The Scout’s motto ‘Be prepared ‘ is true for life’s little emergencies, especially with a natural first aid kit.
Stock up today on a few items from your natural health store so that you have on hand the basic essentials when an emergency arises.
Early treatment speed recovery time and can often nip things in the bud. For serious injuries, please seek medical advice too!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
My natural first aid kit has a new addition to it-when I discovered the healing power of aloe vera powder for a burnt tongue!
And for tooth and gum issues during Lockdown.
And Dragon’s Blood for bruises, when I fell off a horse in Autumn 2021..
(Updated August 2021)
The All Natural First Aid Kit
Plasters, cotton balls, cotton gauze and tape
Bicarbonate of soda – for stings, sunburn. Add some water and make a paste.
Apple cider vinegar – for stings, sunburn and digestion. Dab a cotton pad soaked in ACV onto stings. Add a teaspoon into a small glass of water for digestion. If you have Kombucha, this works well too. Learn how to make it at home.
Helichrysum italicum hydrolat – use this as a mouth rinse or gargle daily for sore, bleeding or receding gums. Gargle for a minute or more, then spit it out don’t swallow. Nothing is better than helichrysum for reducing bruising so I used it ina bespoke recipe for a British boxer.
Aloe Vera Gel – cools and soothes cuts, scrapes, minor burns as well as insect bites or razor rash.
Aloe vera powder- for burnt tongue! Sprinkle a small amount onto your tongue. Why not the gel? The gel contains preservatives.
Calendula Cream – to soothe and heal grazes and cuts
Arnica Cream – for sprains, bruises where the skin is unbroken. If the skin is grazed or broken you need helichrysum in my easy to use remedy Bruise Be Gone.
Comfrey Cream – for bruises, twisted ankles, sprains, swelling, cuts and scrapes after the bleeding has stopped.
Mullein oil – for earaches and minor ear infections. Warm it slightly then soak a cotton ball in the warmed oil and place in the ear. Very comforting.
Rescue Remedy spray – this calms and eases stress and fear.
Citronella, lemongrass or mint essential oil based gels to deter insects.
Arnica tablets – for sprains, bruises, trauma to the head or joints.
Almond or Jojoba – for massaging the feet of children. I prefer Jojoba. In a pinch try virgin Olive oil but I find it gloopy, stinky and thick.
Lavender Essential Oil – for cuts, stings, grazes, bruises. Essential in your luggage when you travel. Dab onto mozzie bites. Use for heat induced headaches, jetlag or insomnia. Order Harmony facial polish to use on your travels to warmer climates. The lavender hydrosol calms skin. Team it with Proposal in Paris night cream to help you adjust to time zones when you travel.
Eucalyptus essential oil – for adding to vaporisers and humidifiers when you have a stuffy nose, cold or flu. The lemon scented variety scares away mosquitos.
Lithium Orotate tablets by Swanson- to help with bipolar, depression and to improve sleep quality
Peppermint teabags- for upset stomach, cramps, poor digestion and insomnia
Chamomile teabags – for insomnia, teething, stomach cramps, stress. Squeeze out a cooled teabag and place over closed eyes for inflammation or eye infections. Also useful for hot flashes during menopause. Not suitable if you have a ragweed allergy.
Valerian teabags – for help with insomnia and nightmares
Echinacea tincture – for prevention and in early stages of colds, flu, sore throat, fever, earache and inflammation. It contains alcohol, so add the drops to a mug of boiled water to allow the alcohol to evaporate. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, this won’t remove all the alcohol, sorry, you should find an alternative herbal extract (eg glycerine extracted rather than ethanol) and increase your vitamin C.
A homeopathic first aid kit – will contain arnica, calendula etc. Take it with you when you travel.
Vitamin C powder – for colds, flu, bruises.
Sensodyne toothpaste- for teeth that hurt or ache – yes it’s not a natural toothpaste, but if tooth pain or sensitivity, this stuff really works! During lockdown getting to a dentist has been tricky.
Witch hazel gel for bruises, shaving nicks, insect bites. (Contact me for a bespoke gel, made fresh after your payment, with 100% pure witch hazel from my garden)
Protective lip balm – doubles up to protect skin under nose when you have a cold!
A soothing bath oil scented with natural essential oils to make long hot soaks in the bath even more relaxing – eg when you have the flu or a chill. If you use Tuscan Sunrise cleanser in the bath, it doubles up as a bath soak!
Vitamin B complex and rhodelia when you’re stressed. Viridian in the UK use superfoods like spirulina as ‘filler’ instead of the usual magnesium stearate etc.
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Are your eyes feeling dry and blurry? My acupuncturist recommended aloe Vera juice and after only 3 weeks, my eyes feel better already!
Read more about healing your bruises here