Whenever I’m going camping or on any vacation, I always pack my First Aid Kit. I can still recall on a particular occasion I went camping with my girlfriend, while we were having a good time at the beach, an unknown insect bit her on her thighs. A few minutes later the area was heavily swollen. She went into a panic state, but I continually reassured her that everything was going to be fine. I reached for my first aid box in the trunk of my vehicle and brought out my lavender oil. I used it to soothe the swollen area. In less than 20 minutes the area was completely dissolved and the pain relieved. This even brought about the whole Idea of this article. I believe everyone should have a natural first aid kit; not to be caught off guard in emergency situations. Many remedies are multipurpose and can be used for several ailments. I suggest you choose the ones that best suit your needs. I’ve created a list of recommended first aid items and the cases they can remedy: Here are the Natural Remedies for any First Aid Kit
Natural First Aid Remedies
Tea Tree is one of the most researched essential oils. It is a product of a shrub tree known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, found along streams and swampy areas in its native land of Australia. It’s very effective in the cleaning of scratches and abrasions and also in the treatment of fungal infections of the nails, skin, cold sores, and warts. It’s also used to reduce itching and swelling resulting from insect bites and calm rashes from plant stings. Tea Tree is very strong and should be diluted before applying to sensitive or irritated skin.
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Wounds: Cleanse the affected area with warm water and apply the diluted tea tree oil over the area. Then cover with a bandage if needed.
- Insect Bites: Clean the affected area with warm water and dab a little drop of tea tree oil on the bite. This should seize the itching.
- Fungal Infections: Dilute tea tree with a little water to reduce its concentration. After, apply the diluted tea tree to the affected area. Repeat this two to four times daily until the infection is completely gone.
- Plant Stings: Clean the affected area properly to make sure there is no plant residue left. Then apply the diluted tea tree oil over the irritation.
- Tick Removal: Gradually apply a drop of tea tree oil on the tick to loosen its hold. Then gently pull out the tick using a pair of tweezers, after which you disinfect the affected area with diluted tea tree oil.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender is a must have first aid oil. It helps eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin while enhancing blood circulation. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help neutralize venom from snakes and spider bites. The oil is extremely useful in aromatherapy and can blend with many other essential oils. It is very mild and can be applied directly to irritations without dilution.
- Burns, Sunburn: Quickly apply lavender essential oil, which helps relieve the pain. After you can apply healing balm, which has arnica, for pain relief.
- Sleep Aid: Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then inhale. This draws the scent all the way into your amygdala gland in your brain to calm your mind. Then rub a drop of lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Bruises, Cuts, and Wounds: Drops of lavender oil should be applied to the affected area in order to speed up healing.
- Insect Bites: Dab on a drop of lavender to soothe an existing bite, or apply to the skin to deter insects and prevent bites.
- Eczema / Dermatitis: Mix several drops of lavender oil with coconut oil and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. I am giving you 100 percent assurance that this works.
- Venomous Snake Bite: Wash the affected areas thoroughly with warm water. Try not to move the bitten part, because that will encourage the venom to spread. Apply the oil liberally to the affected area. Seek medical attention immediately.
- Nausea or Motion Sickness: To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of lavender oil on the end of your tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
- Black Widow Spider Bite: Lavender essential oil is well known to neutralize the poison from spiders. Apply 5 drops every few minutes until you get medical attention.
- Plant Stings: A few drops of lavender oil should be applied immediately after coming in contact with a poisonous plant. Wash the affected areas as soon as possible and apply the oil.
- Fainting: To bring a fainted person back to consciousness, sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on a cloth and hold it towards the victim’s nose.
- Nervous Tension, Headaches, and Migraines: To remedy this situation gently sniff the oil or dab a few drops on your temple to promote calmness and relaxation.
- Dandruff: To alleviate dandruff rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp and massage.
- Hay Fever: Are you down with hay fever? Just rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply.
- Nosebleed: To stop a nosebleed, pour a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold for as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops.
- Cold sores: To remedy this put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore.
Clove oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and stimulating properties. The oil is widely used for the treatment of various health disorder, including toothaches, cough, indigestion, asthma, headache, stress, and blood impurities. The most common use of clove oil is for dental care. It can also be used on the skin to numb bodily pain.
- Numbing: Clove oil should be diluted with another essential oil, before use. It acts as an effective pain killer when applied topically. It’s great for injuries that need time to heal.
- A Toothache: Clove oil can be used to numb your gums, mouth, and teeth during a toothache. It should be applied on the gums or teeth to reduce dental pain and further prevent infections.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has been applied to the skin to treat wounds, skin infections, burns, and many other skin conditions. The dried latex is usually taken as a laxative. Aloe vera also helps in the treatments of inflammatory skin conditions, genital herpes, dandruff, and for numerous other conditions.
- Burns and Sunburn: This plant is great for soothing sunburns and other minor burns. To remedy sunburn, clean the area with water and apply aloe vera on the affected areas. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to boost the healing effect.
- Heat Rash: Aloe vera gel should be applied gently on affected areas to calm the itching.
Witch hazel has a mild astringent and is mainly used for bruises, sores, and swelling. It is also widely used to prevent infection, repair broken skin, and to stop minor bleeding. The major component of the extract includes tannin, gallic acid, catechins, proanthocyanins, flavonoids, essential oil, choline, saponins, and bitters. It’s also used to dilute essential oils for topical applications.
- Spot and blemish control: Witch hazel helps reduce the inflammation on pimples. Drop a few drops of witch hazel on cotton wool and dab on the affected area. Daily use of witch hazel can also help in cases of acne.
- Soothe and heal diaper rash: To heal your baby from rashes, drop a few drops of witch hazel on cotton wool and dab on the affected areas. You will see improvements immediately.
- Sunburn: Application of witch hazel to sunburn skin helps speed up the healing and prevents peeling and flaking of the skin.
- Shrink bags under the eyes: Application of witch hazel helps tighten up loose skin and reduce the bagginess.
- Swelling : To reduce the swollen area soak a clean piece of cotton wool on witch hazel solution and gently dab it on swollen areas.
- Cuts and scrapes: Soak your cotton wool with a few drops of witch hazel and dab it on the affected areas to help cleanse the area and prevent it from infection while encouraging the wound to heal faster.
- Soothe and reduce external haemorrhoids: Mix witch hazel with aloe and apply on external haemorrhoids. The bleeding and itching will be reduced significantly.
- Blisters: To dry unbroken blisters apply witch hazel solution to the affected areas and fasten with an adhesive bandage.
- Varicose vein relief: Soak a white cloth in witch hazel and lay it on your legs. This helps to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.
- Bruises: Apply to the area 3 times a day to speed the healing time of the bruise.
- Treat chickenpox blisters: To treat chicken pox mix together, 1 tablespoon of honey, 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 40 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon of carrot seed oil, and 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel. Mix thoroughly and add 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use on affected areas, avoiding the eyes.
- Plant sting: Wash the affected areas thoroughly and apply white hazel to reduce itching and relieve swelling.
- Insect bites: Soak a clean cloth with white hazel and dab on affected areas to reduce itching and swelling.
- Tick removal: Sprinkle a few drops of witch hazel to help loosen its hold. Grasp the tick with tweezers and pull firmly. After removal, disinfect the area by dabbing the skin with witch hazel.
Rescue Remedy is a combination of five of the original Bach Flower Remedies, which are especially beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic situations, such as after getting bad news, stress, emotional upset, before an exam or job interview, emergencies, or all kind of situations where you suddenly lose balance mentally. The remedy quickly gets you back in your normal balance so that you can calmly deal with any situation at hand. This remedy can also help children relax at night or calm them during tantrums. Rescue Remedy is safe for anyone to use and it does not have any negative side effects.
- Shock, Accidents, Trauma, Stress or Emotional Distress: For tense situations like these, pour a few drops of the Bach Rescue Remedy under the tongue and hold it for a few minutes before swallowing. You can also mix the drop in a small glass of water and gradually sip it. For an unconscious person place the drops on their lips. For pets, place the drops in their drinking water.
Arnica oil is found to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and may be helpful for treating or relieving muscle aches, spasms, pulled muscles, or rheumatic pain. Arnica oil is a must have oil to place in your first aid box. Arnica belongs to the clan of the flowering perennial plant from the daisy family. Native to Europe and Siberia, it also grows in North America, especially in mountainous regions. Arnica is a remedy of choice for trauma and muscle injury. It also comes in homeopathic pellets and drops for internal use and is mostly used for relieving headaches, trauma, and shock. Avoid using the gel, cream or salve on broken skin. When using the pellets, hold under the tongue until it’s completely dissolved.
- Swelling: When used as a topical treatment, arnica helps brings down swelling by stimulating fluid movement around the area, thereby flushing out water and other liquids that contribute to the puffiness. Arnica also helps stimulate white blood cell movements and promotes healing. Because of this, arnica helps get rid of bruising quickly.
- Hair loss: A diluted form applied to your scalp can help increase local blood circulation, thereby promoting hair growth.
- Bruising, Swelling, Sore Muscles, Sprains, and Strains: Rub the topical arnica on the affected area and massage thoroughly to alleviate discomfort and speed the healing process.
- Headaches: For headaches take 4 pellet or drops of Arnica.
- Trauma or Shock: For trauma or shock of an accident administer 5 pellets or drops of Arnica 30 times.
Calendula can be found in creams, oils, and ointments. It’s traditionally used for abdominal cramps and constipation. Calendula has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and wound-healing properties. When applied topically reduces skin inflammation and irritations.
- Skin dryness or chapping: Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It soothes the area and reduces the pain. Apply the oil to the affected areas and massage thoroughly.
- Inflammation: Calendula has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps lessen swelling from injuries. It is also great in the treatment of sprained muscles or bruises and helps treat spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers, and chilblains. Apply a little quantity to affected areas and massage thoroughly.
- Baby care: The oil helps relieve diaper rashes, which can extremely irritate an infant. Apply a little quantity around the affected areas and massage properly.
- Minor cuts and wounds: The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of the oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also benefit insect bites, acne, and bed sores. After cleaning the affected area, apply calendula cream.
- Skin issues: Calendula oil can be used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin problems. Clean the infected surface and apply a little portion of the oil then massage thoroughly. Calendula oil’s antifungal action is also great for treating athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch.
- Blisters: If a blister has broken apply calendula to speed healing and prevent infection.
- Sunburn: Cool the affected area and apply calendula to soothe the burn and promote healing.
- Insect Bites and stings: Rub a little calendula cream onto the bite to soothe itching and irritation.
- Rashes: Clean the area properly and apply calendula to the affected area as often as needed to reduce irritation.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea buckthorn contains unique high fatty acid content and a wealth of other nutrients, which makes it one of the most health-promoting herbal oils. The oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral and high in antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties promote wound healing and the formation of healthy tissues. When applied topically it can give the skin temporary orange colour due to the oil’s high carotenoid content, which normally fades as the oil is absorbed into the skin.
- Sunburn: Cool the affected areas and apply sea buckthorn oil to soothe the skin and lessen the pain associated with sunburn.
- Minor Burns and Scalds: Cool the burn with a soak cold water towel, then apply sea buckthorn oil to reduce the pain and heal the burn.
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Wounds: Pour a few drops to the wound and gently massage the infected area to accelerate healing and reduce scarring
- Relieves dry eyes: Oral supplementation of sea buckthorn oil in individuals with dry eyes for at least three months.
Cayenne has been used for a variety of ailments, including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, haemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever, and diphtheria. And most of all, it has shown remarkable results in the heart attack cases. It is said that the cayenne must be of high potency (at least 90,000 heat units) to stop a heart attack. If heart attack is your major concern, it is worth travelling with cayenne on your trips. Cayenne powder comes in capsules or tincture.
- Minor Bleeding: For quick cessation of bleeding apply a bit of cayenne powder topically over the wound.
- Heart Attack: Add a teaspoon of ground cayenne to a cup of warm water and administer it to the victim. If the victim is unconscious and may not be able to drink the mixture, use cayenne tincture or extract and put a few drops underneath their tongue.
If you are prone to motion sickness or digestive upset, ginger is the best thing to have in your natural first aid box. It has a special way of easing a queasy stomach due to motion sickness, and it also helps relieve discomfort associated with indigestion or gas and bloating. Ginger is packaged in various forms (capsule, powder, essential oil, crystallized or fresh). Choose the form that best suits you.
- Nausea or Motion Sickness: Place a few drops on a neat towel and inhale until the symptom subsides. Alternatively, you can chew slices of fresh ginger root or take it in powder or capsule form every 15 minutes until nausea subsides. If you think you might vomit the ginger, if swallowed, hold the ginger in your mouth and gradually suck it. For motion sickness take 3-4 grams of ginger in capsule or powder form 45 minutes before departing.
- Indigestion, Gas or Bloating: To remedy this, dilute ginger essential oil in a carrier oil and gently massage over your upper abdomen. Alternatively, chew on crystallized ginger or fresh ginger root, or sip a tea made from ginger root.
Goldenseal has strong antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is also a good anti-bacterial for the skin when applied topically. It’s very potent in the treatment of diarrhea caused by bacteria. It’s excellent as a sore throat gargle and any upper respiratory or sinus problem were there is yellow mucous. Goldenseal should be taken at the first sign of respiratory problems like colds, or flu, and to prevent further symptoms from developing. It is also used to reduce fevers and relieve congestion and excess mucous. Goldenseal can be used topically as an antiseptic and to stop minor bleeding. Goldenseal may also help with allergic rhinitis, hay fever, laryngitis, hepatitis, cystitis, and alcoholic liver disease. Goldenseal cleanses and promotes healthy glandular functions by increasing bile flow and digestive enzymes, therefore regulating healthy liver and spleen functions. It is available in capsule, powder, and tincture. Goldenseal should not be taken more than 10 days in a row. Pregnant and breastfeeding mums should avoid goldenseal.
- Wounds: Goldenseal is a great organic and pain-free solution to clean and promote healing for certain wounds. It also comes in a capsule form, which can be opened and sprinkled directly into the wound, then bandaged. This will help speed the healing process up.
- Food Poisoning or Traveler’s Diarrhea: Take 1,000 – 1,500mg of goldenseal immediately and repeat the same dosage three times a day until symptoms are gone
- Cold or Cough: Take 1000mg at the first sign of cold, cough or flu. Repeat this dosage till symptom clears.
Oil of Oregano
Oregano oil is produced from the perennial herb oregano and it’s rich in antioxidants. Oregano oil offers immense health benefits and is known as one of the most potent natural remedies in existence. It acts as an immune stimulant and kills bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasites. It is also widely used as a remedy for traveller’s diarrhea, and common cold. Taking a few drops of oil in juice or water may also provide some relief from a sore throat.
Because of its strong nature, it should be evenly diluted with a carrier oil (olive, coconut, sunflower, etc.) To avoid skin irritation Oregano should not be taken internally for more than two to three weeks continuously.
- Food Poisoning and Traveller’s Diarrhea: Take 3-6 drops of oregano immediately after noticing any symptom of food poisoning. Repeat the dosage three times daily until the symptom subsides.
- Digestive Issues: For digestive issues take 3-6 drops two to three times a day to help relieve intestinal gas and digestive problems.
- Cough and Cold: 3 -6 drops should be taken at the first sign of a cold. Then it should be repeated three times per day before meals for at least five to ten days. For cases of coughs and bronchitis take for the duration of illness to mobilize mucous and ease spasticity of the lungs.
- Injuries, Aches, and Pains: Sprinkle 3 drops of oregano on the affected areas and massage properly to decrease inflammation and ease pain.
- Headaches and Migraines: Pour a few drops on your finger and massage onto your temples and between your eyebrows. Repeat this process as needed and be careful not to get any into your eyes.
- Toothaches and Mouth Sores: Mix a few drops of oregano with some drops of carrier oil and swish it in your mouth for a few minutes. Spit it out when finished. Repeat as needed.
- Fungal Infections: Apply diluted oregano on fungus infections such as athlete’s foot, and toenail fungus.
- Insect Bites: Apply a drop of diluted oregano oil to ease itching from mosquito and ant bites.
- Tick Removal: Apply a few drops of oregano to the area where the tick is attached to loosen its hold or use tweezers to remove the tick.
- Venomous Bites and Stings: Clean the surrounding and apply diluted oregano liberally. Oregano oil will help to neutralize venomous bites from snakes, spiders, scorpions, and bees while waiting for necessary medical attention.
Neem is well used to soothe skin irritations and to support oral hygiene. They are also used as a natural insect repellent. The capsules are used internally to purify the body and offer benefits that parallel the actions of bitters, tea tree, garlic, and aloe vera. A diluted solution can be used for cuts, burns, boils, and blisters.
- Cuts: Carefully wash cuts and wounds with a diluted solution of neem, as an antiseptic, to protect from infections, help stop bleeding, and promote healing.
- Burns: Wash with a diluted solution to cool burns and give antiseptic healing. It has remarkable healing effects.
- Boils: When used topically it helps heal boils, removing pus and germs quickly without leaving any marks.
- Blisters and Rashes: Sponge with a diluted solution on tender skin and itching skin for relief.
- Oral gargle with Neem for dental care: Take ¾ cup warm water and mix with ½ tsp Neem. Gargle the mixture, and repeat this twice daily to protect against infection and oral ulcer.
- For pimples and acne: Wash your face daily three to four times with a diluted solution of Neem aid. Alternatively, you can also mix a few drops with your facial cream and apply on pimples. Check for allergy to Neem before using.
- Anti-dandruff / Head lice / Scalp diseases: Make a solution of Neem aid with ½ cup of water and 2 tsp neem aid , apply on head/scalp and hair , gently rub for few minutes. Leave for two hours, and then wash off.
- Neem bath for chickenpox to assist healing and leave no marks: Mix 20-25 ml of Neem aid to one bucket of water. Use the water to take your bath.
- As a sponging to bring down high fever: Take a bowl of water (about 1 litre), mixed with 3 tsp of Neem aid, then Sponge head with this solution for ½ to 1 hour as required.
- Use it as a mosquito and insect repellent: Mix 25 ml of Neem aid with 50 ml sesame oil. Store the mixture in a bottle. Apply on the body as required to protect against mosquito bites. Do the same if you are outdoor to prevent leech and insects.
Licorice tea is naturally sweet and mainly used to soothe sore throats. It also helps aid smooth digestion. Licorice tea is also useful in extreme cases of constipation.
Probiotics for Diarrhea:
Diarrhea is a condition in which faeces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form. Probiotic products have special microorganisms like bacteria or yeast in them, which are believed to reach the bowel, where they help fight the germs causing diarrhea. So always remember to bring probiotics along with you each time you travel a far distance.
Vitamin D for Flu:
Flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is highly contagious and usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. Numerous studies about the flu have shown that people who have lower levels of vitamin D are more likely to get flu. If you are coming down with flu, it’s best to take vitamin D in doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the infection.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Colds and Flu:
Administer a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You will hear some bubbling, but don’t panic, as this is completely normal and you will possibly feel a slight stinging sensation. Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), and then drain it with a tissue or cotton wool. Repeat the same process for the other ear. This remedy has recorded remarkable success in the treatment of cold and flu.
Ginger for Nausea:
This remedy is pretty simple. To remedy nausea, dice up a piece of ginger and swallow it. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps ward off bacteria and fungi.
Pure Water for Hiccups:
To remedy hiccups, tell a friend to hold down the tragus of your ear, in order to close your ear canal while you drink a full cup of water. This remedy always