Natural First Aid

Natural Healing & First Aid

It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy, both at home and in your car.

 

Please note: The following tips are for minor cuts, bruises, and burns only. If someone has been injured or it’s an emergency, seek appropriate medical attention.

 

Soothe burns

For those occasions you accidentally touch the edge of your baking sheet after you pull it out of the oven, or just a regular pot on the stove if you’re not a baker, and it results in a minor burn – the first thing you need to do is immerse the burn in cool running water. Not ice!

Second – use some Aloe Vera gel or cream; one without additives! It’s a great and natural solution for burns of this type. You can also use calendula or an oil with St. John’s wort, though Aloe Vera is extremely easy to find and keep stashed for these purposes.  You can even keep an aloe plant in your home, for decoration and purpose.

Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory and inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also promotes circulation

 

I make a burn salve with Lavender essential oil. If you’re interested in trying this out – let me know!      

 

Calm seasonal allergies

When pollen gets in the air, a lot of people feel pretty miserable. Like 50-million people!

If you want to try something more natural, stinging nettle and echinacea can help. They both calm seasonal allergies by reducing inflammatory symptoms so you can get through your day without sneezing up a storm.

Lavender essential oil has natural anti-histamine and strong anti-inflammatory properties. You can diffuse it at night for improved sleep and even put a few drops directly onto your pillow. If you have itchy skin or hives, mix it with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba and put it directly on your skin.

Certain foods make allergy symptoms even worse! Try to avoid: alcohol, dairy, caffeine, anything processed, and anything with artificial sweeteners. Foods with preservatives can also increase allergy symptoms. Eat probiotic-rich foods, raw honey, and bone broth.

Other tips include closing doors and windows when it’s breezy outside, getting a HEPA air purifier, leaving shoes at the door, change your clothes as soon as you come home, take a shower to wash away anything you’ve carried home with you, use a nasal rinse (e.g., a neti pot), stay hydrated, use a steam room if you can, or make your own with a bowl of steamy water. There is some evidence that acupuncture may help as well!

 

Quell the common cold                                                              

When a cold or flu comes on, common sense should prevail…

First – get plenty of rest and stay home to avoid spreading it around.

Second – stay well hydrated. Being dehydrated will make everything feel that much worse. Drink plenty of water! Another great option is to have bone broth. It has lots of natural immune boosting elements. Homemade chicken soup is also great as it has anti-inflammatory properties and any hot liquid will help flush out mucous. Add lots of garlic to your soups – it has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties!

Here are a couple of hot drinks you can experiment with:

  • Warm/hot water with raw honey, a tough of cayenne pepper, and lemon or lime juice
  • Warm/hot water with raw honey, freshly grated ginger, turmeric, and fresh lemon juice

Good supplements include Vitamin C, Oregano Oil, Zinc, Vitamin D and Magnesium.

 

Relieve a headache

If you’re tired of taking too many pain relievers to stop your head from aching, considering stocking up on essential oils instead. Specifically, lavender and peppermint are wonderful when diffused into your air space. You can even apply them directly to your temples, wrists, and back of the neck. Only use high-quality third-party tested oils, so you know the purity.

Peppermint essential oil stimulates blood flow, has a cooling effect on the skin, and reduces pain and inflammation. Lavender is very calming and supports pain and inflammation relief as well.

Make sure you are well hydrated as being dehydrated is a leading cause of headaches.  

If you get frequent headaches, you may be deficient in B-complex vitamins or Magnesium, and/or you may be sensitive to gluten.

Light body movement helps as well as it gets the blood flowing. Try stretching or gentle yoga. Or take a walk outside! Fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for you.

A detox bath can also help with headache relief. Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

 

Clay Detox Bath Recipe

  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay
  • 1.5 cups dead sea salt
  • 7-10 drops of Lavender or Frankincense essential oils, or both

Fill your tub with hot water, the hotter the better, and pour the dead sea salt into it. Add essential oils if desired.

The clay may clump, so it’s best to mix it with a small amount of water first and then add the mixture to the bath. Use a wood spoon to mix the clay.

Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes to allow the clay and salts to pull heavy metals and toxins from your body. You’ll also be replenishing magnesium and other minerals from the dead sea salts.

 

Stop bug bites from itching

Bug bites from ants or mosquitoes are bothersome. They’re hard to avoid in the spring and summer months.  Fortunately, if you have that lavender essential oil around, you can apply it directly to the source and relieve that itching pronto. My husband is always amazed at how well this works!

You can also make your own natural bug repellent! Get a spray bottle (glass is better), and add water, Eucalyptus and Lemon essential oils. You can also add Patchouli, Cedarwood, and Peppermint essential oils if you want to play around with aromas. Catnip essential oil is also effective; this is different from the milder catnip your cat loves.

 

Fix tummy troubles

For anyone that’s had trouble stomaching over the counter medicines, try candied ginger or ginger extract when you feel a bit queasy or have an upset stomach. Ginger is naturally good at helping with digestion and is even safe for pregnant and nursing women.

Ginger tea and peppermint tea also help sooth a troubled tummy. Apple cider vinegar also calms an upset stomach, and you can add raw honey to it. As with everything else – stay well hydrated!

 

When you go more natural with your wellness routines, you’ll start feeling better overall. Keeping these natural essentials around gives you a safer alternative to calming your ailments.

 

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