Your medicine cabinet is a good place to start. If you’ve snooped enough medicine cabinets, you’ll know that they’re full of expired medicine, makeup and zit cream.Do yourself a favor and clean it out. Instead, stock your medicine cabinet with things that will make you feel good, even when times are tough. Tools:

  • Dental floss
  • Soft-bristle toothbrush
    • Don’t brush as you brush a toilet.
    • Change every two months.
    • Sonic brush? Even better.
  • Mouth mask
    • If you get the flu, avoid spreading it to your family.
  • Home blood-pressure-testing device
  • Self-heating wraps (for muscle soreness)
  • Nail clipper


  • Healthy toothpaste
    • If you have frequent mouth ulcers, avoid whitening formulas or sodium laurel sulfate (foaming agent)
  • Soap without antibacterial properties (which encourage resistant bacteria) or fragrances (allergens)
  • Exfoliating facial scrub (removes dead cells and reduces adult acne)
  • Deodorant (without an antiperspirant, you can let the natural process of sweating happen)

QUIZ: How Healthy is Your Skin? Pain Relievers and Medicines:

  • Topical muscle pain reliever, capsaicin cream or arnica
  • General first aid kit
  • Butterfly tape strips (to close tiny cuts)
  • Liquid Bandage
  • Bacitracin cream (to keep wounds moist)
  • Tea tree oil (for pilonidal cysts and feet)
  • Lip balm
  • Gly-oxide (soothes canker sores)
  • Elastic bandages for tight wrapping
  • Allergy pills

Think Twice About:

  • Cough medicines with pseudoephedrine, which will jack up blood pressure
    • Absolutely avoid these if you’re on a supplement or medicine for blood pressure
  • Old, expired drugs (particularly liquids)
    • These can grow bacteria and change chemically