A How-To Guide to Creating an All-Natural First-Aid Kit
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Another way of limiting the amount of toxins & harmful chemicals that find their way into your body is putting together an All-Natural First Aid Kit. This First Aid Kit can be kept on hand to treat minor cuts & bruises. All of the ointments & oils in this All-Natural First Aid Kit have a long tradition of being used in healing.
Must-Haves for an All-Natural First-Aid Kit
The following All-Natural items are perfect for use in a Natural Wellness First Aid Kit. Most of these items will be available at your local health food store. For harder to find items, inquire with your Essential Oil supplier, or consult with an Aromatherapist.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is naturally very cooling. Adding Aloe to your All-Natural First Aid kit is essential for treating sunburns & minor kitchen-related scalds & burns.
Arnica Ointment, or gel, should be kept on hand to treat sore muscles, bruises, strains, & minor sprains. Made from Arnica Herbal Oil, Arnica Ointment is very anti-inflammatory, & can be massaged into swollen & achy joints. As a precaution, avoid applying Arnica to broken skin.
Calendula has naturally occurring astringent, antibacterial, anti-fungal, & anti-inflammatory properties while Comfrey is renowned for expediting healing times, & aiding in the healing of broken bones. An Ointment which combines these two is a powerful All-Natural wound healer.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile Essential Oil has natural, & very mild, sedative properties. Gentle enough for children, Chamomile helps with relaxation, digestion, & skin irritation such as hives or eczema.
Echinacea is rich in immune-stimulating chemicals & can be used to treat mild infections. Keeping a liquid Echinacea Extract in your Natural Wellness First Aid Kit is advisable because, as an extract, Echinacea can be taken internally to treat illness or externally to treat minor cuts & abrasions.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a potent antibiotic & has strong anti-viral properties. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is great for treating colds, flues, or a sinus infection. To use Eucalyptus Essential Oil, try it in an Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser, or us it in a humidifier.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger Essential Oil is a powerful antispasmodic, & effectively treats digestive issues. Ginger has be shown to be more effective is treating upset stomach than Dramamine, the traditional drug used for treating stomach ailments.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is the most versatile Essential Oil. In an All-Natural First Aid Kit, Lavender Essential Oil can be used as a sedative, an anti-inflammatory treatment for bruises or an antiseptic for minor cuts or scrapes. Lavender Essential Oil is also used for treating: anxiety, insomnia, headaches, & minor burns. Lavender is one of the only Essential Oil that is safe to apply directly to your skin. You can also mix 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil with honey or agave, & mix it into a cup of tea to take it internally.
Peppermint Essential Oil & Peppermint Tea
Peppermint has a very high concentration of menthol which is extremely effective in soothing an upset stomach. Keeping Peppermint Tea in your All-Natural First Aid Kit will be useful for treating upset stomachs. To relieve itching associated with hives or insect bites, apply 1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the affected area. If you have sensitive skin or are applying Peppermint to someone under the age of 12, be sure to dilute the Peppermint Essential Oil into a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil or whatever oil you've got on-hand.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil is useful for disinfecting cuts, scrapes & minor abrasions. Keeping Tea Tree in your All-Natural First Aid Kit is a great way for keeping infection away from wounds. Apply Tea Tree Essential Oil to a minor wound using a cotton swab.
Valerian is a very potent sedative which makes it useful in treating anxiety & insomnia. Valerian Tincture can also be used as a mild pain reliever in the treatment of headaches, bruises, or sprains.
Witch Hazel is effective as a mild astringent & anti-septic, it i also useful as an anti-inflammatory. Witch Hazel is the perfect base for diluting Essential Oils & Herbal Oils.
All of these items are perfect for use in a first aid kit. None of these items replace medical attention in the event of serious injury. In addition, no first aid kit is complete without adhesive bandages, elastic bandages for sprains, gauze, scissors, & waterless hand sanitiser or gloves.
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