Due to a high number of people asking for ideas for what they should have in their personal first aid kits in the home, I have put a good list together as a starting point for those who prefer non toxic first aid options.
All purpose healing balm. I make my own organic healing balm with beeswax, Shea butter, hemp oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, lavender and chamomile. It has many uses and covers many first aid needs.
Rescue Remedy. Essential for accidents with emotional trauma, panic, worry stress, emotional upset. (There are many other flower essence remedies for more specific emotional needs, but rescue remedy is useful for any first aid kit)
Raw honey. Honey is an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds, which has recently been ‘rediscovered’ by the medical profession, particularly where conventional modern therapeutic agents are failing. There are now many published reports describing the effectiveness of honey in rapidly clearing infection from wounds, with no adverse effects to slow the healing process.
Coconut oil – (the healthiest oil on earth) A natural antibiotic with many uses, suitable for internal and external use. Also antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. (kills viruses such as flu, measles etc.) Coconut oil reduces inflammation, supports tissue healing and repair and also kills worms and lice.
Witch Hazel is rich in tannins and gallic acid. Distilled witch hazel is highly astringent, anti – inflammatory and helps stop bleeding, making it an excellent first aid remedy for cuts, nosebleeds, bruises and sprains.
Vinegar. A small bottle of raw apple cider vinegar is helpful in cleaning wounds to prevent infection. (acv is also antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal) Also useful for heartburn, indigestion, headaches, infections and burns etc. Apply directly externally or internally, take two tbsp in water or apple juice.
Aloe Vera gel: Cooling soothing and healing, aloe vera (Aloe vera) soothes the inflammation of sunburn and kitchen scalds and burns as well as many other uses. When taken internally is soothes the digestive system.
Arnica gel or cream: Arnica (Arnica montana) flowers have anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating properties; the gel or cream is excellent for sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises. Do not apply arnica to broken skin.
Calendula-comfrey salve: The bright yellow-orange blossoms of calendula (Calendula officinalis) have astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) contains allantoin, a compound that stimulates the growth of new tissue and helps heal wounds.
Chamomile tea bags: With its delicious distinctive flavour, chamomile (Matricaria recutita) makes a tasty tea. Gentle enough for children, chamomile has mild sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, when applied topically, soothes skin irritations.
Citronella-based insect repellent: Most herbal repellents contain citronella, a pungent citrus-scented essential oil distilled from an aromatic grass that grows in southern Asia. Herbal insect repellents work well, as long as they’re applied liberally and frequently (as often as every two hours).
Echinacea liquid extract: Rich in immune-stimulating chemicals, Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) can be used for any type of infection. Liquid extracts are the most versatile because they can be used both internally and externally.
Elderberry capsules or liquid extract: Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) The berries contain compounds that prevent cold and flu viruses from invading and infecting cells. If you’re flying or otherwise potentially exposed to viruses, taking elderberry is a good preventive.
Eucalyptus essential oil: A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is excellent for treating colds, flus and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation. Dilute with vegetable oil or witch hazel extract before applying to the skin, and do not take internally.
Ginger capsules, tea bags and crystallized ginger: The antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale) soothe digestive upsets. Ginger also has been proven to relieve motion sickness better than conventional drug treatment.
Goldenseal capsules or powder: A powerful antimicrobial, goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is effective against a variety of microorganisms that cause traveller’s diarrhoea. The powder has antiseptic properties and can be sprinkled onto cuts or wounds to stop bleeding. Do not take goldenseal internally during pregnancy.
Thyme is a great herb for the respiratory infections. If your toddler has a sore throat or is coughing, make him a nice thyme tea around 30min before going to bed.
Vanilla extract. Rubbing a little bit on baby’s gums not only feels warm and calming. Vanilla is known as a soothing yet energizing agent that reduces anxiety and promotes feelings of well-being. Vanilla has long been used to cure stomach distress: a baby whose stomach is mildly upset may find vanilla soothing to the tummy as well as the nerves.
Also don’t forget to add some organic cotton-wool, thermometer, cotton bandages and organic plasters to your kit.