How to Create a Home Apothecary & Heal Naturally

What if I told you that your body is innately intelligent? 

That it knows exactly how to heal on its own, naturally?

While society pushes the story that we need a synthetic medication for every rash, cough & pain, the truth is that people have been healing themselves using natural solutions for centuries – long before drugs were made in a lab. 

And if I’ve learned anything throughout my own health journey, and through years of helping others heal, it’s that healing starts at home. 

In this article, you’ll learn how to support the body’s innate healing capacity with some essential supplements, herbs & tools I recommend always having on hand, so you’re prepared to treat common ailments as soon as they show up.

Heal Naturally with Herbs, Homeopathy, & Supplements

Honestly, I could write an entire book on natural remedies.

Seriously, there are THAT many! 

But today we’re going over the *essentials* that I recommend keeping in your home apothecary kit (at all times). 

Let’s take a look at a few of them and why they’re important to have on hand.

Immune Support

  • Congaplex: This whole food supplement supports healthy immune system function. I recommend taking this at the first sign of any kind of illness, whether you have a cold, flu, or just feel run down. It’s loaded with specific food-based nutrients designed to get your immune system into a quick defense mode and working hard to fight off the bad guys. 
  • Cataplex C and Zinc Chelate: Cataplex C, a food-based vitamin C supplement, helps the body fight off infection and arms the immune system to do its job more efficiently. Unlike ascorbic acid which is just a chemical, real vitamin C supports a large number of cellular functions, like the absorption of nutrients in your food.  Additionally, zinc helps support immune function by helping the cells resist invasive bacteria and viruses. In one study, it was found that taking these two essential nutrients together eliminated cold symptoms more quickly than when taken apart. 
  • Cataplex D: It’s no secret that vitamin D helps your immune system to function properly, responding to invaders and fighting off infection. Since most people don’t get enough vitamin D (due to many reasons you can read about here), I recommend taking a small amount of a food-based vitamin D every day if your blood test indicates your levels are deficient. 

Cold & Flu Symptoms

  • Andrographis: This plant is native to South Asian countries and used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine. Its antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties make it a workhorse when dealing with cold and flu symptoms (especially respiratory issues), as well as a myriad of other conditions.
  • Herbal Throat Spray Phytosynergist: This special combination is made up of soothing herbs – echinacea root, clove, and more – which work to soothe your throat and calm mucus production. Unlike many over-the-counter medications, this natural remedy comes with zero harmful side effects.
  • Raw, local honey: Raw honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a perfect natural solution for calming a sore, inflamed throat. Not to mention, it’s an antioxidant powerhouse. I recommend choosing raw and local over any other honey because it’s the least processed, contains the most nutrients, and can help protect you from falling victim to seasonal allergies!

Skin/Wound Healing

  • USF Ointment: This is a 100% natural ointment that contains powerful fatty acids, like flaxseed oil and beeswax. Your skin will drink this stuff right up. It works as an amazing treatment for scrapes and rashes, and it may even be helpful in calming an eczema flare due to its anti-inflammatory ingredients. You might love it so much that you choose to use it every day to keep your skin hydrated!
  • Arnica: The history of Arnica (Arnica Montana) goes back as early as the 16th century. This homeopathic herb has been used to effectively speed up the recovery of bruises, swelling, and other skin injuries. Arnica can be used topically on the skin in the form of a gel, or you can take small pellets orally. When massaged onto sore joints, the relief can be felt fairly quickly. This amazing homeopathic supplement is a must-have in your at-home medicine kit!

Seasonal Allergies

  • Allerplex: The problem with seasonal allergy medication (steroids & antihistamines) is that they actually suppress your immune system, which is the root cause of allergies to begin with. This food-based combination helps address the underlying cause and works with the body to reverse the symptoms and get you feeling better fast. 
  • Sinus Forte: This natural medicine is made up of different herbs that support a healthy upper respiratory system which includes the throat and sinus passages. Its ingredients like Cayenne and Echinacea help improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and tame mucus production, all of which are needed for healthy sinuses. Definitely a good one to keep on hand during allergy season! 

Stress & Anxiety

  • Ashwagandha Complex: This herbal combination is a home-run for the “wired and tired” types. Used traditionally as a general body tonic and to strengthen the nerves, ashwagandha has a number of other benefits. When combined with skullcap, Korean ginseng, and a small amount of licorice, this herbal supplement can bring relief for anxiety within a few short minutes. This supplement is one of our favorites!
  • Nevaton Forte: Similar to Ashwagandha Complex, this herbal powerhouse contains four key herbs designed to improve mood, decrease stress and reduce anxiety. Skullcap, St. John’s Wort, schisandra, and saffron (known as the ‘sunshine spice’) come together to relieve emotional stress, improve mood and soften the irritability that often comes along with it. Studies consistently show skullcap helps with insomnia, low mood, anxiety, and high stress so call us today and we’ll get you taken care of! 

Does it Matter Where I Get My Home Apothecary Supplies?

Now that I’ve given you a powerhouse list of essentials, you’re probably wondering where you’re going to buy it all!

Does brand really matter?

100% yes. 

Not all vitamins, teas & supplements are created equally. 

Pay special attention to supplements. 

Unfortunately, many big brands are selling supplements without much integrity at all. The ingredients are not well-sourced, and you run the risk of paying for a product and receiving very little nutritional benefit, if at all.

To avoid this, do your research and consult with a trusted healthcare provider to find out what brands they trust. Standard Process is my go-to supplement brand. They’re a family-owned company that sells high-quality food-based and herbal products that cannot be sourced anywhere else.

You can find many of the natural medicines listed in this article on their website, or send me an email and I'll help you out! 

Home Supplies to Help You Heal Naturally 

Now let’s take a look at a few basic tools I recommend keeping on hand to help you heal naturally. 

Neti-pot: If you’ve never used a neti-pot, I highly recommend you try one next time your sinuses are feeling clogged. This Aryuvedic staple dates back hundreds of years. It works like a charm to flush out your sinuses by pushing salt water through your nasal passages. 

Cheesecloth: I recommend keeping a cheesecloth around to make herbal infusions like teas or oils. If you’ve never tried it before, just do a quick search on Google and you’ll find plenty of helpful articles that walk you through how to infuse your own herbs with oil using a cheesecloth. Making lavender oil is a great way to get started!

Your Body Was Designed to Heal Naturally & Thrive

There you have it! 

Everything you need to heal with nature, conveniently stashed away at home. My hope is that using these simple remedies will transform the way you think about how healing can happen in your body. 

Knowing how to care for yourself & your family at home is a truly empowering way to live!

If you’ve tried natural remedies without the success you were after, I encourage you to book a consultation with me. Sometimes there is something more going on that needs addressing, and together we can make a plan!

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Hello! I just want to say that you are truly a healer! After leaving your office last Monday, I was more able to breathe, truly breathe - after having suffered all weekend to take a deep breath due to a "rib out of place" OK - if you say so....all I know is that, though I continued to have a bit of pain in my upper back and neck for a day or two, I could take wonderful, glorious deep breaths thanks to your treatment. Thanks again for all you do! Even if I do make many sound affects while you are treating me - "OUCH!!! Hmmmph!! Ughhh!! Really???" I truly appreciate your healing touch....


I have had Parkinson's Disease for 8 years.  I have developed arthritis in my back and hips. The stiffness of the Parkinson's and the arthritis has caused me a lot of pain. Because of that unrelenting pain I was unable to exercise. Exercise is an important part of pain management for Parkinson's.  Since I have been seeing Dr. Krapf I am feeling much better and his care has allowed me to begin exercising again, which has improved my overall well being. In the past I have been treated by physical therapists and orthopedists. Dr. Krapf's chiropractic manipulations have had an amazing impact on my health and happiness. I highly recommend Dr. Krapf to anyone who needs excellent chiropractic care and the many alternative therapies he offers. I would say he is magical!

When my friend received excellent care from Dr. Krapf, she recommended him to me. I have had gastrointestinal problems for nearly 50 years that have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease with lactose intolerance. All that, including unrelieved stress had made me unhappy and unhealthy. Today I am a different person with the help of Dr. Greg. The Gastro issues are practically nonexistent, my stress levels have plummeted, and my body is changing. I am so grateful for Dr. Greg and his healing hands.

Mary Ann L.

Our family have been patients of Krapf chiropractic for a few decades. We have several success stories archived. The most recent event involves our youngest son who is completing his senior year of high school. He has been a patient of Krapf Chiropractic (KCA) since birth. He has been an avid soccer player since the age of four and has sustained numerous injuries over the years. Dr. Krapf has successfully assisted in every recovery.

Most recently, he began complaining of his feet hurting while playing soccer. Both feet hurt - particularly the balls of his feet while running and cutting. He came to Dr. Greg with his complaint as this was seriously affecting his game. Dr. Greg evaluated the situation and decided a foot scan should be done. The finding was dropped arches. My son was fitted for orthotics. They arrived within days and he wore these as directed. Within a few short weeks he is now playing full games pain free.


I first called Krapf Chiropractic when my back was so bad that I couldn't get up off the floor. It's been a blessing to have Dr. Greg help me with my overall wellness and health! I find this to be a place where you are not a number and everyone cares. Mollie is always cheerful and reminds me to come. Erin is always smiling and helps relax me when I'm in pain. I would not be functioning if I did not have Krapf Chiropractic to keep me going. As I get older my appreciation deepens, especially when I see people around me who are suffering with back problems. If they only knew how helpful this is. I believe Dr. Greg treats the person not the symptoms. Thank you

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I've been lucky to have exceptional health care from the beginning. At the beginning, seventy-six-plus years ago, Hugh Rodgers brought me into the world in mother and dad's second-floor bedroom in our dairy farm home. Hugh's son, Hugh, Jr., practiced with his dad and beyond caring for my parents, he, also, cared for hundreds of others and me. Roughly forty years ago, a friend suggested I make an appointment with Richard Krapf for help with back-pain. Richard treated the pain that, often, was debilitating, and on Richard's death, his son, Greg became the second second generation to help me from one place to another. I'm grateful to Hugh, Hugh, Richard and, perhaps, most of all, to Greg.


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