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Regardless of our best attempts to live a healthy and toxin free life, there are occasions when sickness or damage strike. In a few of these instances (like trauma) standard medical remedy is definitely warranted, and I’m definitely grateful that medical remedy is out there if wanted.
However what in regards to the instances when the sickness or damage shouldn’t be life-threatening, however merely uncomfortable or limiting?
The next is an inventory of what you’ll discover in my “medication” cupboard and first assist equipment. It’s a mixture of treatments I’ve examined myself, ones prompt by a naturopathic physician, and ones that I hope to by no means want!
Please observe that I’m not a health care provider and don’t play one on the Web, so this record is for informational functions solely and isn’t meant for use as a alternative for medical consideration.
Treatments & Herbs in My Pure First Assist Package
Earlier than we begin, take note: I didn’t construct up this record in a single day! It took a few years of analysis and trial and error to search out the treatments I take advantage of and belief probably the most.
Activated Charcoal- For acute use in food poisoning, intestinal sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of poisons, and many others. Additionally maintain the native poison management quantity available in case a toddler ingests a poisonous substance and instantly take a toddler to the hospital if he/she has swallowed a battery or magnet!
Arnica– Topical creme used for muscle ache or damage, bruises, or any sort of trauma. We’ve discovered that it significantly diminished therapeutic time or bruises and sore muscle tissues when used topically proper after damage. Not for inside use or use on open cuts.
Cayenne Powder– Although it is a good addition to many meals, it’s even higher to have in a drugs cupboard. I maintain a couple of cayenne capsules in my purse as properly. Topically, cayenne powder helps cease bleeding quickly. I’ve learn instances of it being taken internally throughout coronary heart assaults to extend blood stream and assist clear blockage, although fortunately, I’ve by no means needed to take a look at this one. It is usually a helpful treatment to take internally throughout sickness as it’s proven to extend blood stream and pace restoration (though I don’t give it to youngsters).
Chamomile– I take advantage of it to make a relaxing tincture that helps calm youngsters if they’re sick or simply have hassle sleeping. The tincture additionally works wonders on teething gums. The dried flowers can be made right into a poultice with some gauze and positioned on a watch for quarter-hour each hour to assist relieve pink eye (often works in a few hours). Brewed as a tea, chamomile is a soothing drink at evening and the tea may be cooled and rubbed on the abdomen of colicky infants to assist soothe them. I typically add some brewed chamomile tea to the child’s tub as it’s nice for the pores and skin and promotes leisure. I maintain the tincture in my purse always.
Comfrey– An exterior herb that promotes therapeutic from accidents and damaged bones. A poultice made with plantain and comfrey that’s positioned on a wound can significantly cut back the therapeutic time and assist forestall and reverse an infection. I make a do-it-yourself “Neosporin” with this and different herbs and apply it to bug bites, cuts, bruises and poison ivy. It’s best to maintain the dried herb available for poultices and do-it-yourself salves.
Eucalyptus Herb and Essential Oils– I maintain available for respiratory sort issues. We use eucalyptus herb in a face steam for congestion or sinus troubles and I make a gentle (and petroleum-free) version of Vapo-Rub for coughing and respiratory illness. The important oil may be diluted with coconut oil or olive oil and be utilized externally to the ft and chest to assist open nasal passageways.
Ginger Capsules– Ginger is nice for nausea, reflux, abdomen hassle, and morning illness. I additionally maintain some within the automotive for movement illness. It helps soothe the abdomen after a digestive sickness or meals poisoning.
Echinacea– I maintain a do-it-yourself echinacea tincture available for extreme sicknesses. I don’t use it as a primary resort, however it’s useful in extended sicknesses.
Peppermint Herb and Essential Oil– One other nice digestive herb. For upset abdomen or digestive sickness, the herb is made right into a tea. The tincture can be utilized internally or externally for headache. When mixed with a couple of different digestive herbs, it makes a highly effective digestive aid and nausea remedy. We additionally use this important oil in our homemade toothpaste.
Plantain– You’ve most likely pulled this as a weed with out understanding it! I maintain the dried herb available always to make right into a poultice for poison ivy, bites, stings, cuts, and an infection. In a pinch, I’ve picked some from the bottom, chewed it, and put it on a bee sting for rapid ache reduction.
Slippery Elm– Useful for sore or irritated throat or whenever you lose your voice. These lozenges style nice and are useful for teenagers with sore throats. The herb itself can be utilized in tinctures or teas for sore throat reduction.
Apple Cider Vinegar– I maintain a bottle of natural Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mom” available for digestive troubles, indigestion, meals poisoning, and extra. Taken in a dose of 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water each hour, it helps shorten the period of any sort of sickness, although it’s powerful to get youngsters to take it willingly.
Vitamin C– Useful for all sicknesses, however particularly flu-related sicknesses. I maintain the powder available as a result of it’s additive-free and may be combined into meals or drinks to get the children to devour it.
Aloe Vera Plant– We’ve one rising in the home for burns and blisters.
Epsom Salt– Good as a shower soak for sore muscle tissues. Dissolved in water, it can be an excellent soak to assist take away splinters.
Hydrogen Peroxide– I maintain a number of bottles available always. It’s good for disinfecting, cleansing small cuts, and in my homemade OxyClean. Personally I additionally use a dropper stuffed with hydrogen peroxide within the ear on the first signal of ear an infection (however examine along with your physician first). I go away the peroxide in for quarter-hour or till it stops effervescent after which repeat on the opposite aspect.
Homemade Neosporin– I make my very own “boo-boo” lotion as my youngsters name it (no petroleum wanted). I maintain it in small tins and in lip chap containers for on-the-go measurement. I take advantage of this on cuts, bruises, rashes, and anything antibiotic ointment might be used on.
Witch Hazel– I maintain a gallon available to be used on cuts, scrapes, and for beauty makes use of. It makes an incredible pores and skin toner and is sweet for the postpartum backside. 🙂
Gelatin– I take gelatin regularly for its health benefits, however I additionally maintain it available for first assist and sickness. The pure gelatin in do-it-yourself rooster soup (from the bones and tissue) is without doubt one of the issues that makes it so nourishing throughout sickness. Throughout any sort of sickness, the stricken will get gelatin in numerous methods: in meals, do-it-yourself jello, smoothies, and sizzling tea.
Baking Soda– Additionally an excellent treatment to maintain available. For extreme heartburn or urinary tract infections, 1/4 tsp may be taken internally to assist alleviate shortly. It can be made right into a poultice and used on sider bites.
Probiotics– These are the strongest probiotics I’ve found and we use them throughout any sickness and after the sickness to restore intestine micro organism. I’ve seen shoppers enhance pores and skin circumstances with common use of probiotics, and I particularly advocate them to pregnant moms, as new child infants obtain their intestine micro organism from their mom. For youngsters who get fixed sickness and ear infections, probiotics may actually assist.
Coconut Oil– From pores and skin salve, to diaper creme, to make-up remover, to antifungal remedy, coconut oil is nice to have round! I maintain some within the first assist equipment so as to add treatments to take internally, use in tinctures, and apply externally to dry pores and skin and chapped lips.
A Higher-for-You Drugs Cupboard
The one precise medicines you’ll discover in my cupboard comes from Genexa and their line of no dye, no preservative, additive-free medicines. They’ve every thing from ache reliever to saline, in addition to homeopathic medicines. You may additionally be capable to discover these in an area pharmacy close to you!
Different First Assist Provides
- Patch Bandages- These bandages are made out of 100% natural bamboo and are enriched with coconut oil.
- Butterfly Bandages
- Superglue– On minor to average pores and skin cuts (not puncture wounds) use superglue and butterfly bandages. I’ve used this as a substitute of stitches a number of instances and it healed quicker and left much less scarring than the locations I’ve had stitches. This particularly works for face and different seen areas that scar simply or in hair the place different bandages may be troublesome to use. I’ve additionally used it on fingertips or knuckles (I’m notorious for grating knuckles whereas cooking) or different locations the place band-aids received’t keep properly.
- Strips of sterilized muslin fabric in plastic luggage for wrapping wounds.
- Lower off wool sleeves from outdated sweaters to cowl bandages and maintain ice packs
- Hot water bottle
- Enema kit
- Bulb syringe and NoseFrida for serving to with congestion in youngsters
- Homemade ice pack (simply freeze liquid dish cleaning soap or rubbing alcohol in a double-bagged- ziplock bag and use as an ice pack.
Do you utilize any pure treatments for sickness or first assist? Share your ideas under!