Clear Out Your Medicine Cabinet


This post is for minimalists, crunchy folk, families with kids, your neighbor, and everybody else.  Whether you want to live more simply with less clutter or just want to improve the health of those in your home, this is for you.

My medicine cabinet is not even a cabinet.  It’s a tiny basket with a pack of bandaids that we never use, a few essential oil personal inhalers, and a thermometer.


“But what if your kid gets a fever?”

“What do you take for headaches?”

“You’ll change your mind when you get a sinus infection!”

So, now that we’ve got THAT out of the way, let’s continue to the meat of this post.

I encourage you to go grab a package or two of OTC medication from your cabinet and read the labels.  What are the intended uses of these products?  I’ll use a popular brand of acetaminophen as an example.

“temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, headache, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, muscular aches, premenstrual and menstrual cramps, temporarily reduces fever”


temporarily relieves minor aches and pains

temporarily reduces fever

I want to use this example because this is one of the medications so many people keep on hand and use for so many purposes.

My point here is that drugs like this do not fix your problem.  They do not cure anything.  They do not prevent anything.  They slightly alter the presentation of the actual problem for a short time and then bring to the table a slew of side effects, noticed or not.

And then there’s this…

giving these medicines, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to prevent fever after vaccination may also blunt immune responses to the vaccine.

Duke University/CDC – Click for Source

And also this…

Our previous case-control study showed that use of acetaminophen at age 12–18 months is associated with increased likelihood for Autism Spectrum Disorder (OR 8.37, 95% CI 2.08–33.7). In this study, we again show that acetaminophen use is associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (p = 0.013).

Click for Source

These medications aren’t helping you.

Yes, your headache might ease off.  But why do you have a headache?  Did you consume too much sugar or caffeine in the past few days and now your body is having to readjust to normalcy?  Did you skip a few glasses of water and allow yourself to become dehydrated?  Did you watch too much television or play on your phone too long?

Are you medicating yourself for something a glass of water, a dose of sunshine, or better time management can cure?

There are natural, better ways to not only treat common health issues, but also many, many ways to circumvent these issues entirely.

  • Prevent seasonal allergy reactions by consuming local, raw honey.
  • Utilize a steamy bathroom, facial massage, and a mug of tea instead of consuming decongestant medications.
  • Use a netti pot instead of OTC nasal sprays.
  • Know that the foods and beverages you put into your body directly affect how you feel at that moment and for a time afterwards.
  • Clean water, mild soap, and applied pressure are all most minor wounds need.
  • Recognize that things like fevers or upset tummies are the body’s way of dealing with an attack that started well before you ever noticed the symptoms.
  • Wash your hands with a mild, *non-antibacterial soap.*
  • Know that your attitude, how you manage yourself mentally and emotionally, plays a role in how you feel physically.
  • Treat the origin of your issue, not just a handful of symptoms.
  • Understand that your body is made to defend and repair itself and often doesn’t need assistance.

We’ve been so conditioned to believe we *need* these medications to “heal” or “get better.”  Even the drugs themselves don’t claim to do that.  Human bodies are powerhouses of sustainability…as long as they are treated with the respect and care they deserve.

I’m not saying that “medicine is evil” or “Big Pharma is killing us all!”  I’m saying that we live in a world where many people would rather take on additional risks, spend extra money, and live in a state of dependency than make a diet change or go for a walk.

I’m saying, “Simple solutions to simple problems.”

I encourage you to make today the ending point of concealing symptoms.  Make today your starting point for genuine, “I love you, self,” self-care.


8 thoughts on “Clear Out Your Medicine Cabinet

  1. Great points made here! I’m guilty of buying medications to “fix” my ailments, but you’re right, they are only temporary fixes. I tend to lean more towards acupuncture when having an issue. I like how it focuses on the whole body and not just bandaid fixes.

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  2. I agree people are too quick to grab a pill! I was getting horrific migraines every day. I couldn’t stand any light or sound and I usually ended up throwing up. It made no sense since I, although I get migraines the really severe ones were years apart. Rather than taking medicine I tried to think about what had changed and I finally discovered the simple reason. I sleep with a fan and it had been moved a bit so it blew right on my face. And when it did, I’d get a horrible migraine. Now I just check the position of the fan each night.

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  3. I think it’s good to keep a few things on hand, but to only use them when absolutely necessary. For example, last August my girl became ill the week before she was supposed to go off to college. I’ve always used the rule of thumb regarding fever — as long as it doesn’t go over 101, to just let it cook, because it’s the body killing whatever bug is in attack mode. But if the fever gets close to or over 102, then it’s time for some Tylenol.

    So the week she started feeling badly, I ended up taking her to the urgent care center Sunday because she was supposed to be moving to Houston, supposed to be starting her first semester of college AWAY from home (even though only an hour away). They gave her a minimal examination, said it was viral, and advised Tylenol and Motrin for aches and pains and she should be fine in a couple of days.


    Monday night her temp went up to 104! I wasn’t about to take her back to the idiots at the urgent care, so I gave her Rx strength Tylenol/Motrin combo as advised by my sister (who is an RN) and got her in a cool bath to get the temp down. The next morning we went straight to our family doctor. After a chest X-ray, we discovered the poor thing had a huge pneumonia in her right lung. Two different antibiotics and she managed to start school with only missing one day of class. It’s so hard to know what to do — I guess it’s just really important to monitor each situation and pray for wisdom!


    • I definitely believe medications have their place and can be useful, even lifesaving! Prayer and wise judgement are absolutely vital. Our family is known for running high fevers when ill, so we’ve developed quite the personalized arsenal of reduction methods lol

      I’m so sorry your daughter was sick and at such an unfortunate time too. But it sounds like she made a quick recovery! That’s wonderful! Congrats to her on starting college 🙂 And kudos to you for staying on top of things to find the real problem!

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