As a person that is very much into alternative medicine and making natural remedies/care products, I have been perfecting this concept for when the
. Please feel free to make suggestions and share ideas!
I will regularly post recipes for natural remedies (herbs and essential oil based). I encourage everyone with knowledge on this subject to contribute!
It is my intention to keep this thread active with a weath of information. Please post requests for specific recipes and remedies in this this thread
and I will respond as time allows.
(Note: * in list denotes additional information and/or recipes to follow)
Basic First Aid Kit info as gathered from the herbcompanion.com, with my personal notes and additions. Enjoy!
~Of course you need the basic
products for any first aid, which includes...
Sterile, nonstick bandages, assorted sizes
Adhesive bandages, such as Band-Aids, assorted sizes
Needles/safety pins, assorted sizes
Hot water bottle
Toothpicks or natural floss
~One each (5ml bottle) of the following Essential Oils's: *Tea Tree, *Lavender, *Helichrysum Italicum, *Peppermint, *Lemon, *Clove (for toothache,
etc) & *'Thieves' Blend (a blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary studied to kill 99.96% of airborne bacteria. A similar recipe
has been used since the time of the Bubonic plague to fight viruses and disease – and because all the ingredients are natural, viruses can't mutate
or develop immunity.) Personally, I recommend owning (at the very least) a complete Essential Oil starter kit
- feel free to u2u me for further
~Cotton cheesecloth: use as a compress or for wrapping wounds and poultices.
~Wool socks with the toes cut open or sweater sleeves are perfect for holding poultices or bandages in place without using tape — just slide them
over the arm, elbow, ankle, or leg. They also help retain heat on the affected area.
~Vetrap — this stretchy and flexible wrap sticks to itself, and it is perfect for wrapping wounds or holding poultices. It’s available at pet
stores, feed stores and veterinary supply stores. Similar products available at most drugstores (sold as sports wrap).
~Moleskin — a soft fabric with an adhesive backing, ideal for covering tender spots, such as blisters and other rubbed areas.
~Eyecup — an indispensable tool for washing or rinsing the eye.
~Tea strainer or tea ball for making teas or decoctions.
~*Rescue Remedy — there are many versions of this! Some recommend the Bach flower essence one. I make my own (to be added later in recipes...)
~*Spritzers made with distilled water and essential oils can be used for their aromatherapeutic properties as well as their antibacterial qualities.
(recipes to follow for various uses, ie. antiseptic, insect repellant, etc.)
~*Insect repellant oil or spritzer
~*Aloe vera (gel is the most common application but I prefer the extract oil due to it's high concentration) — Some uses: lip balms & lipsticks,
oral ointments, sun care and after sun products, hand & body lotions, hair conditioners, facial moisturizers, shaving/depilatory preparations, bath
oils, rubs & liniments, ointments, first aid creams, anti-acne preparations, topical analgesics (Aloe is easy to grow in any enviroment, I highly
recommend keeping at least one large plant growing at all times!)
~*Powdered clays work well for drawing out splinters and thorns. Mix a little clay with water and put it on the affected area, and as the clay dries,
it draws out the splinter. (There are many types of clays available but I prefer red clay and sea clay for these purposes, as they have superior
drawing power in addition to an abundance of minerals and potential uses. Sea clay has been used as a pain reliever for arthritis and applied to
wounds to promote faster healing)
~Witch hazel — this astringent can be used as a disinfectant to clean skin, relieve itching and as a liniment for sore muscles.
~*Lip balm for chapped lips. (recipes to follow)
~*Green salve (or 'quick fix' remedy) — There are many variations of green salves for insect bites, skin irritations, scrapes, minor cuts and
chafing. I make my own using different essential oils and herbs for specific conditions, but you also can find it in health food stores.
~*External liniment — (many variations, specific recipes to follow, although common ingredients include cider vinegar, myrrh EO, goldenseal, cayenne
pepper). Use the liniment as a sore muscle rub and to dry poison ivy.
~Slippery elm lozenges — Slippery elm’s demulcent properties coat the throat, so these lozenges soothe a sore mouth or throat. (also have a
laxative effect if taken in excess, so use caution)
~*Cough syrup and *respiratory remedy (do it yourself recipes to follow)
~Candied ginger (although I prefer straight Ginger Essential Oil, the candied type tends to go over better with children. I would recommend packing
both) — Soothes upset stomachs, nausea and motion sickness.
~Emergen-C — A must have! Acts as a super energy booster and a quick source of vitamin C and 32 mineral complexes.
~*Arnica rub — treats bruises, muscle aches and pains.
~Chocolate — (optional of course! but I thought it was a cute idea with some merit! lol)...Whether your injury is physical or emotional, the natural
serotonin in dark chocolate will help make you feel better and take your mind off the injury for a moment.
~*Essential Oil kit for making basic remedies (see above)
~*Herb packs, *Medicinal teas
Dried Herbs to Have on Hand
(honestly, I have a hard time choosing on this one, so I went by the recommendation on herbalcompanion.com)
~Chamomile soothes, relieves stress and aids digestion.
~Comfrey — use ground root and/or leaves externally as a poultice for bruises, sprains or strains and bone injuries.
~Lemon balm soothes the digestive tract and helps aid relaxation and sleep.
~Milky oats — the seeds of this plant increase vitality and make a good-tasting tea to relieve stress and anxiety.
~Peppermint and spearmint soothe the stomach and freshen breath.
~Sage makes a good mouth and throat gargle.
[edit on 17-6-2009 by jackieps1975]