Top 10 Natural Must-Haves for Your Alternative First Aid Kit
There are so many natural first aid options, but the items on this top 10 list are the must-haves I couldn’t go without! Many of these items are widely available, and I like to keep them in multiple places whether I am at home or travelling.
This salve is incredibly soothing and healing to external skin that is chapped, cut, or irritated. It can be used for eczema, hives, rashes, and dry skin. I usually leave it under a bandage until the affected area has cleared up. Sometimes I have to apply it multiple times because it works gently yet effectively.
Colloidal silver has multiple health benefits and uses because of its natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. I have used it both internally and externally to treat ear infections, ailments of the teeth and gums, pink eye, sore throat, sluggish immune systems, and slow-healing wounds.
This homeopathic cream is an ideal, alternative option for treating bruises, sprains, and pained areas in general. I sprained my toe once, and after I applied this cream I experienced a cooling, numbing sensation in the injured joint. The swelling and redness was visibly reduced after only a couple hours.
Aloe Vera gel
Aloe vera gel is known for its incredible healing properties. I always use it on burns and sunburns. It is very moisturizing for the skin as well. In fact, you can keep your own aloe vera plant.
Iodex is an infection-fighting superhero. I have used it to draw infection out of multiple injuries. If you have boils, zits, or other skin blemishes, this will do the trick to pull out underlying toxins overnight.
Chlorophyll is excellent for burns because it soothes and re-oxygenates dead tissue. The first time I applied it to a burn I was skeptical. However, the throbbing lessened to the point where I peeled back the bandage to take a look. The redness was reduced by half and fading quickly!
Non-GMO Vitamin E Complex capsules
Vitamin E visibly reduces the scarring of tissue. I like to use it on slow-healing cuts and facial blemishes. It can be very helpful in eliminating warts as well. It can be messy so I like to apply it, stick a bandage over the problem area, and then let it soak in while I sleep.
This is a quick fix for nausea. It has never failed me yet. Take the recommended dosage on the label if you begin to feel queasy or nauseous. There are different dosages for children and adults. It usually works to relieve symptoms within 45 minutes in my experience.
Bach Rescue Remedy
I use this to address stressful times when I am feeling worn down or anxious. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly I feel a sense of calm descend upon taking this! I drink it in water throughout the day, and I have also taken the gummies. I keep some in my purse on the go. Some other great places to keep it are lockers, medicine cabinets, and nightstands because you never know when you might need it.
Epsom salts are great for multiple ailments. The magnesium diffuses through tissue to increase your serum levels. I have used it in the treatment of splinters, insomnia, constipation, muscle aches, ingrown toenails, and infections. It can be administered in baths or the infected area can be soaked in a container for the best results.
Please note that while natural and alternative treatments are often effective, sometimes a wound or an injury needs urgent medical attention. By compiling this list, I am not suggesting that these items should take precedence over standard medical first aid treatments and/or procedures. However, for mild every day issues you may encounter, these are affordable, effective options you don't want to go without!