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Herbal First AidHow To Make An Herbal First Aid Kit

These remedies are much gentler on the system and equally as effective as the harsh synthetics you will find in most prepackaged first aid kits. Please remember that first aid is a stop gap measure! Get medical attention for any serious injuries immediately!

Aloe

Break off an aloe leaf and scrape the gel to soothe minor burns, scalds, and unburns. Aloe has tissue regenerative properties and will help heal all wounds.

Arnica

Arnica cream or oil can be used on bruises or sprains where the skin is not broken. Homeopathic arnica tablets are used to treat shock in much the same way as Rescue Remedy.

Calendula Cream

Homemade or store-bought, this is antiseptic and antifungal. If you make it, try adding comfrey to the cream; it will help speed the healing process.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is a good antiseptic for cuts; it is also useful for treating toothaches.

Compresses

Keep squares of gauze or cheesecloth on hand to make compresses. Use comfrey, witch hazel, or arnica for sprains; St. John's Wort for deep cuts; comfrey or witch hazel for burns.

Crystallized Ginger

Chew for motion sickness or the nausea associated with pregnancy.

Eucalyptus Oil

This is a good inhalant for colds, coughs, and respiratory infections.

Rescue Remedy

This combination of 5 of the Bach Flower Remedies is effective for shocks and emotional upsets, especially in children.

St. John's Wort Infused Oil

 Excellent for minor burns and sunburn.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm powder is used to make poultices for drawing splinters and bringing boils to a head.

Tea Tree Oil

Antiseptic and anti fungal. Useful for cleansing wounds.

Witch Hazel Extract

Use it to treat minor burns, sunburn, and insect bites. Apply to nasal passages to stop nosebleeds. Wash cuts with it to help cleanse them.