Natural First Aid: Safe Home Remedies
Benefits of Dandelions
I'll start by saying that I am horrible at regularly keeping all of these things on me at once, something I'm hoping to change, but what I do always have around is tea tree oil. That stuff is magical. I also have an aloe vera plant that is used very commonly around my house for small burns and scratches. My children also stop complaining about any skin ailment, including bug bites, as soon as the gel hits their skin.
What you'll need for your natural first aid kit:
- A bag to hold your remedies
- Aloe Vera
- Arnica gel or cream
- Calendula salve
- Chamomile tea leaves
- Citronella based insect repellent
- Elderberry extract (or capsules)
- Ginger capsules, tea bags or crystallized
- Lavender essential oil
Tea Tree Oil
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is a natural remedy for skin infections. Its antifungal and antiseptic properties make it perfect for treating cuts, rashes and any other skin problem, including acne.
This oil is obtained by steam distillation of plant native to Austraila, called the Melaleuca alternifolia. Lucky for us, though, we can just pick it up at our local health food store, or grocery store with a health food section.
Aloe Vera Gel Benefits
The mysterious miracle of aloe vera is thought to be an anti-inflammatory, which is why its cooling, soothing gel is perfect for burns, minor scratches and bug bites.
Aloe is hydrating and wonderful for your skin. Add it to a bath if you've been burned by the sun's harmful rays!
It can also be paired with coconut oil for a reliable sunscreen for all ages, that will still allow you to get a nice tan.
What is Arnica?
Arnica cream (from the plant Arnica Montana) is a natural remedy that, in my personal experiences, have found to be the very best bruise healer imaginable. It is an anti inflammatory, and will even help with minor sprains and sore muscles. In general, arnica promotes rapid healing.
Like aloe, and tea tree oil, it helps with any skin irritation. It also reduces swelling.
Calendula, or pot marigold, is applied to the skin. It has astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, stimulating growth of new tissue.
It can be used to reduce fevers and prevent muscle spasms.
Calendula can be grown just about anywhere.
Chamomile Tea Benefits
Benefits of Ginger
What is Chamomile?
Chamomile is a plant in the daisy family. It has a mild sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Gentle enough for children, its tea soothes upset stomachs and reduces stress, promoting relaxation.
When applied to the skin, chamomile tea bags can also work well for treating wounds.
Chamomile is great for anxiety.
It grows in Europe, but can also be grown indoors.
Elderberry extract can be taken to prevent a flu or cold you feel coming on. It will also speed up your recovery time if you do get sick.
Its a good idea to have some extract (or capsules, if that's your thing) on hand, especially if you're going to be flying, or other wise exposed to germs.
Elderberry, or Sambucus, grows in Australasia and South America.
What is Ginger?
Ginger is awesome for helping with stomach aches. It has antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties, making it great for digestion. In addition, it is probably the best cure you can find for motion sickness.
It can be added to your first aid kit in three different ways. I'm going to try this with my youngest daughter who often gets car sick.
Lavender is a beautiful, purple, flowering plant, that is basically an all-purpose remedy. It grows anywhere and spreads. It gives off a sweet aroma and attracts beautiful butterflies and bumblebees.
Its antiseptic properties make it an invaluable natural herb for healing wounds, burns, and scar tissue. It relieves anxiety and headaches by rubbing a few drops into your temples. It also works for insomnia.