For those wishing to use natural remedies and practices whenever possible and to incorporate holistic wellness practices whenever possible, it’s a good idea to keep some necessary supplies on hand that will allow you to handle minor injuries and maladies that can strike while at home or while traveling. By taking the time to put together a kit, and taking it with you when traveling or camping, you’ll be sure to have what you need, when you need it.
When to Use First Aid
All first aid kits should include items for treating injuries, cuts, burns, rashes, and minor ailments. In addition to the natural remedies and products listed below, you should also include bandages, moleskin, tweezers, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide to keep cuts and scrapes clean, to prevent blisters, and to remove splinters.
What to Include in Your Kit
The following items offer a wide-range of holistic treatment options for common problems and should be readily available in most areas.
- Activated charcoal
Can be used to treat intestinal illnesses that result in vomiting, diarrhea, excess gas, or other types of indigestion.
- Aloe vera gel
Used to treat minor scalds and burns as well as sunburn.
- Arnica gel or cream
Has terrific anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent treatment for bruises, sore muscles, and sprains and can significantly reduce healing time.
- Calendula-comfrey salve
Has astringent, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties that make it excellent for wound care.
- Chamomile tea
Is a gentle and effective for sleeplessness, minor muscle spasms, and inflammation. Chamomile promotes relaxation and digestion, as well.
- Citronella-based insect repellents
Effective at preventing bug bites in many instances, and natural repellents should be applied liberally and frequently.
Has immune-stimulating properties that make it a versatile treatment for many types of infections. It is available in many different forms, including liquid extracts, tinctures, and capsules.
- Eucalyptus essential oil
Often used in treating colds, flu, and sinus infections. The antibiotic and antiviral properties work well when used as a vapor or when diluted and applied to the skin.
- Ginger capsules or tea
A must have for digestive issues. Ginger has long been used to treat nausea, reflux, stomach trouble, and motion sickness. Ginger’s soothing properties make it a useful treatment for a digestive illness or food poisoning.
- Lavender essential oil
Can be used for a multitude of purposes, including for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and headaches. It will relieve the pain from a burn or wound, as well. Lavender oil can be inhaled, applied to the skin, or take internally.
- Peppermint essential oil and tea
Is another multi-purpose treatment. It is often used to treat upset stomachs and clear sinuses. Its high concentration of menthol makes it great for treating insect bites, as well. Like ginger, it is a highly-effective digestive aid.
- Witch hazel
A mild astringent and antiseptic, making it perfect for treating skin irritations, minor wounds, and insect bites. It’s also a great skin toner and cleanser.