Natural Home-made First Aid Kit
When I had children I started to research natural ways to keep your kids healthy, There is inevitably always going to be bumps, bruises, cuts and burns , cold and flus, ear infections and so on…… I have put together a few items that work well for us in most cases. As we have developed healthier habits and put an emphasis on strengthening our immune systems our incidents of illnesses have decreased. Here are some items I have on hand for everyday use.
Apple Cider Vinegar: I keep a bottle of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother” on hand for digestive troubles, and indigestion. Taken in a dose of 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water every hour, it helps shorten the duration of any type of illness, from colds and flus to sore throats, it doesn’t taste great but works. I like to mix it in warm water with a teaspoon of raw honey and my kids will take it this way much easier.
Vitamin C: Helpful for all illnesses, but especially flu and cold related illnesses. Our family takes a regular dose of Vitamin C five days a week but I double this or triple it when illness strikes. If diarrhea or other tummy upset occurs from Vitamin C use just lessen the dose, we never double up for more than 3 days at a time.
Aloe Vera Plant: We have one growing in the house for burns and blisters. Squeeze the leave to release the gel and apply directly on the skin. Aloe helps the skin to naturally repair.
Magnesium or Epsom Salts: Both are good as a bath soak for sore muscles. My one son is a competitive athlete training up to 3.5 hours after school some days, he really benefits from a magnesium or salt bath, he says he can feel his muscles relaxing and often sleeps better after.
Olive oil and Tea Tree Oil solution: I mix a tablespoon of olive oil with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil in a glass bottle with a dropper. I use this for ear infections. Put a few drops in the affected ear and then keep a warm compress on for 20 or so minutes, repeat as needed.
Witch Hazel: I keep a lot of witch hazel on hand for use on cuts, scrapes, apply with a cotton pad directly to the wound as an antiseptic. It makes a great skin toner as well and is handy for recipes such as homemade hand sanitizer. Here is a link to some other uses of Witch Hazel; http://www.moneycrashers.com/what-is-witch-hazel-uses-benefits/
Baking Soda: Good remedy to keep on hand. For heartburn, we us 1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in glass of water, drink the whole glass at one time. It can also be made into a poultice and used directly on spider or mosquito bites.
Probiotics: Essential for keeping the immune system healthy but especially after illness or use of antibiotics. Probiotics will help keep your good gut bacteria strong in turn helping your immune system ( 80% of your immune system is in your gut) functioning well to protect you from bacteria and viruses.
Coconut Oil: A staple in our home, coconut oil contains microbial properties which when ingested help keep bacteria and viruses at bay, it can be used as a lotion, directly on burns or dry skin, chapped lip, as make up remover, anti-wrinkle cream, massage oil and so on, here is a link to several uses for coconut oil; http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/09/no_author/160-uses-for-coconut-oil/
Arnica cream: Keep Arnica cream on hand for bumps, bruises or general muscle aches and pains, apply topically to affected area as need but do not apply to open wounds. Arnica has been said to heal bruising faster and lessen pain.
Homemade chest rub: Traditional chest rubs used during cold season are based on petroleum products that I am just not happy putting on my family’s skin. I use a quick easy recipe that in my opinion works better. Here is what you’ll need.
- 2 tsp. beeswax (grated), 1/4 c. almond oil (or coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, Shea butter)
- 25-35 drops peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10-15 drops rosemary essential oil
Melt the beeswax and olive oil together until smooth on a doubler burner (or similar melting system). Stir well with a whisk. Continue whisking while adding the essential oils drop by drop. Transfer to a small lidded container and let cool, rub on as needed to chest or feet.
What do you have in your home first aid kit?