Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Natural Remedies to Keep In Your First Aid Kit

Summertime means that First Aid Kit gets LOTS of use.   Or at least in my house it does.  It seems as though someone always has some sort of cut or scrape or bug bite or rash going on.  Or something.

Most first aid kits contain your basic aids, tape, gauze, cold packs. gloves, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, wraps and those weird curved scissors/clamps that I've only ever seen used in surgery.  What ARE those used for anyway?

Well, I've got a few other natural remedies I like to keep in mine.  When I actually remember to keep my first aid kit stocked that is.

So, here are a few of my favorite natural remedies to always keep on hand.

1. Castor Oil

Yes, you read that right....castor oil.  Most people only think of castor oil as a last, last, last, last, last, last, last resort for constipation.  But, did you know that it has so many other uses?

Castor oil has very powerful drawing actions.  It's a bit messy, but put it on bug bites, scratches, scrapes, cuts and rashes as it helps draw out toxins.  Furthermore, the castor oil itself has anti-microbial activity.  And, although it's a bit messy, it is very effective at relieving itching from bug bites or poison ivy.

2. Iodine Tincture

Before there was antibiotics, there was iodine.  Iodine is the stuff that veterinarians used to scrub down the skin before performing surgery.  So, you know it's powerful.  It's an antiseptic, not an antibiotic (so no worries about increasing antibiotic resistance) and is EXTREMELY effective at killing bacteria and yeast which makes it perfect use for rashes, cuts and scrapes.

My toddler had a few spots from a rash that just weren't clearing up.  Maybe it was bacterial, or yeast or MRSA?  Whatever it was they didn't clear up until I started putting a little bit of iodine mixed with castor oil on the spots.   After starting that, they cleared up right away.

That same toddler also had two splinters lodged in her foot. After removing the splinters, the spot stayed swollen and red...until I started putting castor oil and iodine on the wound.  Within 1 day of using iodine and castor oil, there was considerable improvement and reduction in the redness and swelling and her foot healed quickly.

The only problem with iodine is that it does stain (although we've always been lucky at getting stains out).

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Yes...good ole' hydrogen peroxide. It stings, but it's very effective at clearing out wounds, especially if you are on the go.  I like to use this on all cuts and scrapes as it really does a bang-up job of killing EVERYTHING in there.

4. Arnica

This stuff is amazing at reducing pain, swelling and bruising, from any bumps or other common childhood injuries.  Especially good for toddler bumps to the noggin.   Incredibly effective.  Always keep some on hand.


Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has extremely strong drawing and absorbing powers.  It is sometimes used internally in hospitals to treat poisoning.   Those same drawing powers make it excellent for topical use.  Make a paste by mixing activated charcoal with water and apply to bug bites, insect stings, poison ivy, poison oak, acne or other skin issues.  The charcoal will draw out and absorb the bacteria or poison or toxin.   Warning..this is a bit messy....but all the good home remedies are messy.

*Disclaimer:  I'm not a doctor.  This is not medical advice.  This is just my own opinion and experience.  Use any of these natural remedies at your own risk.  And, I should probably tell you to consult your doctor before using any of these.

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  1. Love these, Amelia. I have all of them but the iodine on hand, and it think I'm going to have to get some of that.

  2. Thank you! These are great! TB

  3. We're big believers in Arnica over here! We use the pills as well as the cream for big falls.


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