Medicine Cabinet or What?

I am wondering if you can help me out!

I am trying to come up with what to call the medicine cabinet!

Here are some of the things I’ve come up with:

  1. Home Wellness Tool Kit
  2. Wellness Cabinet
  3. Prevention Cupboard
  4. Herb Cabinet

I kind of like Wellness Cabinet, but it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like “Medicine Cabinet’ does….

I mean what will you actually say? I am trying to come up with something that people will really use and say….

“Hey honey, go get some salve from the wellness cabinet, please?”

Would you say that? What do you say? What do you call those shelves that are full of your herbal medicines and natural remedies?

OK, so I also had the thought to just change my mindset on what a medicine cabinet is.

It doesn’t have to be the same medicine cabinet I grew up with, that had not a single natural remedy in it.

Maybe I can just stick with ‘Medicine Cabinet’ and know what ‘Medicine’ is for me……

What so you think?

SO…..I would LOVE to hear what you call that place that houses all your precious wellness remedies!

Which of the 4 titles do you like the best that I’ve listed above?

What do you call that place that you keep your natural remedies? Do you like medicine cabinet or do you have a different name….

OK, please leave a comment and tell me: which of the 4 titles you like the best and any other name you use for your ‘natural remedy cabinet’

Let’s NAME this thing!!

Medicine Cabinet

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Hi Kami, I just call it my “herbals”, kind of boring I know – but that’s just what I say, you know?

Barbara J Jentes

I like herb cabinet. It’s easy to say, and there’s no reason to say ‘wellness’ or ‘health’ since we know why we are using it.


I call mine the Herb Cabinet!


My place looks like the mad scientist lives here, including a small room that use to be an office. Now it’s full of my oils herbs and recipes as well as notebooks I’ve put together researching A-Z what the different herbs, oils/tinctures, plants etc do and can be used for. I refer to my new “Medicine Cabinet” as the Nature Closet” Again as with yours it doesn’t roll off the tongue as easy as Medicine Cabinet but it’s getting easier as it’s used more! 😉

Sarah Meador

Nature Closet is great! ❤

Rose Felton

I also use herbs, essential oils and have notebooks for both. I have oils in one room, called The Oil Shelf and the herbs are in another room. I just call them My Herbs. I would like to do like Amy does and have a special place for both. I would then, also like Amy, call it my Nature Closet.

Angela Bates

I usually call it a medicinal or herbal store or storage.


I like herb cabinet. I call mine the mad scientist kit. Doesn’t roll off the tongue, but my family named it !

dee whitehill

Mine is just “the cupboard”. but with your discussion, I an considering nick-naming it “Herby”!

Hi Kami, We call it our wellness box. I once mistakenly said ‘medicine box’ and my older child who is terrified of anything medical completely backed out of the room and said something along the lines of, ‘No way mom, uh-uh, I am *not* taking any medicine’ and that was that. If I explain that I’d like to give him an herbal remedy or share something I made (or purchased, like hydrosol) to apply to his wound or cough, he’s so much more accepting of that approach. And you know, I just prefer the sound of ‘wellness’ since I feel… Read more »

We use general terms, as mentioned by others:), really like the ‘herby’ name mentioned. But I was thinking ‘USDA approved cabinet’ would be fitting. I’m sorry, it just came to mind and I couldn’t resist.

Dequa S

Little late getting here, but still wanted to join the fun! Magic cabinet is what I use. Grand girls know that “magic hugs” are full of love and so are the natural remedies. This brings added joy & healing for us. 🙂


I actually have an entire room where I keep all of my herbal supplies, among other things, and I call it my Magic Room


I like calling it, my herbal comfort cabinet. I have oils and many teas in mine. Thank you Kami, you are the best teacher.

Sarah Meador

Of the four, I like Wellness Cabinet. In my own home, we’re calling it The Apothecary (because I love words, especially the ones that have become rare in modern Americanese!)

Sarah Meador

Potions Kit lol – got me on the wizardry track now!

Judy Andrew

It’s my APOTHECARY, of course! 😉
Of your four choices, I prefer HERB CABINET.
Thanks. I look forward to learning more.
Judy Andrew

Michelle Brazee

I call it my herb cabinet, my children call it mom’s brews, lol.


I refer to it as my Apothecary to distinguish from medicine chest.


The Apothecary or my husband refers to it as witchy remedies


Hi Kami, I just call it herbal remedies it is the only way I can make the children understand that I am talking about natural medicines. I know it is boring ..


I just use The Cupboard


Hello Kami, actually we are wanting to give this area of our home more “importance” and just shopped for a beautiful reclaimed piece of furniture that makes it look like an antique apothecary. So we called it Mother Earth’s Apothecary or The Apothecary for short…That is what it IS…it is our family’s pharmacy….We love you and what you do 🙂


Out of your 4 choices: herb cabinet

Linda Kruhmin

We jokingly call ours “the case for herbs”…. 🙂 Of the 4, I like herb cabinet the best, altho mine are arranged on a table top with the “case” (bin) tucked below for those items needing darkness.


Hi Kami I call mine an Apothecary cupboard


Herbals is easy to say, but Apothecary sounds great.

Tracey Smallwood Katsouros
Tracey Smallwood Katsouros

My husband calls my natural medicine “witchy poo medicine” my daughter says it tastes like the 1800’s but both of them are the first to ask for it when they aren’t feeling well or have an injury. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us! 🌿

Bridgette De La Rosa

I just call it a medicine cabinet.

Stefan Andrews

Here’s a couple of ideas based on the fact most of our herbal remedy jars don’t fit in the typical “medicine cabinet.” The Cure Cupboard or the Healing Cupboard. And “Closet” or “Pantry” could be substituted for “Cupboard.”


In medieval Europe, homes had stillrooms where the women made herbal medicines, cosmetics, beer, wine/spirits, etc. Just a thought.

Vicki Meeds

Mind is the herb pantry. My grandkids always want to know what I’m brewing!


We call it our herbal pantry/room or apothecary. 🙂


I think of my herbal medicines as a remedies. So maybe a remedy cupboard/cabinet.


I’m reading a series of books right now and the woman who is the healer calls her herbal mixtures her “simples.” Kind of interesting way to think of them…


I call mine “the apothecary”. Out of your 4 choices I prefer herb cabinet.


To think women were once burned at the stake for making potions from herbs in their gardens to treat people. Women were not doctors after all. So now we’re all here thinking of names for our potions closets. I like my little alchemy lair. I have a little glass apothecary jar in there that my great grandma used to keep her loose tea in and I’m 61, almost, so it’s pretty old. Love all the answers here though and thanks for the fun. Love your newsletters Kami.

Stephanie Rountree

Of the listed choices, I prefer herb cabinet.

Amy F

My husband calls it my witches brew station, and I thought it was funny, so it’s kind of stuck, LOL!


Herbal Cabinet

Deborah Schaffner

Hi Kami! Love how you are encouraging us to think and retrain ourselves with new mindsets. I have a whole room. So I refer to it as my Herbal Studio or Apothecary. When I’m asking someone in the family to get something I refer to the Oils Cupboard, or Tincture Cupboard, etc. In general I refer to everything as The Herbals. Not too exciting. Of the 4 I like Herb Cabinet.


I currently call my medicine cabinet, the rack, kinda lame I know. I like the name Wellness Cabinet. I like the positive feeling I feel as I say it. I believe it would also help with my kids mindset in uses these herbs.

Trina Eves

Herb chest!


Well, as mine take up a whole vintage secretary desk, I call mine the healing cupboard.


My husband usually calls it “Mama’s apothecary” and I think my whole family likes that word. I really want to have a old euro style apothecary room someday, but I like other people’s suggestions like “nature cabinet”!

francesca marousis

I just say ” go get my oils” and the family knows where to go


It’s my medicine cabinet. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on sheep sorel, do you use it?


Interesting discussion and quite affirming to see the similarities in how the family views Mom’s herbal remedies. Like some others, my family refers to my remedies as potions or sometimes, your witchy stuff LOL. Even though they like to joke around about it, they are very quick to ask me what to do the minute something comes up. My vote goes for the name ‘herb cabinet’.

Christy Egan

My grandkids call mine the hippie voodoo closet… They joke, but always call me for a home remedy and share knowledge with their friends. Its funny. I like wellness chest or cabinet.


I don’t have a “Medicine Cabinet” like I grew up with. You know the Mirror over the sink that swings out with shelves of stuff. Nope, don’t have one.
I do have a corner in a room where I have shelving with my jars. Yes, this room has a toilet and sink but it also has a work table where I do herbal and oil preparations.
And I call the shelving section of the room “the apothecary”.

lauren vier

we call it wellness toolbox.


The “herb cabinet” is my choice for now, open to hear what others are saying.