If you are interested in using herbal remedies as a part of everyday first aid treatments, read on! The following can be helpful in creating an herbal first aid kit for your home.
A herbal first aid kit will allow you to treat minor injuries, burns, and other non-serious maladies.
What You Need
Your kit should contain herbal and traditional remedies for things like cuts, rashes, burns, and minor ailments.
- rubbing alcohol
- hydrogen peroxide, which can be used in the event of blisters, splinters, cuts, and scrapes.
The following items offer a wide-range of herbal treatment options for common first aid problems and minor illnesses:
- Activated charcoal– to treat intestinal illnesses that result in vomiting, excess gas, diarrhea, or other digestive problems.
- Aloe Vera gel– to treat minor burns and scalds as well as sunburn.
- Arnica gel or cream– for the treatment of bruises, sore muscles, and sprains. Its anti-inflammatory properties can significantly reduce healing time.
- Calendula- comfrey salve– to treat wounds, this herbal remedy is an astringent, antifungal, and antibacterial treatment.
- Chamomile tea– to treat sleeplessness, minor muscle spasms, and inflammation. Chamomile also enhances relaxation and digestion.
- Citronella-based insect repellents– prevent bug bites with these. All-natural repellents should be applied liberally and frequently.
- Echinacea– boost your immune system while treating many types of infections.
- Eucalyptus essential oil- treat colds, flu, and sinus infections with this antibiotic and antiviral oil. Use as a vapor or dilute and apply to the skin.
- Ginger capsules or tea– treat digestive issues such as nausea, reflux, stomach trouble, and motion sickness.
- Lavender essential oil– treat anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and headaches as well as relieve pain from a burn or wound.
- Peppermint essential oil and tea– treat upset stomachs, clear sinuses, treat insect bites, or use as a digestive aid.
- Witch hazel– this mild astringent and antiseptic treats skin irritations, minor wounds, and insect bites.
Herbal First Aid
Download this handy visual reference guide which you can pin in your kitchen for easy access!