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Natural First Aid Tips

Updated on November 11, 2012
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How to Use Items You Have Around Your House for First Aid

There are many natural methods to ease small aches and pains. It is cheaper and better for everyone involved if you use things you already have instead of expensive medicines. Here are some tips to get you started.

Stayed out a bit too late last night and have puffy eyes to show for it? This can happen to anyone. It can even happen if you got home early. There is an easy home remedy for this ailment. Grab some used teabags, be sure they have cooled off. Squeeze out the excess liquid and lay a tea bag on each closed eye. The swelling should be noticeably less in about ten minutes.

If you did not apply enough sunscreen on your nose, you do not have to have a glowing red honker. Mix some cornstarch and water to make a paste. A good place to start is two teaspoons of each. Spread the past on your nose and any other part of your face that is affected. This should relieve the discomfort in no time. You can also use two tablespoons of water and one table spoon of powdered milk. Add just a pinch of salt and apply to your sunburned face for some relief.

When you feel a canker sore coming out on your lip, do not reach for the commercial medicines that will only help you deal with the symptoms. Hold a damp tea bag on the sore for a few minutes. The tannin in the tea will help dry up the sore before it starts. This will help it to heal much faster and, hopefully, not get as bad.

Another great use for a moist tea bag is to ease the pain of a minor burn. Be sure it is cool and then dab it on the turned area. The tea will have an analgesic effect and help relieve the pain. You can also use tea you have already brewed. Moisten a washcloth with some of the tea and gently pat the burn. It can also be spritzed on with a spray bottle or mister. Do not use tea that has anything added to it or it may irritate the burn, and not help.

If you have gotten into some poison ivy or other plant that makes you break out, there is a wonderful way to stop the itching. Make a paste of water and powdered milk. Be sure it is slightly watery. Spread this on the rash and the itching should stop quickly. Because it is a natural remedy, it can be used as often as needed.

If you can't keep from nicking your skin while shaving, tissue paper will stop the bleeding, but it is not very attractive. And, when you pull the paper off, most likely, you will start bleeding again. Use a small amount of shaving cream on your nicks to stop the bleeding. It might sting a bit, at first. But, it will not stick or pull when you remove it.

There are many ways to use household items for first aid. Hopefully, these tips will get you started and save you some money, as well.

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