Today it’s all about how to stock your home pharmacy. My biggest concern is having a total grid down and not being able to get some of my favorite fever reducers, for instance. I’m probably way overstocked, but that’s how I roll. I have really bad arthritis and I have to have some over the counter pain medication. Some colds are better left alone, but then it doesn’t hurt to help soothe the
We all have first aid kits and this post will cross over into the first aid kit scenario. But today I want to really focus on simple over the counter products we may use often. And if we have family visit, we need the different age appropriate medications.
When you do pick up any of these products, please check the dates. We need to rotate all of these, so let’s get the freshest ones possible. I’m a big believer in essential oils so I will share some of those as well. Please note, these will not cure anything, but they sure do soothe a cold or sinus infection.
You may be saying, I never get sick, I will never use any of these. I get it, I really do. Here’s the deal, what if you have a Pandemic hit your neighborhood? Or the Influenza? It may be nice to be prepared for the unexpected. That’s when you’ll be very grateful for taking the time to stock your home pharmacy.
Mark and I had dinner with some friends last night and we started talking about how our neighborhood needs some help getting prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency. We talked about the different streets in our neighborhood and who we know are prepared, which is not very many, I’m sad to say. It’s the 90% unprepared and 10% prepared scenario. Can you imagine how many sick people will suffer if they do not have any fever reducers, for one thing?
Yes, they can pat them down with cool rags, I get it. But we may need to share our over the counter medications when necessary. If I was aware of a baby or toddler suffering I would hope I had appropriate items their mother could use. What if an older couple in your neighborhood got diarrhea because of food poisoning? Now, picture all the stores and pharmacies closed for days, or weeks. They could get dehydrated very quickly. This is why I’m writing this post today. Let’s be prepared.
Check out your local stores, dollar type stores, or box stores for the cheapest price available, and yet have an expiration date that will work for you. Sometimes we just need a little nudge to remind us to stock up on those products we may need in the near future. We can sleep at night knowing we don’t have to run to the store at midnight to purchase one or more of these items for ourselves or a neighbor.
Stock Your Home Pharmacy
Please keep in mind, these are only suggestions. I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. These are listed to help us think about the items we may want to stock up on.
I realize fever is a good thing sometimes to fight an infection. It’s when I can’t break a fever I get worried. I’m not a doctor, I’m a mom and a grandma, this is just my opinion.
- Other you use
If you have ever had allergies, these may look familiar. You can see that I listed Benedryl first, yes indeed I have used that for so many issues.
- Benedryl (Diphenhydramine)
- Eye Drops
Trust me, no one wants diarrhea when the sewer lines do not work, right? This is another reason we need our own emergency toilet and the items listed below.
- Rice Water
- Pedialyte: Electrolyte Packets
- Milk of Magnesia
Cold and Flu
This year has been a tough one
- Vicks VapoRub
- Sambucol (Black Elderberry products)
- Tylenol Cold and Flu
- Vicks VapoCool
- Nasal Sprays
- My Doctor Suggests Liquid Silver: Liquid Silver by My Doctor Suggests
- Cough Lozenges by My Doctor Suggests: Lozenges by My Doctor Suggests
Just giving you the heads up here. I was able to buy Meclizine at Costco cheaper than anywhere. It’s behind the pharmacy counter and as I remember it was $3.00 for 100 tablets.
- Pepto Bismol
It’s all about making sure we are comfortable if and when things go south. I can’t imagine not having some Neosporin for small cuts and wounds. Please stock up according to your families needs.
- Epsom Salt
- Bag Balm
- Stokolan Cream
- Coconut Oil
- Your favorite lotion or cream
- My Doctor Suggests Gel
- Anti-itch Cream
- Calamine Lotion
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide
It’s nice to have these in our stash because you never know when you may need them.
- Monistat (vaginal yeast infections)
- Athlete’s Foot
- Diaper Fungal Infection
Every essential oil company will have different names of their essential oils. I’m sharing the products from doTerra. This is one of my favorite Essential Oils Books you may like to have in your home. Essential Oils
My grandkids love Breathe, Peppermint, and Deep Blue.
- Deep Blue
- Tea Tree Oil (thanks Leanne for the reminder)
I hope this post helps you think about how to stock your home pharmacy very soon. We are prepping for the future for whatever comes our way. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda