Essentials for Your Home Apothecary | Becca Piastrelli

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

Build Your Own Home Apothecary

I just finished putting the final touches on my home apothecary corner in my new home and it is a thing of wonders. Most of my life, I've dreamed of being a medicine woman with my own garden of herbs, honeybees, and an area of my house devoted to crafting healing potions and herbal remedies.

I haven't quite gotten to the herb garden and honeybees yet (stay tuned next spring!), but my apothecary corner is up and running. It's a big change from stuffing bags of herbs into a box in the closet beneath our winter coats and working from the kitchen table (although that worked just fine). This new creative workspace is full of so much promise and nourishing potential.

A few of you have asked what herbs and supplies I keep on hand, and I thought it would be fun to share with you a peek inside my home apothecary. Below is a list of most things I keep on hand.

Mind you, it's taken me 3 years to build up to this so don't let the length of the list scare you. It all started with some lavender buds, olive oil, and beeswax borrowed from a friend. Let your curiosity take you where it wants to go.

Basic Herbs

Lavender

Chamomile

Calendula

Rose

Peppermint

Elderberries (stock up now for winter cold and flu season!)

Fennel

Rosemary

Nettle

Ginger

Lemon Verbena

Dandelion Leaf

Cardamom

Cinnamon Sticks

Whole Cloves

Cayenne

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Basic Essential Oils

Grapefruit

Lemon

Lavender

Rosemary

Clary Sage

Peppermint

Tea Tree

Eucalyptus

Rose (this one can be spendy but totally worth it)

Ylang Ylang

Bergamot

Lemongrass

Cinnamon

Carriers

Olive Oil

Almond Oil

Argan Oil

Jojoba Oil

Castor Oil

Coconut Oil (for cooking, lathering, and lubricating)

Shea Butter

Cocoa Butter

Mango Butter

Vegetable Glycerin

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Alcohols

Vodka - for making tinctures and other extractions

Brandy, Whiskey, Port - for making cordials

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Other Odds & Ends

Clays (for skincare)

Raw Organic Honey - (to make cordials and syrups, and to add to teas)

Apple Cider Vinegar

White Vinegar (for cleaning products)

Himalayan Salt

Epsom Salt

Aloe Vera Gel (for cooling after sun spray)

Aloe Vera Juice (the key ingredient to my mouthwash recipe)

Arrowroot Powder (for deodorant and dry shampoo)

Baking Soda

Castile Soap

Vitamin E OilCalendula Oil (I use these every week on my skin)

Rose Water (or you can make your own!)

Witch Hazel

Beeswax (a girl's best friend for salves, chest rubslip balms, and air cleansing candles)

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Supplies

Coffee and Spice Grinder

Cheesecloth

Mesh Strainer

Storage Jars of all sizes

Funnels

Candle Wicks

Deodorant Containers

Lip Balm Tubes

Dropper Bottles

Droppers + Pumps

Roll On Glass Bottles (for perfumes)

Swing Top Bottles

Weck Jars

Linen Bags

Microplane

Mason Jars

Nut Milk Bag  (for making almond and cashew milk)

*You'll see that most of these links are to my favorite herb company—Mountain Rose Herbs. I also order from Amazon but have found Mountain Rose Herbs to be the best quality products I've come across.

Do you long to hang bundles of herbs from the ceiling and have jars of homemade medicines lining your walls as you stir a cauldron of healing soup over an open flame like our ancestors used to do? Listen to that urge! The work of belonging is to remember the ways of our ancestors and to take our healing and ability to take care of ourselves back into our own hands. Those witchy ways of your great great great grandmothers still live in your blood and bones. Listen to the whispers and keep working with your hands, sister.

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