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Herbs and Essential Oils I Always Keep On Hand

I recently shared a post all about where I source my herbs and herbal products (essential oils, tinctures, flower essences, seeds, etc.) and one of the follow-up questions I received after publishing it was, “So, which products do you recommend always keeping on hand?” I thought this was a great question so I’m sharing my apothecary staples with you here today.


When it comes to herbs, I would recommend the following as staples that are always a part of my apothecary. I find that I use them more than any other herbs and they are all so versatile that they can be used in the absence of many other plants. I have a few skin herbs, a few digestive herbs, some immune supporters and a few specifics in this list, so most minor issues will be able to be addressed with just this simple list. They aren’t the only herbs I use (and I’m expanding the selection in my herb garden this year, so I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list in the near future), but they’re the ones I would choose to keep around if I could only keep a few and they’re also the ones I’d be most likely to travel with.

Burdock, Calendula, German Chamomile, Echinacea, Elder, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Hawthorn, Lavender, Marshmallow, Peppermint, Plantain, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Tulsi, Violet, Yarrow


Essential Oils

As an aromatherapist, it can be hard to narrow down my “core” group of essential oils because I just love all of them, but these are the ones that I would most recommend if you could only keep a few in your kit. I use them more than any other essential oils and, again, each one of them is extremely versatile so even if your kit was limited to these oils, you could still address most complaints (both physical and energetic) with them.

Some of these are pricey essential oils, but the more expensive oils are usually used 1 drop at a time in a blend and are so potent and effective that I find them valuable additions to this list.

Black Spruce, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Rose Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Siberian Fir, Vetiver



I use hydrosols far more often than I use essential oils, so deciding on my favorites for the purpose of this post was even more difficult. This list includes my must-haves that I either use on a daily basis or consider invaluable in my kit.

Calendula, Chamomile, Douglas Fir, Helichrysum, Lavender, Rose, Sweetgrass, Yarrow


I’m curious to know what you consider a must-have part of your apothecary. Let me know what you’d include in this list in the comment section below.

Much love,

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Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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2 thoughts on “Herbs and Essential Oils I Always Keep On Hand”

  1. These are my "must haves". Thank you for asking!

    calendula, chamomile, comfrey, echinacea, (garlic–is this an herb?), ginger, glechoma, lavender, mullein, oregano, peppermint, plantain, sage, spearmint, thyme, yarrow

    essential oils:
    cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, oregano, tea tree

    calendula, helichrysum, lavender, rose

  2. How do you use the hydrosols?
    I prefer to drink a lot of my herbs. (Infusions/Decoctions) And being a nursing mama of 10 chamomile is on the top of my list, highly benefiting baby & me. I also like alfalfa and nettle for optimal nourishment. Aniseed and fennel (along with marshmallow) for digestion & milk supply as well. And Schisandra berry is a favorite for the adrenals, blood sugar balance, help with cravings, just over all well being plus I love the taste.

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