I am sure you have, but make surreee you check with your doctor before starting anything Eastern. While in general it seems more safe, you dont want to interact with anything in the wrong way. But talk to your doctor about it and see what they think! It could end up being JUST what you need! And definitely see an Eastern medicine specialist.ps – Are you going to foodbuzz fest by chance?

  2. thank you for sharing this! i really enjoy learning about different herbs and naturopathic remedies. imagine all the health care dollars we could save if more people used teas and oils to take of themselves!

  3. Reading this makes me want to go out and purchase some oils or herbs myself. I love using certain herbs as teas for different ailments, and just the thought of lavender makes me feel relaxed.

  4. This is so interesting! I’ve never looked into essential oils & herbs because I thought the same thing as you did. But this is very interesting. I want to try some of these!

  5. i didnt realize how knowledgeable you were on medicinals and oils and herbs and all that it entails! this is so cool!! ive heard of tonka beans!! i saw a recipe that said u can make tonka bean coffee- i was like WHAAAATTT!! crazy! i love that its got relaxing almost sedative properties too it and that u use it as a meditation essence. you are a little alchemist ❤ ❤

    1. I had NO idea tonka beans have sedative qualities! How funny and odd that I happened to choose it for that purpose! Sweet. Our minds and bodies are so much smarter than we give them credit for…And Im not very knowledgeable, that is pretty much the extent of it. I just read about it and apply it :)ps – Are you going to foodbuzz fest? I know it would be quite the trek…

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