Storing Herbs and Supplements


When you pick up medicine from the pharmacist, he or she tells you how to store it safely. Safe storage can keep medicine from changing or going bad. It can also ensure that the medicine isn’t misused. Many of the same rules also apply to supplements.

To keep your home safe, store herbs and supplements:

  • Away from medicines
  • In a cool, dark, and dry location (they can lose their potency if stored in heat, light, or humidity)
  • Away from household chemicals
  • Out of the reach of children and pets
  • In their own labeled containers or in a pill organizer

When you use these products, be sure to:

  • Double-check labels, especially if 2 or more containers look alike
  • Read the labels for instructions
  • Check the expiration date

Be safe when you buy and get rid of supplements. Buy products with childproof tops whenever possible. When you’re done with a product, dispose of it safely. Don’t just put it in the trash, where kids or pets may get into it.

If the label on the product tells you how to get rid of unused portions, follow the directions. Otherwise, put the supplements in a sealable baggie. Then mix in an unappealing substance, such as used coffee grounds or cat litter. Seal the baggie before throwing in the trash.