When we all got sick last week, we found out that we weren’t as prepared as we thought we were. There were a few items that I really wished I had that I just didn’t. This made us realize that having a well-stocked first-aid kit is crucial. When you’re facing an acute illness or injury, it might happen at 4 am, when the stores aren’t open. And maybe you aren’t in any condition to run to the store anyway! It’s necessary to have what you need, just in case, at all times.
Luckily, I was able to run out and get several items before I got sick, too. But I still was unable to help Ben much for the first few hours because I did not have what I needed. And so, I thought, I would share with you what I consider essential in a first-aid kit and why.
- Collodial silver
- Aloe vera juice
- Activated charcoal
- Lavender essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Oregano essential oil
- Coconut oil
- Slippery elm losenges
- Gauze pads
- Bandages of varying sizes
- Ginger root (fresh or dried)
- Black tea
- Raw honey
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Epsom salts
- Arnica salve
Why these things? I’ll put them into groups below!
Bumps and Bruises
Arnica salve, epsom salts, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, bandages, possibly colloidal silver.
These items will allow you to clean cuts, soak sprains (epsom salts), stop bleeding, bandage wounds, treat for contamination (collodial silver) and soothe pain ( arnica salve). Anything else that you might need, you would probably have to see a doctor for (like stitches). But even if that were the case, you would still have what you needed to keep the cut clean and dry and keep pressure on it to stop bleeding while you got to a doctor. For the usual injuries you would encounter, you would certainly be prepared. Even for strains and sprains, you could soak in epsom salts or put on heat/ice, rub in some arnica salve, and keep still while someone got some ace bandages. These items are definitely handy!
Colds and Flu
All of these essential oils are used to either relax or help clear the sinuses. They can be placed onto pillows, hot or cold compresses, into a bowl of steaming water (which you then put your head over with a towel and breathe the steam (which can be pressed to your sinuses directly to help them drain), or into a humidifier. Humidifiers can help you breathe, too. Additionally, if you mix eucalytpus and rosemary oils with coconut oil, it makes a salve similar to “Vicks” that does not have any junk in it, and can be used on the chest or feet.
Slippery elm losenges (which are expensive; but there’s a great recipe for them in Herbal Nuturing by Michele Augur!) will soothe sore throats and clear mucus. Garlic and onion can be used to clear sinuses as well, either by vapor or eating. Raw honey can be mixed into ginger tea to soothe throats and clear sinuses too. Raw honey also works excellently to stop coughing naturally.
Tummy bugs are no fun. Ask me how I know! But if you have some measures to help combat them, they’re not as awful.
Aloe vera juice, activated charcoal, and black tea + raw honey can all help to stop vomiting and diarrhea. Lavender essential oil in a bath can help relaxation. Epsom salts in a bath can help detox. Probiotics of some sort are also excellent, as is fresh stock.
Grapefruit seed extract and oregano oil can help to kill help to kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Therefore, if any illness is hanging on, you may choose to use them interally or externally to help combat the illnesses. They can be helpful for athlete’s foot or yeast infections as well. Mixed with coconut oil they’d make a powerful salve for these conditions. Raw honey has been shown, in some cases, to combat yeast when applied directly, as well.
I didn’t mention these, but some like to keep homeopathic remedies on hand too. I’ve chosen just a few: arnica, belladonna, chamomilla, pulsatilla, and a couple others whose names I can’t remember. They cover teething, bumps and bruises, diarrhea, vomiting, and colds (in general, although true homeopathy is very patient-specific). Teething is our primary use for them. Chamomilla works for most kids; belladonna works if chamomilla doesn’t (Daniel needs belladonna).
You may notice that I do not have, nor do I use, any type of fever reducers. I don’t feel they are really ever necessary. A warm lavender bath will usually relax a person enough to induce sleep, and if you can sleep, that’s all you need to get better ( chamomile tea, then valerian root, can be used to induce sleep if the bath doesn’t work). Even high fevers, up to 106, are not dangerous. A fever is helping the body to fight off whatever is wrong with it, and if you artificially lower it, then you are interferring with the body’s ability to heal itself and prolonging the illness. Fevers are a good thing. I have never treated a fever in my children, and never in myself since starting down this path of natural medicine. We don’t own either OTC (Tylenol, ibuprofen) or even homeopathic fever medication, because we do not use them.
What is in your first aid kit?