Christmas holidays are approaching fast! . So, whether you are at home or travelling, accidents can happen, especially when there are children or pets involved. Having a Natural first Aid Kit is essential.
I would much rather use natural solutions, than medicated ones that can cause side effects, so here are my suggestions and recommendations for many ailments that may occur unexpectedly out and about or at home.
I would purchase these products and keep them in a large box labelled “Natural First Aid Kit” and make it easily accessible to you so you can get to it quickly when needed!
Natural First Aid Kit List
Aloe vera gel – good for burns and sunburn.
Activated Charcoal – (black tablets from chemist) for traveller’s diarrhoea or food poisoning. If using on children or pets, be sure to check dosing directions.
Arnica Gel or Cream – external use. For trauma, muscle strains and soreness, bruises. Do not use on open wounds!
Calendula Cream – for soothing and healing wounds and burns, including sunburn. Has an astringent, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Chamomile Tea Bags – makes a tasty tea. Gentle for children. Chamomile has mild sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, when applied topically, soothes skin irritations. Also good WHEN COLD, to place the tea bags ontop of the eyelids for swollen and sore red eyes.
Citronella based Insect Repellent – Also comes in candles and repels bugs without toxicity to humans. Great for camping! Other essential oils that repel bugs include: peppermint, cedar, lemongrass, geranium, rosemary.
Echinacea liquid extract: Rich in immune-stimulating chemicals, echinacea (Echinacea spp.) can be used for any type of infection. Liquid extracts are the most versatile because they can be used both internally and externally.
Ginger – Fresh root, powder, capsules or crystallized. For motion and travel sickness, for sea sickness, soothing stomach upsets, and relieving gas. It has antispasmodic properties.
Lavender essential oil – an all-purpose remedy, used to help with insomnia, anxiety, eadaches, wounds and burns. For most people, it can be applied directly to the skin. One drop takes the swelling and itch out of mosquito bites. It is an anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties. Excellent for aeroplane travelling.
Rescue Remedy – Bach flower remedy for calming all kinds of emotions: anger, grief, fear. Excellent for any SHOCK. Helps with anxiety and sleeplessness. Give it to your pet during a lightening storm, or to a toddler to calm a tantrum, or to an adult having trouble sleeping or a child who has suffered a shock.
Tea tree oil – an antiseptic and antibacterial. Used externally to prevent a wound from getting infected. Also good for acne or for insect bites.
A d d i t i o n a l F i r s t – A i d E s s e n t i a l s
• Adhesive bandage strips: Various sizes, including butterfly closure bandages.
• Bandage materials: Sterile gauze pads, a roll of gauze, adhesive bandage tape.
• Elastic bandage: For sprains or strains.
• Electrolyte replacement: Powdered drink packets such as Emergen-C.
• Scissors: Small pair for cutting bandages, adhesive tape, moleskin.
• Thermometer: Instant-read type.
• Tweezers: For removing ticks and splinters.
Remember to keep your “D.I.Y. NATURAL FIRST AID KIT” very handy, so that you can help your friends and family in times of need. You might never need to access it, but once you have it, you also have peace of mind…love a bit of peace of mind!