There will always be a place for traditional and conventional medicine treatment and remedies. But if you are attempting to live as naturally healthy with the fewest toxins then a natural first aid kit is one way to go. Your natural health first aid kit can be as simple as routine essential oils, spices, etc. that you have in your kitchen cupboard. These can be used for insect bites, bruises, minor burns and sore muscles. A disclaimer, I am not a medical doctor and these remedies are in no way meant to be a replacement for medical attention.
Following is a list of natural remedies that I use regularly:
Arnica Gel – Topical gel used on minor muscle pain, bumps, bruises, sprains and strains. Not to be used on open cuts and not for internal use.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Used for colds, allergies and respiratory type problems. I dilute the oil with coconut oil or grapeseed oil and rub it on the bottom of my feet and chest to help open up a stuffy nose and chest.
Echinacea – Supports coughs, colds, and respiratory issues. It also supports and gives the immune system a boost.
Ginger – Helps with nausea, cramps and inflammation. Slice fresh ginger and simmer in water. Dried Ginger in the form of tea bags and as a spice works the same as fresh the fresh ginger.
Turmeric – I use turmeric as a spice on foods and fresh turmeric in smoothies for inflammation. It also supports heart health, memory and as a mood enhancer.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Inhale for alertness, to alleviate nausea and to help with car sickness
Tea Tree Oil – Used topically for skin infections; should be diluted with coconut oil or some other carrier oil. Tea tree is also a good all-purpose anti-microbial.
Lavender Essential Oil – Use diluted topically on bug bites and to alleviate minor itchy skin. It is also an antimicrobial. Apply diluted oil to your temples for anxiety, headaches and to alleviate anxiety.
Honey – An antimicrobial that when added to tea soothes sore throats and coughs.
Aloe Vera Gel – Apply to mild burns on skin to alleviate irritation. You can buy the aloe gel or purchase a house plant and cut off pieces as need.
Activated Charcoal – Mixed with water to create a paste to use to brush your teeth as natural teeth whitener.
Apple Cider Vinegar – For upset stomachs or to reduce a feeling of uneasiness, mix 1 teaspoon with 8 ounces of water.
Coconut Oil – Has antibacterial properties and can be used for moisturizing skin, hair and for oil pulling.
While using over the counter drugs can seem quite innocent, the consequences of long term use can be damaging to your liver, stomach and other internal organs. Natural remedies can support the immune system, prevent colds, shorten the life of a cold, treat minor bumps, bruises, bug bites and protect you during allergy season. Fortunately, the ones listed here and others have few if any side effects. So what is the harm in giving them a try?