A Herbal First Aid Kit


A First Aid Kit is a necessary part of any home or workplace, however if you are looking to reduce your exposure to chemicals, then consider putting together a natural kit using these suggestions.  If you are sourcing your herbal first aid kit supplies from a chemist or health food store, look for natural creams/oils/balms that aren’t based on petroleum products.

 

Lavender Essential Oil: One of the few essential oils that can be applied to the skin undiluted, lavender is useful as a disinfectant, and for insect bites/stings.

 

Tea Tree Oil:  Possibly the best natural antibacterial and antifungal for topical use.  Bosisto’s (a brand easily found in stores) now have this available in a spray, which makes application easier.

 

Arnica Cream:  For bruises & sprains, to help aid healing.  Caution – do NOT use on broken skin, only use where the skin is intact.

 

Calendula Cream:  Good for cuts, grazes, burns (including sunburn) and for soothing irritated skin.

 

Potato:  This might sound like an odd inclusion, but raw potato can be used for minor burns.  Slice a piece of (well-washed and/or peeled) potato, and hold over the affected area, replacing as needed.

 

Apple:  Grate an apple (no skin) and let sit until it goes slightly brown, then eat.  For use during diarrhoea/irritable bowel episodes.

 

Natural Honey: Good for soothing a scratchy sore throat.  Manuka honey may also be of use for treating minor burns and skin irritations.  If applying to a child, ensure they can’t lick it off!

 

Coconut Oil:  Great for dry, cracked skin.  Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties.

 

Aloe Vera Gel:  For burns, especially sunburn.   A good brand to try is Thursday Plantation, which you can usually find in health food stores or chemists.

 

Chamomile Tea bags: Pour boiling water over a teabag, let steep for 5-10 minutes, cool, then use as an eyewash for conjunctivitis, or irritated eyes.  You can keep the cooled tea in a clean container in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

Eucalyptus Oil:  Use a few drops in a steam inhalation for sinusitis, or colds/flus.  You can also mix with a carrier oil (eg almond oil) to make a rub for sore muscles/joints.

 

Slippery Elm powder:  Mix with a small amount of water to form a paste.  This can be applied to boils/abscesses/ulcers.   It can also be taken internally to help soothe the gut (be sure to take with plenty of water, and at least 2 hours away from any medications).

First aid is the only the beginning. If you are experiencing symptoms, you need to seek out the root cause.

Be sure to book in an appointment today so we can address the issue and support your body's healing process.

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