Natural First Aid Kit


natural first aid kit

Most people reach for first aid items only after they’ve burned their hand,
cut their finger, or itch from that weird rash. Before you’re dealing with a
first aid situation, gather together natural treatments for the most common
medical nuisances you and your family will encounter.

Make a Natural First Aid Kit

It’s a good idea when making your natural first aid kit to have a box to keep your first aid supplies handy. An old cardboard shoe box with a hand made first aid sign works just fine, or you can use any box or container you like. Be sure to let your family know where to find the supplies. Keep them in a central location and always replace what you use within a week so no one is caught short of much-needed items.

What to Include: Basic Items

Like a conventional first aid kit, you’ll need some simple supplies. These include:

•    Self-stick bandages: Any type of self-sticking bandage works fine, but get a variety of sizes for all sorts of injuries. If Latex allergies are a problem, look for latex-free bandages.
•    Gauze pads and medical tape: A few sterile, package gauze pads and a roll of medical tape come in handy for bigger cuts.
•    Ace bandage
•    Hot water bottle
•    Thermometer

What to Include: Natural First Aid Remedies

Now that you have the basic first aid materials at hand, include some of the following useful all natural remedies. These remedies treat many simple and common ailments and accidents.

•    Tea tree oil: Antiseptic, antimicrobial and antifungal, tea tree oil can be dabbed around cuts, boils and abrasions to reduce risk of infection.

•    Ichthammol salve or black drawing salve:  Black drawing salve is made from ichthammol, a coal tar derivative. It safely and effective draws out splinters, stings or infection from boils. Some pharmacies still carry this old-fashioned remedy behind the counter or it is readily available online.

•    Aloe vera gel: Applied to burns or abrasions, aloe vera is very soothing. You can also keep an aloe vera plant in the house and use when needed. Cut open a leaf and spread the gooey gel directly from the plant onto the skin.

•    Peppermint: Peppermint oil capsules can soothe gas and stomach upset, while a peppermint tea or tisane also settles a queasy tummy. A few drops of peppermint oil on a cold cloth can chase away headaches. Ginger is also useful for stomach problems.

•    Chamomile: Chamomile tea is useful for insomnia, relaxation, and stress release.

•    Echinacea: Echinacea taken at the first sign of a cold or other ailment may reduce the severity and duration. Choose Echinacea tincture or capsules from a reputable herbal company to ensure potency.

•    Slippery Elm lozenges: Slipper Elm lozenges, often combined with zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea, should be taken at the first sign of a cold or other ailment.  They’re great for sore throats too.

Everyone has his or her favorite natural remedies, but these are the basics. Keep these on hand for when those common first aid situations arise. Hopefully all those good raw foods you’re eating will make most colds, ailments and stomach bugs a dim memory, but if illness strikes, you’re armed with natural remedies.  Of course for serious burns, cuts, or emergency situations, seek help from a doctor, hospital, emergency room or qualified health care practitioner immediately.

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

Written by:  Jeanne Grunert
Copyright 2009 All rights reserved

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