Surprising Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

7 natural products no medicine cabinet should be without


Your medicine cabinet should always be stocked with the usual standbys: painkillers (like ibuprofen or aspirin), antidiarrheal medication (such as Pepto-Bismol), and an antihistamine to ease allergy symptoms. But did you know that sea salt has a place? And how about vinegar? Find out how these natural products can help your health.

Aloe vera gel

For: soothing sunburns, cuts, and bruises. You can also use it to ease acid indigestion. Just sip a quarter-cup of pure aloe vera gel dissolved in a half-cup of water.

Apple cider vinegar

For: fighting dandruff. Mix equal parts vinegar and water, rub it into your scalp, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wash your hair.

Baking soda

For: fighting stinky feet. Baking soda's active ingredient, sodium bicarbonate, helps balance your skin's pH levels to neutralize foot odor. Just soak your feet in a gallon of warm water mixed with 3 tablespoons of baking soda.

Sea salt

For: fighting canker sores and soothing a sore throat. Gargling with sea salt dissolved in warm water will help reduce pain and inflammation. SLS-free toothpaste For: canker sore prevention. SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, is a chemical that can damage oral tissue and lead to canker sores in some people. Sure, you have sea salt in your medicine cabinet to fight them. But the right paste may allow you to prevent them altogether.

Tea tree oil

For: athlete’s foot and minor burns. This skin soother has antimicrobial properties to fight bacteria and fungi.

Tiger Balm

For: sore muscles. This Chinese herbal remedy is a topical muscle relaxer. The active ingredient is camphor, which lends Tiger Balm its hallmark scent. Rub this ointment on aching muscles for warm relief.

Witch hazel

For: relieving itchy bug bites and painful hemorrhoids—this all-purpose plant’s extract is an effective anti-inflammatory. As a natural astringent, it’s also a gentle everyday skin toner.

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