Create Your Own Natural First Aid Kit
I don’t know what it is about summer, but my first aid kit always gets well used.
Maybe it is the fact me and my family venture outdoors more or maybe there are just more problems to be had during the summer months, but by September my kit really starts to flag.
Anyway this year I have decided to be a bit inventive with my first aid kit. Instead of filling it with the usual: insect repellent, plasters, TCP, Witch Hazel and cotton pads. I have decided to venture outside the box and fill it will some of my homemade remedies Mad you say? Well not really… Many of the remedies I plan to add I generally use around the house, so really it would be stupid of me to not add these to my collection. Here is what I’ve come up with:
The Usual Suspects
- Cotton pads
- Plasters, gauze pads, adhesive tape
- Tweezers (good for getting out splinters)
- Hand sanitizer
- Antiseptic – both Witch Hazel and Lavender essential oil can prevent infection and offer your skin antiseptic properties that can protect wounds.
- Insect bites– I know this is a bit odd to add to a first aid kit, but if your family suffers a lot from bites, then this remedy can come in handy. First I cleanse with Echinacea extract then I add a few drops of Peppermint Essential oil to curb the itching. Alternatively you can try Witch Hazel. This too can be used for treating bites and skin irritation so it is a good one to add to your kit.
- Sunburn/burns – Aloe Vera is a must when it comes to cooling and healing your skin against inflammation from sun burn or scalds/burns. I usually blend Aloe Vera with Lavender Essential oil to stop the burning sensation and sooth the skin.
- Sprains/bruises – if your family have gone all Olympian following the Olympics then I bet you’ve had to deal with a few sprains and bruises. Arnica flowers are a great way to combat these injuries. Simply add to your creams and gels, and it can reduce inflammation and stimulate the skin so it heals faster.
- Cuts and wounds – the most common reason you’ll need a first aid kit, Calendula is ideal for killing germs, reducing inflammation and encouraging healing. Comfrey too is useful as it stimulates the growth of new tissues, helping wounds to heal.
- Rashes – Grindelia (also known as gumweed) can come in handy when treating poison oak/poison ivy rashes. I suggest using it as a tincture to maximise its ability to relieve pain and itching.
There are a few other remedies that I am hoping to add, but these are the main ones I plan to introduce to my First Aid Kit as they cover most problems. If, however you know of any other natural remedies that are ideal for first aid please let me know as I am always looking for new ideas. Alternatively if you’re interested in creating your own natural First Aid Kit, then why not give these suggestions a try? From cuts to burns to sprains, each of these oils and herbs can help you to recover faster.
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