There are some things that every woman should have in her medicine cabinet.
Have you ever been to a friends, or strangers home, used their bathroom and peeked in their medicine cabinet? We’ve seen it happen in the movies. I am sure I have done it at least once in my lifetime.
Why are we so curious? Are we wanting to see if they, like us, purchase similar items? Sure we see deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and the norm. What are those unusual items though that intrigue us so?
I decided to share what I have in my medicine cabinet, at least the top 10 items I think every woman should have in theirs.
This article is perfect for mothers of young women who have recently moved into their first apartment, college dorm, or their first home.
Sure she will think of her makeup, her skin and hair care items and the basics like toilet paper and a plunger… maybe.
Yet it’s the tried and true items women of experience know about that matter.
This is also a great medicine cabinet shopping list reminder for the rest of us.
So here is my list of 10 items every woman should have in her medicine cabinet:
Azo Bladder and Yeast
Azo is a life saver for me and has been used in my family for decades! You can buy Azo for yeast relief, urinary pain relief, and other varieties. They also have mixed packs which are my recommendation. Every woman should have Azo in her medicine cabinet. The first time you need it you will understand why it is a necessity!
Miconazole Nitrate Cream
Speaking of lifesavers, Miconazole Nitrate Cream is by far tops when it comes to relieving discomfort. It is an old wives tale that you only need a product like this if you are “unclean”. Women have PH Balances that can get out of whack due to hormones, menstruation, and other very natural reasons. There are name brand products but truly any generic version works perfectly well. Be sure that you and any woman you care about has a supply of this in their medicine cabinet.
Sure this seems like a no-brainer but young women starting out may not think of them while boxing up their hair supplies and makeup. Bandages are clearly a necessity in any medicine cabinet. I recommend a variety pack of various sizes. Fabric bandages that stretch are the most versatile. When it comes to bandages, I do suggest going name brand. They stay on longer, and do not come off as easily in the shower or when washing hands.
Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin which allows it to ease muscle aches, tensions, and aids in healing. It is also wonderful for a foot soak or bath. Epsom salt is also known for easing menstrual cramps. Another of my must have items for the medicine cabinet.
Antibacterial Ointment and bandaids go hand-in-hand. A must have for cuts, scrapes, scratches, and other minor wounds. This ointment is soothing, and some brands have a pain relief additive in them which I prefer. This ointment helps prohibit the growth of bacteria when applied to a wound.
Tea Tree Oil
My home would not be complete without this trusted and true essential oil in it. I not only have some in my medicine cabinets but you will find it in my kitchen, my car, and my tote bag. I carry this oil friend with me everywhere! An anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-fungal miracle oil is what it is! Tea Tree oil can be used for everything from acne, dry skin to ridding your life of lice if need be. Honestly, if you have nothing else in your medicine cabinet, please have this!
Cotton Balls or Rounds
This is an easy one. Most all women know the need of these regardless of their age. From applying to taking off makeup, application of topical medications, manicures, and pedicures, cotton rounds (or balls) are where it’s at. I prefer rounds. I even have a favorite brand.
Hydrogen Peroxide has graced medicine cabinets long before my early years and will be around forever. It can be used as a mouthwash, to whiten teeth, and for canker sores. Most importantly it is wonderful for cleaning out wounds from scrapes to deep wounds. Who doesn’t love to see it bubble up? It also makes for an excellent base for a homemade cleaning product. Some say that it also helps with pain from toothaches but I prefer using clove oil for that. Clove oil did not make my top 10 list but I would absolutely consider getting some!
Coconut oil is gaining widespread popularity recently but has been around for a very long time. It can be used as a moisturizer for the skin and hair. It absorbs quickly and is not greasy. Coconut oil is amazing and can do almost anything from warding off bad breath to lessening tooth decay. It makes a wonderful massage oil, but it is also perfectly safe to ingest! You can cook with it, it reportedly staves off hunger cravings and is used in many diet plans. My favorite use is as a makeup remover that leaves my skin soft and conditioned. On the flipside, you can season a cast iron skillet with it! Not just a must have in the medicine cabinet but the kitchen cupboard too!
Aleve is my choice for traditional pain relievers. You may prefer Tylenol or a generic brand. Whatever brand you prefer everyone wants to have access to a quick and reliable remedy to pain. From a headache, to muscle tension, to cramps Aleve is nice to have on hand.